Friday Favourites

Friday Favourites – Irish Blessing for St Patrick’s Day

March 17, 2017

St Patrick's Day

Happy St Patrick’s Day!

I have some Irish blood in me from way back and although I’ve never visited Ireland I have always loved all things Irish. When I was younger, I learned Irish dancing and Irish music certainly gets the toes tapping and lifts the spirits.  Ireland is definitely on our bucket list to visit, however, living in Australia it is on the other side of the world, so not a quick visit.

On St Patrick’s Day I’d like to share this traditional Irish blessing with you and some things I love about Ireland.


St Patick's Day


My favourite things from Ireland

Irish legends and mythology

St Patrick for ridding Ireland of snakes – although I’m sure he did more good works than that. Faeries, leprechauns, pots of gold at the end of the rainbow, the Shamrock or four leafed clover and the Blarney Stone.  Ireland is full of myths and legends.  You can read 10 ten stories and figures from Irish mythology here

Maeve Binchy

I love all of Maeve Binchy books and my favourite of all time is The Evening Class.  I wrote a review on that a little while ago so you can read about it here if you wish.  Maeve’s books transport me to Ireland and Dublin and because most of her books interweave the lives of the same characters I feel I’ve come to know them as friends.  To me, reading a Maeve Binchy book is like wrapping a comforter around me and feeling warm inside.


Who doesn’t feel good listening to some Irish music with a pint of guiness.  River Dance brought the music and dance of Ireland to the wider audience so I found the final performance of Riverdance from youtube to share.

My favourite book

My all time favourite book about Ireland was introduced to me by my husband, over 20 years ago.  The book is titled ‘Trinity’ and was written by Leon Uris.  It is a story about the struggles of Ireland and centres around the main character Connor Larkin.  There is also a sequel which  would recommend call ‘Redemption’.  When I’m bored with books I always come back to this book which combines history and fiction.

The Irish Accent

The lilting and melodic sound of the Irish accent is beautiful.  I could sit and listen for hours.  I also love their sayings.



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  • Reply Skipah March 17, 2017 at 08:16

    Irish music is so great! Hope you are having a splendid St. Pattys day down under!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 18, 2017 at 08:39

      Thanks Gary, you can’t help tapping your feet when the Irish music starts can you? St Pattys day is pretty big in Australia! Enjoy!

  • Reply Leanne | crestingthehill March 17, 2017 at 12:30

    I love all these things too Sue. I am a big Nora Roberts fan and she sets a lot of her novels in Ireland – all that green and the mistiness and the warmth of the Irish people (not to mention her dashing Irish heroes) always makes Ireland seem a bit special.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 18, 2017 at 08:36

      Yes Leanne, I’m a Nora Roberts fan and Cathy Kelly. Maeve is my favourite but I just love reading novels set in the Irish countryside and you are right about the dashing Irish heroes!

  • Reply candy March 17, 2017 at 13:43

    I am Irish on my dads side and have always loved this saying. We are going to Ireland this summer to visit some relatives. Thanks for linking up with Blogging Grandmothers.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 18, 2017 at 08:35

      How lovely, I have Ireland on my bucket list. Have a wonderful time and thanks for the opportunity to link up. x

  • Reply Donna March 17, 2017 at 14:07

    I love Maeve Binchy’s works too! Thanks for sharing your Irish fav’s to help cheer on St. Patrick’s Day!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 18, 2017 at 08:32

      Yes Maeve is my go to when I need some comfort from the world. Happy St Patrick’s Day to you and thanks for stopping by to comment. Have a lovely weekend. xx

  • Reply Michele March 18, 2017 at 01:25

    I love all of these things as well. I was lucky enough to visit Ireland last fall. I loved it and can’t wait to go back some day. It needs to be on your bucket list! When I am feeling down I often read Maeve Binchy. She is like comfort food for me.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 18, 2017 at 08:29

      I would dearly love to go to Ireland Michele. Perhaps one day – it is definitely on my bucket list. I’m the same with Maeve. If I need comforting Ijust pull out one of her books and get lost for a while. She is like comfort food! Have a lovely weekend. xx

  • Reply Grammy Dee March 18, 2017 at 04:31

    Irish here too 🙂 Thank you Sue for sharing at #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty #LinkUp #BlogParty. I shared on social media.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 18, 2017 at 08:25

      Have an extra special St Patrick’s Day and thank you for sharing xx

  • Reply Cathy Lawdanski March 18, 2017 at 07:18

    I am a huge Maeve Binchy fan and I loved reading Trinity years ago. My maiden name is Lynch – so I have some Irish blood in me as well!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 18, 2017 at 08:21

      Yes Maeve is my go to book for comfort Cathy! I could re-read her books over and over.

  • Reply Sara @SaraDuggan.Me March 18, 2017 at 08:42

    Top o’ the mornin’ to ya!

    Oh, my family is from Ireland and Scotland. My husbands are from Italy and Ireland. ^_^

    Irish music wasn’t really a big thing for me until I met my husband. He’s into Irish music. Plays the Penny Whistle and grew up listening to the Chieftains. ^_^

    River Dance can definitely get your blood pumping. ^_^

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 18, 2017 at 09:05

      Hi Sara What a bright and happy comment from you – thank you!!! Oh I love the Penny Whistle and yes River Dance – we all think we can do it can’t we LOL:) Love it all. My husband is from Italy but my background is definitely from Scotland, Wales and Ireland. Happy St Patrick’s Day and have fabulous weekend. x

  • Reply Clearissa Coward March 18, 2017 at 10:12

    I am not Irish :), but that is one of my favorite Irish Blessing. Thank you for sharing with #blogginggrandmotherslinkparty. #linkparty, #party. I have shared on social media.

  • Reply Janice Wald|MostlyBlogging March 22, 2017 at 04:53

    Hi Sue,
    Great to see you at Blogger’s Pit Stop last week.
    Thanks for sharing your post.
    Janice, Pit Stop Crew

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 22, 2017 at 05:01

      Thanks Janice, I always enjoy linking up. Have a great week!

  • Reply Grammy Dee April 7, 2017 at 14:36

    Thanks from Grammy Dee, #WednesdayAIMLinkParty, social media shared.

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