"Oh, the music in the air!
An the joy that's ivrywhere -
Shure, the whole blue vault of heaven is wan grand triumphal arch,
An the earth below is gay
Wid its tender green th'-day,
Fur the whole world is Irish on the Seventeenth o'March!"
Thomas Augustin Daly
What a happy occasion to be Irish for a day! Thanks to Kathleen of "Cuisine Kathleen" and her St. Patrick's Day Blog Crawl, we all can be Irish. Acutally, I am part Irish, but my ancestors were from the wrong part of the Ireland. Sorry, Kathleen!!
However, I have visited the proper end of Ireland. Here is my favorite photo of that trip. I cannot resist using it in most of my St. Patrick blogs. It is a perfect example of how many shades of green there are in Ireland. This photo was taken on the Dingle Peninsula - what a magnificent drive that was!
This year for my table, I brought out my Belleek "Shamrock" plates, again. I had recently purchased two additional ones, so I moved the festivities into the dining room. I was so excited, until I realized that I had only two sets of Shamrock place mats with four matching ones in each set. I would not be deterred, so I used four of one set with two of the other design. I placed one of those at each end of the table.
Mikasa "Ming Green" dinner plates hold the Belleek salad plates and the flatware is "Strasbourg" by Gorham.
The stemware is a mixture of "Andover" by Fostoria with the gold encrusted rims and "Killarney" by Tiffin.
The centerpiece is a collection of Waterford crystal pieces, along with a darling Irish lad and lassie.
The Celtic Cross and the Seahorse (the symbol of Waterford) were both purchased at the old Waterford factory store in Waterford, Ireland. I was so excited, when my husband and I finally arrived there. Well, I was excited for a couple of reasons. The first reason was that this was my husband's first experience driving on the "wrong" side of the road and I was excited to have arrived in Waterford alive! It was not that my husband's driving was bad, but the streets were so narrow in the small towns along the way that I thought we would hit every car parked on the side of road! The second reason that I was excited is pretty obvious - I would be able to shop at the famous Waterford store!
When you think of Ireland, what images come to mind - Irish crystal, Belleek china, Shamrocks, Leprechauns, gold coins? After having the fun of visiting there, I think of how green it is, even in the Fall, However, what I really remember are how kind and welcoming the Irish people were.
I, also, remember the sweet smiles and pink cheeks of the children. It truly is a beautiful country with beautiful people. As they say, "If you are lucky enough to be Irish, you are lucky enough!" Kathleen, I am sure you feel this way. Thanks for encouraging us to be lucky for a day, too!!