If You’re Irish …

My mom was Irish so we grew up singing lots of Irish songs. We sang them pretty loud to cover the fact that maybe we didn’t know all the words or that we couldn’t carry a tune but we sang them with pride!

I remember this one clearly and enjoy singing it all these years later … ‘Twould be lovely if my mom were here to sing it with me…

If you’re Irish come into the parlour
There’s a welcome there for you
If your name is Timothy or Pat
So long as you come from Ireland
There’s a welcome on the mat
If You come from the Mountains of Mourne
Or Killarney’s lakes so blue
We’ll sing you a song and we’ll make a fuss
Whoever you are you are one of us
If you’re Irish, this is the place for you

And this was pretty special too. I grew up singing this song – ever heard it before? It’s called “That’s how you spell Ireland!”

I is for the Irish in your bonnie eyes my dear
R is right for when you’re right, you have no cause to fear
E is for Eileen, my mother’s name I mean and
L is for the love I have for that sweet colleen
A is for the angels who are watching over you
N is never fear, keep smiling through
D is for your daddy’s lesson that I pray will be a blessing

And that how I spell, Ireland

Green river in Chicago to celebrate St Pattys Day

Green river in Chicago to celebrate St Pattys Day
Green river in Chicago to celebrate St Patty's Day

And a very special Irish Blessing to you all:

May the roads rise to meet you,
May the winds be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields,
And until we meet again
May God hold you in the hollow of his hand.”

15 thoughts on “If You’re Irish …

  1. Thank you for the memories of “my Ireland”. This almost brings tears to my eyes for some reason. Maybe because it has been too long since I have been there.
    I hope you won’t mind I share your post today to mine.


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  3. The river is a bit scary! I’m sure the dye isn’t harmful – I used to dye a pond for a rich family and they had koi who were just fine with it. It fades pretty quick. Come back over to my blog and have a peek at the pics of my very small town in Ireland having its parade! Hilarious!


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