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Thursday, March 17, 2011

A little Irish

We all come from somewhere, from some mix of genes and nationalities that make up the who of who we are. I have tended to bond more closely to some parts of my geneology and family history than others; particularly the small portion of Irish in me. I think in my mind I've worked it out that I am 1/32nd "full" Irish. Who knows how close my math is, especially considering it is not my strongest subject. But how I do love that sliver.
So, we celebrate St. Patrick's Day at my house; especially since I named my sons all Irish names: Haden after my full-blooded great, great grandfather Thomas Haden; Liam because I just love that Irish name; and Finn, because I had a vision of that name shortly after Liam was born, and it came back to me when we were searching for a name for our third boy. Is it normal that my 1/64th part Irish boys think they are all Irish? All I'm sure of it that they carry the passion, humor and names of a land I've never seen but dream is my home.
"It is in the shelter of each other that the people live."~Irish Proverb


  1. Great names! If you think about are related to your Irish ancestors back to the beginning of time and if any of them had not wouldn't be! Ha! I find that fascinating. People think of family trees spreading upward & outward, but just think of all of the branches off the roots! They opened up more Irish records on, so I'm hoping to find out more about my grandpa's family.

    Happy St. Patrick's Day to you!

    : )

    Julie M.

  2. What a LOVELY post Hollie....Happy St Patricks Day to you Lovey....!! I LOVE the names you've chosen for your boys....Romantic....STRONG Irish names.... :o) !!

    THANKS for your comment earlier....I'm just about to head off to Round Top for Antique Week (which is really a FORTNIGHT) & I'm HOPING the bargains are THICK on the ground....!!

    Enjoy your weekend....I get to do Saturday TWICE so I'm LAUGHIN'....!!

    Cheers from Oz (for NOW),
    Tamarah :o)

  3. So love your Irish story! And your boys have great names, I too named my children Irish names. With a surname like O'Hara, the blarney is a given. And to make it even more delicious, my mothers' family and my husbands fathers' family were related about 4 generations ago in Ireland. My husband and I are kissing cousins!

  4. I'm a day late for wishing you a great St. Pat's. I'm not Irish, I'm German. Hey, I guess that doesn't matter. On St. Pat's we're all of Irish decent!!! So, Happy belated St. Pat's Sister. Give those Irish Boys a smooch from me!
    xx Liz

  5. I think it's great that they think they are full Irish. My kids think they are at least half and since my Mom was adopted we don't know how much. I say I am Irish and Italian. Interesting combo huh?

    I love your boy's names. My sister is pre go and hoping for a boy. I am so going to suggest these names.

  6. Thanks girls!! I love talking Irish with you all!! Thanks for sharing your Irish greetings and Irish families; and St. Patrick's Day wishes!!
    I'm going to give my three little lepruchans extra hugs from you all tomorrow=)...My eldest celebrated his 8th birthday oh my!!!!
    Happy Weekend to all; wherever your creativity takes you!!
    Lots of love,

  7. Cute pics and story!!! I am 1/8 th Irish (3/4 scottish)and alittle english plus a drop of Cherokee indian....weird huh? I love the Irish heritage too!!! But I have a confession...I hate no green beer for me!!!

  8. family!!=)...Green cupcakes work too=)

  9. Hey Hollie! I too am Irish...well 1/8 anyways...and with my name "Erin" and my mothers maiden name of Pendergast, throw in my green eyes = I love saying I am of Irish heritage...Love your pics...see you soon! xoxo

  10. Hi Irish Erin=)...see you soon...yea!!!!

  11. Great words and I like your pictures a lot.
    Hope Spring is off to a lovely start, Hollie xxxx

  12. Thank you so much my European blogger friend!! Your blog always makes me smile...and we are having a beautifu spring so far=) Hollie

  13. My mother's grandparents were Irish from
    County Down, Ireland...thanks for visiting and leaving a sweet message about my diningroom!


  14. May there always be 'Junkin' for your hands to do,
May your purse always hold a coin or two.
May the sun always shine warm on your windowpane,
May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain. 

    May the hand of a friend always be near you,
And may God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.

    Lovingly, (a week late!) Ballyhoo Girl McGurran (My grandma's maiden name)

  15. Love it Rondell!! So many of us creative Irish sorts=)!!!
    Christy, I love your revised Irish blessing Miss McGurran;)!!!!


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