March 2011 newsletter
St. Patrick's Day, Shillelaghs

Happy St. Patrick’s Day from!

“É irinn go brách” means “Ireland Forever”, and it is the original Irish spelling of the phonetic pronunciation “Erin go braugh”. It was an Irish blessing used to express allegience to Ireland, which could also translate as "Ireland 'till doomsday", "Ireland until eternity", "Ireland until the end (of time)" or "Ireland until the Day of Judgment". As I grew up, my father was very proud of his Irish heritage and he gave my sisters and me a green shamrock pin to wear on St. Patrick’s Day. It had this saying in gold on a green ribbon across the shamrock. My father also wore green and had several St. Patrick’s Day ties.

We were in Ireland twice during St. Patrick’s Day; you can read about some of our adventures at March 2005 and March 2007.

I have several St. Patrick’s Day recipes that you might want to try for your celebration. There are some appetizers, entrees and desserts. Don’t forget to order your Irish Boiling Bacon for Bacon and Cabbage.

Irish Flag Bars
Shamrock Sugar Cookies
Irish Corned Beef Dinner
Irish Flag Bars
Shamrock Sugar Cookies
Irish Corned Beef Dinner

Irish Shillelagh Sticks

Bailey's Irish Cream Cheesecake

Irish Cheddar Triangles
Irish Sausage Kebabs
Orange Glazed Carrots
Bacon & Cabbage

Irish Sausage Kebabs
Orange Glazed Carrots
Bacon & Cabbage

I hope that all of you have had an opportunity to visit our new Gift Shop. There is a large variety of gift items from souvenirs and tee shirts, to jewelry and shillelaghs, to Waterford crystal and Irish knit sweaters. Have fun browsing!

I have written some new articles that might be of interest to you. One is about The Irish Police Force, named Garda Síochána na hÉireann, or in English, Guardians of the Peace of Ireland. Another is a brief note plus the lyrics, in English and Irish, to the Republic of Ireland National Anthem, Amhrán na bhFiann, or in English, The Soldiers Song. Then there is a short unusual article about the three “National Anthems” of Northern Ireland, which is not actually a country. And, finally, “History of the Irish Defence Forces” about the Irish Army.

I would like to clarify the shipping procedures regarding the purchase of perishable items from our online store. Because of United States Agricultural Department policy, no meats, cheeses, butter or other dairy products can be shipped outside of the United States. Recently, I have had several submissions inquiring as to how long it would take to ship these items to other countries around the world. I'm sorry, but those are their rules.

I received an interesting submission from Jean M., who is wondering if her ancestors from Killyfea, Co. Leitrim, were related to Terry’s great grandfather Bernard. In the 1901 Leitrim census, her great-great grandfather, John Reynolds, and his brother, Hugh, lived in Killyfea. Since they were all in the same age group, and lived in the same area, it is a possibility. She is going to send some photos to see if there is any resemblance to Terry’s family. It would be great to find other family members that we didn’t know anything about.

There are about two weeks left before your St. Patrick’s Day celebration, so there is still time to order your party supplies from our affiliate

On behalf of all of us at, I would like to wish you a very happy St. Patrick’s Day.


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