Tis the season...for Saint Patrick's Day!!
March 09, 2016 • Leave a Comment
Its almost here and people are excited. Not Christmas--Saint Patrick's Day, the day on which we honor the birthday of Saint Patrick, the Patron Saint of Ireland. As is well known, St. Patrick was not born in Ireland--but he did spend much of his adult life there and supposedly converted the residents to Catholicism, while driving the snakes off of the island.
All I know for certain is that the Republic of Ireland is a wonderful country. I visited there with Nancy Ori and a group of photographers in September of 2013. We spent most of our time in County Mayo, the western most county in the country. Although we saw a lot of green, I was amazed at how barren and rocky much of the country is. I got a real sense of how difficult it was to live there, even in the best of times, and how bad it must have been during the Famine in the 19th century. County Mayo is very rural, for the most part, and very beautiful. The coastline on the North Atlantic is absolutely magnificent and the people are as nice as can be. While we were there we actually got very little rain, but I have been told repeatedly how wet and stormy the weather can be. I believe it. Still, I thoroughly enjoyed my time there and hope to return someday.
In the meantime, I will raise my glass to the county and the people and say "Erin Go Bragh!!"
Keywords: County Mayo, Erin Go Bragh, Ireland, March 17th, Nancy Ori, North Atlantic, Saint Patrick's Day, catholicism, snakes, the Patron Saint of Ireland
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