My Irish connection goes way back to my great-grandmother Jane Dawson who was a direct descendant of Colonel Dawson of County Monaghan, Ireland.
There is an Obelisk in County Monaghan, a memorial honouring Colonel Dawson. Below is a photo of the memorial.
by a bit of Irish luck,
brightened by a song in your heart,
and warmed by the smiles
of the people you love.
"Patricius was born in Roman Britain in the 4th century. His father and grandfather were deacons of the Church. Two letters about his life tell how, at age 16, he was kidnapped and taken to Ireland as a slave and how he was told by God in a dream to flee to the coast and board a ship sailing to Britain.
Upon his return, he joined the Church in Gaul and studied to be a priest, After becoming a Bishop, he was again called by God to bring Christianity to Ireland, remaining true to his evangelical mission for more than 30 years, converting the entire country to Christianity until his death on March 17, 461.
The exact date of his canonization is not clear but Patrick’s sainthood has became a worldwide celebration that would not be complete without the shamrock. Why is the green shamrock plant such an important part of St. Patrick’s Day?
Because Patrick used it as a symbol of the Holy Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Ghost)."