Does anyone actually win those big competition prizes? You know the ones...the new car, a world trip? I didn't think so either, until I actually won a trip to Ireland courtesy of Tourism Ireland NZ.
My name is Paddy, I'm from New Zealand & I'd like to invite you to follow me on my 2012 month long journey around the island of Ireland & and my many other musings, as I continue my love affair with this beautiful place.
Oh yes, I’ve been Lucky. Winning a trip
to Ireland definitely makes me lucky. But is it really true, that the Irish are blessed
hear the word luck & you automatically think of gold & riches. But the
irony of the phrase ‘the luck of the Irish’ is that it actually relates to poor
fortune rather that good, bad times not happy times, & centuries of losses
many of us as kids, spent hours on the front lawn, looking for that elusive
four leaf clover?Hoping to find that
one 4-leaf amongst 10,000 3-leafs, knowing that if we did find it, we’d have
‘the luck of the Irish’ forever.
did find the elusive 4-leaf & looking for a heavy book so as to press it
flat, I placed it, like a treasured keepsake, between the pages of a Bible.And therein lies another irony, because the 3
leaf clover was the inspiration that St Patrick received from God, to explain the Trinity to a people who commonly believed in Druids &
magic. Superstitions around
the 4 leaf clover are many.One being
that it symbolises God’s melting of the Druids beliefs with those of the
Trinity & Christianity.Druids
apparently believed that the 4 leaf clover could heal the sick & ward off evil.
Irish soldiers conscripted into the Bristish Army, began wearing the Shamrock on their uniform lapels because they had been Blessed by St. Patrick & believed they were on God's side & therefore safely protected by Him.
Whatever your beliefs, the superstitions
surrounding the Shamrock are many and varied, from providing you with faith,
hope, love & luck, warding off evil, giving you good fortune & even enabling
those who wear it to see fairies!
I'd like to think of my shamrock as a Blessing, because it helped me find
my 'pot of Gold at the end of the rainbow'..... & surprise, surprise!... I found that 'pot of gold' in Ireland.
At my desk... Upstairs @ Griffins Bakery, Galway 2011
I have to confess Ireland.... I’ve got a little bit of a crush on
Maybe it’s the spirits of my Irish ancestors pulling me back to you or
maybe it’s just that you were such a ‘beaut’ [kiwi colloquialism] place to be
[travel] around .
Whatever it is that has drawn me in, ‘hook line & sinker’, I can’t
stop thinking about you.Most days I‘m
all a twitter over you or just plain stalking you.
Seriously though, it’s been10 months
now since I returned from Ireland & still I can’t seem to stay away from
the place... in a virtual sense, that is.
After winning my trip to Ireland I was encouraged by Tourism Ireland NZ
to start Blogging & Tweeting while I was on my road trip there.So I have them to ‘thank’ for unleashing me
onto Blogspot & Twitter, both of which I’d never ventured into before or
felt in the least bit inclined to go near.But it has been through both these social mediums
that I’ve met [in a cyber sense] some super people & I’m loving the
connections you can make, more recently those I’ve made via Twitter.
I'm going to try to keep Paddy’s Wagon relevant to Ireland, despite living 18.000km away from each other. I've been told long distance relationships can be difficult but we're going to give it go.
Back Soon.... I promiseJ
P.S. If you are interested in heading off to the Island of Ireland in the
near future & need a helping hand with your itinerary, then back track to
Paddy’s Wagon “Ireland at Last”, the start of myIreland road trip.