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.
Tuesday, 29 January 2013
The Luck of the Irish
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.