Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

For all of my Irish, part Irish, wish-you-were Irish, and temporarily Irish friends, I lift a glass to your health and happiness!

An old Irish/Celtic folk song

Of all the money, e’er I had,
I spent it in good company,
And all the harm I have ever done,
‘Alas it was to none but me.
And all I’ve done for want of wit,
To memory now I can’t recall,
So fill to me the parting glass,
Goodnight and joy be with you all.

So fill to me the parting glass,
And drink a health whate’er befalls,
Then gently rise and softly call,
Goodnight and joy be to you all.
Of all the comrades that e’er I had,
They’re sorry for my going away,
And all the sweethearts that e’er I had,
They’d wish me one more day to stay.

But since it fell into my lot,
That I should rise and you should not,
I’ll gently rise and softly call,
Goodnight and joy be to you all.
Fill to me the parting glass,
And drink a health whate’er befalls,
Then gently rise and softly call,
Goodnight and joy be to you all.

Fill to me the parting glass,
And drink a health whate’er befalls,
Then gently rise and softly call,
Goodnight and joy be to you all.


PS: I thought, for years, that I had no Irish ancestors. When I started doing genealogy, I found out that isn’t true, although I suspect my Irish ancestors originally moved from Scotland to Ireland in the 1600’s. In Ireland they call them Ulster Scots, and they are Protestants, not Catholics.

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14 Responses to Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

  1. Lucille says:

    HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY TO YOU, Ms. Stella and Stellars!
    In the Gaelic…“Lá Fhéile Pádraig sona duit!”… pronounced: “Law leh Paw-drig suna ghit.”

    St. Patrick’s Day love song – Traditional Celtic Song – “An Cailín Bán”

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    • Lucille says:

      I got to thinking about languages and Gaelic in particular. So after hitting that search engine, an article popped up with this explanation: “Why Gaelic Isn’t Irish”

      “This is where things get a little complicated: specifically, Gaelic is an adjective that describes the people and culture of Ireland. The Irish language is sometimes referred to as “Gaeilge” (pronounced Gwal-gah), but it is not Gaelic; Gaelige is the name of the Irish language in Irish.

      “Like its Gaelic cousin, both are Indo-European languages, but Irish is actually a language unto its own. The term “Gaelic”, as a language, applies only to the language of Scotland. If you’re not in Ireland, it is permissible to refer to the language as Irish Gaelic to differentiate it from Scottish Gaelic, but when you’re in the Emerald Isle, simply refer to the language as either Irish or its native name, Gaeilge.”

      Reference: https://www.unitedlanguagegroup.com/blog/gaelic-irish-differences

      Soooo, the song is likely in Irish or Gaeilge, though the video explanation doesn’t say so. But if you speak Irish, you’ll know.

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  2. Lucille says:

    DNA study shows Celts are not a unique genetic group
    By Pallab Ghosh, Science correspondent, BBC News – Published: 18 March 2015

    Liked by 3 people

  3. MaryfromMarin says:

    And as I do every year, here is MY favorite version of “The Parting Glass”……..

    Liked by 3 people

  4. Menagerie says:

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Have s cupcake with your drink.


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  5. Menagerie says:

    Here’s my favorite Irish song. I’ve loved it so much since my music loving son first played it for me many years ago. Here’s to my own three sons and their dad, always happy about their Irish heritage.

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  6. WeeWeed says:

    Happy St. Paddy’s, y’all!

    Liked by 6 people

  7. Menagerie says:

    What would this day be without a reading of the Lorica? Fr. Z does it justice.


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  8. JTR says:

    Dear Hubby sand this song to me 30 years ago!

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  9. Lucille says:

    This is what Harris (subbing for the pathetic figurehead) is doing for St. Patrick’s Day…

    Kamala Harris Hosts Prime Minister of Ireland For Bilateral Meeting, Trashes America as a Violent and Racist Country (VIDEO)
    By Cristina Laila – Published March 17, 2021 at 1:44pm


  10. glendl says:


    Irish Song – Gleanntáin Ghlas’ Ghaoth Dobhair – YouTube
    Classic Irish song about Gweedore and the glens that surround the area. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gleannt%C3%A1in_Ghlas%27_Ghaoth_Dobhair Images are by …

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