Happy St. Patrick’s Day

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I wish everyone a very happy and safe St. Patrick’s Day!  I am half irish, not just today, but everyday and below is a photograph of my great-grandfather, Martin F. Connor…..I think he was quite handsome.  I don’t know much about him other than he was born in Ireland, came to America in 1905 aboard the Merion and landed in the port of Philadelphia.  It must have been something to leave behind all that you know and venture off to start a new life across the sea….he was already married with several children, a sobering thought when you have many mouths to feed and nothing waiting for you on the other shore.

So here is to all the brave men & women who ventured forth from Ireland to start a new life in America.  I will think of them tonight as we enjoy a traditional meal of corned beef, cabbage, boiled potatoes and soda bread with irish apple cake for dessert.  I will raise my glass in a toast to them all but especially my great-grandfather and great-grandmother.

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May you always have walls for the winds,
a roof for the rain, tea beside the fire,
laughter to cheer you, those you love near you,
and all your heart might desire.

– Andi :)


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