Thursday, March 17, 2011

Top o' the Morning to ya!

Happy St Patrick's Day

In Honor of St Patrick's Day I would like you to meet my Grandparents Bernie and Anna McBride
They came to America in 1926
But they grew up in Scotland 
I did not know my Grandmom as she died a week before I was born but I remember my Pop-Pop and his voice with that incredible irish brogue.
He was proud to be irish and so am I (although I am also proud to be italian)
I have been researching my heritage and came across these photos which I will share with you. 
 This is Dumbarton castle in Scotland

aren't they so cute?

While I am in the Irish mood here is my list of favorite irish proverbs, quotes and blessing

Health and a long life to you.
Land without rent to you.
A child every year to you.
And if you can't go to heaven,
May you at least die in Ireland.
  Irish Blessing

Praise the child and you praise the mother
  Irish Quote

God made time, but man made haste.
    Irish Proverb

A son is a son till he takes him a wife, a daughter is a daughter all of her life
   Irish Proverb

Always remember to forget
The troubles that passed away.
But never forget to remember
The blessings that come each day

Irish Drinking Toast

Saint Patrick's Day Toasts Saint Patrick was a gentleman,
Who through strategy and stealth,
Drove all the snakes from Ireland,
Here’s a toasting to his health.
But not too many toastings
Lest you lose yourself and then
Forget the good Saint Patrick
And see all those snakes again.
'Beannachtam na Feile Padraig!'
Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Have a Wonderful Day! 


Mourne-made said...

Happy St paddys from Ireland.

Sounds like your granny and grandad were Scottish not Irish???

Jennifer said...

Thanks Una. Actually they were both Irish. My grandfather's family was originally from Donegal but they moved to Dumbarton, Scotland around 1902. My grandmother was from Antrim. She moved with her family to Dumbarton, Scotland when she was a teenager.

Deborah Lawrenson said...

Thanks for sharing these. There's always something rather wonderful about old photographs like these. Good to see you come from such solid, adventurous stock! ;)

Samantha Sotto said...

Lovely photographs! Thanks for sharing. It's always nice to look back at where you came from and appreciate your roots :) Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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