On Saint Patrick's Day I think everyone has a little green flowing through their veins. I have been told that I am Scots-Irish, among other things. I used to think that meant it was kinda like the Hatfields and the McCoys where someone among the feuding clans somehow managed to find true love long ago and one of my ancestors was a product of that ill-timed love affair.
You either just bought that story I was trying to sell ya, or you figured out I must have kissed a Blarney Stone or two in my youth. Here is a more famous "blarney" joke for your enjoyment:
O'Gorman jumped up from the card table white with rage
'Stop this game!' he shouted. 'Fitzgerald is cheating!'
'How do you know?' his partners asked with concern.
'He's not playing the hand I dealt him!'
The Irish are very proud of what they consider their national treasures and so should they be! Here are a few little known facts about the history and culture of the lovely Irish people:
1) The national emblem of the country is the Celtic Harp, not the shamrock as many believe. No other country in the world has a musical instrument for their national emblem.
2) Bram Stoker , the author of Dracula was Irish.
3) Saint Patrick's true name was Maewyn Succat
4) There are no known snakes living in Ireland.
5) 4 Irish authors have won the Nobel Prize of literature .
Ireland is also the home of many Irish Children's Book Authors. Here are just a few:
Roddy Doyle...The Giggler's Treatment
Patricia Lynch...The Turf-Cutter's Donkey
C S Lewis...The Chronicles of Narnia
Eoin Colfer...Artemis Fowl series
Marita Conlon McKenna...Under The Hawthorne Tree
Padraic Colum...The King of Ireland's Son
Pat O'Shea...The Hounds of The Morrigan
Kate Thompson...The New Policeman
James Stephens...Irish Fairy Tales
Siobhan Dowd...The London Eye Mystery
Nowhere else in the world could you find such a beautifully rustic writer's retreat. Can't you just visualize a highland romance or a wee fairy tale just waiting to be born there? Or, if you are interested in writing on a grander scale...