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Irish Blessings

Irish Blessings

Whether you were born Irish or not, everyone turns a wee bit Irish
on St. Patrick’s Day.  This day of fun and frolic is perfect for sharing
heartfelt wishes with family and friends, and what better way
to get all those eyes smilin’, than by adding a fun or heartfelt
Irish blessing to your St. Patrick’s Day greeting.

We’ve collected some favorites that are perfect for adding to your
eCard wishes.  And some of us here at BlueMountain.com are going
to literally put these Irish words in the mouths of our St. Patrick’s Day Talking eCards
for a wonderfully-fun surprise for our friends and family —you should too!

Plus – discover the meaning behind some favorite Irish sayings here!

Classic Blessings:

  • May the road rise up to meet you.
    May the wind be always at your back.
    May the sun shine warm upon your face;
    the rains fall soft upon your fields
    and until we meet again,
    May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

 

  • May you always have…
    Walls for the wind
    A roof for the rain
    Tea beside the fire,
    Laughter to cheer you
    T
    hose you love near you
    And all your heart
    might desire

Heartfelt Blessings:

  • May you always walk in sunshine.
    May you never want for more.
    May Irish angels rest their wings
    right beside your door.

 

  • May you have warm words on a cold evening,
    a full moon on a dark night,
    and the road downhill all the way to your door.

Cute Blessings:

  • May God grant you always…
    A sunbeam to warm you,
    A moonbeam to charm you,
    A sheltering angel,
    so nothing can harm you.

 

  • May you have all the happiness
    and luck that life can hold,
    And at the end of all your rainbows
    may you find a pot of gold.

Friendship Blessings:

  • A special Irish blessing
    From the heart of a friend—
    “May good fortune be yours,
    May your joys never end.”

 

  • May the hinges of our friendship
    never grow rusty.

 

 

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eCard of the week – Fine Irish Lassie

eCard of the week   Fine Irish Lassie

Our pick this week is Fine Irish Lassie - a talking St. Patrick’s Day eCard. We love the details in this card, and how the adorable pooch shows off her St. Patrick’s Day spirit. Talking eCards are a great way to send a personal message to friends and loved ones because you get to pick what the character says. For St. Patrick’s Day try something like “Kiss me I’m Irish,” “Hope the luck of the Irish is with you today,” or “Sending you a little Irish hello just in time for St. Patrick’s Day.”

Blue Mountain has a great variety of St. Patrick’s Day eCards to choose from – take a minute and check them all out today! And don’t forget that Easter is right around the corner too… For everything from upcoming holiday eCards to Birthday eCards and Everyday eCards, Blue Mountain is always there to help you stay connected!

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It's Irish Heritage Month!

It's Irish Heritage Month!Aye there, lads and lassies – March is Irish-American Heritage month! Raise a glass to the rolling green hills and enchanting lore of Ireland. Did you know that about forty-four million Americans proudly share an Irish ancestry?

The main Irish event in March, of course, is St. Patrick’s Day. Celebrated with parades, family functions, church Masses, and more. The heritage of Ireland is also kept alive and well throughout the month in different U.S. communities with various local celebrations. Irish-American Heritage Month is an annual proclamation issued by the US President or Congress to honor the achievements and contributions of Irish immigrants and their descendants living in the U.S.

Irish culture has many symbols, tales and superstitions. Just one of the interesting stories passed down through the generations includes the legend of the Claddagh. The Claddagh Ring signifies Love, Friendship and Loyalty or Fidelity. These rings are kept with great pride as family heirlooms, and are often passed down from mother to daughter on her wedding day. They are worn by both men and women all over Ireland and throughout the world. The design is of a heart held between two hands, with a crown on the top. The symbol also appears in other kinds of jewelry, but most commonly in ring form.

There are many versions of the beginning of legend of the Claddagh. Just one telling says that shortly before he was supposed to be married, a Claddagh fisherman named Richard Joyce was captured at sea by pirates and sold into slavery. His master was a rich goldsmith who decided to train him in the goldsmith craft. To keep his hope alive over the years, Richard stole a tiny speck of gold from his slave master’s shop each day. So many years passed that he was able to eventually make a gold ring. He hoped that, despite great odds, he would return home again to give this special gift to his love. This was the first Claddagh Ring.

King George III eventually made a deal with the slave master to release all his enslaved subjects, and thus Richard Joyce was a free man. Richard returned to his village just outside the city of Galway and found that his sweetheart had been true and faithful. He presented her with the Claddagh Ring and they were married.

Wearing the Claddagh:

-Worn on the right hand, crown turned inwards, your heart is yet unoccupied.
-Worn on the right hand, crown turned outwards, shows a special commitment to someone.
-Worn on the left hand, crown outwards, means that love and friendship reign forever -
never to be separated.

Do you have a Claddagh Ring? What’s the story behind yours?

Are you in the mood to share some Irish cheer? BlueMountain.com has Irish St. Patrick’s Day eCards that will help you deliver a wee bit o’heaven!

http://www.thecladdagh.com/show103.htm

http://www.seawear.com/claddagh-story-legend.html

http://www.irishindeed.com/page.htm?pg=CLADDAGH

http://www.irishamericanheritage.com/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irish-American_Heritage_Month

http://www.irishamericanheritage.com/webpageirish1.htm

http://www.aohnewport.org/Heritage_Month_2010.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claddagh_ring

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