I recently visited the Ireland to explore my Irish heritage and research my fourth book, Mac Tire, set in medieval Ireland. The temperate maritime climate provides a lush landscape that lives up to the moniker the Emerald Isle. The warm welcoming people share a sense of continuity as ancient as the Island itself. Life in the villages move at a casual pace strengthened by friendship and family ties as ageless as the castles that dot the countryside.
Tomorrow is a singular Irish holiday. St. Patrick was a fifth-century Christian missionary in Ireland. Known as the “Apostle of Ireland”, he is the primary patron saint of Ireland. Saint Patrick’s day is observed on March 17th, which is said to be the date of his death and celebrated inside and outside Ireland as a religious and cultural holiday. It’s also the day to dye rivers green, throw back a pint of Guinness and proclaim to anyone who will listen your Irish roots.
Fada agus breac-shlainte chagat. (long life and good health)