May her lakes and rivers bless you.
May the luck of the Irish enfold you.
May the blessings of Saint Patrick behold you.
Happy St. Paddy’s Day to you! 🙂 In preparation St. Patrick’s day on our morning show and gathering material for our program, I feel like I hit a pot o’ gold with all the great resources out there! Too many fun things not to share, so I hope you don’t mind. Here are a few of my favorite things when it comes to celebrating the iconic Irish saint.
*Note: not everything is directly related directly to St. Patrick, so I did take the liberty of also including general Irish heritage, but it can be used in any St. Patrick celebration! :
1: St. Patrick’s Breastplate from Christ Music Kids. I stumbled upon this several years ago and it’s been a fun one to play on road trips and during dishwashing dance parties.:) It’s the famous prayer of St. Patrick set to music and sung by children. You can get it on iTunes and Amazon. A secret: Mom likes this one maybe even more than the kids. 😉
3. Fun Irish films. We watched “St. Patrick: The Irish Legend” on Amazon streaming, and although the kids gave it poor reviews, I still thought it was edifying and interesting. Other movies on our list include:
“Darby O’Gill and the Little People” (with a very young Sean Connery)! I have to admit, I was wishing we had subtitles for this one, but I loved the special effects, music, and story just the same.
The Quiet Man (one of my favorites, with John Wayne).
Evelyn (starring Pierce Brosnon)
St. Patrick Apostle of Ireland
The Duggar’s in Ireland and Scotland (Season 5) 🙂
4. Every year I love to read the famous poem by writer, journalist and Irish nationalist Joseph Mary Plunkett (who has a pretty remarkable story in his own right):
This is a good general resource for Irish blessings and prayers.
5. The Veggie Tales version of the history of St. Patrick’s Day.
6.What would the celebration be without delicious dishes? 🙂 I attempted these “Minty Pudding
Parfaits” today (although it looked nothing like the picture) it was still tasty and green-themed. Yum! 🙂
And of course Pinterest offers a plethora of recipes as well as Catholic Cuisine. I love how easy this looks!
7. Trinity Shamrock craft. We’ve done this in the past and it’s a keeper.
8. “We Irish” by Dolly Parton. Try not to do a little jig when you hear this, I dare you! Lol. 🙂 Such a happy song with the penny whistle.
9. The full “Lorica of St. Patrick.” The Breastplate of St. Patrick is often abbreviated, but this is the payer, in it’s entirety, and it is beautiful.
10. Celebrating dad. Today, March 16 (The Eve of St. Patrick’s Day) is my dad’s birthday. He was diagnosed with lung cancer 3 years ago today, on his birthday. Although he is no longer with us on earth, we enjoyed celebrating his life today with a little Irish party.