Before it is too late, I am finally ready to write a quick a St Patrick’s Day post. Happy Paddy’s Day! ☘️ Hooray, everybody’s Irish today! True to form, Dublin is rainy and blustery today. I am almost glad that I had to work on the Irish national holiday, anyway – the annual parade would have been rather cold and wet today. But despite work I have had a day of doing what I love doing. I got up early and made home-baked (green!) bread rolls for breakfast. I watched a bit of guilty TV, put the final touches on my surprise project below, was cooked the most amazingly fluffy American pancakes with bacon by my daughter (incidentally the only Irish-born member of my nuclear family…), and got to do what I love best – photograph a shrine. And now that the work day is over, I get to write a blog post. Thank you, Ireland, I still love you. Is breá liom tú, Éire 💚
It was only some time yesterday that I came to the decision to mark Paddy’s Day with a funky little pocket shrine. In fact, let’s make it a raffle, following a new tradition of my own.
Last year I threw a little Irish RAPS on the market, too. My idea was curtailed a bit by the fact that my printer ran out of cyan ink – and the local stationery shop did not have the replacement cartridge available. So if the following shrine design looks a little bit disjointed, it is so because I had to work with available imagery. After discarding a number of ideas, I eventually thought that a little Irish lesson might be the way to go.
Just imagine a little lesson with Mr A, teaching you Irish pronunciation. He’s given us a little bit of ribbing on the Irish accent here and there. From “bejaysus” to “
shopping trolley”. Here he is, explaining the correct pronunciation of “Whale, Oil Beef Hooked.” Or rather: Well, I’ll be f… Apparently an expression Mr A is familiar with, himself. At least he tweeted it two years ago.
From a very dear Irish friend, nick name “stumpy” I once rescued from an African prison… pic.twitter.com/EswaVHP8Er
— Richard Armitage (@RCArmitage) March 17, 2015
He better teach you while he’s sitting at a desk. Otherwise…
So… if you are Irish, have been to Ireland, or like Ireland, maybe this shrine is for you? Why not try if you have the luck of the Irish, and put your name in the hat for this raffle? All you need to do is leave a comment on this post. You could tell me what you think of the shrine, or what you think of Ireland, and whether you have ever been here? The raffle closes Saturday, 18 March 2017 at 11pm, GMT. The winner will be determined by randompicker, and the shrine will be sent anywhere in the world, free of charge. Good luck! 🍀