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Celebrating Our Irish Heritage

Updated: Mar 19, 2019


Kylemore Abbey in Conomara, Ireland. Claire, Janie, and Sue visited this beautiful all girls school in 1969.

Some fun facts about Ireland:

1. The national symbol of Ireland isn’t the shamrock – it’s the harp!

2. It takes 119.5 seconds to pour a perfect Guinness – it’s an art and a science.

3. The Titanic was built in Belfast, in Northern Ireland, and its last port of call was Cobh (or Cove), at the southern end of the island.

4. It was an Irishman named James Hoban who designed the White House.

5. Guinness brewery employees started the almost-as-famous-as-the-beer Guinness Book of World Records. They were inspired after an argument about the fastest game bird in Europe.

6. One of Ireland’s favorite sports, hurling (think violent field hockey), has been around for about 2,000 years.

7. There are no wild snakes in Ireland, and there never have been, contrary to what you may have learned about Saint Patrick driving them out.

O'Connor – Patrons of Warriors

They might not be warriors themselves, but at least O’Connors descend from them!


The O'Connor name, with its varied spellings, doesn't spring from a common source. The name arose in five areas of Ireland: Connacht, Kerry, Derry, Offaly, and Clare and split into six distinct septs.


The most prominent sept is that of the Connacht O'Connors who gave us the last two High-Kings of Ireland: Turlough O'Connor (1088-1156) and Roderick O'Connor (1116-1198). They trace their heritage and name from the Irish "Ua Conchobhair," meaning from Conchobhar, a king of Connacht.


Seven Savvy Sisters

We seven all love our jewelry. Check out some of the bling we are sporting today.

Helen wears the beautiful Celtic knot earrings and necklace.

JoJo wears a stunning St. Bridget’s Cross pin with Conamara marble that Oakie gave her.

Jean has a collection of terrific Celtic knots on several pins and earrings plus a

a St. Bridget’s Cross that was made for her in Ireland.

Sue wears a claddagh ring on each hand year round with the “❤️ side facing out.” ☘️🇮🇪

Claire wears a Celtic knot ring and heart shaped Celtic knot earrings as well as the beautiful symbol of Ireland, a harp pin.

Janie loves to wear colorful scarves with Irish symbols and often sports a lapel pin of the Irish flag. She also believes that she wears the map of Ireland on her face.

JoJo made a colorful shamrock out of sea glass she collected from Ireland on her recent visit. She also enjoys singing at Irish pubs with her band some old classics like Galway Bay, Rose of Tralee, and Rattlin’ Bog.

Sue grows a shamrock plant to remind her of the Emerald Isle.

Janie likes to find eateries and pubs with great names! O'Connors is a place I'd like to check out! How about you?


Erin Go Brough (Ireland Forever)

Slainte! (Cheers and Good Health)

☘️☘️☘️☘️☘️☘️☘️

Smile and Be Kind!

Claire







Sources:

https://www.libertytravel.com/travel-articles/21-things-you-might-not-know-about-ireland

https://www.irishcentral.com/roots/the-10-most-popular-last-names-122410074-237737691

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