Slice of Life Story Challenge -March 17- Irish Connections
It’s St Patrick's Day! My family has strong connections to
. Generations of both sides
of my family came out of Ireland Ireland
to settle in .
I have been fortunate to visit Australia
on two occasions. I hope I get the opportunity to go there again. I have more
exploring to do. I have more history to uncover through the Ireland
area in particular. Wicklow Valley
I sang some Irish songs today as I drove to work. It is a tradition for me to connect to my Celtic roots in this way. If it’s just me and the music, no one can groan.
I sang, Óró, sé do bheatha abhaile (Irish pronunciation: [ˈoːɾˠoː ʃeː d̪ˠə ˈvʲahə walʲə]) a traditional Irish song, that came to be known as a rebel song in the early 20th century. Óró is a cheer, while sé do bheatha abhaile means "welcome home.’ I recall hearing this song sung by legendary Irish balladeers, The Clancy Brothers when I was just nineteen years old and it sent a tingle down my spine. I have been singing this rousing song ever since.
The Clancy Brothers taught me many Irish songs including some Irish children’s songs, which I have sung to my children and grandchildren over the years- whether they wanted to hear them or not! At one time in my musical past, I sang in a coffee lounge where they asked me to sing Irish folk songs. I obliged. They paid me in free coffee and raisin toast. Ah memories…
Happy St Patrick’s Day!
Here are two children's tunes I learned from The Clancy Brothers