Thursday, March 13, 2008

Wavin' of the Green

We bend today over the grave of a man not more than thirty years of age, who took to himself the gospel of toil for Ireland, and of sacrifice for their good, and who has made himself a hero and a legend that will stand in the pages of our history with any bright page that was ever written there. Pages have been written by him in the hearts of our people that will never find a place in print. But we lived, some of us with these intimate pages; and those pages that will reach history, meagre though they be, will do good to our country and will inspire us through many a dark hour. Our weaknesses cry out to us, "Michael Collins was too brave." Michael Collins was not too brave. Every day and every hour he lived he lived it to the full extent of that bravery which God gave to him, and it is for us to be brave as he was—brave before danger, brave before those who lie, brave even to that very great bravery that our weaknesses complained of in him. ~ Richard Mulcahy in his oration at Michael Collins' funeral.

Mr. Alex and I spent about five hours today out-of-doors in the 50-60 F weather—Alex catting around while I read on the deck. For me it was most enjoyable but exhausting: I napped from about 5:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. Thus I didn’t accomplish much blog writing or visiting.

At the moment I’m awaiting Alex’s return from his evening session of catting around, so I want to post something. With Saint Paddy’s Day fast approaching and the majority of jokes I’ve received in my email thus far being Irish related, I really feel I want to post something Green. Since the book I snatched up to read on the deck was one of several in my library about one of my personal heroes, Michael Collins, I’ve decided to dedicate this post to him. I’ve previously posted about Mick, “the Big Fellow.” So since at the moment I am too tried to write an in-depth post, I humbly offer for your edification and entertainment the following videos. Of course being an Irish patriot, the videos that tell his story are songs.


  1. top o the mornin to ye and Happy Weekend you 2 - How's your aspiration these days>>sk

  2. Well, I would agree that those in the Easter Rising were heros...not all Irish would agree ;-)

    I'm a "Republican" but I know there were plenty who opposed Home Rule, so I'll say I'm glad we're moving towards a much more peaceful Ulster and a prosperous Republic.

    I was just thinking today - St. patrick drove the snakes out of Ireland...but I wondered - were they real snakes or was the phrase "snake" a euphamism?

  3. I heard that Paddy's Day is being celebrated tomorrow in Ireland (and elsewhere) because the 17th falls during Lent this year!

    Hope you have a good one!

  4. I BEATI: My breathing has been OK the past few days. And even though I’m most probably be unable to hit a pub to celebrate on Monday, I’ve sent me housekeeper to the grocery shopping and placed a bit of GUINNESS Draught on the list.

    PINK: After seven centuries of oppressing, starving, and hanging me ancestors, it was time to allow the Irish—or the “white niggers” as Lord Palmerston called us—the freedom to be a free people.

    When Michael Collins arrived at the ceremony at Dublin Castle to take down the British flag and receive the keys to the castle, the British general in command said. “You're seven minutes late, Mr. Collins. “

    To which General Collins replied: “You've kept us waiting 700 years. You can have your seven minutes.”

    AKELAMALU: I thought about it falling during Holy Week, but hadn’t considered the impact it would have on celebrating. I think I’ll begin me own celebration tomorrow, too.

  5. Great educational information.
    Don't let Alex get in trouble now.
    Hugs Nick!

  6. As much Irish ancestry as I have, I should be more knowlegable about Irish history, but alas, it's all I can do to keep up with the world on a day to day basis.

    The only St. Patrick's Day celebrating I'll be doing, is with my hubby. We met on St. Pat's Day and were married 12 months later. (this will be our 19th year together - 18 years married) I'll settle for a couple for quiet moments with the love of my life. Hope that you, Alex, and everyone else has a great celebration !!!

    Take care,

  7. Nick, glad to hear you got outside for so long today, that must have felt really good.
    Happy St. Pats day to you and Alex!!!!!!!

  8. Hi Nick ~~ happy St Patrick's Day to you and enjoy that Guinness. Good post about Michael Collins, very
    interesting. Thank you for your visit and it has been a great weekend, if a little too warm in the high 90s F.
    Glad you were able to get outside for a change. Take care, Regards, Merle.

  9. Nick -

    I'm a wee bit Irish, & thank you greatly for your inspirational & informational post on Michael Collins.

  10. We already started celebrating on Sunday with our local St. Patrick's Day parade followed by Irish music at the Shillelagh Club! On the day itself we are probably going to a friend's house for corned beef and cabbage. Enjoy your celebrating!