Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Irish people originally faced some discrimination here in America some 200 years ago, so I find it pretty awesome that being Irish is now something to celebrate (though it likely has something to do with the drinking…).
I am a typical European mutt when it comes to my heritage, though it’s obvious from looking at my red hair that I have a good chunk of Irish blood in me. That comes from my mother’s side: of my mother’s great-grandparents, 2 were Swiss-German, 2 were Irish, and 4 were born in the US. Of those 4 Americans, their parents included 7 Irish people and 1 German.
SO! For those who don’t like to do math, I will tell you that I am 34.375% Irish…let’s call it one-third. My mother is about two-thirds Irish.
I know all this because we recently started a family genealogy project using the free 2-week trial at ancestry.com. My mom and I are planning a trip to Ireland this summer and wanted to know more about where our ancestors came from. Hopefully I will soon have more details about both my family history and what we’ll be doing on our trip.
May the road rise to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
And the rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.