The Children of Lir story is a beautiful Irish legend. Long ago there lived a King named Lir who lived with his four children, Fionnuale, Aodh, Fiachra and Conn and his beloved wife who would son die. After greiving for his wife King Lir married Aoife. In Dublin As you enter the garden of remembrance your eyes are immediately drawn to the large Children of Lir sculpture at the far end of the garden with the Irish Republic flag waving above it. The sculpture was created by the artist Oisin Kelly as a sign of rebirth and resurrection. The Irish legend is the story of Lir who was outraged after Bodb Derg was elected king of the Tuatha Dé Danann.
Monthly Archives: December 2014
- Dec 22 2014Saint Stephen's Day is celebrated on 26 December in Ireland. St. Stephen's Day (LÃ¡ FhÃ©ile StiofÃ¡in), or the Day of the Wren (LÃ¡ an DreoilÃn), is an occasion to commemorate the life of St Stephen, a Christian martyr. Most people in Ireland today spend the day quietly with close friends or family.
- Dec 19 2014During Penal Times there was once a plot in a village against the local soldiers. They were surrounded and were about to be ambushed when a group of wrens pecked on their drums and awakened the soldiers. The plot failed and the wren became known as ‘The Devil’s bird’.
- Want to wish your friends and family Merry Christmas in Irish this season? Well that’s easy simply tell them “Nollaig Shona Dhuit” pronounced NO-Lihg HO-nuh ghwich and literally translated means Happy Christmas. Today in Ireland, the most commonly used greeting during the holiday season is “Happy Christmas.”
- There is a beautiful Irish tradition that is very popular in the United States. I know you have seen those candles in the windows at Christmas. The placing of a lighted candle in the window of a house on Christmas eve is still practiced today.