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 soon die. After grieving for his wife, King Lir married Aoife.
During 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.