They say mother earth is breathing
With each wave that finds the shore
Her soul rises in the evening
For to open twilight’s door
Her eyes are the stars in heaven
Watching o’er us all the while
And her heart it is in Ireland
Deep within the Emerald Isle.
Ireland has always been on my bucket list. Always. This Garth Brooks song did it for me. So did the dancing in that forbidden galley in the movie Titanic. So does the entire Irish and Scottish fog, folklore, mystic, that accent, and the Celtic music. We had a CD once that Kobi and I played on repeat for months. The topography of rock and mountain, sky and marsh, and a whole bunch more I’m not aware of draw me to Ireland like nowhere else on the globe. Here are Twelve Really Interesting, Cool, Unknown Facts about Ireland that make me dream of going even more. Yes, I’m dreaming again, and these facts are really fascinating. Will you join me?
Ireland by Garth Brooks in ASL
It’s a great song and as you know I roll to the rhythm of the music that gets into the cracks of me soul. So, enjoy it’s awesomeness. But, this is even more unreal than words. You see, since we’ve met the GVSP Deaf community in Philippines and fell in love with signing (again and again) I found, just for you, (*cough* for me *cough*) Ireland in ASL. Tell me it’s not five times more inspirational that way! (And then the cool facts! I promise!)
Twelve Really Interesting, Cool, Unknown Facts about Ireland
1-The three most famous symbols of Ireland are the green Shamrock, the harp, and the Celtic cross.
2- Titanic, the Unsinkable ship, which sunk in its maiden voyage, was made in Ireland.
3- Ireland’s most famous musical export is U2.
4- Mary Robinson was the first female President of Ireland. She was followed by Mary McAleese. This is the only instance in the world where one female President was replaced by another.
5- Ireland has won seven times the Eurovision Song Contest (in 1970, 1980, 1987, 1992, 1993, 1994 and 1996), more than any other country.
6- Ireland is the only country in the EU where abortion is still illegal.
7- Many Irish family names start with “Mac” or “O’…“, which means respectively “son of …” and “grandson of …” in Gaelic.
8- A spell in Madeleine L’Engle’s popular time quartet is derived from a prayer by St. Patrick. From A Swiftly Moving Planet:
“At Tara in this fateful hour
I place all Heaven with its power
And the sun with its brightness,
And the snow with its whiteness,
And the fire with all the strength it hath,
And the lightning with its rapid wrath,
And the winds with their swiftness along their path,
And the sea with its deepness,
And the rocks with their steepness,
And the earth with its starkness:
All these I place
By God’s almighty help and grace
Between myself and the powers of darkness!”
9- The longest place name in Ireland is Muckanaghederdauhaulia.
10- There are more mobile phones in Ireland than there are people.
11- Dracula may actually have been inspired by the Irish legend of Abhartach.
12- There are more Irish people living outside of Ireland than in.
How It May Just Roll
You know we never know how these dreams will pan out. But, this, I can tell you. I do know that regardless of if it’s with the kids and Kobi, or just with Kobi and I way later, or one day alone, or in some other life, I will get to Ireland and Scotland. Both. My dear friend Wendy Grant is waiting there for me. So I must. And, while I’m at it, I’ll look for a hotel in Athlone and I’ll sip on a virgin margarita on the balcony of the room I booked at Hodson Bay Hotel. And I’ll … wait. stop. no. rewind. I’ll be here with Kobi and I alone in a romantic getaway. It can be no other way. This place is too mystic to not be able to make love in the middle of the afternoon. Right?
So, do you see it happening? We do. One tiny dream at at time. I do. I know that I have endless blessings and excitement in my life, and this will be one of them. Do you love the ASL and the song? Have you been to Ireland? I know that Ireland and Scotland are different, I just clump them into the same dream sometimes for both call me. Oh, oh, oh… and did you know any of those facts about Ireland? I love it when I sit down and do some seriously random, motivated learning! So cool yes?
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Thank you dearly,
Gabi, Kobi, Solai, Dahnya, and Orazi