In 1995, Congress designated the month of March as National Irish-American Heritage Month. This coincides with St. Patrick’s Day (on March 17th), the Irish National Holiday. It is a time to honor the achievements and contributions of those with an Irish heritage to our country.
There is a long list of Irish Americans who have contributed greatly to our country. Among those are two of our presidents, John F. Kennedy and Barach Obama. The famous painter, Georgia O’Keeffe was of Irish decent as was the founder of Ford Motor Company, Henry Ford. We also want to remember Christa McAuliffe, also of Irish decent. She was the American teacher and astronaut who died in the Challenger disaster 1986.
Additionally, have a great Irish-American right here in our midst. So, this month we want to give a shout out to our very own Missy Donaghy, the owner of Interiors for Seniors, and just let her know we all appreciate the great contribution she has done for the moving industry as well as for the senior citizens in the Greater Orlando Area.
ST PATRICK’S DAY – MARCH 17, 2020
St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland, attributed with bringing Christianity to the Irish. Cities around the country have planned St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. Orlando is no exception. Some of the events don’t necessarily fall on March 17. One such event is The Baldwin Park St. Patrick’s Festival to take place on Saturday, March 14, 2020 from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Their website describes this event to be a “family-friendly event [that] will feature food trucks, a beer garden, music, dancing, and a street full of vendors and local businesses!” go to this link for directions: https://www.407area.com/florida/winter-park/events/454326/baldwin-park-st.-patrick_s-festival.htm.
The shamrock plant is closely related to St. Patrick’s Day. Legend has it that St. Patrick used the three leafed plant to describe the holy trinity. It is for this reason that those celebrating St. Patrick’s Day wear shamrocks.
Prior to this, the Druids, who also occupied Ireland embraced the shamrock. It was their belief that the shamrock would enable to them to see evil spirits and thus be able to escape from their grasp. It is for this reason that we associate shamrocks with bringing good luck.
On March 17th each year, a Shamrock Ceremony takes place at the White House in the Oval Room. There, the Taoiseach of Ireland (the prime minister of the Republic of Ireland) presents a crystal bowl of shamrocks to our president. This ceremony is then followed by a luncheon known as the Friends of Ireland. Thereafter, a St. Patrick’s Day Reception occurs in the evening that same day. This is a tradition that has taken place since 1952.
Why not buy a shamrock plant to add to your plant collection this year?
Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe
March and St Patrick’s Day wouldn’t be the same without a nice pot of Corned Beef and Cabbage stewing on the stove. Both All Recipes and Taste of Home websites have a great recipe for this meal.
All Recipes: https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/16310/corned-beef-and-cabbage
Bon Appétit and Happy St Patrick’s Day
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