Happy Saint Patrick’s Day

Today Miles, myself, and our son are going to a friend’s house to enjoy corned-beef and cabbage.

I’m a quarter Irish, mostly on my father’s side. (Although we have Irish ancestors on my mother’s side too.) My maiden name is Carroll.

Carroll Name Meaning

Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Cearbhaill or Ó Cearbhaill ‘son (or descendant) of Cearbhall’, a personal name of uncertain origin, perhaps from cearbh ‘hacking’ and hence a byname for a butcher or nickname for a fierce warrior. (ancestry.com)

Now my married name is McKee.

McKee (derived from McKay) Name Meaning

Scottish and northern Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Aodha ‘son of Aodh’, an ancient personal name meaning ‘fire’. Etymologically, this is the same name as McCoy. (ancestry.com)

I hope you have a lovely weekend. I want to leave you with my favorite Celtic prayer. A few fun personal facts about this prayer. I wrote it in Miles’ travel journal when we first met,  he was leaving for a long road trip. The first line is inscribed in his wedding band. This prayer hangs above the hand towel in our bathroom so we can see it every day.

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields
and until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

-Rachel McKee

Cover Image: “Rock Of Cashel” Ireland. Found on the website Globe Trotter In Ireland.

Author: Rachel McKee

I love reading about everything. I'm not a book snob. Lately I have been "reading" a lot of picture books to my toddler and baby. In my past life before motherhood, I was a professional technical editor and writer.

7 thoughts on “Happy Saint Patrick’s Day”

      1. Hah. Well I’m not into American light lager either. Imagine the taste of like Bud light with chemical food coloring. Not pleasant.

        Guinness for me too, though I prefer the extra stout over the draught.

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  1. I don’t have a drop of Irish blood in me, though Muffin has some, as my husband’s mother was about a tenth Irish. When White Fang and I were in England with my first husband, he and I (obviously not White Fang) would go to the pub with some Irish friends… I learned the hard way that all the stereotypes Americans think about St. Patrick’s Day are true. 😛

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  2. Thank you for your lovely St. Patrick’s Day wishes! My dear neighbour, Huguette, put two lovely cinnamon buns on my door drizzled in green icing (by way of Cob’s bakery!) – your gorgeous image and those buns are a boon to my mostly Irish heart! Hope you all enjoyed the day!

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