Friday, March 16, 2012

Top O' The Morning, to Ya!

The parade is set to start at 10:15am.
This year we are set to be the largest 
St. Patrick's Day Parade
in the world!!
60-plus bands and about 15,000 people 
will be marching in the parade.
The majestic Clydesdales from last year when I did attend.
Last year approximately 750, 000 visitors
were in Savannah for the parade. There
are projections for 1,000,000 visitors this year.
We will see, but this lady will be staying
on the island and working in the flower garden.
I only attend the parade when we have
guests in town for that purpose.
God bless those who serve to protect us

I will be updating on this year's parade next week.

For now I would like you to join me while I revisit
a 2010 tour of 
St. Patrick's Cathedral
In Dublin, Ireland

Sculpture Of Saint Patrick

George Grenville Nugent Temple - 1st Marquess of Buckingham
First Grand Master - Illustrious Order of Saint Patrick

The Official Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
It was installed in the Cathedral prior to The Republic of Ireland's independance in 1921/22.
Today's  Coat Of Arms represents the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland.

When I first visited Saint Patrick's Cathedral
in 1984, being from Savannah, I was shocked to
see the condition of the Cathedral. It was dirty, the outside being almost black, and was in an obvious
state of neglect. It was then, I discovered that Saint Patrick was not celebrated in Ireland as he is in the 
United States. In Ireland the day was a quiet religious day, as well it should have been.
When I revisited the cathedral a couple of years ago, 
I was pleased to see the outside 
stonework practically gleaming.
 A complete restoration had taken place. 
This cathedral is modest when compared to many throughout Europe and the United States.
It is beautifully simple and a blessed
testament to Saint Patrick.

I hope you have enjoyed our visit to the "source".

Saint Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin, Ireland

Please visit these great parties.


The Polka Dot Closet said...

Oh, how lucky are you to have been to Ireland not once, but twice!! How wonderful that St. Patricks Cathedral has been restored in all of her glory!

Happy St. Patricks Day!


Mariette said...

Dearest Ginger,

Happy St. Patrick's Day to you as well!
Well, we've worked numerous times in Ireland and on one of those trips, my husband did visit the Viking Rotary Club in Dublin. Wearing the green coat from Dublin, GA as they all wear for St. Patrick's festival here. The question came flying across the table. Why are you wearing such an ugly color of green?! Pieter replied that it was supposed to be the Irish green... Oh, NO; not this ugly green. When we came back to Georgia, we gave away that jacket and instead we've purchased one in Florida in a Last Call outlet from Brioni in a bright Kelly. Today we went to the joint Civic luncheon and I saw again, hundreds of this ugly green... They even handed another new jacket to the Georgia Speaker of the House who was our speaker today. He flew back in the helicopter with the ugly green jacket... that is NOT the Irish color.
I am with you for celebrating the original St. Patrick's Day, the religious meaning. But be it recession or not, people do spend tons of money on it. Here is also a parad tomorrow but we have no desire to go there, we only did when our foster daughter was here in 2004.
Love to you,


Dr. Kathy McCoy said...

What magnificent pictures, Ginger! I love your account of your Irish adventure! Although 100% Irish, I've yet to go to Ireland, but would love to someday soon. My Aunt Molly traveled through Ireland shortly after she retired and said that she never really understood my father -- her brother -- until she saw him duplicated in pubs throughout the land. There really is something to visiting one's roots. I went to a Catholic grade school staffed entirely by Irish nuns -- one of whom became a lifelong friend -- and so I've heard many wonderful stories of Ireland then and now.

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Happy St. Patty's Day Ginger! Have fun in the garden, I'll be planting snow peas today:@)

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh such a beautiful cathedral. Thanks for the tour. Enjoy your day in the garden. Hugs, Marty

Martha said...

I knew Savannah had a big celebration -- just didn't know it was quite that big!!!! 1,000,000 -- wow -- that is a celebration!

It's interesting that the Irish don't celebrate St. Patrick's Day in the "bang up" way that we do -- we were in England several years ago for St. Patricks and I packed my green sweater for the big party-- there wasn't one -- but I figured that perhaps since it is an IRISH holiday that the english didn't celebrate -- wore my green sweater anyway and drank my beer naturally colored (no green beer) in a pub that evening. I was disappointed!

But it seems that the Irish don't celebrate like we Americans either! I think that is so interesting!

NanaDiana said...

Oh- I want to go! What a blessing and what a great post today. My daughter almost married an Irish lad but did not want to leave her home country to live there. We just adored him. Happy St. Paddy's Day to you-xo Diana

Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads said...

Loved this post, Ginger. How wonderful that you've been to Ireland twice. I have always wanted to go. I understand why you'd rather stay home during the parade today!!!
May the luck of the Irish always be with you! Jane

Barbara F. said...

Hi Ginger, top of the mornin' to ye!! What beautiful photos of a great trip. I can't believe Savannah's parade will be bigger than ours. Impressive! Enjoy xo

Maggie said...

We have such happy memories of the 2006 St Patrick's Day Parade which we were lucky enough to watch from outside Charlotte's Corner opposite the Hilton Savannah DeSoto.
Congratulations on being the Worlds Biggest this year!!

Babs said...

Ginger, Wow! 1 million visitors for the parade. I think I'd celebrate at home too. Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos of St.Patrick's Cathedral. It's nice to know they've restored it. Happy St.Patrick's Day!


Oh sweet Savannah lady, I've missed you too! I'm sending you lots of Irish luck and kisses for you darling laddie! I love this post and I love St. Patrick's... as you know, I grew up in Astoria-Queens in an Irish and Italian neighborhood, and N.Y. really takes the festivities serious with the great Parade and the Firemen and Policemen, than were mostly Irish. You were so lucky to have been twice to Ireland, just today, looking at the NY parade I told hubby I'd love to go to Scotland, Ireland and the G. Brit...but I have been to the GB, but why not a complete tour there. He said to my surprise that he'd love too...yupiiii...Your phtos of the worlds biggest parade are fabulous and the Cathedral all restored makes me so happy. I have a replica of the St. Pat's cathedral I use C'mas time. I hope you're feeling better and well rested, my sweet friend. Lots of Irish kisses for you.

Chatty Crone said...

I'm stopping by to say hello and wishing you a happy St. Pat's day! sandie

Suzy said...

How wonderful that you've been able to travel to Ireland - not once but twice! I much prefer simple and modest to over the top. This looks like such a beautiful and peaceful place. I'm like you - I sure would have avoided all the madness of the parade! I hope you enjoyed your day of working in the garden. It sounds like you must be doing well.

Sarah said...

Beautiful post. I'll look forward to the update on this year's parade. ~ Sarah

chubskulit said...

So beautiful!

Pink slippers, hope you'd come and see. Have a blessed Sunday!

Grace InAZ said...

Thanks for the Irish tour and the photos of Savannah's parade! I doubt I'll ever get to Ireland, tho' I'd love to visit there! And, such a huge parade? I'd stay home, too.
Hugs, GraceinAZ

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Thank you for presenting the beautiful St. Patrick's Cathedral...a true treasure!

Debbiedoo's said...

Beatuiful my friend. What a glorius day. I have you on my new blog roll now and hope you added mine too.

The Tablescaper said...

Wonderful. Great to have you be a part of Seasonal Sundays.

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