Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

I hail from the clan Kavanagh (Caomhánach) on my mother's side*.

Clann Caomhánach - coat of arms

The lion represents courage and protection, the sickles represent abundance, hence the motto: Peace & Plenty.

I'm going to celebrate by going out for dinner with my family tonight, so I'll leave you with an Irish Blessing that I quite like:

May you have the hindsight to know where you've been
the foresight to know where you're going
and the insight to know when you're going too far.

* There's also some question about whether Colquhoun, also on my mother's side, is purely Scottish or whether they originally came from Ireland (some sources say it came from Conachon).  I can't seem to find the coat of arms I'm familiar with online, but it's blue & red with a hart (stag) on it. If I find it, I'll update this post.

And their motto is "Si je puis" which means "If I can".


  1. I like two:

    May God grant you many years to live
    For sure He must be knowing
    The earth has angels all too few
    And Heaven is overflowing


    The church is near,
    but the roads are icy.
    The tavern is far,
    But I will walk carefully.

    (The latter I thought was Irish but it turns out is Ukrainian according to a file of quotes I have)

  2. Haha, yep, I can see why you like both of those :)

    Humour = awesome :)

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Type me out a line of Shakespeare or a line of nonsense. Dumb-blonde-jokes & Irish jokes will make me laugh myself silly :)