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Special Episode 18 - St. Paddy's Day Special

17th March 2010, 9m 34s, 8.93Mb

Let's celebrate St. Patrick's Day with a short collection of poems (not recipes!) and all of our good wishes for the Next Year. We do so with a very small celebration for St Patrick's Day on March 17th. We bring you three poems that are typically Irish - they deal with Harps, Shamrocks and St. Patrick's Birthday! Then we head off to the pub for some of the black stuff!

SP18 - St. Paddy's Day Special

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The Legend of Ireland's Magic Harp - Author Unknown

Golden Harp

This beautiful and magical poem, sadly of author unknown, makes a lovely start to our show.


The original can be found on Old Irish Poems and Dizzy Boy. We did find a reference on liceogilvaniu.it that attributes it to (Carlo Calzolari, 3^B internaz.) - but I'm not sure what that means.



The Four-Leaved Shamrock by Samuel Lover

Samuel Lover

Samuel Lover (February 24, 1797 Dublin – July 6, 1868) was an Irish songwriter, novelist, as well as a painter of portraits, chiefly miniatures. He was the grandfather of Victor Herbert.

Samuel was born at number 60 Grafton Street and went to school at Samuel Whyte's at 79 Grafton Street, now home to Bewley's cafe. By 1830 he was secretary of the Royal Hibernian Academy and lived at number 9 D'Olier Street.

Samuel eventually moved to London and made his main residence there.

Lover produced a number of Irish songs, of which several — including The Angel's Whisper, Molly Bawn, and The Four-leaved Shamrock — attained great popularity

A memorial in St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin summarises his achievements Poet, painter, novelist and composer, who, in the exercise of a genius as distinguished in its versatility as in its power, by his pen and pencil illustrated so happily the characteristics of the peasantry of his country that his name will ever be honourably identified with Ireland.

This short biography came from Wikipedia and the poem itself from Old Irish Poems.


St Patrick's Birthday by Samuel Lover

Saint Patrick

Saint Patrick (Latin: Sanctus Patricius, Irish: Naomh Pádraig) (c. 387 – 17 March, 493;) was a Romanized-Celt, a Romano-Briton and Christian missionary, who is the most generally recognised patron saint of Ireland (although Brigid of Kildare and Colmcille are also formally patron saints).

By the eighth century he had come to be revered as the patron saint of Ireland. The Irish monastery system evolved after the time of Patrick and the Irish church did not develop the diocesan model that Patrick and the other early missionaries had tried to establish.


Saint Patrick's Day (Irish: Lá Fhéile Pádraig) is a yearly holiday celebrated on 17 March. It is named after Saint Patrick (circa AD 387–461), the most commonly recognized of the patron saints of Ireland. It began as a purely Catholic holiday and became an official feast day in the early 1600s. However, it has gradually become more of a secular celebration of Ireland's culture.

For more information, check out the Wiki entries for Saint Patrick and St. Patrick's Day and the poem itself from Old Irish Poems.


Special Thanks

For incidental music:

Diane Arkenstone The Secret Garden See the Contributor page for more details.

Kim Robertson, Angels in Disguise. See the Contributor page for more details.

Time Ticks Away by Jigger See the Contributor page for more details.

Appalachian Celtic Consort, Road to Lisdoonvarna/Tobin's from their album Come by the Hills. See their Contributor page for more details.

For our Theme music, special thanks go to Culann's Hounds, http://www.sfhounds.com See the Contributor page for more details.

Special thanks go for permission to use their inspired music to Keltoria. We play their track Twilight Sanctuary from their album Shadows & Stone in this episode. You can find out more about Keltoria on their website or on their Contributor page.

Special thanks go for permission to use her masterful music to Anne Roos. We play her wonderful Criagieburn Wood from her superb album Light in the Forest. You can find out more about Anne on her website or on her Contributor page.


Additional Sources

And, of course, the Awen - inspiration and imagination!



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