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You know how the saying goes…

On Saint Patrick’s Day
Anyone who wants to be Irish


is  IRISH! 
     In America, we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day mostly with green decorations, attire and beer. But, do you know the intriguing story behind St. Patrick’s Day? The March 17 celebration began in Europe in 1631, when the church set aside a day to honor the Patron Saint of Ireland, St. Patrick. The shamrock was used as a clever botanical symbol to represent the Christian trinity.  The shamrock’s three leaves represent God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Ghost. Three leaves, all from the same stem.  And anyone who has been to Ireland can tell you, it is as green as they say, and there are lots of shamrocks.

     We have one very Irish person working here – Kirsten Gormly Ghaster. Her maiden name was originally O’Gormly before her relatives immigrated here in the 1700’s. Her father has been able to trace the Gormly family lineage back to pre-middle age Ireland. He even discovered a Castle O’Gormly there, officially named the Grinian of Aileach, that their relatives occupied as far back as the 11th century. Above is a photo of Kirsten standing at the entrance to this ancient ringed fort when she visited Ireland for the first time.  She said when she first stepped off the plane and saw all the other red headed, freckled people she said “THIS is definitely where I come from!”  

     At Ghaster Painting and Coatings, regardless of your background, we hope the “Luck o’ the Irish” will bless you this week. An old Irish blessing says this:

 
“May you be poor in Misfortune,
Rich in Blessings, 
Slow to make Enemies, 
Quick to make Friends, 
But rich or poor, quick or slow,
may you know nothing but Happiness
from this day forward.”

 
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