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    Saying I Love You in Irish

    On Valentine's day we think of love, romance, passion, Ireland... It's a cool and dreary island, with frequent gray days which makes for a passionate group of folks! Let's look at some Irish (there are too many to list here) terms of affection: A chara (uh KHAR-uh): This means friend Mo anam chara (mo anum KHAR-uh): Soul friend, this differs from soul mate, as it can be used in a less romantic sense, and more of a spiritual sense. A stór (uh stohr): My treasure, can be used for a romantic love or for a child, a more general endearment.

    A ghrá (uh GHRAH): Love, my love, romantic love.A chroí (uh KHREE): Heart, you are my heart. Swoon!Treasure of my heart: Sweetheart necklace with hidden gold heart. Treasure of my heart: Sweetheart necklace with hidden gold heart.[/caption] Stór mo chroí (stohr muh KHREE) Treasure of my heart, so romantic! A mhuirnín (uh WUR-neen): Darling, in the Midwest we say Darlin'. A chuisle (uh KHUSH-leh): Pulse, the person is blood through your veins. A leanbh (uh LAN-uv): My child, a term of endearment, like your priest calls you. A rúnsearc (uh ROON-shark): Secret love, wow! A passionate endearment indeed! Mo shíorghrá (muh HEER-ggrah): My eternal love, soul mate. M’fhíorghrá (MEER-ggrah): my true love, soul mate. My heart is in you, Birthstone Claddagh Ring My heart is in you, Birthstone Claddagh Ring Here are some longer phrases, to whisper to your beloved on a cold night. Tá mo chroí istigh ionat. (Taw muh ch(k)ree is-chi un-it) My heart is in you Mo chuid den tsaol. (Muy ch(k)wid den tay-ol) My share of life. Here are a couple of great ones, without the phonetics unfortunately. An luífeása le mo mhuintirse? Would you like to be buried with my people? Now THAT is a marriage proposal, who could resist? Maireann lá go ruaig ach maireann an grá go huaigh. A day lasts until it's chased away but love lasts until the grave. This is sweet, and so true. Finally, a poem by W.B. Yeats When you are old and grey and full of sleep, And nodding by the fire, take down this book, And slowly read, and dream of the soft look Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep; How many loved your moments of glad grace, And loved your beauty with love false or true, But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you, And loved the sorrows of your changing face; And bending down beside the glowing bars, Murmur, a little sadly, how Love fled And paced upon the mountains overhead And hid his face amid a crowd of stars. -William Butler Yeats The Irish, so romantic.
         

    Claddagh: A Symbol of Everlasting Love

    It’s nearing St. Valentine’s Day and love abounds. Chocolate, wine and roses are popular gifts for a reason, but a true romantic will go straight for the heart with a gift of the Claddagh ring. The ring represents one of Ireland’s loveliest traditions. No one is completely certain who invented the original Claddagh ring, but both stories are beautiful. One tells of a young widow who returned to Ireland, used her wealth to invest in her home town of Galway, fell in love and remarried an Irishman, then was rewarded for her faithfulness and good deeds when an eagle flew by and dropped the first Claddagh ring in her lap. The second story tells of Richard Joyce, a fisherman from the town of Claddagh, who was kidnapped, torn from his true love, and taken to northern Africa. While there he became a goldsmith apprentice and created the ring’s distinctive design. Years later, he was freed and returned to Ireland - ring in hand - to marry his true love. The endearing symbol is two hands clasping a heart topped with a crown, symbolizing love, loyalty and fidelity. There’s a specific way to wear a Claddagh ring:

    • Single and available? Wear the ring on the right hand with the bottom of the heart pointing toward the fingertips.
    • In a relationship? Keep it on your right hand, but point the bottom of the heart toward your wrist.
    • Engaged? Move the ring to your left hand, bottom of the heart pointing to your fingertips.
    • Married and committed forever? Wear it on your left hand with the bottom of the heart pointing toward your wrist.
      On this Valentine’s Day, may you find someone worthy of your own Claddagh ring. Take heed the words of the beloved Irish author Oscar Wilde, “Never love anyone who treats you like you’re ordinary.”

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