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    Cathain nach 'máthair' í 'an mháthair'?

    Cathain nach 'máthair' í 'an mháthair'? Translated means "when is a mother not a mother?" I am not sure that this is ever the case. What I do know is Mother's Day is May 14th and that will be here quicker than a leprechaun can hide his gold. In Ireland the father was always looked upon as the protector and the bread winner. The mother was in charge of the home and raising the children. Often the Irish families were very large and the wife/mother had a huge task with little or no help. It is because of her love and devotion that the mother is so revered.  The mothers cleaned the house, did the laundry, found the time to do the shopping and cooked the meals.  She also set the religious example by attending church/mass nearly every day.  In her 'spare time' she would also take in sewing and laundry to help pay the rent or simply helped in the fields.  These saintly women would not have time to watch a soap opera even if they had a television but they always had time for their families. Take the time this year to remember your Mam, Mom, Mammy, Ma, Mommy or Mother. You can do it with a card, candy, flowers, a trip to her favorite restaurant or a meaningful piece of jewelry. It doesn't matter to her how you remember her but trust me it does matter that you remember.




    Mother's Day: Irish Treats for Your Best Gal

    In Ireland Mother's Day, or Mothering Day is celebrated on the fourth Sunday of Lent. Much like the US, mothers are treated to breakfast in bed, given cards, flowers and gifts or taken for special lunches or outings. mother's day gifts Shanore Irish Jewelry Rose Gold Pearl and Trinity Necklace. Perfect for Mom[/caption] Irish Mother's day originally started out as a way to honor the Virgin Mary, traditionally people would visit their "mother church" (the church of their baptism) and bring offerings of various sorts. Soon this custom began to include one's own mother, who would be given flowers blessed at the church, small gifts, and cards. Doing Mom's chores became an especially popular way to honor her. Simnel cakes,or "mothering cakes" became a traditional gift as well. To find a traditional recipe for this go to: bbc.co.uk. Surprise Mom with a special treat! This lovely tradition of "Mothering Day" had all but been forgotten by 1935, after the second World War, American servicemen revived the holiday in Ireleand, while the Americans kept their celebration on the second Sunday of May, the Irish revival continued on the fourth Sunday of Lent. [caption id="attachment_723" align="alignright" width="130"]mother's day gifts Mona Tartan Bag in Violet[/caption] Wherever you are, moms are special. In Weston, Mother's Day is extra special! It falls on the day right after our Second Saturdays, where our stores stay open late with samples of food and drinks from all over town, specials in the restaurants, and perfect gifts. If you want to treat her to an entire weekend, our bed and breakfasts are a great way to give her a respite from her daily routine, and be pampered.

     The Celtic Ranch has  a special party the Saturday before, with gifts for the first 25 moms to come in, and complimentary treats all

    mother's day Celtic Ranch Whiskey Snug Our Brand New Whiskey Snug![/caption]

    day! Moms always take care of others first, so we put her first here at The Celtic Ranch. Buying a gift for Mom is easy, with our variety of jewelry, clothing, pewter, and crystal giftware, we're a hub for all things Mom! If she's a wine drinker, get her a special bottle, if she's a whiskey drinker...we've got flasks, whiskey glasses, and our brand new snug!

    Have a happy Mother's Day, Mom. You earned it.


    A Celtic Mother's Day

    Great gifts for Mom, the roots of the family. Great gifts for Mom, the roots of the family.[/caption] Happy Mother’s Day to all those women who balance the world on their shoulders each and every day. Who says you can’t have it all? The ancient Celts certainly believed that motherhood was in no way inconsistent with power and ability and fearsomeness. Author Marc Globe relates, “It is rumored that Caesar warned his soldiers that, while facing a Celtic warrior in battle was fearsome, what they should truly be terrified of was the prospect of facing their wives, who fought alongside their husbands on the battlefield.” In fact the Celts are believed to have practiced a matriarchal model of society wherein family wealth and titles were passed along the maternal lines instead of the preference for paternal lineage that came later. There are almost no written accounts of Celtic life in the earliest days, but the evidence we do have points to an equality between the sexes that was very unique at that time in history. Writer Michael Dunlap relates an anecdote that sheds more light on the powerful Celtic women and how they viewed their world:

     “Among the ancient Celts women rulers and warriors were so common that when a group of Brigantine captives was brought to Rome in the reign of Claudius they automatically assumed his wife, Agrippina the Younger, was the ruler and ignored the Emperor while making their obeisance to her.”

    Years pass and cultures change, but Ireland’s women are still known to be tough and fearless. Mary McAleese was president of Ireland from 1997 until 2011. She tells a story from her childhood that illustrates beautifully the power of a strong mother:

     "The first to say, ‘You can't because you are a woman; no one belonging to you is in the law,’ was the parish priest who weekly shared a whiskey with my father. It was said with a dismissive authority intended to silence debate. My mother had inculcated into us a respect for the priesthood bordering on awe so I watched in amazement as the chair was pulled out from under the cleric and he was propelled to the front door. ‘You--out!’ she roared at him. ‘And, you,’ she said to me, ‘ignore him!’”

    James Joyce perhaps summed up what is best about mothers everywhere when he wrote,“Whatever else is unsure in this stinking dunghill of a world, a mother’s love is not.”