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Celtic Baby Names: Traditional Names from Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Brittany, Cornwall & the Isle of Man
Authoritative, useful, and fun to browse, Celtic Baby Names offers 1200 traditional first names from Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Brittany, Cornwall, and the Isle of Mane. These names are drawn from the six Celtic languages, along with pronunciations, etymologies, and information about famous people of history and legend who have borne them. This is the only book of its kind, and the only American publication offering a wide selection of names in Scottish Gaelic, Welsh, Cornish, Manx and Breton. Genuine Celtic names will prove to be of interest to expectant parents, of course, but also to anyone gathering information about the names of relatives and friends, to those seeking new names for themselves, and to authors looking for meaningful and melodious names for literary characters as well. Browse the pages of Celtic Baby Names for names that are unique, authentic, and brimming with historical and mythical associations.84% (10)
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The parade was founded by Jackson promoter, night club and restaurant co-owner, and executive director of the Mississippi Arts Commission Malcolm White. White recalls the first St. Paddy's parade caused a downtown traffic jam, because it was held on a Friday, and nobody thought about controlling traffic. The result was the worst downtown traffic jam Jackson had ever seen. In subsequent years, the parade grew so fast it had to be limited to 50 floats and it drew an estimated 50,000 people to downtown Jackson last year. Jill Conner Browne came to the first parade as a Sweet Potato Queen, and has now sold over two million books about Sweet Potato Queens. Sweet Potato Queen wannbes come from all over the country for the parade, and she is internationally known. It is all a fund raiser for the Blair E. Batson Children's Hospital in Jackson. It has raised over $300,000 for that faciity. It is the fourth largest St. Patrick's Day Parade in the country, behind, New York, Boston, and Savannah. Saint Patrick's Day (Irish: La ’le Padraig or La Fheile Phadraig), colloquially St. Paddy's Day or Paddy's Day, is an annual feast day which celebrates Saint Patrick (circa 385–461 AD), one of the patron saints of Ireland, and is generally celebrated on March 17. The day is the national holiday of Ireland. It is a bank holiday in Northern Ireland and a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland, Montserrat, and the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador. In the rest of Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, the United States and New Zealand, it is widely celebrated but is not an official holiday. It became a feast day in the Roman Catholic Church due to the influence of the Waterford-born Franciscan scholar Luke Wadding in the early part of the 17th century, and is a holy day of obligation for Roman Catholics in Ireland. The date of the feast is occasionally moved by church authorities when March 17 falls during Holy Week; this happened in 1940 when Saint Patrick's Day was observed on April 3 in order to avoid it coinciding with Palm Sunday, and happened again in 2008, having been observed on 15 March. March 17 will not fall during Holy Week again until 2160. Saint Patrick's Day is celebrated worldwide by Irish people and increasingly by non-Irish people (usually in Australia and North America). Celebrations are generally themed around all things Irish and, by association, the colour green. Both Christians and non-Christians celebrate the secular version of the holiday by wearing green or orange, eating Irish food and/or green foods, imbibing Irish drink (such as Guinness) and attending parades. The St. Patrick's Day parade in Dublin, Ireland is part of a five-day festival; over 500,000 people attended the 2006 parade. The largest St. Patrick's Day parade is held in Chicago and it is watched by over 2.5 million spectators. The St. Patrick's Day parade was first held in Boston in 1761, organized by the Charitable Irish Society. New York's celebration began on 18 March 1762 when Irish soldiers in the British army marched through the city. The predominantly French-speaking Canadian city of Montreal, in the province of Quebec has the longest continually running Saint Patrick's day parade in North America, since 1824; The city's flag has the Irish emblem, the shamrock, in one of its corners. Ireland's cities all hold their own parades and festivals, including Dublin, Cork, Belfast, Derry, Galway, Kilkenny, Limerick, and Waterford. Parades also take place in other Irish towns and villages. "Leprechauns" kick off week-long festivities by renaming New London, Wisconsin to New DublinOther large parades include those in Savannah, Georgia , New London, Wisconsin (which changes its name to New Dublin the week of St. Patrick's Day) Dallas, Cleveland, Manchester, Birmingham, London, Coatbridge, Jackson, Mississippi, Boston, Houston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Kansas City, Rolla, Philadelphia, Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, Denver, St. Paul, Sacramento, San Francisco, Scranton, Seattle, Butte, Detroit, Toronto, Vancouver, Syracuse, Newport, Holyoke and throughout much of the Western world. The parade held in Sydney, Australia is recorded as being the largest in the Southern Hemisphere. As well as being a celebration of Irish culture, Saint Patrick's Day is a Christian festival celebrated in the Catholic Church, the Church of Ireland, and some other denominations. The day almost always falls in the season of Lent. Some bishops will grant an indult, or release, from the Friday no-meat observance when St. Patrick's Day falls on a Friday; this is sometimes colloquially known as a "corned-beef indult". When 17 March falls on a Sunday, church calendars (though rarely secular ones) move Saint Patrick's Day to the following Monday—and when the 17th falls during Holy Week (very rarely), the observance will be moved to the next available date or, exceptionally, before holy weHoly Cross Abbey Sligo (Ruins) (2)
THIS is the Convent of The Holy Cross, a Priory of the Dominican Order, and is not an Abbey at all! PRIORY, FRIARY, MONASTERY and ABBEY.... A question that arises quite often is; what is the difference between a priory and a friary? PRIORY is the name given to houses that have a Prior as their chief official and a FRIARY is a house where any mendicant order, Franciscan, Dominican, Carmelite or Augustinian lives. The superior of a Franciscan community is referred to as the Guardian so Franciscan Friaries are never Priories. Dominican and Augustinian friaries are referred to as Priories. Carmelite communities are often known locally as Monasteries but they are priories. Abbeys are a different thing altogether and even though most of the ruins are referred to as ABBEY such as Portumna Abbey, Sligo Abbey or Lorrha Abbey etc., they are in fact Priories and, even more specifically, they are correctly called CONVENTS. Priory and Friary are popular names rather than official ones. Abbey is incorrectly given to most religious ruins in Ireland. This is wrong! Most of the ruins are of friaries and many of these friaries would have also been priories but never abbeys or monasteries. The monastic ruins of Jerpoint, Gowran and Dunbrody were all Abbeys because they were monastic houses with an Abbot at their head. Portumna started as an Abbey of the Cistercian Order and then transferred to being a Convent of the Dominican Order. Sligo, Roscommon, Mullingar and many other Abbeys were Priories. Athenry Abbey is often referred to as the Dominican Priory – this latter term is more accurate than Athenry Abbey would be. The life in a priory would be very different from the life in an abbey. Priories serve as bases from which the friars would move out and work where they were needed. Abbeys were monasteries and were independent societies within themselves. Monks have officially withdrawn from the world into a life of prayer. Apart from praying the monks grew their own food, spun their own wool, carved their own stone etc... friars depend on their work among the people and the donations they receive for that work. Hence the name mendicant for friars, a French word for beggars! SLIGO ABBEY is an object well deserving the notice of the antiquary. It was originally erected by Maurice Fitzgerald, lord-justice, about the year 1252. In 1414 it was destroyed by fire, but very shortly afterwards re-erected in its present style of architecture. It is a picturesque ruin of very large dimensions, divided into several apartments. The first has a beautiful window of carved stone, under which is the altar, also of cut stone. Here are two ancient monuments, one bearing date 1616, and the other belonging to one of the O'Connor kings. The latter is in good preservation, the figures and inscriptions being very legible. At the top is represented our Saviour on the cross, and below this, in separate compartments, are the figures of O'Connor and his wife, kneeling, their hands lifted up in the act of supplication. The steeple or dome is still entire, supported upon a carved arch or cupola, the inside of which is also carved. Adjoining these are three sides of a square of beautifully carved little arches, of about four feet in height, which seem to have been anciently separated from each other, and probably formed cells for confession and penance. Almost all the little pillars are differently ornamented, and one in particular is very unlike the rest, having a human head cut on the inside of the arch. There are several vaults throughout the ruins, containing the remains of skulls, bones, and coffins. The abbey and yard are still used as a burying-place. Sligo is a busy little place, with a large retail trade, and an export trade larger than any other town in that part of Ireland. "It is," says Mr. Inglis, "a decidedly improving town. With the exception of two or three months in the year, there is employment for the people; and I did not observe many symptoms in the town of a pauper population. In the general aspect of the population, I perceived an improvement. I saw fewer tatters than I had been accustomed to; and fewer bare feet on market-day, when all wear shoes and stockings who can. I observed, also, that a large portion of the men wore clean linen shirts. The poor in Sligo are not increased in numbers by ejectments in the country. This is not the practice of the landlords here. They do not drive for rent or eject; they excuse the arrear, and allow the tenant to quit. This has the appearance, at first sight, of generosity, but it is, in fact, matter of necessity. Exorbitant rents are irrecoverable by driving, or by any other means. How much more rational it would be to lower rents, and actually to receive the amount of one's rent-roll? "I found at Sligo a considerable change in the dress and manners of the people. Here, I could not discover any traces o
Looks at the 200 most popular Irish Christian names, with a short, witty and authoritative commentary on each. The book details the origin of each name and - in the case of saints' names - gives a potted life of the original eponym. The author also gives an account of well-known later bearers of a particular name and indicates alternative spellings and Anglicised versions of Gaelic names. Short, authoritative commentary on each headline name. Complete lists of alternative spellings and anglicised forms. Notes on origins of each name, with particular reference to original holders. Comprehensively indexed and cross-referenced Favourite Irish Names for Children is the complete, up-to-date reference for parents today. Other books by Laurence Flanagan Ancient Ireland Irish Place Names Irish Proverbs.See also:
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