Dating and marriage customs in ireland
However, some excellent examples can be found, if you know where to look.
Several can be seen at the Monastery of Monasterboice in Co.
It is to be thirsty in the night and unslaked in the day. It is to drip one's blood as one walks." (Early Irish - no author attributed) *Weeds - Irish slang for clothes In the next day or so, there will be many of us who will be searching for the perfect Valentine card.
When you've found it, perhaps you'd like to add one or more Irish phrases from our Basic Irish Language.
Ethna Carberry waxes spiritual in her lovely poem, 'The Love Talker', but Donagh Mac Donagh introduces some sweet irreverence in his 'Going to Mass last Sunday'.
Mass, indeed, was the principal meeting place until quite recently, and to judge by stories from the west, of traveller girls wearing their best weeds* to Mass, it still is for many.
In my memory, my parents weren't very demonstrative when it came to expressing their affection for each other.
(I don't count the fleeting mistletoe kisses at Chrismas).Compared to what we now accept as not even fodder for juicy gossip, our behavior today would have been cause for talk, threats of ex-communication and that most dreaded of all situations - shame.If one is to believe the available data, Ireland was one of the most chaste nations in Europe up to the 1940s.Battle and strife have a higher place in the ancient annals and it would be easier to tackle a theme that concerned The Adventures of Black Tadgh, The Visions of Saint Fursa or The Battle of the Red Fort.The more righteous would have us believe that the Irish kept those lubbard appetites concerning love and passion in due subordination. Despite prognostications about the Vanishing Irish and about the excess of bachelors, the country is still there and in it, people are busily engaged in the drama of love." In the Ireland of my parents' youth, matters of the heart were far more strictly controlled than they are now.
The truth is, my mum and dad grew up in a time when even Irish dancing had evolved to become the arms by the side, stilted, stiff, and emotionless remnant of what it used to be.