Friday, March 12, 2010

patrick season: emigration

There's a recurring story in Irish legend in which a person sets out -- usually because they've been banished from the island, community, or family--in a curragh with only the night stars as guide and a knife for tool. No oars, no companions. A curragh is a small fabric framed boat. Having made the night (and day) sea journey to arrive again on land, the person is then able to accomplish great things.

photograph of the Irish Sea off the coast of Louth

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Anonymous WanderMom said...

St Brendan to his albatross he said: "Is it right, or left for Gibraltar..."

First song that popped into my head reading this post :)

12:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This gave me chills. We're having our St Pat's dinner tonight here.

10:50 AM  

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