by Dottie Wenger
WHAT’S HAPPENING IN APRIL?
Poetry Month was introduced in the United States in the year 1966, in order to increase awareness and appreciation of poetry. In Ireland, a special kind of poem is called a Limerick. “Limerick” is also the name of one of the largest cities in Ireland, as well as the name of one of its twenty-six counties.
Limericks are funny poems with five lines. Here is an example, from Follow Me Around Ireland, by Wiley Blevins:
There once was a shamrock named Pat,
Who tripped on a root and went splat,
She ripped her best leaf,
And sobbed in her grief,
And ruined her favorite hat.
Earth Day was begun in 1970 by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson, after he witnessed a huge oil spill in Santa Barbara, California. In 1990, Earth Day went “global”- Ireland is now one of over 140 countries recognizing Earth Day!
Its goal is to encourage people to be friendlier toward our environment. Ireland’s Friends of the Earth director Oisin Coghlan, stated, “The Earth is our only home. And it’s a miracle of nature, a ‘Goldilocks’ Planet’: not too hot, not too cold, but just right for human life.”
What are some ways you can help the Earth? Here are just a few:
- Plant a tree
- Stop drinking bottled water
- Grow your own food or buy locally-grown produce
- Turn off the water while brushing your teeth
Easter– This holiday is celebrated in Ireland very much like in the United States. Ireland is predominantly Catholic. Many Irish families observe the Lenten season and recognize Good Friday as a quiet day to reflect and prepare for Easter Sunday. Attending mass is popular on Easter, followed by a holiday feast that may include lamb, ham, potatoes, and many of the same foods we enjoy. Easter baskets and visits from the Easter bunny are also part of the Irish tradition.
The day following Easter is “Easter Monday.” It is also a day of remembrance and an official public holiday in Ireland. It commemorates Dublin’s Easter Rising of 1916, Ireland’s rebellion against British rule Check out: “Irish Kids Discuss the 1916 Rising” on You Tube!
Gaelic Phrase of the Month: Cead Mile Failte (pron. Kade Maylah Fahl sha)
Meaning: “A hundred thousand welcomes!”
*Dottie taught kindergarten and second grade for a total of thirty-two years, and she now handles marketing and promotions for Yorktown Service Plaza in Parma Heights. In her spare time, Dottie is a baker extraordinaire, and also enjoys participating in 5K events in order to offset collateral damage from this hobby. 😊She is married to John and has two sons, Daniel and Andrew Fowler, the latter of whom is very active in the Cleveland pipe band community.