…when the earth was green, our relatives came over from Ireland.”

Okay…that’s not the way the song goes, but whenever I think of the Irish, I think of this song :D



I also think of our relatives the McGreavy’s who eventually came over to America from Ireland, and our other relative, Richard 2nd Earl of Ulster DeBurgh, who built Ballymote Castle in the year 1300.

                                                       via Ancestry.com

Granted, we haven’t dug real deep to know beyond a shadow of a doubt that we are related to the Red Earl, but once when Susannah and I had been bitten by the genealogy bug, we followed all kinds of rabbit trails on Ancestry and found this ;)

via Ancestry.com

You can click here for all kinds of interesting pictures of Ballymote :D  We had this one up on our desktop for awhile.

  And in honor of St. Patrick’s Day…here are some interesting facts about him.

-St. Patrick wasn’t Irish. He was English.

-At the age of 16, Patrick was captured by Irish pirates from his home in England and sold into slavery in Ireland.

-During his time of imprisonment, something very important happened in Patrick’s life—he turned to God. In his own words, he explained, “It was there that the Lord opened the understanding of my unbelieving heart, so that I should recall my sins and turn with all my heart to the Lord my God.”

-Now that Patrick was released, he made an incredible decision. He decided to return to Ireland, the place of his imprisonment, as a missionary. He wanted to share with them the message that had changed his life.

-Patrick knew that the people of Ireland were actually the captive ones—in slavery to sin. They were trapped by the deceptions of myths, with no hope or meaning in life. Patrick knew that only Christ could deliver them.

-Patrick suffered greatly, at times being put in chains and barely escaping with his life. Many followers of Christ were put to death during this time. Nevertheless, Patrick boldly continued to preach the truth about Jesus.

-Ireland responded in amazing ways to this good news. People listened to Patrick’s preaching and understood how Christ had defeated death and paid for sins. In fact, all of Ireland was affected, and as a result the world remembers Patrick to this day. However, it was not to Patrick that early Ireland responded—but to Jesus Christ!

   To see and or print a free St. Patrick’s Day tract, you can go here.  The facts above were compiled by the Mally’s and are on the tract :D

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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  • March 17, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Which side of the family is from Ireland? Mom’s side is Irish. They’er names were Collins. And they were royal too ( or was that they English or french side? ).

    • March 18, 2012 at 12:54 am

      Both sides :D ‘Richard DeBurgh’ is from Daddy’s side, then the McGreavy’s are on Mommy’s side ;) That’s fun that you have Irish in your family, too! :D

  • March 17, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    wow! That is cool about your ancestor building a castle in 1300! : )

    Love ~*Chantelle*~

  • March 18, 2012 at 12:32 am

    Hope you girls had a great St. Patrick’s Day! This song is so cute. I had never heard it before, but I love it!

  • March 18, 2012 at 11:53 am

    Is Meredith receive morphine and other palliative care? Without morphine, she will die in pain–please encourage the family to use it!

    • March 19, 2012 at 11:17 am

      Yes, don’t worry, she was still receiving morphine…but she herself was refusing some of it just at that point. They had a health care professional there 24/7 who took care of all of that. Cassia and I got to go visit her on Saturday night and she was sleeping peacefully.


  • March 18, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    That is really neat that you have been able to “dig up” some of your Irish ancestry! :-) We had a really great Saint Patrick’s Day! We went to a huge parade to do some witnessing and handing out tracts. We used the St. Patrick Questionnaire that the Mallys put together, and it worked really well in getting conversations going! It was a lot of fun. I can tell you though – by the end of the day I was a little tired of seeing GREEN! :-)

    Hope everybody had a great Saint Patrick’s Day!

    • March 19, 2012 at 11:43 am

      It sounds like your St. Patrick’s Day was lots of fun! That is great that you got to share the gospel that way :D

      Hehe! I can imagine that you would be ‘greened out’ by the end of the day, lol!



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