Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

St. Patrick's Day is such a great holiday as anyone can for at least a day claim to be Irish.
I decided to do a little research on the Irish and found many notables, a few of whom are listed below:

Francis Bacon (artist)
Michael William Balfe (composer)
Samuel Beckett (writer)
George Boole (father of computer science)
Robert Boyle (Boyle's law)
Francis Beaufort (mapmaker)
Jocelyn Bell Burnell (discovered pulsars)
Enya (vocalist and composer)
Oliver Goldsmith (writer and poet)
William Rowan Hamilton (mathematician)
James Joyce (writer and poet)
James Latham (artist)
Phillip Martin (composer and pianist)
Thomas Moore (poet and songwriter)
Seamus Murphy (sculptor)
William Parsons (largest telescope in 1845)
Albert Powell (sculptor)
George Bernard Shaw (playwright)
Jonathan Swift (writer and poet)
John Tyndall (physicist who explained why the sky is blue)
Ernest Walton (physicist and Nobel Laureate)
Oscar Wilde (writer and poet)
Jack Butler Yeats (painter)
William Butler Yeats (poet and dramatist)

OK, the list can go on and on as I find more and more people I've heard of, admired, read, studied, etc. So I will just finish with a couple of Irish blessings,

"May you always walk in sunshine. May you never want for more. May Irish angels rest their wings, right beside your door."

"Wherever you go and whatever you do, may the luck of the Irish be there with you!"


Anonymous said...

Happy belated birthday. The doggie is precious. It is true some of them will not sit still. That was a nice post on the folks from Ireland. Most name I recognized, some I didn't thanks for that info. Blessings

Eastlake Victorian said...

That is quite a list! Some people I've never heard of. I'll have to look them up.

And those are sweet Irish blessings! :)