Will and Guy have always retained an enormous affection for the country
of Ireland and its people. We particularly have enjoyed the beauty of the
Irish countryside, the golf course; we like the humour, the culture, the
poetry and the music. Horse racing is one Irish passion which we share; as
is the game of golf and the Irish ability to enjoy a good *craic.
When we decided to research Irish Weddings we were looking for something
relaxed, informal and perhaps a little bit different to what we are used to
in Great Britain. What we have found is that the majority of wedding in the
western world follow similar patterns and often have similar traditions. A
few things, however, are different and we will highlight those factors.
*craic = is a term variously meaning news, gossip, fun, entertainment,
and enjoyable conversation found in Northern England, Scotland, and Ireland.
The Claddagh ring is a traditional Irish ring given as a token of
friendship, love, or marriage. The design and customs associated with it
originated in the Irish fishing village of Claddagh, located just outside
the city of Galway, Ireland. It is a heart held by two hands with the heart
topped by a crown. The hands represent faith, the heart signifies honour and
the crown symbolises love.
Furthermore we have been told by our old friends Dennis and Maureen
Irwin, who have a Claddagh ring that in wearing the ring in a certain way
can signify 3 different things. a. Worn on a woman's right hand facing
outwards = she is a single woman.
b. Worn on right hand and facing inwards = she is engaged to be married.
c. Worn on the left hand it signifies that the woman is married.
In County Donegal, when a man wanted to marry a particular girl, he
and a friend went to her house and when the door was opened, he'd throw his
cap into the house. If the cap was thrown back out, it meant she wasn't
Traditionally December 31st, is one of the luckiest day to marry,
as is the month of April, with the traditional saying 'Marry in May and rue
the day; marry in April if you can, joy for maiden and for man.'
The bride should never wear green at her wedding, it is considered
unlucky in Ireland.
Irish brides often returned home by a different path with her new
husband than she took to the church with her father. This symbolises her new
road in life she is about to travel.
It was considered good luck when the married couple would be
leaving the church; somebody would through an old shoe over the bride's
What's the difference between an Irish wedding and an Irish
wake? One less drunk.
Declan had asked Cormac for the hand of his daughter in
wedlock. 'And can you support a family?' asked Cormac. 'I think
so,' replied Declan. 'Well there are 6 of us you know,' answered
At the wedding reception, the photographer yelled, 'Would all
the married men, please stand next to the one person who has made your
life worth living.' The bartender was almost crushed to death.
The hospital's consulting dietician was giving a lecture to
several community nurses from the Dublin area of Leinster. 'The
rubbish we put into our stomachs and consume should have killed most of
us sitting here, years ago. Red meat is terrible. Fizzy drinks attack
your stomach lining. Chinese food is loaded with msg. Vegetables can be
disastrous because of fertilisers and pesticides and none of us realises
the long-term damage being done by the rotten bacteria in our drinking
water. However, there is one food that is incredibly dangerous and
we all have, or will, eat it at some time in our lives. Now, is anyone
here able to tell me what food it is that causes the most grief and
suffering for years after eating it?' A 65-year-old married Irish
nursing sister sitting in the front row stood up and said, 'Wedding
After a lengthy quarrel, Mrs O'Toole said to her husband,
Seamus, 'You know, I was a fool when I married you.' Seamus replied
quickly, 'Yes, *muirnín, but I was in love and didn't notice it.'
*beloved, sweetheart. Irish Wedding Blessing
Walls for the wind, And a roof for the rain, And drinks beside the fire - Laughter to cheer you And
those you love near you, And all that your heart may desire!
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