The Crier's Seisún
By: Terry Lingwood
By: Terry Lingwood
"Hello Everyone, I wanted to let you all know we are still here"
Our founder has fallen ILL but is fighting to heal and recover. I had the opportunity to sit down with him and He wanted me to let you all know He has Greatly appreciated all the correspondence of well wishes and prayers sent his way. He and a few others have spent so much of there time and money in the Creation and Upkeep of the site over the years. He has funded most of the site financially on his own never allowing his dream to fail, With the help of Phenomenal Volunteers and very few donations has been able to keep it alive.
"I just want to let them all know how much I truly appreciate them all, and how moved I am that so many care". Thank you for your continued support many changes are coming for the better.
Written by Lylith
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Happy Valentines day!
Here are some interesting facts about the Celts and Valentines day:
- Valentine Celtic Wooden Spoons. The ancient celtic tradition of giving hand carved wooden love spoons as Valentine's gifts began in Wales. Often, hearts, keys, and keyholes, symbolizing that the receiver unlocked the giver's heart, were carved as decoration on the spoon.
- Though the red heart has become the traditional symbol of Valentine's Day, there may be reason to also consider the shamrock, for there is an Irish connection. St. Valentine is known as the "Patron Saint of Lovers." And in Ireland ~ this love is honored in a very special way.
- While there's no definitive written account of St. Valentine and his life in the third century, his Irish connection is more recent - and documented. In the year 1836, Pope Gregory XVI sent a gift to the Carmelite Church on Whitefriar Street, Dublin, in recognition of the work of the church's former prior, Father John Spratt, who was widely recognized as a very holy man.
- The gift was a relic of a Christian martyr: a small gold-bound casket containing the earthly remains of St. Valentine. The relic had been exhumed from the cemetery of St. Hyppolytus on the Tiburtine Way in Rome, placed in a golden casket, and brought to Dublin, where it was enshrined in the little church with great ceremony.
- This year, on February 14th, as it has in every year since, the casket containing the Saint's mortal remains will be carried in solemn procession to the high altar of the Carmelite Church for a special Mass dedicated to young people and those in love.
- For those wishing to visit St. Valentine's Shrine in Dublin, the church is located between Aungier Street and Wexford Street, just a few minutes walk west of St Stephen's Green. If you're lucky enough to be there, this little known Dublin church also sells Valentine's Day cards. Truly, it can be said - these are the genuine article.