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A Gluten Free St. Patrick's Day

Updated on March 17, 2013

St. Patrick's Day Gluten Free Bliss

When Irish eyes are smiling.... it must be because it's gluten free!

Many people of European decent have issues digesting gluten. According to some researchers, the Irish have the highest rate of Celiac Disease.

Happy St. Patrick's Day to all!

St. Patrick's Day is a perfect day to share some gluten free recipes and ideas.

Kissing the Blarney Stone

300,000 people come to kiss the Blarney Stone each year

People come to the Blarney Stone hoping to gain more eloquent speech.

The kiss, however, is not casually achieved. To touch the stone with one's lips, the participant must ascend to the castle's peak, then lean over backwards on the parapet's edge. This is traditionally achieved with the help of an assistant. Although the parapet is now fitted with wrought-iron guide rails and protective crossbars, the ritual can still trigger attacks of acrophobia, an extreme or irrational fear of heights.

No one has reported a gluten reaction after kissing the Blarney Stone, so it is probably safe to say it is gluten free! (Just a little dry humor there- I am part Irish after all.)

Sourced from wikipedia.

More info on the tradition of kissing the Blarney Stone at

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Natural Green Food Coloring


The green color is so powerful with this chlorophyll, that only a drop or two may be needed. It can be purchased at most any health food store. A great supplement to add to water in the AM to get going. Just a 1/2 tsp in some water per day to start.

More information from the article, The Many Benefits of Chlorophyll:

Home Remedies: Thanks to Chlorophyll - Video

Short video on a few of the benefits of chlorophyll.

Samrock Shaped Cookies

Samoa Cookies

This Samoa cookie recipe is made from almond flour, and coconut oil.

Himalayan Salted Caramels

Made from Coconut sugar, coconut oil, coconut sugar and honey!

These caramels are made with coconut oil and now available in Vegan as well!

To place an order (locally only for now- London Ontario Canada) contact

Caramels made by hand with coconut oil! Organic fair trade chocolate used.

Find out more info at .

Irish at higher risk of getting celiac disease

By PATRICK ROBERTS, Staff Writer Published Thursday, January 14, 2010

Is is true that people of Irish heritage have a higher possibility of celiac disease? Celiac is a disorder in the small intestine that causes damage when gluten, wheat, barley or rye products are eaten.

A professor of gastroenterology, Dr. Sheila Crowe, stated in The New York Times that celiac disease was "most common in the Irish population," and that nowadays it is thought that 1 in 100 are affected by it. Celiac disease is common in Europe she points out.

Dr. Crowe states there is a family of genes from proteins that are passed down through generations.

Read more at: Irish Central A great site with lots of information on St. Patrick's Day.

Image source:Kiss Me I'm Irish. A great site with lots of information on St. Patrick's Day.

Gluten Free Ireland

Dublin Part I from Celiac Chicks

Ireland and gluten free living.

"I was 24 and had just finished college when I discovered I had celiac disease. Some years on I’m realizing that it’s so easy to be gluten-free in Dublin. In Ireland celiac disease has become increasingly prevalent in the past five to ten years. In fact, it’s got to the point where it’s common to be either intolerant to wheat or to have full blown celiac disease. The Irish celiac community is also a great knowledge base of what’s going on in Ireland, and good reviews and reports spread like wildfire."

The Most Important Thing About Gluten is:

Many people are gluten intolerant and are not aware of it! Left unattended a sensitivity to gluten can cause damage to the GI tract.

Gluten Free Beer

One of the first gluten-free beers to appear in Canada was the La Messagère. It is now available throughout North America. Nickel Brook Gluten-Free from Better Bitters Brewing ,known as Nickel Brook is another now available, as well as New Grist from Lakefront Brewery of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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St Patrick's Day Parade's and Festivals

Click on the link to find out if there is a St. Patrick's Day Parade or festival near you:

Here are just a few:

National Shamrockfest 2012 - 2012-03-24 - Washington, DC US

Erin St. Patricks Day Parade and Festival - 2012-02-06 - Erin, TN US

New Haven CT St Patrick - 2012-02-14 - New Haven, CT US

Dyersville Iowa St Patrick's Day Parade - 2012-02-14 - Dyersville, IA US

Jackson MS - Mal's St. Patrick's Day Parade - 2012-02-14 - Jackson, MS US

Crafts with the Kids

  • is a great young children's craft site. Good for at home or with a larger group/class.

    'I feel lucky when I........', from The First Grade Parade.

    Get free pattern and instructions here.

  • Artist's Helping Kids.

    Here are just a few of the many crafts:

    Four-Leaf Clovers Craft for Kids.

    Hearts Shamrocks Craft.

    How to Paint a Shamrock Ivy Bowl.

    Irish Keepsake Box Craft.

  • There's something for everyone to help celebrate this 'green' holiday and bring out the Irish in all!

    More crafts from

Fun Activities for St Patrick's Day

Fill a Mason jar with St. Patrick's Day stickers, charms and toys or cookies and decorate with green.

This great idea is from Sunshine Farm

It is an Irish tradition that if you do not wear green on St. Patrick's Day, you get pinched ! A little history about the day for the kids at

Did you know that the shamrock is a sacred plant? The Shamrock is the national flower of Ireland. Many Irish people wear a shamrock on St. Patrick's Day.

St Paddy's Day on Pinterest

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For those who have not yet joined Pinterest, come try it. Such a fun way to network.

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St. Patrick's Day Posters - All pictures courtesy of

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Danny Boy: Renditions of a Classic Song - Which rendition of Danny Boy do you prefer?

This is such a classic song that Eric Clapton feels this song is such a sacred song, that he chooses to play the guitar and not sing this song. Check his video below for one of many beautiful renditions of this ageless piece.

How are you planing to celebrate St. Patrick's Day?

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      6 years ago

      Just right for the Saint Patrick's Day celebration and gluten free too.

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      June Campbell 

      6 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      I am not gluten intolerant, but my friend is. I know how challenging it can be to eliminate gluten from your diet. Thanks for this helpful lens.

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      6 years ago

      @BLemley: Thanks Blemley. I am part Irish myself and also gluten intolerant (possibly Celiac, but not tested). Thanks for your comment:) Have a great St. Paddy's Day!

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      Beverly Lemley 

      6 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      Wonderful lense! I am gluten intolerant and I have Irish background, so there! That's fascinating that I hadn't heard that before, either! Thanks for the recipes. Boy I wish I had one of those COOKIES right NOW! GReat lense! B : )


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