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If Your Irish Come Into The Parlour. !

Updated on November 25, 2012

St. Patrick's Day

Some of my friends on hub pages may remember Aunty Kate from the "Housemaid's knee" and all sorts of knee problems that I´ve covered in other hubs. She was the eldest of ten children , my dad being the youngest . She who took care of him after their parents died before my dad was 14 years old..

Aunty Kate had a heart of gold.

We grew up in Wales so it was slightly confusing for my brother and me, that we never saw a leek or a daffodil on March 1st. St David's Day..... But .... March 17th St Patrick's Day, deary me what a fuss Aunty kate would make. "I'm only 1st generation Welsh, born here," she'd say. "Your dad's and my parents were Irish through and through and their parents before them etc. Haven't you noticed all your Aunties and Uncles are named Timothy and Patrick and Kathleen...." OK We got the picture, but it was still a bit odd being the only 2 children in our school who wore fresh shamrock on our shirts every year on March 17th.

Aunty Kate would have the shamrock specially flown over from Ireland every year.

Aunty Kate should be here today

Oh! How she loved St. Patrick's Day.

Shamrock so fresh would arrive in the post

Over the Irish sea to our house.

"Aunty we're Welsh, or British at least.?"

She'd throw up her hands, as if we'd blasphemed.!

"It's Ireland we're from.!" (though British we seemed.)

For Aunty Kate there was no contest.

A bunch of fresh shamrock was pinned to our chest..

Then proudly she'd sing some old Irish songs,

"Sweet Molly Malone" to me seemed all wrong.!

The poor girl dropped dead before the end of the song.

I could cope with Killarney, the Lakes So Blue,

She took me there once, adventures so new.

A wonderful treat to Ireland we flew.

The city of Dublin, I loved and still do.

When the Guinness kicked in the songs were more lively,

We'd learn Irish Jigs and dance round the room.

That was no mean feat, I tell you for sure.

"Don't look at your feet! Eyes up from the floor".

There's a large lonely place without Aunty Kate,

The hardworking darling, no-one can replace.

Oh! How she'd love to be here today

To sing Irish songs in her own special way.

A beautiful voice, a generous heart.

But of course, she grew old and had to depart.

If anyone out there is enjoying Patrick's Day,

Spare a thought for me please for our dear Aunty Kate.

St.Patrick's Day


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  • Dim Flaxenwick profile imageAUTHOR

    Dim Flaxenwick 

    7 years ago from Great Britain

    l don´t believe in coincidence..... we must be related. Ha Ha! This comment was brilliant. Thank you. God bless.x

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    Tricia Mason 

    7 years ago from The English Midlands

    Hi :)


    My Mum's Welsh, with Irish ancestry, and she can remember the shamrock being sent over from Ireland on Saint Patrick's Day, too ~ ready for them to wear to school. There was a very large Irish community in South Wales.

    And Mum had an Auntie Kate, too :)

    Mum sang all the Irish songs that she had heard at her grandmother's knee ~ so I now know a lot of them, too.

    I'll add a link to my St Patrick hub :)

  • Dim Flaxenwick profile imageAUTHOR

    Dim Flaxenwick 

    8 years ago from Great Britain

    You cooked enough for 30 !!!! You're as sweet as my late Aunty Kate.

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    8 years ago from USA

    My husband's office was surprised by me when I cooked several corned beef with cabbage for them on the 17th.I was happy none was left! So I was able to make around 30 people Irish for the day.But my house smelled for days!

  • Dim Flaxenwick profile imageAUTHOR

    Dim Flaxenwick 

    8 years ago from Great Britain

    Thanks Tony. She was a real character, yet didn't have an easy life when young. One of the reasons I admired her so much,. No bitterness or self-pity just lots of fun and laughter.

    Love and peace,

    Dim x

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    Tony McGregor 

    8 years ago from South Africa

    Your aunt sounds a hoot! I love people like her. They bring a certain lightness to the world, I think.

    Thanks for sharing

    Love and peace


  • Dim Flaxenwick profile imageAUTHOR

    Dim Flaxenwick 

    8 years ago from Great Britain

    Ha Ha , Justine. We made pasties with our leftovers. Cheers.!

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    8 years ago

    I made corned beef hash for breakfast with the leftovers. mmmm

  • Dim Flaxenwick profile imageAUTHOR

    Dim Flaxenwick 

    8 years ago from Great Britain

    Thanks Micky. Remember, though I can't run very fast from a cyclist.. But if I keep chasing you around your hubs, we may eventually meet somewhere in the middle.

    God bless.

  • Micky Dee profile image

    Micky Dee 

    8 years ago

    I'm going to drink a little something and make toast for dear Aunty Kate!

    Thought I'd chase you around your hubs for a change!

    Great St. Patrick's hub!

  • Dim Flaxenwick profile imageAUTHOR

    Dim Flaxenwick 

    8 years ago from Great Britain

    Ha! Ha! . We had corned beef Hash! love u , girly. Thanks for stopping by.

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    8 years ago

    AWWWWW, this was so nice!! Im having a good corned beef dinner. Ill be thinking of you. ;)

  • Dim Flaxenwick profile imageAUTHOR

    Dim Flaxenwick 

    8 years ago from Great Britain

    Wow.! Thanks for the thumbs up, Patty. You're a gem.

  • Dim Flaxenwick profile imageAUTHOR

    Dim Flaxenwick 

    8 years ago from Great Britain

    Thanks for being my 1st visitor today. Glad you liked it. Take care. x

  • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

    Patty Inglish MS 

    8 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

    I put this on Facebook! Thaumbs up.

  • singlmomat52 profile image


    8 years ago

    What a lovely tribute to your dearly departed Auntie. And oh to have such sweet memories. I wish you a Happy, Blessed St. Patrick's Day!! and to all the Hubbers as well. Thanks for sharing Dim. Loved it!!!


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