Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Irish Mug Reviewed

For St. Patricks Day Or Any Day

Irish Scene image courtesy of Pixabay.com
I have been looking for an Irish mug to add to my cupboard for a couple of reasons. As I write this we are fast approaching St. Patricks Day so there is one reason that I would like to have one. The other reason is that I have been working on my genealogy in the last few months and it turns out that I have several Irish ancestors. 

When I got my DNA testing results back the report indicated that about 22% of my DNA is from Ireland, Scotland and Wales. To be honest, I was a little surprised by those results. Now, that I have spent so much time looking for ancestors; I am a little surprised that the numbers aren't higher than that 22%. The chart did show the entire area of Ireland but then it was also quite specific for Ulster, Munster and Connaught. As I plodded through the hints of possible people who belonged in my family tree at first I was only finding people who came from Ireland but their origin was not very specific. Then one day I found it! Well, eventually I found several "its". It may seem silly but I got really excited to find family from those areas that were specifically mentioned. I am still amazed that the DNA results could be so exact especially since those connections go way back in time.  I am not talking a couple of hundred years, folks. Those family members go way back to the 200's, 300's, 400's and 500s in the Common Era! My ancestors came from those areas of Ireland when Ulster, Munster and Connaught were kingdoms in and of themselves. 

So, I have become quite fascinated with Ireland and its history. That is why I have been looking for things pertaining to Ireland which led me to wanting an Irish mug to drink my coffee in. I found one that I particularly like. 

As I continue to work on my genealogy, I can enjoy my coffee in a colorful cup that reminds me of where many of my people came from. I also like that the Irish blessing can inspire my day:

May the road rise up to meet you
May the wind always be at your back
May the sun shine warm upon your face
and rains fall soft upon your fields
and until we meet again
May God hold you in the palm of His hand. 

I am thrilled that I took the DNA test and am finding ancestors from several countries, not just Ireland. It has been quite an interesting journey into my family's past. How about you? Do you know for sure that you have Irish ancestry?



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5 comments:

  1. What a beautiful mug! I have always loved that Irish blessing. We have heard it so much and so often, I don't think people often stop and consider what it really says. Such a tremendous blessing and wish to offer. Not only would I like to have that mug myself, but it would make a wonderful gift for family members.

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  2. A lovely coffee cup to celebrate your Irish ancestors. A large number of my ancestors came from Scotland, but none that I know of are from Ireland ~ except for now having an Irish son-in-law. :)

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  3. I've been told I'm Scotch Irish on my dad's side. I think my Mom's ancestry is British, and we have papers that qualify us to join the DAR. We just never joined. I've always wanted to see Ireland and Scotland. I like that mug.

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  4. How fascinating. We have that part of the world in common - Scotland and England in my case (and France) - but I haven't done the DNA thing - I'm debating it now, been reading so many accounts by others that it's tempting me. Your results sound so interesting. What a great gift to pass on to family as well - knowledge about their past. I'm a member of Ancestry.ca and have quite an extensive family tree completed on many sides. It's my downtime hobby. :)

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