DSC02297CÉAD MÍLE FÁILTE (pronounced: kade meelah faultcha or kayad meela foilcha. I’ll let you choose) is a traditional Gaelic greeting which means, “a hundred thousand welcomes”, and which characterizes the expansive and generous nature of the people. I was given this plaque for our new home this year. With it came an explanation that the Celts respect the significance of welcome as a threshold or rite of passage; there’s a great respect for chance meetings and random events, hence a renowned openness to new experiences, opportunities and people. I love the spirit of the greeting and will hang this plaque to welcome our guests (as soon as I can get the ladder and tools out of the quonset, which is still piled high under frozen snow!) I share it here today, as a way of thanking those of you who’ve provided many enjoyable chance meetings since beginning this blog, and to welcome and look forward to many more!

j0436369Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig!
Pronounced: Ban-ochth-thee na Fay-leh Paw-drig),
or, in other words,
Happy St. Paddy’s Day!

~ by byrningbunny on March 17, 2008.

4 Responses to “CÉAD MÍLE FÁILTE”

  1. Back in High School one of my English teachers was Irish (well, Irish American). She loved Ireland and would travel there often and would bring up stories of her adventures there as much as possible. She had a similar plaque on her desk-which she explained on the first day of class.

    And did the whole class encourage her to share these stories to distract her from class work? lol

  2. My sister lives in Ireland, I should ask her if they celebrate St Paddies there or if it is just N America

  3. Luiz is inviting you to visit


    If you have time!


  4. It’s not only the Irish – the word welcome is important to all the celtic people … Manx, Breton, Scots, Cornish and of course the Welsh – Croeso i chi!!

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