Bittersweet March 6, 2008Posted by Rambling Man in Emigration, General Bloggery, Ireland & the Irish, Poetry & Humor.
Tags: Emigration, ireland, irish blessing, new zealand
Today we leave Ireland.
I absolutely can’t wait to arrive in New Zealand and get stuck in, but as many’s the times before in this situation, I get butterflies in the airport.
I don’t know when I’ll be back – either to live, or for holidays or for good …
I was sad for a small while yesterday – a good friend had sent me a card and inside was written, as Gaeilge, and by hand :
Go n-éirí an bóthar leat.
Go raibh cóir na gaoithe i gcónaí leat.
Go dtaitní an ghrian go bog bláth ar do chlár éadain,
go dtite an bháisteach go bog mín ar do ghoirt.
Agus go gcasfar le chéile sinn arís,
go gcoinní Dia i mbois a láimhe thú.
Which roughly translates in English as :
May the road rise to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face.
And rains fall softly upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.
Catch you all on the flip side …