Memorial Tattoo


This is the tattoo that my eldest daughter just got in memory of my parents.  Dad died December 4th, 2017 and Mom followed 2 years and 1 day after on December 5th, 2019.  The 7 shamrocks represent them, myself and my 4 other siblings. O’Brien was my maiden name.  What a testament to her love of us all!
The center symbol is the Claddagh which holds a special place in the hearts of our family.  A little background for you:

The Legend of the Claddagh

The story of the Claddagh is based in rich Irish culture. It begins about five centuries ago in the fishing village of Claddagh, just outside the city of Galway. Men of the village, much as they do today, would go out to the sea, each day, to fish for food for their families and other villagers. The sea presented many dangers. On some days the sea was high and on others the current was strong. The greatest risk, however, was that there were pirates. On one such day, the story goes, a young man was fishing at sea with other men from his family. Suddenly, from their small boat, they spied a Spanish pirate ship. That sight, the men were certain sealed their fate. The pirates captured the men from Claddagh and brought them to the far off North Coast of Africa. It was there that they were sold into slavery for what they were sure would be the rest of their lives. Richard, the youngest of those captured, was the most distraught. All men had left loved ones behind, but Richard had just met his true love and now feared that he would not live to see her again. Years passed and several of the men died. Others accepted their fate. Richard worked as a slave, but continued to long for a return to his village and to his beloved. To keep his spirits up and to keep hope in his heart, each day Richard stole a tiny speck of gold from his slave masters in the goldsmith shop where he tended the fires. Years passed and, with his tiny pieces of gold, he was finally able to fashion a ring. It was his hope that, despite what seemed nearly impossible, he would return to his village and present the ring to his true love. No one really knows if Richard escaped or earned his release from slavery, but in either event, the day finally came when Richard could begin the long trip back to his village in Ireland . . . to his home. At his journey’s end, Richard was overcome with joy when he learned that his beloved had remained true to him in his long absence, waiting faithfully for him to return. It was on that day that Richard gave his beloved the ring he created that is now known worldwide as the Claddagh Ring. The Claddagh design appears not only in rings, but in other types of jewelry as well. The heart in the cladadgh symbolizes the love Richard longed to share with his true love. The crown symbolizes his undying loyalty and the hands symbolize friendship, which is, after all, the very foundation of love, with loyalty holding the two hands together. The Claddagh design became popular as an engagement or a wedding ring. It took on even more significance when Claddagh rings began to be worn widely by women throughout Ireland, on the west coast and the islands, where the claddagh may well have been the only major “investment” in a fishing family, an heirloom handed down from mother to daughter.

There even is a guide which explains the symbolism of how the ring is worn. If the ring is worn on the right hand with the heart pointing out, it means that the wearer’s heart is uncommitted. Worn on the same hand with the heart pointing inward, the Claddagh ring means that the wearer’s heart is taken. Worn on the left hand with the heart pointing inward, it means “Let Love and Friendship reign forever, never to be separated.” The Claddagh has a rich heritage and will surely be in vogue for many years to come.

Peace and Love,

Teresa Marie



An Irish Wedding Via My Brother

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At the Irish wedding reception the D.J. yelled..

“Would all married men please stand next to the
one person who has made your life worth living.”

The bartender was almost crushed to death, but

is expected to survive.

A Fairyland

None of My Own

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An Offering To You

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Dance ‘Til It Hurts

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Dance ’til it hurts
the day I die
so you have reason
for tears to cry

As a great celebration
it needs to be
when the time comes
to enter my eternity

Don’t want you all
to mourn my loss
for it is life
that’s a ring toss

Some win the prize
of many long years
they spend in laughter
between all the tears

And much too early
do others move on
for all time is short
before it is gone

So maybe it’s just
the Irish in me
that desires at death
you throw a party

But then again I would
to be honest and true
have to admit the reason
why I want this from you

Is because I know
what up there awaits
when the time arrives
to enter heaven’s gates

And the joy that
I will have there
has nothing on earth
with which to compare

So dance ’til it hurts
that when you do cry
it won’t be for me
or it would be a lie

‘Cause I will be dancing
with you up there too
and  all of the angels
in my life anew!!

Teresa Marie  12/15/11  ©


Laughter is my answer
to any given thing

Along the rocky road
to me life may bring

So that the little bumps
aren’t made into moun’s

They should be greeted
with smiles and not frowns

Maybe it’s the Irish
heritage that’s in me

That makes me want
to live life with glee

For sorrow shouldn’t be 
an endless mournful cry

But I’d rather have
laughter ’til I die!

Teresa Marie  11/4/11

My Sunday Thoughts – An Irish Blessing For Your Day

This is my wish and blessing for all
of you today and every day!

May God make it so!

Teresa Marie  10/16/11

The Luck Of The Irish – An E-Mail from Mom

This may just set the record for return emails and forwards. Leave it up to the Irish to come up with the answer to all our wishes. Well, at least one.

Make sure you follow the directions carefully. I think we all need a little luck right about now.

Hope the Leprechaun dances his jig for you!

Comments from others:

I had to forward this, my mom swears it works. The day after she sent it, they got an offer on their land on the Swannee river, they haven’t even seen that land since 1987. It came out of the blue. So you know that I’m going to try it.
Love Kim

Not sure if this had anything to do with it but it was shortly after I sent this out – I got a call to say our bond was approved – against all odds.

I don’t know if it works but I won a new fridge full of various cool drinks from Beyer and Beyer last week.

I do not know if it works, but I won a microwave yesterday Seems like it Hey !! 

I hope this works my son could use a really good job!!!!!!! 

Good luck to everyone! And may all your dreams come true!!This may sound nuts, but my husband got this the other day and sent it off. About 10 minutes later a really good financial windfall happened for his son Sean who he had sent it too as well. On e of the people he sent it to was responsible for the windfall.AN IRISH FRIENDSHIP WISH

Good Luck!!

I hope it works..

May there always be work for your hands to do;

May your purse always hold a coin or two;

May the sun always shine on your windowpane;

May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain;

May the hand of a friend always be near you; 

May Godfill your heart with gladness to cheer you.

OK, this is what you have to do…Send this to all of your friends!

But – you HAVE to send this within 1 hour
>From when you open it!

Now……………Make A wish!!!!!!

I hope you made your wish! Now then, if you send to:

1 person — your wish will be granted in 1 year

3 people — 6 months

5 people — 3 months

6 people — 1 month

7 people — 2 weeks

8 people — 1 week

9 people — 5 days

10 people — 3 days

12 people – — 2 days

15 people — 1 day

20 people — 3 hours

If you delete this after you read it . You will have 1 year of bad luck! But .. If you send it to 2 of your friends you will automatically have 3 years of good luck!!! )

Of course I said a prayer with mine ’cause let’s face it, God is the giver of all wishes, hopes and dreams 🙂 but I love this Irish Blessing and just wanted to share this with you all.    Peace, love and  good luck wishes, Terri