When you can stand,

Generations deep,

In the land of your fathers.

Three Generations Return To Ireland

When you step into castle, church and abbey,

And know that history was yours.


When you stand before and admire their strongholds.

High Cross and Round Tower

And see their courage.

Round Tower at Rock Of Cashel

When you walk the roads with your brother.

Brother and I at Giant's Causeway

And wonder about all that was before you.

Rock of Cashel

When you can

Place your feet where your fathers once stood before you

With those who come after you.

Dun Aeonghus

And stand vigil where your fathers  lie…

Family Gathered at Cemetery, Inish Mor

When you breath that air.

That they once inhaled.

Dun Aeonghus and Me

And exist where the High Kings gathered.

Hill of Tara

When you plant your feet in the soil where your family tree grew.

Ireland Tree

And see where the green truly grows.

Green Fields of Ireland

When you stand here.

Inishmore and I

You find home

And your very soul.

Like you’ve never known.


Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

I hope that everyone has a wonderful day of connecting with their own ancestry.

And if you aren’t Irish-

Or it doesn’t include Irish-

I’m sorry.




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52 thoughts on “Generations

  1. cindy knoke says:

    Gives me goosebumps. So amazing!


  2. universe fireflie says:



  3. neilsonanita says:

    Beautiful heartfelt verse and lovely pics.


  4. ksbeth says:

    and happy st. patrick’s to you and yours, colleen. i also wrote about the beauty of my irish visit on this day


  5. markbialczak says:

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day from your buddy with the Polish name, MBC.


  6. ivor20 says:

    From Ivor and his lovely Irish friends, happy St Patrick’s Day xx!Asumt4cZ9A65g9RyxoXX9zEoh_jfmA


  7. Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! Today is my birthday! LOL! I think that makes me Irish. 🙂


  8. Hey I’m not Irish but loved the way how beautifully you expressed every emotion related to remembering and cherishing the fond memories of our ancestors ….


  9. Bravo. This was a masterpiece.


  10. Perfect Colleen. You brought the spirit of the day to me. My ancestry is close enough to Ireland (a neighbor) for me to appreciate this vicariously. And I love being neighborly. ❤


  11. Happy St. Patty’s!


  12. We can’t all be blessed to be Irish. Happy St Patrick’s Day.


  13. Jodi says:

    sooo beautiful! I am Irish through marriage – lol! I love to see YOU for real. You look just like your cartoon of you 🙂 Happy St. Patrick’s Day Colleen!


  14. anie says:

    oh now I get an idea of the pride that Irishmen have. It’s nice to read how you can feel so connected with your homeland and your roots! I never could. I do not really feel attached to a country, more to a world. But I am facinated who much love people can have for their country!


  15. Well my great grandmother was a Mclhenny so I’m a little bit Irish! Happy St. Patrick’s Day!


  16. So beautiful. What a great experience for you. I’m part Ulster Irish.


  17. Debra says:

    I have to get back to a great-grandparents to touch my Irish roots, but they’re on that tree. LOL! I love your photos and have always enjoyed your stories from your beloved Ireland. 🙂


  18. reocochran says:

    Gorgeous and such a fantastic opportunity, Colleen! 💚🌟
    I would have to go to four definitely places as I am equally divided between Sweden, Germany, Scotland and England. Yay! Lots of travel. May need a rich donation or meet a generous man or friend.
    I am paying for the Mississippi trip but loved the chance to fly and go far, on my “own” in New Orleans was so wonderful. Seeing college friend priceless. . . 😀💗


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