Irish Eyes And A Bit Of Irish

by Sherry Riter in Holiday,Sherry

When Irish Eyes

“When Irish eyes are smiling,
‘Tis like a morn in spring.
With a lilt of Irish laughter
You can hear the angels sing
When Irish hearts are happy
All the world is bright and gay
When Irish eyes are smiling
Sure, they steal your heart away.”
~ an old Irish Blessing ~

redhead sherry riter irish eyes

On St. Patrick’s Day it is customary to celebrate the holiday with shamrocks, leprechauns and wearing green. Even if I forget to wear green, I always claim to be exempt from the pinching tradition because I have green eyes. The holiday is an Irish holiday, so I thought I would tell you a few characteristics that are common for people who are Irish.

Irish Characteristics

Not all Irish people have all these traits, but looking back through the history of the people, there is a common thread of characteristics that bring them together:

  • red hair
  • pale, fair skin
  • freckles
  • blue or green eyes
  • kind
  • helpful
  • habit of being late
  • bad temper
  • stubborn
  • good company
  • friendly
  • like having fun
  • talkative
  • impulsive
  • inquisitive about people and places
  • philosophical about life
  • good sense of humor
  • hate saying “no,” so they are indirect with criticism and rejection
  • lucky


Oh yes, that saying is, “The luck of the Irish” which means “extreme good fortune.”

That’s what I wish for all of us going forward…extreme good fortune.

“May you have the hindsight
to know where you’ve been,
the foresight
to know where you’re going
and the insight
to know when you’re going too far.”

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Sherry Riter is also known as The Redhead Riter. Sherry is witty, intelligent and addictive as she writes about cooking, family, marriage, failures, blogging tips, art, humor, inspiration, travel, PTSD and aging. Her goal is to inspire, motivate, educate and to make her audience laugh. Sherry embraces being a redhead and helps others to see the redhead point of view…"In some eras redheads were worshipped while others thought us witches. Personally, I like the former and think every day is 'Love a redhead day!'" She can also be found on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, StumbleUpon, Linkedin, tweeting as @TheRedheadRiter and you can subscribe to her free blog feed.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Joan March 17, 2014 at 12:58 am

Sherry, that’s a beautiful picture of you. Which only goes to prove, you’re not getting older – you’re getting better! Happy St. Patrick’s Day! 🙂


2 Sherry Riter March 17, 2014 at 1:01 am

Thank you so much, Joan. I think with age comes wisdom and hopefully with more wisdom comes happiness! 🙂

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you too!!!! {{{hugsss}}}


3 Philip Bond March 17, 2014 at 7:46 am

Beautiful eyes and person.


4 Sherry Riter March 19, 2014 at 2:00 pm

Awwwww, thank you so much Philip! {{{hugssss}}} You’re always so sweet to me.


5 bluecottonmemory March 18, 2014 at 10:32 pm

Someone tried to pinch me because I wasn’t wearing green. “I don’t have to wear green. My eyes are green,” I told them. They almost didn’t believe that green eyes counted.

I still wish I had a red-headed child:(

Happy St Patrick’s Day – May the luck of the Irish be with you!

Hope you are doing well, Red!!! Trying to keep my head above water in blue cotton land!


6 Sherry Riter March 19, 2014 at 2:01 pm

Someone told me green eyes don’t count! How do they know? I’m the one that’s Irish! LOLOLOL



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