an irish interlude

by Patricia on March 17, 2010 · 10 comments


(picture from the movie Tristan and Isolde)

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day and all things Irish, I’m interrupting the confessions of a sugar addict to share a real life Irish fairy tale with you.

It was the early 1800s in Ireland.  John was a strapping young blacksmith from the County Waterford. He fell in love with a beautiful lass from a neighboring county. Her name was Eleanor.

Eleanor’s parents were Irish nobility, and she was their only daughter.  She was destined to marry a nobleman, not a blacksmith. Her parents objected to John and would not allow them to marry.

But their hearts would not be denied.  John and Eleanor eloped to Paris and were married in 1815. 

From Paris, they migrated to the New World where they landed on Prince Edward Island, Canada.  John and Eleanor settled at Little Pond, King’s County and went on to raise 10 children!

I love this story. It’s a real story about real people and it gives hope to the hopelessly romantic like myself.  Love conquers all and all that.  And in a way, I have John and Eleanor to thank for my own love story.  They were Dan’s great-great-great grandparents.

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! Erin Go Braugh!


1 Alisa March 20, 2010 at 12:02 pm

What a lovely story :) I love a happy ever after :)

2 Patricia March 18, 2010 at 9:55 am

Thanks everyone. I’m glad you enjoyed the story as much as I do. Hope you all had a wonderful St. Pat’s Day!

3 Beth March 17, 2010 at 8:05 pm

Such a wonderful story! Thanks so much for sharing it with us!

4 Kristi March 17, 2010 at 2:57 pm

Fantastic! Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

5 Molly March 17, 2010 at 10:45 am

I love that story, too. And I love to brag about it, even though they weren’t *my* relatives! ;-)

6 Patricia March 18, 2010 at 9:54 am

The version Dan’s boys like to tell make them related to related to royalty and so if they were to go to Ireland they’d be kings :)

7 Cheryl March 17, 2010 at 10:06 am

I just got the major chills! So very, very sweet.

8 Love2learn Mom March 17, 2010 at 9:42 am

Happy Saint Patty’s Day!

9 Love2learn Mom March 17, 2010 at 9:41 am

That is the *best* story! :)

10 Joie de vivre March 17, 2010 at 9:13 am

What a nice story. I love the opera Tristan and Isolde. I wonder if the movie is similar? I’ll have to check it out.

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