Guarantee it would be a challenge to not acknowledge St Pat's Day in some way in New Zealand - perhaps the hobbits will toast each other with a pint of green beer - or a shamrock shake :)
Superb compilation by Musa, also known as faboamanto, at the White Rose blog.
She's created a lovely collection of RA's comments about his "community of friends":
Why would a house suddenly appear among all the RA pix, someone might ask:) Explanation is actually quite simple. Made a really thrilling discovery recently during a family history research session. Some of my maternal ancestors lived in this house in the mid-1800s. The house is called Violet Hill and it's located adjacent to Cork Harbor, Co Cork, Irl. The evidence that this is the exact house is quite substantial(official records); however, the story at the time was really heartbreaking for the family - you see, the father of 5 young children died prematurely in his 30s. Ultimately, after a few years of struggle, there was a happy ending for the entire family. His widow and their five children eventually - via Wales - found their final home in the USA surrounded by other loving family members.