Buttermilk pancakes should be light and fluffy, and oozing with buttery flavor and goodness. Since buttermilk has always been widely available in Ireland, even in centuries past when food sources were limited, Irish mothers perfected the art of cooking buttermilk pancakes. Pancake Tuesday is very early this year, but whichever week it may fall in the calendar, Irish mams will be beating batter all across the country tomorrow….. Read more and get my recipe with step-by-step photo instructions here.
St. Brigid epitomizes everything a strong Irish woman should be, and she holds a special place in many Irish hearts, including mine. When we think of Irish saints, good old St. Patrick first springs to mind, but let’s face it, he was a blow-in from England, France or Wales … nobody knows for sure. St. Brigid is actually the first native-born Irish saint, and a true role model for independent, feisty Irish women…. Read more here.
The Angel’s Lamp, a new novel by Ashby Jones, is set in Ireland at the time of the Easter Rising and the tumultuous times that followed as the Irish people struggled for freedom. Since we are marking the centenary of the 1916 Rising this year, I was delighted when Top Hat Books asked me to review this new publication. And good news, the publisher has provided a copy of The Angel’s Lamp for one lucky reader to win. But before I share the details on how to enter, let’s explore this book together….. Read more and enter the giveaway here.
Castles, castles everywhere! If you’ve ever been to Ireland you’ll understand why I say this. Ireland truly boasts no shortage of castles. In fact, Ireland is home to thousands of castles, dotted around the country from north to south, and from east to west. There is one glitch however. You won’t be able to enjoy a luxurious sojourn in many of these castles. You see, many lie in ruins, stony sentinels from the past, and proud reminders of days gone by…. Read more and discover the must-see castles of Ireland here.
In this luscious parfait dessert, green and orange fruits are layered with a white cream and crumbled meringue mixture, creating a lovely Irish flag in a glass. This is one of my favorite easy-peasy, yet very impressive desserts. The key to heavenly success is the center layer of crumbled meringues or mini pavlovas, combined with whipped cream…. Read more and get the complete recipe here.
When I was a little girl in Ireland I loved making daisy chains, just like many generations of little Irish girls before and after me. But why, you may ask, am I day dreaming about daisy chains in the middle of winter? Well, this week I watched a beautiful short film, called The Daisy Chain, created by Ken Williams and Denis Fitzpatrick…… Read more and watch the movie here.
An Irish cop patrols the streets of New York City- sounds like a novel set in the late 19th century. But the book I’m going to introduce you to today is set a century later, when a Dublin born Irishman, Luke Waters, joins the NYPD. This autobiography recounts Luke’s arrival in NYC as an illegal immigrant in the 1980’s, the granting of his green card through the Donnelly Visa program, and his decision to join the most famous police force in the world. I was thrilled when Simon and Schuster contacted me to host a giveaway for this newly released book ….. Read more and enter the giveaway here.
2016 is still in its infancy, so I thought it’s the perfect time for a quick recap of my past year of blogging, plus a quick look forward to what the coming year may have in store for us here on Irish American Mom. A little warning for anyone who stopped by today for a quick ramble about Ireland or the Irish in America. This post may get a little too technical for your taste, as I share my trials and tribulations, joys and accomplishments, together with my goals and future vision for this website. ….. Read more here.
Driving Ireland’s highways and byways is a feast for the eyes, as motorists pass by some magnificent works of art. I love Ireland’s roadside art displays. Some may disagree with me, considering them a distraction, but for me these motorway masterpieces add a little intrigue to every journey. Today I thought I’d share some of the shots I’ve taken over the years of Ireland’s roadside art, plus a few beauties I found online…… Read more here.
What does it mean to be Irish? That my dear readers is the question I pose today, in my very first blog post of 2016. I believe this is the perfect year to explore our Irishness together as we celebrate the centenary of the 1916 Rising. Let’s start off the year with a little foray into our Irishness by continuing my series of blog posts delving into the Irish Psyche. We know that we “Irish” are a complicated bunch, and trying to amalgamate our traits into easily identifiable, shared quirks and idiosyncrasies is probably a lunatic’s endeavor. But I am a Crazy Celt after all…. So together let’s delve into the forty shades of green that meld together creating our Irish identity….. Read more here.
2016 is just around the corner. This coming year will be an important one for Irish people all over the world, as we commemorate the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising. In preparation for this important year, RTÉ, the Irish broadcasting company, has created some wonderful programs to help us discover the history and events that culminated in the Easter Rising. Today I’m delighted to let you know about their new series, Ireland’s Rising…. Read more here.
Stories From The Famine is a trilogy of feature films created by Krown Films. Written and directed by Alan Brown, a London based film and jazz musician, these tales are based on true stories from Ireland’s famine era. Krown Films’ mission is to retell dramatic events from Irish history, the events that shaped Ireland… Read more and enter a giveaway for a copy of The Cormack Brothers film on
“My Ireland” is a place of love which invokes a deep sense of identity. “Mother Ireland”, as we so lovingly call her, will always influence my state of mind, no matter where I wander.
She instills in me a life-long feeling of connection. “My Ireland” is a collection of stories and memories that have shaped my life.
“Memories, converted into stories,
can become a monument of sorts
to the remembered.”
– Christy Kenneally
“My America” is a place of acceptance, which invokes a deep sense of pride. I have chosen to live in a small state in the heartland of America. In Kentucky, we live outside the limelight, and may not be considered part of “mainstream” America.
Here I present the stories and images of “My America” – Smokey Mountains, natural wonders, and great rural beauty. I have learned we are as integral a part of the ‘Real America’, as our more famous urban neighbors. Welcome to my American Dream.
Slán agus beannacht!
(Goodbye and blessings)
Irish American Mom