A big thank you to everyone who participated in this week’s giveaway for a copy of “All Standing” by Kathryn Miles. It was lovely to read where readers’ ancestors hail from in Ireland…. Read the winning announcement here.
The Parting Glass is one of my favorite songs. I always thought it was an Irish air when I was growing up, but have since discovered it’s originally Scottish. I love this arrangement and performance of The Parting Glass by the UCD Choral Scholars. When I like a song, I love to mull over the reasons why it resonates with me….. Read more here.
Today I am delighted to introduce a wonderful new book concerning the Irish Famine from author Kathryn Miles. A copy of All Standing will be won by one lucky reader of this book review. So read on and check out how to enter our giveaway at the end of this post….. Read more here.
Wishing all mothers of the world a very happy Mother’s Day this weekend. Although this holiday is celebrated on different days throughout the world, this weekend let’s all join American families as we honor our mothers with our sincerest sentiments of love and gratitude. To mark this day I thought I might share some Irish wisdom on motherhood…… Read more here.
Flowers make my soul smile – wild or manicured my eyes appreciate the glories of their blossoms. Baskets, boxes, bouquets, pots, planters, you name it, I love them all once they are full of flowers. Dublin is blooming in style, albeit a little later than usual after a long, cold winter. In today’s post I share some of my photos from my trip to Dublin last week……. Read more here.
I’m coming to the end of a wonderful trip full of warm welcomes in Sligo, where I learned all about the versatility of Irish stew, feasted on the most scrumptious food Ireland has to offer, and above all met some wonderful new friends….. Read more here.
Genealogy research is more than the pursuit of knowledge. It is a search for a generational continuum of mind and spirit, urged on by echoes from the past. The quest to learn more about those who have shaped our lives is an honorable pursuit. I was delighted to learn that University College Cork is hosting a genealogy summer school this year to help all genealogists, from beginners to advanced researchers….. Read more here.
Today I am sharing a short post to remind everyone that the sun does shine in Ireland every now and then. And when the sun does peep out from behind the clouds, it brightens up the landscape to lift those rain induced doldrums…… Read more here.
“When I think of Ireland….” What comes to mind as you attempt to finish this sentence? Last month, as part of our giveaway for My Ireland Box, entrants were asked what crafts come to mind when thinking of Ireland, or simply to tell us what they love about Ireland. The answers posted by readers were beautiful, awe inspiring, and lyrically poetic….. Read more here.
THE LEAVING COAT is an elegantly written historical fiction novel by Irish author Margaret Mulvihill. In today’s post Margaret explores her inspiration and the historical background for this Irish emigrant themed saga of the American frontier….. Read more here.
Berry Almond Tart is a combination of a rich pastry shell, filled with jam, ripe berries, and an exquisite custard topping. Raspberry almond tart is originally a Scottish dessert, rich and decadent and fit for serving at the finest tables. My version of this traditional recipe uses both raspberries and blackberries…. Read more and get the recipe here.
The Irish psyche is a deep topic for a blog post on the day after St. Patrick’s Day, when many facets of said psyche were on display all over the world. As I did a little research for this post I came across a quotation attributed to the father of psychoanalysis himself, Sigmund Freud…… Read more here.
Words fascinate me. Their sounds convey meaning. Yet meanings change as words join forces into stories of the past, present and future. Of all three types of tales, historical sagas intrigue me the most. Writers are story tellers and I long to tell the story of our Irish ancestors….. Read more.
“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.
My Blog Plan
I have been asking myself a question lately: “Why Do You Wish To Blog?” After not much contemplation and soul-searching, the very best answer I have come up with is: “Why not?” In an effort, which I truly hope will not be a vain effort, to keep my random, scattershot thoughts somewhat on message, I created a few blog categories.
I have included a short blog plan on each category page, which may better answer any ‘deep and meaningful’ blogging questions you may have. Happy reading!!!!!
Slan agus beannacht leat!
(Goodbye and blessings)
Irish American Mom