When quick and easy is the order of the day, then salmon fish cakes are perfect for your dinner menu. I’m not talking about complicated cook-from-scratch fish cakes made by first poaching fresh salmon. I’m talking about budget-friendly, tasty fish cakes made with canned or tinned salmon…. Read more and get the complete recipe here.
“Never let the truth get in the way of a good story,” is a saying I often heard when I was growing up in Ireland. I automatically assumed it to be an old Irish proverb, but since living in America I learned this quotation is widely attributed to none other than Mark Twain. Do you believe it to be an old Irish proverb?? Or perhaps you accept these witty and wise words were first uttered by the wittiest of all Americans, Mark Twain…. Read more here.
Here we explore the concept of a ‘seanachaí,’ an Irish storyteller. Mattie Lennon from County Wicklow, also known as the Lacken Seanachaí, has graciously sponsored a copy of his new storytelling CD, Truth and Lies, as a prize for one reader to win…. Read more and enter the giveaway here.
It’s time for our monthly update from Anne Driscoll, an American living in Ireland, who shares her Irish adventures and insights into what it means to be Irish, and to become Irish. And so, without further ado, let me hand you over to Anne…..Read more here.
Rabbie’s Tours in Ireland appeal to those with the independent traveler’s mindset. They want you to see the best places in a convenient way, but also enjoy the destinations according to your taste and the type of experience you are after. Do you identify with that type of traveler? Today’s blog post explores the choices you have in Ireland….Read more here.
To mark Independence Day 2017, I have a very special song to share with you. A reader sent me the lyrics to “America Bound,” a song he wrote to honor the journey his ancestors took from Donegal to America many years ago…. Read more here.
Join me on a journey today to some of Ireland’s most isolated places. Since 2007 Iain Miller and his friends have been exploring and climbing sea stacks found dotted around the coastline of Ireland. Their favorite climbs lie along the spectacular coasts of counties Donegal and Mayo. And you all know how much I love Donegal. Read more and explore some Irish sea stacks here.
Over the past two centuries Irish immigrants played a vital role in building America’s infrastructure.Did you know????….
Over 50% of the workers on the Erie Canal were of Irish descent.
Construction of the Empire State Building began on St. Patrick’s Day, 1930.
The world’s first skyscraper was The Home Insurance Building in Chicago and was built by Irish immigrants…. Read more here.
A few weeks ago I introduced you to Anne Driscoll, an American living in Ireland who loves to share her Irish evolution through her writing and books. Anne has graciously agreed to send me monthly updates on her shenanigans and adventures which I’m delighted to share with you today. And so, without further ado, let me hand you over to Anne….. Read more here.
Today is Mother’s Day and to celebrate I thought I might share a beautiful eulogy written in memory of an amazing Irish American mother. She was not a celebrity. She was not a millionairess. She was not even remotely famous. But she was a wonderful mother who shared her values and beliefs with her family so that they could stand apart from the crowd because of their integrity, their strength of character, and their acts of kindness. Today I am honored to share a thoughtful and inspiring eulogy for a remarkable Irish American Mom, sent to me by her son….. Read more here.
The Origins of Benjamin Hackett by Gerald M. O’Connor is a unique adventure tale set in County Cork, Ireland. The story introduces readers to a young man on the cusp of adulthood whose parents reveal that he is adopted on his 18th birthday. Today I’m delighted to introduce you to Gerald who has written a guest post for us outlining the seven things he learned as a debut author. We also have a copy of Gerald’s book as a prize for a giveaway courtesy of Down & Out Book…. Read more and enter the giveaway here.
Ireland is magical and mysterious, an ancient place of fairy hills and holy wells, friendly pubs and pints of Guinness, green countrysides and wild coastal tides. At least 7 million people visit Ireland every year and in 2013, award-winning journalist Anne Driscoll was one of them. She was a stranger, alone in Dublin for a year when she arrived as a US Fulbright Scholar to teach law students at the Irish Innocence Project at Griffith College how to investigate wrongful convictions. She had no friends, no home, no phone, no car. She was unsure of what to expect, either of herself or the country…. Read more here.
“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