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.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day 2017. Today’s the day when the whole world is a little bit Irish. But this year, rather than getting carried away with the wearing of the green, or drowning of the shamrock with green beer, or indulging in fluorescent green “Irish” food, I thought I would simply take a look at some of the words of the man himself to celebrate his feast day…. Read more here.
Who wouldn’t love to receive a special packet of handcrafted Irish artwork delivered to your door each and every month? Well, that’s the wonderful monthly surprise offered by Emerald Post. Today I’m delighted to introduce you to this beautiful artwork, and to celebrate St. Patrick, Emerald Post has sponsored a lovely giveaway for one lucky reader to win…. Read more and enter the giveaway here.
Ireland’s highways and byways are perfect for those who love to discover the world by pedal power. Today’s guest post is from cycling expert Mike McLeish who’s going to take us on a bike trip around Ireland’s best touring trails…. Read more here.
Patrick and the President is a heartfelt and beautiful picture book about John F. Kennedy’s 1963 return to his ancestral home. This lovely book was written by Ryan Tubridy, one of Ireland’s most beloved media personalities, and illustrated by P.J. Lynch, a prolific Irish artist and picture book illustrator. A copy of this delightful children’s book has been provided by the publishers, Candlewick Press, for one lucky reader to win ….. Read more and enter the giveaway here.
Did you know 22 US Presidents claim Irish roots? Since March is upon us once again, and it has been designated Irish American heritage month by the US President, I thought it might be a good time to share a little information about the links between Ireland and these US Presidents…. Read more here.
Geneaology is a favorite topic on this blog, and I know many of you are diligent family historians who spend hours searching through birth certs, census information, ships’ passenger lists, and historical forms of every description. However, the greatest challenge for would-be genealogists is truly capturing a sense of their ancestors’ lives from these factual forms. Today I’m delighted to introduce you to an Irish company who offer a range of services to help families present research in a readable, informative and engaging way…. Read more here.
Derry is a bustling city in Ireland’s northwest, the only completely walled city in all of Ireland. Steeped in history, this vibrant city is an amazing destination for anyone planning a trip to Ireland and Northern Ireland. Today, I’m delighted to introduce a native of Derry, and a true expert in Irish and Derry history, Gleann Doherty, who will tell you about the wonderful walking tours he leads around his hometown…. 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