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Bill Cooke - Intrigue in a Quaint Irish TownIntrigue in a Quaint Irish Town – A New Book By Bill Cooke

Intrigue in a Quaint Irish Town is a new book written by Tipperary man, Bill Cooke. Set in 1950’s Ireland it’s a light-hearted look at life in an Irish town, at a time when most towns were under-developed, and unsophisticated by today’s standards.  Bill Cooke has self-published his writing, and now that the many hours of composition and editing have been completed, the difficult part is spreading the word about his novel…. Read more here.







Incredible Ireland- doorsIntroducing Incredible Ireland

Today I’m delighted to publish a guest post by Incredible Ireland, a new company of artists who are helping visitors to Ireland capture the spirit of their trip through a custom painted masterpiece of their very own….. Read more here.






Round Tower at Cashel County Tipperary, IrelandIreland’s Round Towers

Slender, tapering, stone towers dot the Irish countryside from the northern county of Antrim to Ireland’s most southern county of Cork.  The harp and the shamrock are obvious choices for the honorary title of “symbol of Ireland”, but today I once again wish to elevate another emblem to this distinguished title – the magnificent Irish Round Tower.  After reading this blog post I hope you too will consider the round tower a true symbol of Ireland….. Read more here.






Dungloe Music Festival, County Donegal

Dungloe Music Festival, County Donegal

The Best Events In Ireland For 2015

During the summer months Ireland is a land of festivals, celebrations and events. From food festivals to music events, family festivals to active group adventures, Ireland is always a great place to be over the summer.  Today I’m delighted to share an infographic from the good folks at Killarney Hotels, who have taken a lot of trouble to round up a collection of wonderful events scheduled to take place in Ireland this summer…… Read more here.





Furze bushes above Dalkey quarryFurze – The Yellow Flower Of The Irish Landscape

Ireland’s hills and hedgerows are blooming with the golden glow of yellow furze. This prolific plant adds stunning color to the Irish landscape each and every year….. Read more here.






Castletown HouseCounty Kildare

It’s been a while since we took a photographic tour of one of Ireland’s thirty-two counties, but today let’s take a quick trip to County Kildare, Dublin’s western neighbor. This inland county offers plenty of history, spectacular scenery, ancient castles and warm welcoming towns…. Read more here.

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Clouds blowing smokeOn Being A Blow-In

In small rural Irish villages the term ‘blow-in’ is often used to classify anyone not born in the immediate surrounding locality. In other words a blow-in is a person who has relocated to an area, who has no roots there…. Read more here.

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Irish Myths and Legends - Album CoverIrish Myths And Legends Audio Book Giveaway

Ireland is a land of myth and legend, with epic tales from days gone by describing mysterious worlds, where nature and magic exist side by side. Today I’m delighted to publish a guest post by David Murphy, co-author and presenter of two new audio books, retelling Ireland’s ancient tales of enchantment, and who has also sponsored a little giveaway …. Read more and enter the giveaway here.




A thatcher at work - Bunratty Folk ParkThe Thatched Cottage As A Symbol Of Ireland

The thatched roof cottage with whitewashed walls is a powerful symbol of Ireland, often featured on postcards. This quaint, traditional image immediately represents Ireland for many people throughout the world. Today’s post is dedicated to these iconic symbols of Ireland…. Read more here.







crestleaf-logoIntroducing Crestleaf – An Outstanding Genealogy Website

Sifting through family history resources and genealogy websites can be a daunting task if you are one of the many Americans eager to trace your roots.  However, if you are one of the 33.3 million Americans of Irish ancestry help is close at hand.  The good folks at Crestleaf have compiled a list of 70 Irish ancestry resources to help you on your journey of family discovery and ancestral reconnection…… Read more here.




Seaside rock - a gift from IrelandBring Me Back A Rock!

A stick of rock! Who remembers these tubes of hardened sugar, we savored as kids.  In Ireland these traditional, cylindrical, boiled sweets were usually dyed pink and white, or sometimes festooned in our patriotic colors of green, white and orange. Join me for a trip down memory lane as I explore the tradition of bringing back a rock from the seaside…. Read more here.






Towels on the washing lineRules Of The Irish Clothesline

In the Ireland of my youth the clothesline dance was learned at an early age.  Today electric clothes driers have all but replaced the line, and as a result, we’ve practically forgotten the long lost art of drying the wash.  And so, today I thought I should share some of these long forgotten rules of the Irish clothesline … Read more here. Potato Cakes

The most popular recipe of all times is for Irish potato cakes. These are the perfect way to use up leftover mashed potatoes, and you can jazz them up any way you like. A dash of curry powder, or chili powder, or chives and onions can add a new depth of flavor to these traditional Irish favorites…. Get the full recipe 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