Today I’m delighted to tell you my good news. On Thursday September 1st I will open a new online venture, Irish American Mom’s Giftshop. Here I hope to share some beautiful pieces of Irish and American artwork and gifts, and help artists on both sides of the Atlantic introduce their wonderful work to a wider audience…. Read more here.
Wise old words from Ireland abound including advice on the importance of education. Our ancestors held plenty of opinions and their respect for a good education is clearly evident in some old Irish sayings. Back to school time is upon us. Kentucky kids are already waiting in line for school buses every morning, and in the evenings knuckling down to their homework. Here’s my collection of Irish quotations, blessings, and sayings for back-to-schoolers everywhere, both young and old, and in between…. Read more here.
When you think of Irish cliffs and must-see tourist sites, the famous Cliffs of Moher in County Clare automatically spring to mind. But today, I’m going to take you on a tour of County Cork’s lesser known, but just as spectacular cliffs at Mizen Head, Ireland’s most south westerly point. I love to take you off the well beaten Irish tourist trail, to discover Ireland’s hidden treasures. If you plan to visit Ireland in search of bracing ocean scented air, then the Mizen is the place for you…. Read more here.
International bestselling Irish author Cathy Kelly’s new book Between Sisters goes on sale in the US today, August 9th, 2016. I’m delighted to publish a guest post by Cathy, who shares her inspirations for this Dublin based story, and also to host a giveaway for a copy of Between Sisters from Grand Central Publishing. But before I share details of how to enter this little giveaway, let me first hand you over to Cathy to tell us a little about her life and writing ….. Read more and enter the giveaway here.
I believe preserving the past for the future is a very important task, and today I’m delighted to introduce a rural heritage museum where Ireland’s past is treasured and shared.Located just outside Bruff, County Limerick, Old Irish Ways is a folk heritage museum, where memorabilia from our past is lovingly restored and preserved. Take a tour of this wonderful museum with me …. Read more here.
Did you know Trivago named Killarney in County Kerry as one of the top ten tourist destinations in the world for 2016. Wow! That’s high praise indeed for one of the friendliest places on earth. Killarney is a very special little corner of the world and this little town has so much to offer visitors. Perhaps, I shouldn’t refer to it as a “little” town anymore, since Killarney has grown and evolved into a premier tourist destination since the days I visited over twenty years ago ….. Read more here.
When you dream of an Irish vacation, your mind probably conjures up images of stone castles, ancient archaeological sites, and breathtaking scenery. You may not think of Ireland as a premier destination for outdoor water activities, but being an island dotted with magnificent lakes and rivers, Ireland is the perfect destination for water enthusiasts…… Read more here.
Irish pubs are renowned the world over for their warm welcome and atmosphere. Traditionally the Irish pub was a community center, used as a gathering place where people could chat, tell stories, and share a drink or two. Mother of two, Catriona Mulhern from Donegal has launched a new business idea in Ireland and the United States. Pop Up Pub offers the real Irish pub experience right in your own back yard…. Read more here.
Ireland is a land of magnificent scenery. But did you know a trip to Ireland is not merely a feast for the eyes? The Irish countryside not only stimulates the visual senses, but can at times over stimulate the olfactory nerve. Yes! That poor old nerve, that carries our sense of smell, works overtime when traveling around rural Ireland during the summer months. I know my blog post title might lead you to believe I’m going to wax poetically about the scents of newly cut turf in the bog, the delightful aromas of a freshly mown meadow, or the bracing sea air as you wander down one of Ireland’s many piers. But hold your breath! These are not the only airs you shall inhale on a tour of my homeland…. Read more here.
Irish-American author Scott D. Pomfret draws on a rich vein of faerie realism in his new book, The Hunger Man. This novel places the Great Irish Famine in stark relief, making it a compelling retelling of Ireland’s defining disaster. On behalf of Waterford-based publisher Ninestar Press, I’m delighted to introduce you to Scott, and his new novel. Before we delve into a synopsis of the plot, let me first hand you over to Scott, a Boston based attorney, who will share his family story and love of Ireland…. Read more here.
Tea and scones with butter and jam – it’s a yummy Irish afternoon treat. When I’m in Ireland I can whip up a batch of scones in double quick time, and I’m guaranteed success every time. Now, I make two kinds of scones. Irish raisin tea scones without buttermilk, or my granny’s favorite Irish buttermilk scones. Traditional Irish buttermilk soda scones used three simple ingredients, flour, baking soda and buttermilk. No eggs, no butter, just a simple dough which rose to tender perfection when cooked over an open fire in a cast iron bastible…. Read more and get my recipe tweaked for baking success in America here.
Fulfilling the role of mother of the bride is not simply a wedding day duty, but a life changing family journey. Mothers of the bride navigate the world of wedding planning, satin, tulle, family and in-law dynamics, all the while evolving into a bridal coach extraordinaire. Today I’m delighted to introduce a new book by Cheryl Barker, a writer from Kansas who has followed my blog since its beginnings, always offering words of encouragement along the way…. Read more and enter the giveaway here.
Wise old words from Ireland abound, and Irish blessings and sayings for weddings are no exception. Some are heart warming and tender, some are witty and charming, but all sincerely express wishes of love and happiness for the lucky couple. In today’s blog post, I give you a world of Irish marriage wishes at your fingertips. Or better still a world of Irish wedding blessings on the tip of your tongue, so you can rhyme them off at will, as you wish the happy grooms and brides the very best for their future lives together…. Read more here.
In this little corner of the world wide web we love to discuss all things Irish. Ireland is in our hearts and in our souls. It captivates us like no other place on earth. And so today, let’s delve a little deeper into what it means to be Irish, and see if we can touch a little on what “the essence of being Irish” really means. I am eternally grateful to readers of my website, who come back again and again to read my writings. It’s lovely to know I am not the only one intrigued by our Irishness. So together, let’s discover a little bit about the essence of being Irish….. Read more here.
In the west of Ireland furrowed fields hug the coastline. Many a passer-by pays little to no attention to this ridged farmland, totally unaware these markings are the remnants of our ancestors’ toil. Referred to as lazy beds, these scars on the Irish countryside are evidence of an abandoned system of potato cultivation that once supported generations of Irish people, before the devastation of the Great Irish Famine…. 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