Lorna Sixsmith has written three books: Would You Marry A Farmer?, How To Be A Perfect Farm Wife and An Ideal Farm Husband. The latter was published in September and she won the Best Nonfiction Book in the Irish CAP Indie Awards with her second book. As you may remember, I reviewed her previous books here and today I’m delighted to interview her about her recent publication. Lorna has also provided a copy of her new book for one lucky reader to win, but before I share the details of how to enter, let’s first ask Lorna a few questions about Irish farmers and farming … Read more and enter the giveaway here.
Grab a strong cup of tea for this new Irish book, The Secrets of Roscarbury Hall, because it’s filled to the brim with drama! Written by Ann O’Loughlin, a leading journalist in Ireland who reported on the Irish adoption scandals, this new novel centers on estranged sisters, Ella and Roberta. The women live together in a decrepit mansion in small town Ireland and communicate through hand-written notes…. Read more here.
In celebration of the Thanksgiving weekend and to salute the upcoming holiday giving season, the good folks at Biddy Murphy, a Michigan based retailer of Irish gifts, have graciously sponsored a lovely array of Irish gifts for readers of Irish American Mom to win…. Read more and enter the giveaway here.
Children can be worriers and taking those fears and anxieties away is every parent’s greatest wish. Did you know the fairies can help take worries away? Today, I’m delighted to share the inspirational story of how the Irish Fairy Door Company was founded. The Irish Fairy Door Company has graciously sponsored a giveaway for one lucky reader to win…. Read more and enter the giveaway here.
Cauliflower cheese is a classic Irish or English side dish which is usually served to accompany a roasted chicken or beef dinner. It’s also a perfect side for turkey dinner at Thanksgiving or Christmas…. Read more and get the complete recipe here.
Everyday vegetables in Ireland are simply boiled or steamed and tossed with a little butter before serving, but for occasions like Christmas or Thanksgiving I like to make veggie side dishes a little extra special by adding an extra layer of flavor. And my cider glazed carrots are no exception. Hard cider, a sweet and fruity alcoholic drink is very popular in Ireland, and helps transform simple carrot batons into a mouth-wateringly delicious vegetable side…. Read more and get the complete recipe here.
“Freckles the Elf” has arrived to bring Christmas magic to Ireland and all over the globe this holiday season. Today, I’m delighted to introduce you to this new Christmas elf from the Emerald Isle and his creator Evelyn McGlynn. A native of Donegal, Ireland, Evelyn Mc Glynn penned the book, “Freckles The Elf: Christmas Magic In Ireland” as a direct result of a tradition that has been in her own family for over 20 years. …. Read more here.
Ashley Donati is a writer and blogger who often stops by to check out my recipes and ramblings. Today I’m delighted to publish a guest post where she tells us about a recent trip she made with her family to my homeland, together with a wonderful round up of Irish themed kids’ books…. Read more here.
Genealogy websites that help people trace their family histories love to focus on fortunate souls descended from royalty, or related in some distant and indirect way to George Washington. Yet genealogical research is just as likely to turn up horse thieves, drifters and scandals of every sort. “You’re going to find stuff you don’t want to know,” says Ceil Lucas, a sociolinguist, amateur genealogist and author of How I Got Here: A Memoir. And so, I asked Ceil to share her story with us. I’m delighted to publish her guest post, and we have a giveaway for a copy of one of Ceil’s books too… Read more and enter the giveaway here.
Historian Phillip Thomas Tucker explores the remarkable story of the Irish during the Texas Revolution in his new book, The Alamo’s Forgotten Defenders. I’m delighted to publish an interview with Phillip Thomas Tucker PhD., exploring his inspiration for this important research, and his desire to expand our understanding of the role the Irish and the Scotch-Irish played in achieving independence for Texas. We also have a giveaway for two copies of this wonderful book. First let me share Mr. Tucker’s interview and then I’ll fill you in on how to enter the competition…. Read more here.
Jean Grainger first began writing fiction at the suggestion of her clients who enjoyed her stories as she guided tours around the Emerald Isle. Born in Cork, Jean tapped into her experiences as an Irish tour guide, a teacher, a university lecturer and a playwright to create compelling stories to become a bestselling author on Amazon. You can enter to win signed copies of four of Jean’s novels. But before I share the link for the giveaway let me first hand you over to Jean to share her writing journey…. Read more and enter the giveaway here.
Beautiful, original tiles and plaques by Celtic Valley Ceramics are inspired by the beauty of the Irish countryside and draw upon the traditions, artistry and legends of the Ancient Celts. To celebrate the introduction of these lovely tiles to my giftshop, we are hosting a little giveaway for readers. But before I fill you in on the details of the prizes and how to enter this giveaway, let me first introduce you to Louise and Andy and their superb Celtic inspired designs…. Read more here.
Next week a major new Irish exhibition opens at the New Bedford Whaling Museum. Famine, Friends and Fenians explores New Bedford’s curious role in Irish history from the 18th century through the famous “Easter Rising” in 1916. In today’s guest post from the museum, I’m delighted to share the details of this wonderful exhibition…. Read more here.
Today I’m thrilled to introduce you to award-winning and internationally acclaimed bestselling Irish author, Catherine Dunne. Her US debut, THE YEARS THAT FOLLOWED, goes on sale today October 11th, 2016. And to mark the occasion, her publisher Simon & Schuster is sponsoring a giveaway for one lucky reader to win a copy of Catherine’s new book…. Read more and enter the giveaway here.
Halloween and fall celebrations are in full swing all around America. Today, I have a little treat for all who are interested in Celtic history and the Irish origins of Halloween. “Spiorad na Samhna” is a bilingual short film telling a two-fold story of how the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced Sow-in) was transformed into today’s Halloween, as well as the origins of Ireland’s biggest Halloween Carnival, in Derry… 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