The Tara Brooch is an elaborate piece of ancient Irish jewelry dating back to around 700 AD. It is on display in the National Museum of Ireland. Composed mostly of silver and embellished with delicate, interlacing, gold, filigree patterns, it is widely recognized as a symbol of Ireland…. Read more here.
Chicken curry may have originated in India, but it is a firm dinner favorite throughout the Emerald Isle. Many Irish people purchase their curries at local Chinese take-outs, but I prefer to cook mine from scratch….. Read more and get the full recipe here.
On St. Brigid’s Day in Ireland it is customary to make reed crosses named after the saint. But, if like me, you live in the city, it’s not easy to find an abundant supply of reeds. In America, reeds and rushes don’t grow as prolifically as in the wet soil of my homeland. My solution – pipe cleaners…. Read more here.
Many Irish Americans feel a deep, spiritual connection to Ireland, my homeland and the birthplace of our ancestors. This affinity intrigues me.What amazes me most is that many American’s ancestors left Ireland because of dire poverty and starvation. Yet despite the difficulties of their lives in Ireland, they brought a great love of their homeland with them to the United States…… Read more here.
Any tourist planning a trip to Ireland definitely needs to know about “brown bread.” The choice of bread in Irish restaurants is usually “white” or “brown”. Seldom is the term “whole wheat” used. Traditionally, brown bread refers to a dense, hearty, and nutty-tasting, whole wheat version of Irish soda bread….. Read more and get the full recipe here.
Potato and leek soup is a traditional Irish, wintertime, comfort food. Served with buttered, brown soda bread, it is a delicious warm treat on a cold winter’s day….. Read more and get the full recipe here.
This book tells America’s story, through the eyes of a young Irish immigrant, Nora McCabe. Today I am delighted to introduce you to the second installment in an Irish American trilogy for young adult readers….. Read more here.
Ireland offers tourists an amazing vacation opportunity – the ability to experience the magic of staying in a thatched cottage. Today’s blog post is a photo tour of one such cottage in County Galway, inviting you to enter into the world of a bygone era…. 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.
My Blog Plan
I have been asking myself a question lately: “Why Do You Wish To Blog?” After not much contemplation and soul-searching, the very best answer I have come up with is: “Why not?” In an effort, which I truly hope will not be a vain effort, to keep my random, scattershot thoughts somewhat on message, I created a few blog categories.
I have included a short blog plan on each category page, which may better answer any ‘deep and meaningful’ blogging questions you may have. Happy reading!!!!!
Slan agus beannacht leat!
(Goodbye and blessings)
Irish American Mom