Deep Calling is a new young adult novel by Canadian author J.M. Lavallee. Today I’m thrilled to introduce her work, and participate in her Blog Tour to help launch this tale of the oceans. When J.M. Lavallee contacted me about her new book, I asked if any Irish connection might be found calling from the deep. Well, none other than Manannán Mac Lir, the ancient mythological Celtic sea god, features in this Contemporary Fantasy….. Read more and enter a giveaway for an electronic copy here.
Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way is the longest defined coastal drive in the world, and believe me when I tell you, the scenery is simply spectacular. Last year I shared an infographic on places to visit along the Wild Atlantic Way. But today I’m delighted to share news of a wonderful documentary featuring Ireland’s amazing coastline. For anyone even thinking about visiting Ireland, this show is for you…. Read more and get all the details on how to watch here.
“Hay-foot, straw-foot” was a term my late granny loved to use as we marched around her West Cork farm. I remember asking granny why she said “hay-foot, straw-foot”, and she explained that years ago in Ireland hay and straw were used to teach Irish dancing. Being Irish born I assumed this phrase to be exclusively Irish, but as I investigated further I discovered the term was also used extensively in the United States….. Read more here.
Celtic patterns and knots are beautiful, mystical symbols of Ireland used to represent faith, love, and unity. The trinity knot, a simple interwoven loop with neither a beginning nor an end, is an exquisite emblem of infinity and eternity. The Irish Jewelry Company has provided a magnificent Celtic Mother’s Knot necklace as a prize for one lucky reader. But before I share the details of our giveaway and prize, let’s explore the symbolism of trinity knots together … Read more and enter the giveaway here.
Summertime is berry time, and strawberries are some of my favorite summer berries. I love to whip up this delicious, easy strawberry mousse dessert for a summer treat. Now, this strawberry gelatine dessert with a mousse and cream layer is definitely not one from my Irish mother’s recipe collection. This is a recipe I learned from my aunt, who moved to the United States from Ireland in the 1940’s…. Read more and get the complete recipe here.
Dancing To An Irish Reel is an intriguing novel about a single American female, Hailey, who leaves the record business in Los Angeles, and relocates to Connemara on the west coast of Ireland. There she meets her love interest, Liam Hennessy, a traditional Irish musician, who in true Irish fashion is scared witless at the prospect of love. Claire Fullerton has graciously offered a signed copy of her book as a prize for one lucky reader….. check out the full post and enter the giveaway here.
Today is a day for the history books in Ireland. Official postal codes are being introduced throughout the Republic of Ireland. Until today, Ireland was a numberless country, toying with global logistics gurus throughout the world, by using personalized addresses with mysterious locations known only by the local postman or woman ….. Read more here.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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