Ireland is a great destination for cycling. The Irish roads are calling all you avid cyclists, with memorable trips in store for the energetic and physically active tourist who loves to travel the highways and byways by pedal power. Every year there seems to be huge numbers of new cyclists on Irish roads, and for anyone who ever thought about taking a biking trip to Ireland, I thought a little information about the different cycling routes might be a good idea…. Read more here.
Graveyard seats may seem an unusual topic for a blog post, but in today’s installment Irish writer Mattie Lennon explores the idea of adding seats to Irish cemeteries. Graveyards, both old and new, are an integral feature not only of the Irish rural landscape, but are also painstakingly preserved and cherished amidst urban city sprawl. I believe Irish people feel a deep spiritual connection with the past by visiting graveyards. But I have never visited a cemetery in Ireland where seats are provided for loved ones to rest, contemplate and connect with the past…. Read more here.
Metal farm gates are found dotted around Ireland’s countryside. Whether separating fields, or protecting the entrance to verdant green pastures these functional entryways are part of my Irish memories. These gates are so widespread around Ireland, I am going to venture so far as to say, I consider them a symbol of Ireland. I know, you probably think I’ve lost my marbles, when I decide to write a blog post all about gates…. Read more here.
The Victoria Sandwich consists of two sponge cake layers sandwiched together with raspberry jam and cream, then dusted on top with confectioners’ sugar. This teatime treat became popular in England and Ireland during the reign of Queen Victoria, whose name this cake now bears. Originally caster sugar was sprinkled on top, but I prefer to use finer confectioner’s sugar. Being a quintessential English cake you may ask why I am sharing this recipe on my Irish blog…. Read more and get the full recipe here.
As we Americans celebrate Labor Day today, I thought it might be interesting to gather old Irish sayings that speak to the importance of work and labor in our lives. The Irish throughout the world are not known for their riches or affluent lifestyles, but throughout the ages the Irish have never been afraid of hard work. This collection of old Irish sayings is evidence the Irish fully understood the need to earn prosperity through the fruits of their labor…. Read more here.
Today, I’m thrilled to announce Irish American Mom’s Online Giftshop is officially open for business. Here, you’ll find handpicked and curated Irish and American gifts, perfect for showing appreciation to family and loved ones who may be Irish or Irish at heart. To celebrate our grand opening I thought I might host a little giveaway for a beautiful Celtic House Blessing by Kevin Dyer….. Read more and enter the giveaway here.
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.
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.
“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