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Clouds blowing smokeOn Being A Blow-In

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.

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Irish Myths and Legends - Album CoverIrish Myths And Legends Audio Book Giveaway

Ireland is a land of myth and legend, with epic tales from days gone by describing mysterious worlds, where nature and magic exist side by side. Today I’m delighted to publish a guest post by David Murphy, co-author and presenter of two new audio books, retelling Ireland’s ancient tales of enchantment, and who has also sponsored a little giveaway …. Read more and enter the giveaway here.




A thatcher at work - Bunratty Folk ParkThe Thatched Cottage As A Symbol Of Ireland

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.







The_Irish_Mother_by_Alfred_Downing_FrippIrish Poems For Mother’s Day

Ireland is a land of poets and poetry. What better way could there be to celebrate Mother’s Day, than to explore how Irish poets have immortalized mothers in lyrical words and verses over the years.  Here is a collection of verses both old and new, and of course, in true Irish tradition, some are nostalgic and sad. Happy Mother’s Day to everyone….. Read the full post here.






crestleaf-logoIntroducing Crestleaf – An Outstanding Genealogy Website

Sifting through family history resources and genealogy websites can be a daunting task if you are one of the many Americans eager to trace your roots.  However, if you are one of the 33.3 million Americans of Irish ancestry help is close at hand.  The good folks at Crestleaf have compiled a list of 70 Irish ancestry resources to help you on your journey of family discovery and ancestral reconnection…… Read more here.




Seaside rock - a gift from IrelandBring Me Back A Rock!

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.




Men's Aran Sweater from StandunHistory Of The Aran Sweater Plus A Giveaway From Standún, Spiddal

Hand knitting is an ancient craft, perfected by the people of Ireland, where sheep and wool are plentiful. The Aran sweater has evolved into a national icon, and I consider it to be Ireland’s most significant contribution to international style…. Read more and enter the giveaway here.




A trio of Kentucky Derby hats

If I Were A Lady …. I’d Wear A Hat

It’s Kentucky Derby weekend, and the people of Louisville are donning their finest attire for a day at the races. Ornate hats will balance atop the heads of well-heeled ladies, as they watch the Run for the Roses.  Every year as I admire the beautiful hats of the Kentucky Derby, I am reminded of a poem I learned in Ireland many years ago. If I Were A Lady was written by Percy French (1854 ~ 1920), a balladeer and songwriter from County Roscommon…… Read more here. 






Knocknarea from Carrowmore

Knocknarea and Queen Maeve of Connacht

Knocknarea dominates County Sligo’s skyline, and together with Ben Bulben, these two peaks are the most striking landmarks in the entire county.  Today I thought it’s high time for a scenic interlude, and what better subject matter or mountainous model could there be for a blog post, than the magnificent Knocknarea in County Sligo. So why not join me, on a tour of Knocknarea, a perfect spot for a little mid-week Irish intermission…. Read more here.






Two primroses in IrelandIrish Primrose Superstitions And Lore

When I think of Ireland, I imagine hedgerows of delicate primroses in spring. I wasn’t one bit surprised to learn this wild flower of Ireland was considered sacred by our Celtic ancestors who believed it held the keys to heaven. Primroses color the Irish countryside from March until May. And so today I thought why not share some primrose photos, myths and lore…. Read more here.






Towels on the washing lineRules Of The Irish Clothesline

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.




Dancing To An Irish Reel Book CoverAn American Author in Ireland

Claire Fullerton is a “writer, wife, animal lover and perpetual ballet student who divides her time between Malibu, and a little fairy cottage in Carmel-by-the Sea.”  In today’s post Claire tells us about her new novel, Dancing To An Irish Reel, and shares her deep-seated connection and appreciation for my homeland, Ireland ….  Read more here.







Yeats red roseA Rose For William Butler Yeats

This year, 2015 is the 150th anniversary of the birth of William Butler Yeats, Ireland’s renowned and beloved poet. To mark the occasion the good folks at The Secret Gardens of Sligo are launching a brand new Irish rose to be named in his honor…… Read more here.


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Casserole of cod and prawn cheese bakeCheesy Seafood Bake

Firm white fish pairs deliciously with shrimp when baked in a creamy cheese casserole.  Seafood cheese bake is a favorite Irish recipe, and here’s my version of this traditional dish….. Read more and get the complete recipe here.







Knowth, a megalithic burial site in County MeathAncient Stones And Passage Tombs – A Ramble Around Knowth, County Meath

County Meath in Ireland is home to many prehistoric megalithic tombs built around 3200 BC. Newgrange is the most famous archaeological site in Ireland, but it’s neighboring site of Knowth is well worth a visit….. Read more here.




Elena ClancyIreland Is Not Just About Potatoes Anymore

When I departed Ireland for the United States in the late 1980’s, I left behind a monocultural society. In the early part of the new millennium over half a million plus immigrants moved to my homeland, and with them they brought a new vibrancy, cultural flair, diversity, and a variety of new foods and recipes. In today’s guest post, Brighid O’Sullivan interviews Elena Clancy, a Russian immigrant who now calls Ireland home…. Read more here.





Irish Cod Fish Cakes Irish Cod Fish Cakes

Irish cod fish cakes are Irish traditional fare at its very best, and are created by combining mashed potatoes, flaked cooked fish and herbs, then formed into individual cakes, and coated in bread crumbs before frying…… Read more and get the complete recipe here.







Molly MaloneThe Meaning Of Some Popular Irish Last Names

Many of us bear Irish last names or surnames as we say in Ireland. But have you ever wondered about the origins of these Irish names?  What are the most common Irish last names found world wide?  Molly Malone may be one of the most famous Irish names, but Malone is not in the top 10 Irish last names list…. Read the full post here.

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The Sunbeam Patch - CoverThe Sunbeam Path – An Interactive Children’s iBook By Marion Rose McFadden

“The Sunbeam Path” – what an exciting name for a children’s picture book. The very name speaks of faeries and intrigue. Maggie Green, a resource teacher currently living in County Donegal, graciously reviewed this book for Irish American Mom.  This is a tale about Nora, a delightful little Irish girl who follows a wisp of light dancing on the edge of the forest. A world of faeries and demifay awaits…. Read more here.

 Farewell – A Not-So-Simple Irish Ritual

Saying goodbye and departing a friend’s home may be a simple act in America, but in Ireland there is an unwritten code of honor that guides farewell rituals. There are superstitions that must be adhered to, or God forbid you may draw some form of ill fate upon your unsuspecting self…… Read more here.


 Heritage – Your Piece Of Ireland

If you have ever dreamed of owning a little piece of Ireland, believe it or not, you now can.  Emerald Heritage is offering for sale small plots of land within the Glens of Antrim, in an effort to protect this area from deforestation and to promote regeneration of this natural wildlife habitat. Check out this blog post to learn more about this wonderful project.  The giveaway is closed, but this conservation project is ongoing…. Read more here.

 Potato Cakes

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.



Slan agus beannacht leat!

(Goodbye and blessings)


Irish American Mom