Archives for February 2012

Leap Year Day

February 29th or Leap Year Day is when ladies all over the world may propose to the man of their dreams.  An answer in the affirmative is more or less guaranteed.  If any man should be so bold as to decline a lady on this date, he should pay a hefty fine. Image Credit A […]

What I Miss About Ireland – Rainbows

Rainbows are beautiful symbols of Ireland, made famous by the lure of leprechaun gold, stored in little black pots at rainbow’s end.   Irish rainbows feature prominently in fairytales of old, yet to this day they frequently appear in the cloudy skies of my homeland. Today I thought it would be nice to share some […]

Apricot Glazed Corned Beef

Corned beef, cabbage and potatoes

The first time I ever tasted a corned beef brisket was in Elmira, New York  at a St. Patrick’s Day party in 1988.  Many people asked if it tasted just like my mom’s corned beef. They were astonished to learn we don’t eat corned beef and cabbage in Ireland. In Ireland we tend to pair […]

Who Am I? Where Am I From?

Image Credit My son’s second grade class learned about Ellis Island and immigration last week.  Each child’s homework involved investigating family origins and reporting back to class to answer the question: “WHERE IS YOUR FAMILY FROM?”   My son was intrigued by all the different answers he heard – Italy, Germany, Africa, Sweden to name […]

County Clare – Home Of The Cliffs Of Moher

The majestic sheer walls of the Cliffs of Moher may be County Clare’s most famous scenic attraction, but when you visit you will be spoiled by a wealth of breath-taking scenery, great natural wonders, ancient castles, charming towns and villages, relaxing pubs, exceptional traditional Irish music, and invigorating outdoor activities. Image Credit The people of […]

“The Last Storyteller – A Novel Of Ireland” By Frank Delaney

Frank Delaney - photo courtesy Jerry Bauer

  Book Review   “The Last Storyteller – A Novel Of Ireland” is a book of enduring beauty, suspense and heartbreak.  I received an advance copy from the publisher and thought I would share my review with you.  Written by Frank Delaney, it was released on February 7th, 2012. Born and raised in County Tipperary, […]

Irish Pancakes For Shrove Tuesday

Pancake Tuesday falls this week and all over Ireland people will indulge in delicious pancakes.  Nearly every person in Ireland will eat a pancake at some point on Tuesday. Pancake Tuesday is the last day before Lent begins, falling 47 days before Easter Sunday  Just like Easter, the date changes every year. Sundays do not […]

County Cavan – The Lake County

County Cavan lies inland, but there is no shortage of water within its borders.  Known as the Lake County, it is home to 365 lakes and the source of Ireland’s largest river.  It’s fish-filled lakes and tranquil hills are but a few of its natural wonders. Image Credit County Cavan is one of the nine […]

Almond Heart Raspberry Cookie Sandwiches

Heart Cookie

Ground almonds are used extensively in Irish baking.  Basic almond cookie dough cut into heart shapes, then sandwiched with raspberry jam and decorated with a dusting of confectioners’ sugar are a perfect treat for Valentine’s Day. Ingredients 2 sticks butter 1 and 1/4 cup confectioners sugar (1/4 cup for decorating ) 1 teaspoon almond extract […]

The Claddagh Ring – Ireland’s Enduring Symbol Of Friendship, Faith, Love And Loyalty


The Claddagh Ring is possibly one of the most culturally significant pieces of jewelry found anywhere in the world.  It’s history, design, meaning and manner of wearing are all deeply rooted in Irish tradition.  Two hands of friendship hold a heart of love beneath a crown of loyalty. Love is in the air with Valentine’s […]

Love And Marriage – Irish Style

Black and white clipart - the bride

Ireland is renowned as the birthplace of lyrically, romantic poets such as Yeats and Moore, yet ordinary Irish people are not known as the most outwardly demonstrative when it comes to showing their affection. Romantic reserve is evident in many old Irish sayings dealing with love and marriage.  Yet I am slow to dismiss these […]