When Sheepdogs Dream


Today is National Dog Day, and to celebrate I’ve written a little poem called “When Sheepdogs Dream” which I dedicate to all herding dogs around the world, and my own border collie, Oreo. Oreo To celebrate the dog days of summer and all our beloved canine companions the good folks at Personal Creations have posed […]

Introducing The Fairly Stillwart Chronicles, Plus A Giveaway


Fairies, pixies and Celtic mythology meld together magically in the glorious childrens’ tales of The Fairly Stillwart Chronicles by Scott Butcher. Today I’m thrilled to introduce this Canadian-Australian author and his enchanting tales that traverse the globe from the southern hemisphere, through the Canada Place, to find illusory answers in the most mystical of all […]

Claddagh Pendant Giveaway


Let me describe an Irish symbol for you ….. two hands of friendship hold a heart of love beneath a crown of loyalty. I know you immediately recognize this enduring symbol of Irish love. It can be none other than the spectacular Claddagh. Image Credit Today I’m delighted to host a little giveaway sponsored by […]

Barbecues In Ireland And The Big Grill Festival


When I was a little girl in Dublin I never laid eyes on a barbecue. Burgers were fried in a skillet on the stove top, and grilled sausages were actually broiled.  It wasn’t until I came to America that I tasted the glories of the grill, savored the depth of flavor a good BBQ sauce […]

The Irish Love Of Adjectives


Irish people love adjectives.  This may seem absurd at first, but I believe Irish people’s love of  descriptors runs far deeper than others’ appreciation of these little words. Over my twenty-something years in America I have come to realize I have an affinity for adjectives many Americans do not understand. My first inkling of this […]

Smoked Salmon Scrambled Eggs On Toast

Scrambled egg and smoked salmon

Scrambled eggs – a trusty breakfast staple in any Irish or American kitchen. Today we’re taking scrambled eggs to a whole new level of deliciousness by adding a little taste of the Atlantic or the Pacific. Smoked salmon and scrambled egg is a supreme breakfast combo in my Irish recipe book. Slivers of smoked salmon […]

Bloom – A New Film Based On James Joyce’s Ulysses

Ulysses Film

Have you read James Joyce’s classic book Ulysses? Let me confess I have not. Although I was born and raised in Dublin, the very city in which this epic tale is set, I have not delved into its intelligently humorous pages. I do own a copy. I stare at the cover on many an occasion, […]

Chocolate Biscuit Cake

Chocolate Biscuit Cake made with graham crackers and animal crackers

Chocolate biscuit cake, also called tiffin cake, is a favorite in Irish coffee shops and restaurants.  Made with chocolate and crumbled digestive and rich tea biscuits, it’s a perfect cake for summer. No need to turn the oven on. Melting chocolate is all the “cooking” required, and it can be stored in the refrigerator to […]

Deep Calling – YA Novel And Author Intro

Deep Calling - Excerpt from the novel

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 […]

John Creedon’s Wild Atlantic Way

Creedon and Jeremy Irons

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. […]