Did you know the Aran sweater, a highly recognizable symbol of Ireland, will feature as an iconic fashion design of the twentieth century in an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, New York? Is Fashion Modern? opens on October 1, 2017 and runs through January 28, 2018, at the Museum of Modern Art, West […]
Symbols Of Ireland
Ireland has many famous emblems - the Irish tricolor, the shamrock, and the harp to name a few. But many, many things remind me of Ireland. Every time I see a rainbow in the sky, I think of the Emerald Isle. But these are easily identifiable symbols of Ireland. My list of iconic symbols is far longer and includes sods of turf, Irish dressers, round towers, ogham stones and Celtic knots. The list goes on and on. Join me in this section as we discover the many things in life, both big and small, that trigger a nostalgic longing for Ireland in our souls.
Trembling in summer breezes, bog cotton brightens the Irish landscape. These fluffy, feathery blooms are found where their name suggests, bang smack in the middle of Ireland’s beautiful bogs. Ireland’s bogs and peatlands may not hold precious memories for those who were forced as kids to cut and stack turf, but trust me Ireland’s bogs […]
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, […]
Irish clans are traditional family or kinship groupings that share a common surname and heritage. The Irish last names we bear so proudly are handed down to us from our fathers. So, I thought Father’s Day would be the perfect time to explore our Irish clans and crests. And to really help us celebrate Father’s […]
Dublin’s iconic Ha’penny Bridge turns 200 years young this week. The bicentenary of the opening of this ornate, metal, pedestrian bridge was celebrated on May 19th, 2016. And so I thought today I might share some photos of this magnificent structure that elegantly spans the River Liffey, connecting the north side and the south side […]