On 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. Image Credit Using Irish terminology  I am a ‘blow-in’ to Kentucky. In fact I’ve been […]

Irish Primrose Superstitions And Lore


When I think of Ireland, I imagine hedgerows of delicate primroses in spring. I love to see these yellow blossoms in shady banks, damp woods, along the roadside, or peeping between the blocks of old stone walls. I wasn’t one bit surprised to learn this wild flower of Ireland was considered sacred by our Celtic […]

Irish Blessings, Reflections And Celtic Crosses For Good Friday And Easter

Celtic Crosses at Cashel

Celtic crosses are seen worldwide as a symbol of Ireland. For Easter I thought I might share some photos of Irish Celtic crosses, together with a collection of Irish blessings and reflections for the Easter season. Old Irish blessings are lyrically beautiful, and perfect for imparting the messages of peace, love and renewal at Easter […]

Bidding 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. I always remember my […]

Irish Wisdom And Sayings About Horses


Horses were highly prized in ancient Irish culture. Deference for our equine companions continues to this very day. Both Ireland and Kentucky, my two homes on either side of the Atlantic, are renowned for breeding magnificent racehorses.  So I thought it was high time I explored the connection between the Irish and horses. This collection […]

The Gift Of Peacefulness In Celtic Words Of Wisdom


As we prepare to say good-bye to 2014 and celebrate the start of 2015, I’m avoiding my annual pit-fall of writing a long list of resolutions. I’m only destined to break them long before the end of January.  As 2014 draws to a close, I’m simply taking time for reflection. Instead of sharing ill-fated resolutions […]

Irish Halloween Superstitions Foretelling Romance, Love And Marriage


Move over Valentine’s Day – Halloween is nearly here, and in olden days in Ireland, this was the time of year for predicting romances, just waiting to flourish. The Irish were, and still are, a very superstitious race. Since we will be celebrating Halloween at the end of this month (or all through this month, […]

Between The Jigs And The Reels


My West Cork granny frequently referred to jigs and reels in her daily speech. Whenever she was a little flustered, in a hurry, or feeling chaotic, she would make an exclamation about Irish dancing, no less. “Between the jigs and the reels, I don’t know whether I’m coming or going.”   Any stranger would believe […]

Irish Rainbow Blessings


Rainbows remind us of possibilities, opportunities and hope. Rainbows are God’s promise – His miracle. In the midst of life’s storms it is often hard to spot a rainbow, but I think the most important thing is to remember, these miracles of the sky only appear after the storm. In Ireland rainbows symbolize blessings from […]

Donegal Sunsets


As the sun sets, magic spreads across the world.  But according to Oscar Wilde, my obsession with sunsets is very old fashioned, and a sign that I may even be a bit of a stick-in-the-mud. Oscar Wilde believed we don’t value sunsets because we don’t have to pay for them.  No matter how “unfashionable” it […]

The Irish – A Superstitious Race


Ireland is a land of superstitions. Take it from me. I grew up surrounded by these superstitions. Pheasant feathers or lilac were never to be brought into my granny’s house. God forbid a robin landed on a window sill and flew indoors – he bore the news of imminent death. When visiting a house for […]