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 […]

Hay Foot, Straw Foot

A Handbook of Irish Dances from 1934

“Hay-foot, straw-foot” was a term my late granny loved to use as we marched around her West Cork farm.   “Let’s go east for the pigs. Come on now. Hay foot, straw foot.”   I remember asking granny why she said “hay-foot, straw-foot”, and she explained that years ago in Ireland hay and straw were […]

Introducing Incredible Ireland

Doheny and Nesbitt - Pub Painting by Incredible Ireland

Memories are personal images of life’s journey, and in this day of digital photography we all try to capture life’s special moments through our photos. But have you every thought about preserving your favorite photographic memory through your very own hand painted canvas?   Today I’m delighted to publish a guest post by Incredible Ireland, […]

Furze – The Yellow Flower Of The Irish Landscape

Ireland’s hills and hedgerows are blooming with the golden glow of yellow furze. This prolific plant adds stunning color to the Irish landscape each and every year. A Plant Of Many Names:   Now this hill brightening plant bears many names throughout Ireland. I grew up calling it furze. In northern counties this landscape illuminator […]

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, […]