In this little corner of the world wide web we love to discuss all things Irish. Ireland is in our hearts and in our souls. It captivates us like no other place on earth. And so today, let’s delve a little deeper into what it means to be Irish, and see if we can touch […]
The Irish Psyche
The Irish psyche is a complex and intriguing topic, especially if you are Irish. From glib stereotypes and insulting drunken characterizations, to nostalgic and tragic portraits of stoic men and women, it is clearly evident the idea of "Irishness" is difficult to define, and the understanding of the Irish psyche is no easy task. So why not join me in this section, as I try to define what many believe to be truly indefinable.... the infamous Irish psyche.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]