Ancient Stones And Passage Tombs – A Ramble Around Knowth, County Meath

Ogham Writing on a Stone at Knowth

County Meath in Ireland is home to many prehistoric megalithic tombs built around 3200 BC. Newgrange is the most famous archaeological site in Ireland, but it’s neighboring site of Knowth is well worth a visit. Image Credit We took a tour of this historical gem last summer, and to tell you the truth my kids […]

The History And Origins Of St. Patrick

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Today we celebrate St. Patrick, and everything that is Irish – our customs and culture, our language, our heritage, our food and drink. And I raise my glass to you – the readers of my blog. Thank you all for following my ramblings and recipes. I appreciate your support and your comments throughout my years […]

The Meaning of Some Popular Irish Last Names

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Many of us bear Irish last names or surnames as we say in Ireland. But have you ever wondered about the origins of these Irish names? Image Credit What are the most common Irish last names found world wide? From where in Ireland do these family names hail? What is the most common surname in […]

Ireland – A Land of Trees In The Time Of Saint Patrick

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Trees and forestry played both practical and spiritual roles in the lives of Irish people throughout the centuries. Today Ireland is home to some beautiful woods and forestry, but the number of trees pales in comparison to the vast numbers of living trees on the island before the 17th century. Emerald Heritage, a conservation business […]

Irish Famine Pots

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Famine pots are giant cast iron vessels, which were created to cook large volumes of soup to feed the starving Irish in 1847, the bleakest year of Ireland’s Great Hunger, now known as ‘Black 47′. Mattie Lennon, a reader of my blog, and an avid Dublin folklorist, poet and author, contacted me to let me […]

Tom Crean – An Unsung Irish Hero

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Tom Crean, a remarkable and little known Irishman, ran away to sea aged fifteen, became a polar explorer extraordinaire, but unfortunately until recently, remained an unsung hero in his homeland. Image Credit Believe it or not, Crean spent more time in the unexplored Antarctic than Scott or Shackleton. He served and outlived both of these […]

What Is Irish Turf?

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When most Americans hear the word “turf”, an image of green grass immediately comes to mind, like the lush green turf of a golf course.  For Irish people the word conjures up dreams of lapping flames, and the distinctive smells of a turf fire. And so today I thought I might introduce my American readers […]

Ireland’s Arched Bridges

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Arched stone bridges remind me of Ireland. Dotted around the countryside, they span Ireland’s many streams and rivers. I love these old bridges. They seem to tell stories of days long gone, and the many generations who passed over their arches in centuries past. Image Credit Enduring testaments to the skills of Irish and English […]

Knockalla or Port Salon Beach, County Donegal – One Of Ireland’s Most Beautiful Beaches

Knockalla

Ireland’s beaches are spectacular, and one of the most stunning of all is Knockalla Strand, also known as Portsalon Beach, in County Donegal. And so, as everyone head’s back to work on this Monday morning,I thought why not start the week off with some beautiful scenery. Hopefully, these peaceful views of Ireland’s shoreline will set […]

Top Ten Reasons Why Tourists Love Ireland

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I count amongst the millions of people worldwide, who simply love Ireland.  My deep feelings of connection are understandable, since I was born in Dublin. However, after living in America for over twenty years, I have come to realize, many who have never even set foot on Irish soil, feel the same affinity for our […]

The Wild Atlantic Way

The Blasket Islands

Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way stretches from West Cork to Donegal, hugging the rugged coastline. Around every twist and turn of its rural roads, tourists can experience some of the most spectacular scenery in the whole wide world. So many words come to mind when trying to describe the sheer magnificence of this scenery – wild, […]