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 […]

Leprechaun Tricks And Pranks For St. Patrick’s Day

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Leprechauns are up to all their old tricks now that St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner. They love to pop in for an unexpected visit, leaving their mark wherever they go. I love how American teachers and parents embrace our favorite Irish holiday, welcoming these little Irish pranksters into their classrooms and homes […]

Living In Ireland, Then And Now

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Life in Ireland has changed significantly over the past 150 years.  Old images relate stories of the past to us, but have you ever wondered how specific locations in Ireland might have changed with the passing of time? In today’s post a Cork Photographer tells of his experiences in recreating some of the region’s most […]

Irish Farm Safety

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Farm safety is a key issue for Irish farmers. Unfortunately many lives were lost and severe injuries sustained on Irish farms last year. A big safety awareness initiative is currently underway in Ireland to help save lives. The Irish Farmers Journal is a weekly agricultural newspaper which I remember well from my childhood days. Although […]

What Are You Giving Up For Lent?

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Today is Ash Wednesday, the first day of the Lenten Season and a day when many receive ashes, marked in a cross on our foreheads as a symbol of our mortality. Image Credit I remember receiving ashes in school as a little girl in Dublin. We held the hair of our fringes (bangs in America) […]

Valentine’s Day In Ireland

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Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and many of you may be curious about how Irish people celebrate this most romantic day of the year. Image Credit And here’s a little question to whet your appetite for romantic information about my fellow country men and women….   Which Irish person receives the most Valentine’s cards each […]

Christmas – ‘Tis The Season For Singing.

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Christmas time is singing time, whether you enjoy Christmas tunes on the radio or listening to carol singers. Being able to hold a tune is truly a blessing at this time of year. Alack and alas, I was at the back of the line when tuneful vocal chords were being handed out. Image Credit To […]

Christmas Crackers

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Christmas crackers were part and parcel of all my childhood Christmases in Ireland. My sisters and I loved playing with these festive, popping, paper tubes before we tucked into our Christmas dinner. On Christmas Day our place settings always included a Christmas cracker lovingly laid above our spoons.  Patiently waiting to start our cracker games, […]

“Santy” – The Name I Used For Santa Claus, When I Was A Little Girl In Ireland

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Santa Claus is the name my children call good old Father Christmas, but when I was a little girl in Dublin, I called the red suited toy deliverer “Santy”.  Or maybe that should be spelled “Santee”, I’m not certain. Image Credit For weeks before Christmas everyone in Dublin seemed to be interested in what good […]

Why Graveyards Remind Me Of Christmas

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Visiting our departed loved ones at Christmas is an age old Irish tradition. My childhood memories of Christmas Day include a trip to the local cemetery to say a prayer at the gravesides of our deceased relatives and friends. To many this may seem a very grave matter for Christmas time, but if like me […]

Favorite John O’Donohue Quotations Especially For Thanksgiving

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Wishing everyone a very happy Thanksgiving. To celebrate this day of reflection and thankfulness here are some quotations from John O’Donohue (1956-2008), an Irish scholar, poet and philosopher, and expert on Celtic spirituality.  This selection of his beautiful words focuses upon gratitude and blessings. May you experience each day as a sacred gift woven around […]