The End Of An Era – Postal Codes Have Arrived In Ireland

Irish Postal Van and old Irish phone booth

Today is a day for the history books in Ireland. Official postal codes are being introduced throughout the Republic of Ireland.   What? A country without postal codes?   Until today, Ireland was a numberless country, toying with global logistics gurus throughout the world, by using personalized addresses with mysterious locations known only by the […]

Bring Me Back A Rock!

A stick of rock! Who remembers these tubes of hardened sugar, we savored as kids.  In Ireland these traditional, cylindrical, boiled sweets were usually dyed pink and white, or sometimes festooned in our patriotic colors of green, white and orange. When a friend or relative was heading to the beach, or seaside as we say […]

Living In Ireland, Then And Now

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

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?

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) […]

Why Graveyards Remind Me Of Christmas

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 […]

Chilblains, Hot Water Bottles And Other Chilly Memories Of An Irish Childhood

Chilblains were part and parcel of an Irish childhood for many when I was growing up.  Memories of red, itchy, inflamed toes still linger for my generation, but painful, chilblain flash blacks still haunt the generation that went before me. Now many of you are probably wondering what on earth a chilblain could possibly be. […]

Villages In North Cork – An Entertaining Video Series

Cork Videos produce short films of ordinary people, telling about ordinary things in towns and villages around County Cork, Ireland. I was delighted when Tony Kennedy, the producer of these films, e-mailed me to share his entertaining and informative amateur videos of North Cork villages. These simple films share chats with locals, images of shops, […]

Ships, Boats And Ferries – A Nostalgic Tribute

Irish Ferries

Ferries and ships depart and dock at Dublin’s ports on a daily basis. These boats mesmerize me.  Whenever I am in Dublin I often sit in my car, parked at the Summit in Howth, overlooking Dublin Bay.  Dublin’s waters grow busy, especially during afternoon rush hour. Nostalgia overwhelms me watching Dublin’s shipping lanes. I left […]

The Sun Does Shine Sometimes In Ireland.

Today I am sharing a short post to remind everyone that the sun does shine in Ireland every now and then.  And when the sun does peep out from behind the clouds, it brightens up the landscape to lift those rain induced doldrums. This past weekend the sun broke through the clouds and shone on […]

Irish Sheepdogs – Why I Love Border Collies

Border Collie Puppy

I love dogs, and of all the dogs in the world I really, really love border collies.  I think I spent too much time with sheepdogs on my grannies’ farms when I was a young girl in Ireland.  That’s when my love affair began. Image  Credit I searched high and low through files of creative […]