Irish American Mothers Plus A Holiday Book Giveaway

The Gift Counselor Cover Image

This Thanksgiving weekend I thought I would share a delightful story of discovery, connection, and blessings during a trip to the Emerald Isle. Sheila M. Cronin is an Irish American writer whose holiday book, The Gift Counselor, won the 2015 Beverly Hills Book Award.  In today’s post Sheila shares a beautiful story of an unexpected […]

The Hills Above The Valley by Barry Kinane

Cover Art for The Hills Above the Valley by Barry Kinane

I love Irish music, especially Irish folk songs, and today I’m delighted to publish a guest post by Mattie Lennon introducing the songs of Barry Kinane. The Hills Above The Valley, is a beautiful collection of Barry’s original works, dedicated to his home county of Wicklow.   For anyone whose ancestry links back to Wicklow, the […]

The Most Cups Of Tea Poured In An Hour

A big golden teapot

This week at the Irish Ploughing Championships a world record has been broken. A very important world record, mind you. The Guinness Book of Records for the Most Cups of Tea Poured in an Hour now rests with the Irish. A fitting home for such a prestigious honor. As you know, we Irish love our […]

The Sunbeam Path – An Interactive Children’s iBook By Marion Rose McFadden

“The Sunbeam Path” – what an exciting name for a children’s picture book. The very name speaks of faeries and intrigue. Just saying this title aloud makes me want to take a sunny journey to a land of make believe. In today’s post I’m excited to introduce you to Nora, a delightful little Irish girl […]

The Irish American Influence – Guest Post By Brighid O’Sullivan

Brighid O’Sullivan grew up hearing Irish folk tales from her father in Western Massachusetts. She’s been writing short stories since she was a child and as an adult has written for History Magazine, History Channel magazine, and her local paper. She works full time as a nurse and has just published her debut novel, The […]

Silly McGilly Giveaway – Ireland’s Magical Leprechaun

Silly McGilly is a friendly little leprechaun who loves nothing more than playing tricks on children. St. Patrick’s Day may be a long way away, but since today is September 17th, and our big Irish celebration is 6 months from today, why not seize the opportunity to introduce you to a little leprechaun, and host […]

To Ireland’s Far-Flung Exiles / A Poem By Irish American Mom

Ruined stone cottages lie dotted across the Irish landscape, permanent reminders of Ireland’s emigrants, forced to leave their homes by famine, and eviction. Over one million people left Ireland in the years of the Great Hunger from 1845 to 1850, and in the decades after many more followed. Every time I see the old shell […]

Introducing Bríd Wade – Irish Artist and Writer

Today I am delighted to introduce you to Ireland’s newest crime writer, Bríd Wade.  Watchers, the first in a series of Dublin based crime novels, was released in 2013. Sleeping Dogs, the sequel, was released in June, 2014.  Here is a little background into Bríd’s inspiration for these Irish thrillers. About Bríd (pronounced like Breed): […]

The Rose As A Symbol Of Ireland

The rose is not widely known as a symbol of Ireland, the shamrock being more famously associated with the Emerald Isle. However, in centuries past The Black Rose was sometimes used as a code word for Ireland, when English law prohibited direct references to Ireland as a nation. I was browsing through my albums, and […]

“Put Yer Rosary Beads Away Ma” by Cahal Dunne – Book Review And Giveaway

‘Put Yer Rosary Beads Away Ma: A Salty Tale of a Young Man’s Musical Dreams and Struggles in 1970’s Ireland’ was written by Cahal Dunne, a native of County Cork, who now calls Pittsburgh home. Today I am delighted to introduce this wonderful new book to you.  A copy of ‘Put Your Rosary Beads Away Ma’ […]

Sean Feeny’s Northern Soul – CD Review And Giveaway

Album Cover - Northern Soul

Sean Feeny’s NORTHERN SOUL is a charity CD blending the sounds of motown and soul with the distinct strains of traditional Irish music. To celebrate St. Patrick’s Weekend I thought why not introduce you to this unique and fascinating mixture of Irish and American music styles. And into the bargain, Sean has provided four copies […]