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) […]

Bidding Farewell – A Not-So-Simple Irish Ritual

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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 […]

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 […]

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

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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

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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, […]

Lingering Irish Twilight

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Twilight is a mystical time, especially during summertime in Ireland. The sun struggles to set on the western ocean horizon, casting supernatural light across the waves and land. Here twilight is not measured in minutes or hours, but by magical, timeless moments. For most readers the word ‘twilight’ conjures up images of vampires and Stephanie […]

An Entertaining Stroll Down Grafton Street

Buskers On Grafton Street

Reminiscing about Grafton Street is easy for a Dubliner. I always think of buskers, Christmas shopping and festive windows, flower stalls, Bewleys coffee, shoppers and tourists. Grafton Street has been a Dublin constant for centuries. Not merely a right of way, nor a commercial center, it is a social and cultural icon of the city, […]

The Sun Does Shine Sometimes In Ireland.

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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 […]