Faith flattens mountains is an old Irish saying and an example of the deep spiritual wisdom of our ancestors. Pearls of wisdom found in old Irish proverbs were passed on by our forebears for centuries and millennia. I would go so far as to say, these old adages and dictums can even provide a reliable, moral framework to help guide us through life. Today’s collection of sayings about faith, definitely fulfills that criteria…. Read more here.
County Longford lies at the heart of Ireland and is steeped in ancient Irish mythology and lore. From the reedy shores of Lough Gowna to the banks of the River Shannon, the quiet countryside of County Longford overflows with rural charm. Come join me today on a photographic tour of this inland treasure, which may seem off the beaten path to many. However, County Longford is an area of great natural beauty, just waiting to be explored…. Read more here.
The year is drawing to a close, and so the time has come once again for me to wish you all a Happy New Year. Many of you may wonder how to say ‘Happy New Year’ in Irish, our Gaelic language. Here I’ll share the appropriate phrases in Irish, together with some sound files so you can listen to the spoken word. And as we celebrate the New Year I thought we might also explore some old Irish folk beliefs and customs surrounding this annual occasion….. Read more here.
Dublin looks beautiful at Christmas time. Check out my photographic tour of Ireland’s capital all decked out for Christmas. I also made a short video to highlight Dublin’s Christmas lights and glory. Wishing everyone a very happy Christmas from Dublin.. Read more and check out the video here.
Christmas Chocolate Yule Log is a favorite cake in Ireland, and consists of a chocolate sponge roll filled with whipped cream and covered in a chocolate butter cream frosting… Read more and get the recipe here with step-by-step photographic instructions.
Holly branches festooned in red berries, together with ivy leaves, were transformed into festive Christmas decorations when I was growing up in Ireland. Have you ever wondered why this beautiful greenery is associated with Christmas? Why are we drawn to nature at this time of year, when the days are longer and the nights seem darker? Are we simply wired to bring the outside in to celebrate this joyful season?… Read more and learn about the significance of holly in Celtic times.
Finding it difficult to get that perfect gift for younger relatives living abroad this Christmas? Allow Eire’s Kids to take the stress out of these decisions for you. This family run company is based in County Galway, Ireland and specializes in gifts and souvenirs for children. This Christmas, Eires Kids have put together the ultimate gift hamper for kiddies living abroad, featuring their wonderful children’s picture books. And some great news! To get the holidays off to a lucky start, the good folks at Eire’s Kids are sponsoring a giveaway for readers of Irish American Mom…. Read more and enter the giveaway here.
The Irish or Gaelic oral tradition is replete with numerous proverbs and sayings. Our ancestors composed many little nuggets of advice, and some of their words are overflowing with Irish wit and wisdom. There are thousands of wonderful Irish proverbs and sayings covering a wide variety of topics, so you won’t be surprised to learn our forebears even composed proverbs about proverbs, bearing advice about their own advice. And so, today I thought we might explore a few words of advice about advice from our wise old ancestors.…. Read more here.
Today I have a little video treat for you. Here’s a lovely collection of photos of the West Cork coastline along the Sheepshead and Beara peninsulas. I hope you enjoy these shots of County Cork’s peaceful, unspoiled landscapes. You’ll find some of the most beautiful scenery in all of Ireland in West Cork. Many thanks to Ana, a reader from County Cork, who submitted these lovely photos of her home county’s beautiful scenery….. Read more and check out the video here.
Ireland is a spectacular subject for photographs. Mother Ireland can look amazing for professional and amateur photographers alike. Many of you have journeyed to my homeland to personally witness the majesty of her scenery, and along your merry way, you’ve snapped some incredible shots of sites and sights found all around the Emerald Isle. Today’s post is a video compilation of readers’ photography submissions…. Read more here.
County Limerick lies at the heart of the Shannon region in Ireland with the City of Limerick built right on the banks of Ireland’s longest river. Limerick is a tourist’s paradise. The county boasts beautiful mountains to the south. The Ballyhoura and the Galtees are spectacular inland mountain ranges surrounded by rich fertile plains and verdant valleys of green. County Limerick boasts over 5,000 years of history with evidence of Neolithic life, amazing medieval castles and charming thatched cottages just waiting to be explored…. Read more here.
Here in the Irish American Mom Community we love to celebrate our Irish heritage. But what is it about our heritage that makes us so proud? Is heritage the memory of our ancestors and the legacy they have gifted us? For some of us it surely is. But others have only recently discovered their Irish roots through DNA testing, and never knew their Irish forebears. A while back I asked a favor of members of our little Irish community. I sent subscribers an email and posed a complex question in search of insights into the meaning of our Irish heritage. Here’s the question I asked: “What’s the most important thing to you about your Irish heritage?” In today’s post let’s explore some of the amazing answers I received….. Read more here.
Champ is a traditional Irish potato side dish. Mashed potatoes are mixed with green onion infused warm milk, and served with a knob of butter melting in the center….. Read more and get the complete recipe with step-by-step photo instructions here
Dolmens are megalithic monuments found dotted around the Irish landscape. Standing for millennia, they perch majestically on grassy hillsides, on craggy cliffs, on winding roadsides, and even right between modern day homes. Ireland is home to over 150 of these ancient portal tombs, and so I think it is fair to consider these historic monuments as symbols of our ancient past. And so today, I hope you’ll join me as we take a little tour of Ireland’s wondrous dolmens, both great and small….. Read more here
Irish Coffee is a favorite after dinner drink all over the world and consists of sweetened coffee with a shot of Irish whiskey, topped off with a layer of lightly whipped cream. But did you ever wonder how on earth Ireland became famous for a coffee cocktail rather than a tea based tipple?… Read more and learn the history of Irish coffee here.
“My Ireland” is a place of love which invokes a deep sense of identity. “Mother Ireland”, as we so lovingly call her, will always influence my state of mind, no matter where I wander.
She instills in me a life-long feeling of connection. “My Ireland” is a collection of stories and memories that have shaped my life.
“Memories, converted into stories,
can become a monument of sorts
to the remembered.”
– Christy Kenneally
“My America” is a place of acceptance, which invokes a deep sense of pride. I have chosen to live in a small state in the heartland of America. In Kentucky, we live outside the limelight, and may not be considered part of “mainstream” America.
Here I present the stories and images of “My America” – Smokey Mountains, natural wonders, and great rural beauty. I have learned we are as integral a part of the ‘Real America’, as our more famous urban neighbors. Welcome to my American Dream.
Slán agus beannacht!
(Goodbye and blessings)
Irish American Mom