Have you ever wondered how limericks, those short, five-line rhyming ditties were named after one of Ireland’s counties? I recently completed a post taking readers on a photographic tour of County Limerick, and as I was creating this piece I started wondering about the origins of these infamous little “Irish” poems. Are they really Irish? […]
Let's explore the poetry of Ireland's talented writers from the past and present. Ireland is home to many writers who continue to find inspiration from the words of those who came before us.
It’s Kentucky Derby weekend, and the people of Louisville are donning their finest attire for a day at the races. Ornate hats will balance atop the heads of well-heeled ladies, as they watch the Run for the Roses tomorrow. Image Credit These fashion statements of Churchill Downs may be relics of the past, yet Kentucky […]
Each year on Saint Patrick’s day the Irish literati assemble on the banks of the Grand Canal in Dublin to commemorate one of Ireland’s greatest poets, Patrick Kavanagh. This year there was one poet missing, Paddy Finnegan. In today’s guest post, Mattie Lennon, writer and folklorist, remembers his friend, sharing some beautiful memories of […]
This year, 2015 is the 150th anniversary of the birth of William Butler Yeats, Ireland’s renowned and beloved poet. To mark the occasion the good folks at The Secret Gardens of Sligo are launching a brand new Irish rose to be named in his honor. Image Credit Why Name A Rose For Yeats: Naming […]
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 […]