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Cook Up a Traditional Irish Christmas Feast
Dec10

Cook Up a Traditional Irish Christmas Feast

Who’s up for cooking a traditional Irish Christmas dinner? It will take some advanced planning, so here are some tips and recipes to get you going. Christmas dinners traditionally feature a roasted goose. Turkeys are a more recent substitution. Other dishes included three types of potato dishes: roasted, boiled, and mashed. You might also find roasted parsnips, cabbage, and brussels sprouts. For dessert you’d have plum pudding....

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Raising Children: The Path to Peace in Early Ireland
Jun12

Raising Children: The Path to Peace in Early Ireland

Fosterage today has a totally different implication than it did in the Middle Ages in Ireland. Today a child is put into foster care if his/her parents are not able to provide adequate care. But in ancient times fosterage was a positive thing that helped both the birth and foster families, not to mention the child. Why Fosterage Happened Fosterage was a common practice in pre-Christian Ireland. If you sent your child to live with a...

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Cuppa Tea, Anyone? Ireland’s Other “Black Stuff”
Apr30

Cuppa Tea, Anyone? Ireland’s Other “Black Stuff”

Of Course It’s Hot! On my second day in Ireland my Irish friend took my husband and me out to lunch. I ordered iced tea, something I did not do again. The server, who I believe was also the owner, was very polite and said, “We don’t have that. But I’ve had it before. It’s good.” Tea in Ireland is hot. My friend, who is well acquainted with Americans, said he had another American friend visit who kept ordering hot tea, and the...

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Tour a Part of Ireland’s Sacred Past: Follow the St. Patrick Trail
Mar15

Tour a Part of Ireland’s Sacred Past: Follow the St. Patrick Trail

Amid all the celebrations, shamrocks, and green beer it’s easy to forget that St. Patrick was a real man. In Northern Ireland you can easily follow St. Patrick’s footsteps. It’s all marked out for you in a 92-mile drive with 15 key sites. Or, you can just hit some of the highlights. When driving in Northern Ireland you might see these signs marking the trail.   Find the Trail in Downpatrick Downpatrick, County...

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Ireland’s Fairy Trees
Feb25

Ireland’s Fairy Trees

While most folks in Ireland today will tell you they’ve left the fairy faith in the past, there is some evidence that it still exists. What’s fairy faith? Belief in fairies, of course. The History of Fairy Faith When the Milesians, that mythical race described by an 11th century scholar in Lebor Gabála Érenn (The Book of Invasions), came to Ireland they banished the natives to the underground and they became the Sidhe, the...

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