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The Women who made Aran Sweaters
Feb22

The Women who made Aran Sweaters

Ireland has always had a long tradition of knitting and to this day it still is a very popular pass time however, no one could knit an Irish Sweater like the women of the Aran Islands. The women of the Island’s invented and first designed the traditional Aran Sweater. It was their passion. Without the Aran women’s passion for knitting we would not have today’s remarkable Aran Sweater. The women of Aran prided themselves on their...

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Finding Our Creative Centers in Ireland
Nov02

Finding Our Creative Centers in Ireland

— Submitted by Yvonne Higgins Leach My life partner Ed and I attended our first artist residency – he as a photographer, and I as a poet – in West Cork at a beautiful manor house on the Beara Peninsula in West Cork during early October, 2015. The residency is called Anam Cara and is run by owner and wonderful host Sue Booth-Forbes (www.anamcararetreat.com). By sharing meals with Sue and the other visiting artists, we felt an...

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Postcard from Ireland: Old Irish Houses
Jun09

Postcard from Ireland: Old Irish Houses

I recently drove from Galway city to Kilkenny (160km) and noticed a lot of boarded up houses. So on my return trip, I pulled in each time I spotted one and took a photograph. It was quite a ‘funny’ drive. I’d be motoring along keeping an eye out, spot an old house, glance in my mirrors. If the road was clear, do a u-turn, pull in (safely somewhere), jump out, snap-snap-snap, jump back in, turn around again, and drive on. It was fun...

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The History and Symbolism of the Celtic Cross
Feb03

The History and Symbolism of the Celtic Cross

Celtic Crosses dot hundreds of cemeteries across Ireland and Scotland, as well as Wales, England, Europe, and beyond. Few symbols are as recognizable as the Celtic Cross as the embodiment of Celtic Christianity. It is popularly believed that St. Patrick introduced the Celtic Cross in Ireland, during his conversion of the kings from paganism to Christianity. Some also believe it was St. Columba or St. Declan who introduced it. Other...

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Postcard from Ireland: The Sky Road in Clifden, Co Galway
Oct31

Postcard from Ireland: The Sky Road in Clifden, Co Galway

These photos look back and on to Clifden Bay from a Sky Road High at a pull-off between the Belleek and Fahy townlands. From this position you have a breathtaking panoramic view of Clifden Bay flowing into the Atlantic Ocean and out to the Turbot and Inishturk Islands. That morning the sun was finally breaking through the clouds scattering rays of light throughout the water, meadows and sky almost like watching the painting of a...

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