Celebrating a Hundred Years in Music at Ireland’s National Concert Hall
Mar23

Celebrating a Hundred Years in Music at Ireland’s National Concert Hall

The centenary of the Easter Rising in 1916 is being marked by talks, plays, books, seminars, parades, speeches, art works, and many other ways across Ireland and through its diaspora across the world. In the heart of Dublin City, Ireland’s National Concert Hall is joining in with a series if concerts running from 28 March through 3 April in Dublin, a concert in London on 29 April, and three longer running projects across the year of...

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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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Traditional Textile Crafts of Ireland
Jan03

Traditional Textile Crafts of Ireland

The Aran sweaters, Irish lace, woven tweeds, and fine linen stand out among Ireland’s unique history of textiles. The traditions go back generations, and the craftsmanship remains today. Our friends at www.murphyofireland.com put together this informative, interactive story map to show the roots of Ireland’s best-loved textiles. You can view the full-screen version...

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Tips to Upgrade Your Holidays
Dec18

Tips to Upgrade Your Holidays

Christmas is coming and I thought you deserved an upgrade. No I can’t slip you into First Class on your next flight, but I can make a few suggestions to treat yourself and your family this holiday season. Here are a few ideas… Hot Chocolate Upgrade Perk up your favor  ite winter treat with a bit of Irish Mist. This decadent recipe comes from a friend of ours. — Bit’s Irish Kiss Egg Nog Upgrade Add an Irish...

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Enchanted by Irish Thatch
Dec15

Enchanted by Irish Thatch

There’s something irresistible about a thatched cottage in Ireland. One can hardly resist stopping the car to snap a photo after spotting one of the country’s iconic natural-roofed homes. I spent many nights dreaming of thatching my own cottage in County Tipperary… even though the application would be a complete historical inaccuracy… and probably financially impossible. It made for a charming fantasy though,...

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2014 Secret Santa Gift Reports
Dec14

2014 Secret Santa Gift Reports

Our Irish Fireside Secret Santas have been spreading holiday cheer. Here are some gift reports from a few of our participants… including our very first video gift report! (Reports were edited slightly – additional reports will be added as more gifts get delivered) Patti of NH gave me two beautiful ornaments which I have already put on my tree. -- Alesia B I got a cute sea turtle dish and some Christmas napkins from Bonnie!...

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