A Gift from Ireland: Aran Sweaters
Nov27

A Gift from Ireland: Aran Sweaters

We’ve arrived at the heart of the holiday shopping season here at the Irish Fireside, and we wanted to take a moment to share an extraordinary gift idea. Our sponsor Aran Sweaters Direct provides a full line of gorgeous 100% authentic Irish knitware. Their fine products provide the perfect gift for that special someone on your list… they’re a true Irish company selling Irish-made products, they offer the highest quality, they...

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Irish Shard Jewelry Makes Its Way to Ohio
Aug03

Irish Shard Jewelry Makes Its Way to Ohio

Liam and I spent a good part of our summer in Ireland hunting for broken dishes and crafting shard jewelry from the pieces. It’s something we’ve been doing for nearly fifteen years, and we love it! Today we’re putting the finishing touches on several new pins and pendants, and THIS WEEKEND we’re unveiling the them at Irish Fest in Dublin, Ohio. It’s our first time at this festival, so we’re...

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Bunratty Castle and Folk Park Gets Worthy Upgrade
Jul20

Bunratty Castle and Folk Park Gets Worthy Upgrade

I first noticed the changes at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park last summer. Every building in the folk park boasted a fresh coat of paint, the furniture and decorations inside the cottages had gone through a deep cleaning that dislodged years and years of dirt, and there was a new cast of characters roaming the streets. It might not seem like much, but the little upgrades enhanced every moment of the visit. Not only were the buildings...

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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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