Getting It Wrong in Ireland: Rethinking Common Irish Travel Advice
Nov26

Getting It Wrong in Ireland: Rethinking Common Irish Travel Advice

The internet has become the go-to place for gathering travel tips for visiting Ireland, but it also leads to some bits of bad advice getting repeated over and over until those nuggets start sounding like facts. Here are a few lumps of advice the internet seems to keep getting wrong… or at least not quite right… NOT TRUE: You should drive the Ring of Kerry in a counter-clockwise/anti-clockwise/clockwise direction –...

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Celtic Christmas Ornaments for 2013
Nov21

Celtic Christmas Ornaments for 2013

We’re super excited to unveil two Celtic Christmas ornaments especially for the Irish Fireside community. We teamed up with Brian and Katie from Earthen Craft Pottery to create these handmade beauties. All of Brian and Katie’s designs are carefully researched and inspired by architectural features and ancient stone carvings, and each ornament is made in small batches, making supplies limited. Both the Celtic Cross and...

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Artists Eye: The Fairy Rath

The Fairy Rath by John O’Grady – www.johnogradypaintings.com John O’Grady is an Irish artist living and working in France. He paints his Irish landscapes from memory and they represent the places, times, and moods experienced whilst living there. When describing this acrylic on board, John says, “The Fairy Rath holds a special place even now in Irish country traditions, a particular tree or trees around the...

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Isle Magazine Issue 2 Published… and It’s Still Beautiful, Informative, Digital, and FREE
Apr02

Isle Magazine Issue 2 Published… and It’s Still Beautiful, Informative, Digital, and FREE

The words have been typed, the images tweaked, and the second edition of Isle Magazine is available to everyone. We’re especially fond of their ongoing support of bloggers… this month they look at Irish bloggers who aren’t in Ireland. You’ll meet an Ireland-born Irish-American mom, an Irishman going above and beyond to help support those participating in The Gathering, a Mayo-born designer in Bosto, and a New...

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The Charms of Ireland are Back… with Two New Designs
Mar06

The Charms of Ireland are Back… with Two New Designs

For a limited time, we’re bringing back the Irish-themed charms/pendants we introduced last year. For 2013, we’ve added two new designs “The Harp that Once Through Tara’s Halls” and “I am of Ireland.” We make each charm by hand… one at a time, just for you! Purchasing a charm or two is a great way to support the Irish Fireside… plus, you get something unique and handcrafted to wear...

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Irish Folk Furniture’s Starring Role at Sundance
Jan23

Irish Folk Furniture’s Starring Role at Sundance

I used to worked with teens on a family archaeology project that had them digging into their past through family artifacts… not just those dull birth, death, and marriage certificates either. They asked questions about objects on a shelf, some old bling in the jewelry box, or those mysterious relics hidden in the basement. With just a few probing questions, the family tales poured out. Some 0ffered a bit of scandal, some...

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