Postcard from Ireland: Bee on the Aran Islands
May12

Postcard from Ireland: Bee on the Aran Islands

This bitty bee photo-bombed my picture of the Aran Islands, and has been my pride and joy ever since! This was the most clear, beautiful day I could ever have hoped for. We felt so lucky to have a day like that in the middle of September (and so grateful for our timing, because the next day it was raining sideways). My husband and I walked up and down the Cliffs of Moher, loving the sun and the sea and the cattle not more than 20 feet...

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Postcard from Ireland: Stepping on to the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge
May08

Postcard from Ireland: Stepping on to the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge

I snapped this photo just before I took my first step on the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge in Northern Ireland. I’m not a fan of heights, but it was a long walk from the visitor’s parking lot to the bridge, so I felt compelled to make the crossing. The return trip was actually scarier than the initial crossing because the bridge seemed to bounce more and the rocks below looked more jagged. Fortunately, the weather was great...

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Connecting with Your Irish Heritage – The Wild Geese
Apr30

Connecting with Your Irish Heritage –
The Wild Geese

For centuries the Irish have dispersed many of their best and brightest to far away lands. Few countries have such an expansive history of emigration… and this tendency continues even today. As a result, Irish traditions have developed that relate specifically to this legacy, such as the Irish wake (which is a special farewell for someone who is living rather than dead) and the greeting “How long you home for?”...

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An Astronaut’s Guide to Ireland: Guinness, Belfast, and the Wild Atlantic Way

He’s photographed Ireland from space, and now Commander Chris Hadfield is taking a closer look at the Emerald Isle… from the ground. His daughter has been studying in there; and when he came for a visit earlier this year, he teamed up with Irish tourism to create this series of videos covering some notable aspects of his trip. Enjoy! Wild Atlantic Way Irish Hurling Belfast Enjoy this post?If so, join our list of...

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#136 Learning to Speak Irish with Eoin – AUDIO
Mar01

#136 Learning to Speak Irish with Eoin – AUDIO

I must confess; my knowledge of the Irish language tends to be limited to place names and a few simple words like slán (bye) and fir (which means men… as in which door I should enter when I need to use the toilet… for ladies it’s mná). Fortunately, the internet is making learning Irish a bit easier, and Eion from Bitesize Irish Gaelic offers his insights into the Irish languag and teaches us a few handy phrases in...

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What Are Your Plans for St Patrick’s Day this Year?
Feb27

What Are Your Plans for St Patrick’s Day this Year?

St Patrick’s Day has become a bit of a global holiday… people from Dublin to Dubai to Denver will break from their daily routines to do something a little different for St Paddy’s Day (remember it’s Paddy not Patty – warning strong language may appear on this link). I’m curious what you’ll be doing this March 17th… do you have any special traditions? Use the comments section below to...

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