The Power of Words in Ireland
Sep14

The Power of Words in Ireland

Words have a magical power. They can raise up the spirits or dash them down. They can bring laughter as easily as tears. Spend words like a miser counting coins. Make each word count. ~ Old Irish Proverb Magical Books Some ancient people believed books were magical, powerful, and could bring fortune. That might be difficult to comprehend today. Sure, we like books, but we wouldn’t go to war over one. We can just make a copy (legally...

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The Vikings in Ireland: “From the Fury of the Northmen, O Lord Deliver Us”
Sep14

The Vikings in Ireland: “From the Fury of the Northmen, O Lord Deliver Us”

by G. Beaverson “Ann. 793 – In this year dire forewarnings came over the land of the Northumbrians, and miserably terrified the people; these were extraordinary whirlwinds and lightenings, and fiery dragons were seen flying in the air. A great famine soon followed these omens; and soon after that, in the same year, the havoc of heathen men miserably destroyed God’s church on Lindisfarne. . .” (Anglo-Saxon Chronicle) The “miserable...

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Hang Out with Us In the Cultural Village at Milwaukee Irish Fest
Aug12

Hang Out with Us In the Cultural Village at Milwaukee Irish Fest

That big Irish cultural extravaganza known as Irish Fest takes over Milwaukee next week, and Corey and I will set up our own little Irish Fireside at the Moore Street Market in the Cultural Village. If you’re attending, make sure to stop by and say hi. We’d LOVE to meet you, talk about Ireland, and have some great craic. We’ll also have a display of Liam’s jewelry that is crafted from shards of broken dishes on...

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Limerick Street Scene
Aug03

Limerick Street Scene

Tilt Shift – Limerick Toytown from Conor Bryce on Vimeo. When I spotted this video of Limerick streets, I just had to share. Firstly, the tilt-shift filming technique facinates me… it makes places look like toy towns. Secondly, it gives a little peek at the Limerick I know… a bustling city with shops and restaurants and pubs and people. Limerick often gets a bum rap from guidebooks. It’s a Viking city that had...

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The Spirit of Dublin’s Temple Bar
Jul15

The Spirit of Dublin’s Temple Bar

This short film nicely captures the corner of Dublin known as Temple Bar… celebrating it’s 20th anniversary as the city’s cultural Quarter. Warning: there’s a swear word used in this video.

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Frank McCourt Museum Opens in Limerick
Jul15

Frank McCourt Museum Opens in Limerick

The city of Limerick opens a new museum honoring Pulitzer Prize winning author Frank McCourt on the site of the school referenced in his book Angela’s Ashes. After years of grumbling about the author’s gritty depiction of Limerick in the 1930s, the city appears to have finally embraced its McCourt connections. Here we link to several articles on its opening: In Frank’s footsteps: McCourt museum opens – Irish...

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