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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Finding Our Creative Centers in Ireland
Nov02

Finding Our Creative Centers in Ireland

— Submitted by Yvonne Higgins Leach My life partner Ed and I attended our first artist residency – he as a photographer, and I as a poet – in West Cork at a beautiful manor house on the Beara Peninsula in West Cork during early October, 2015. The residency is called Anam Cara and is run by owner and wonderful host Sue Booth-Forbes (www.anamcararetreat.com). By sharing meals with Sue and the other visiting artists, we felt an...

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Introducing Ireland’s Great China Makers
Aug12

Introducing Ireland’s Great China Makers

As Corey and I prepare the set up at Milwaukee Irish Fest this weekend, we decided to enhance our booth this year with information about some of Ireland’s most popular china makers. While you may have heard of Irish Belleek, you might not be so familiar with the stories of Irish Wade, Royal Tara, Arklow, Nicholas Mosse, and Donegal Parian. Of course we’d love for you to stop by and check things out in Milwaukee, but since...

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The History and Symbolism of the Celtic Cross
Feb03

The History and Symbolism of the Celtic Cross

Celtic Crosses dot hundreds of cemeteries across Ireland and Scotland, as well as Wales, England, Europe, and beyond. Few symbols are as recognizable as the Celtic Cross as the embodiment of Celtic Christianity. It is popularly believed that St. Patrick introduced the Celtic Cross in Ireland, during his conversion of the kings from paganism to Christianity. Some also believe it was St. Columba or St. Declan who introduced it. Other...

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Tradition from the Center and the Edges: Five Great Irish Music Recordings
Sep09

Tradition from the Center and the Edges: Five Great Irish Music Recordings

Music that goes deep into Irish tradition, and music that seeks out the edges while holding respect for the center: here is a taste of five recordings for you to enjoy. Live at 10: The Tenth Anniversary Concert Beoga means lively in Irish Gaelic, and it is the name chosen by a group of gifted musicians when they decided to join up as a band some ten years ago. Live at 10: The Tenth Anniversary Concert offers an audio CD and a DVD. On...

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Postcard from Ireland: Horse on Inish Née, County Galway
May14

Postcard from Ireland: Horse on Inish Née, County Galway

Sending this shot taken during our Irish travels in 2010. We were staying in a lovely whitewashed cottage on the island of Inish Née, near Roundstone.  We were rewarded for rising early to walk the lane with some breathtaking pictures of the island, water, and mountains coming alive. Looking forward to trip number 14 in July….. So much more beauty to be seen!! Suzette – Cincinnati, Ohio The Irish Fireside “Postcards from...

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