Some Irish Toasts for 2012
Dec31

Some Irish Toasts for 2012

It’s almost 2012 (at least in my corner of the world), and I was thrilled to spot this list of Irish toasts at the Irish American Mom blog… http://www.irishamericanmom.com/2011/12/30/irish-toasts-blessings-for-a-happy-new-year/ Enjoy this post?If so, join our list of e-newsletter subscribers. You’ll receive our favorite news stories on Irish travel and culture delivered to your...

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Sharing Stories from Donegal
Nov08

Sharing Stories from Donegal

To tell the story of his grandfather’s life, Daniel McGarrigle turned to film, animation, and the “Sharing Stories” project run by the Regional Cultural Centre in Letterkenny (Republic of Ireland) and the Nerve Centre in Derry (Northern Ireland). As part of a social media experiment, “Sharing Stories” is using YouTube and Facebook to promote Daniel’s film “Brighter Days.” Over the next three weeks,...

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A Spooky Occurrence in Kilkenny

Claire Nolan is the author of a novel called The Stone, Alice Kytler, the last witch of Ireland, a medieval tale of money, power, witchcraft, family, and death. Claire is originally from Kilkenny, the town where the subject of the book, Dame Alice Kyteler, was born. An infamous figure in her day, Dame Alice was accused of everything from murder, blasphemy, and sorcery. The Stone tells the story of a noble woman who disappeared without...

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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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Q & A: Ireland’s Great Famine… Recommended Reading
Aug03

Q & A: Ireland’s Great Famine… Recommended Reading

Do you have any recommendations for a good book on the potato famine? — Dana S via Twitter Ireland suffered more than one famine in its history, but the years between 1845 and 1852 mark the era many call the Irish Potato Famine. A million died and another million emigrated… quite a grim time in Irish history. Yet, it is also the period in which many of the Irish diaspora recognize as their family’s direct ties to...

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