Celtic Connections 2015: The Irish Connection
Dec13

Celtic Connections 2015: The Irish Connection

Each January as winter settles across Glasgow in the southwest of Scotland, it is time for one of Europe’s best festivals: Celtic Connections. Thousands of artists and thousands of listeners come to Scotland’s largest city for nearly three weeks of music from cutting edge to traditional. As you might suspect from the name Celtic Connections, artists from Ireland have a lot to do with this festival, which this winter begins on 15...

Read More
10 Irish Recipe Resources for Thanksgiving
Nov26

10 Irish Recipe Resources for Thanksgiving

Although Thanksgiving is an American holiday, Irish-Americans have a knack for bringing a bit of Irish into any festivity. Here are ten resources that might inspire you to add a bit of the Emerald Isle to your Thanksgiving menu: Irish Fireside Recipes: yep, we have recipes for mains, desserts, and drinks. If you’re feeling especially creative, try the Leprechaun mashed potatoes, frozen Black Irish, poitín cocktail, or corned...

Read More
#139 Exploring “Delightful Dublin with Emily Westbrooks” — AUDIO
Oct02

#139 Exploring “Delightful Dublin with Emily Westbrooks” — AUDIO

The pages of “Delightful Dublin” feel like you’re spending a day exploring a Dublin neighborhood with a good friend showing you her favorite places to eat, shop, play, and meet people. I’ve been lucky enough to chat with author Emily Westbrooks about her beloved city. Have a listen and feel free to review the show notes: CLICK THE PLAY BUTTON below to listen...

Read More
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...

Read More
Best Boutique Hostels and Unique Budget Stays Along Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way
Aug01

Best Boutique Hostels and Unique Budget Stays Along Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way

When I suggested we stay in hostels on our Wild Atlantic Way trip, Liam groaned, “I did hostels thirty years ago. I’m waaaaaay beyond the age of traveling like that.” He proceeded to recount tales of waking up to a goat in his room, a bathroom with a clear glass door that didn’t lock, and a blanket covered in creepy-crawlies. I assured him I had vetted the properties on my list and, at the very least, promised clean rooms with no...

Read More
Postcard from Ireland: Hook Head Lighthouse
Jul18

Postcard from Ireland: Hook Head Lighthouse

Hook Head Lighthouse is located in County Wexford on the Hook Peninsula.  The tower marks the entrance to Waterford Harbor. On other side of the Harbor is the village of Crooke.  Supposedly, the phrase “by hook or by crook” originated from William Cromwell in the 17th century who was invading Ireland and said that Waterford would fall “by Hook or by Crooke”. Tim — Fort Lauderdale, Florida The Irish Fireside “Postcards from...

Read More