Artists Eye: The Fairy Rath

The Fairy Rath by John O’Grady – www.johnogradypaintings.com John O’Grady is an Irish artist living and working in France. He paints his Irish landscapes from memory and they represent the places, times, and moods experienced whilst living there. When describing this acrylic on board, John says, “The Fairy Rath holds a special place even now in Irish country traditions, a particular tree or trees around the...

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On the Trail of a Lesser Known Irish Saint

Following the Pilgrims   According to A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland by Samuel Lewis, 1837, Cranfield Point on the banks of Lough Neagh in County Antrim was the site of pilgrimage this time of year. There lies the remains of a 13th-century church, described by Lewis as “a noble pile of ruins.” And nearby a holy well said to be blessed with the healing powers of St. Olcan. This saint may not be well known today, but St....

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In Search of the Mythical, Magical, Mystical in Ireland
Jun19

In Search of the Mythical, Magical, Mystical in Ireland

Longtime friend of the Irish Fireside, Christy Jackson Nicholas has just published a new book for those who feel drawn to the more “enchanted” side of the Emerald Isle. “Ireland: Mythical, Magical, Mystical – A Guide to Hidden Ireland” focuses on the appeal of legends and folklore combined with history and practical information. Christy beckons… “Do you find yourself drawn to the magic of the...

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Quick and Cheap Meals in Ireland

While touring, sometimes you just need a quick, inexpensive bite. These days, many Irish grocery stores and petrol (gas) stations offer some tasty pre-made meals on-the-go. While some places offer deli-style areas where sandwiches or pre-made dishes are served-to-order, many offer a cooler with sandwiches, salads, and beverages… often near the courtesy counter for quick checkout. Today, I was in the Cashel Tesco and grabbed...

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#126 Liam and the Old Souls of Ireland – AUDIO
May09

#126 Liam and the Old Souls of Ireland – AUDIO

Episode Guide – Podcast #126 Liam and the Old Souls of Ireland In this episode Liam talks about Irish story telling and the old souls that bring tales to life as part of the launch of Gavin Greer’s free ebook “Ireland: A Gathering of Stories” – Including a story from his neighbor Katie Madden. CLICK THE PLAY BUTTON below to listen. Our Podcasts are available on iTunes – here’s our link for...

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Ireland: A Gathering of Stories FREE Download
May03

Ireland: A Gathering of Stories FREE Download

Our friends over at Awakin Digital Publishing have collected a wonderful series of Irish stories from a variety of interesting people for their Irish in Stories project… including Fra Gunn, Roy Arbuckle, Orla Melling, Liz Weir, and our very own Liam Hughes. The e-book focuses on both the stories and storytellers, and I think you’ll find it an enjoyable read. Download the PDF version for FREE. Enjoy this post?If so, join...

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