Glenstal Abbey Offers Daily Reflection… on Your Phone
Jan26

Glenstal Abbey Offers Daily Reflection… on Your Phone

The Benedictine community at Glenstal Abbey near Limerick has launched it’s own app for iPhone and Android phones. The free app offers daily morning and evening prayer, selections of the Gregorian chant sung by the monks and the Senior Boys Choir of Glenstal Abbey and a handful of other features about the abbey’s events, the community and the Benedictine order. More information at www.glenstal.org or search the iTunes or...

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Disability Access in Ireland
Dec27

Disability Access in Ireland

by Dr. Jessie Voigts While I was planning our recent trip to Ireland, I was extremely concerned about disability access for myself. I can climb stairs, but they are painful, and I try to avoid them. I can walk up to a block, but usually use a combination of our car (park close!) and my electric wheelchair scooter to get around. I decided early on not to take my wheelchair scooter, due to the electricity being different and not...

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Four Albums for an Irish Christmas… and One from Scotland for Good Measure
Dec13

Four Albums for an Irish Christmas… and One from Scotland for Good Measure

Submitted by Kerry Dexter Music is a big part of any Irish Christmas celebration. You’ll hear familiar carols, hymns, and popular seasonal songs such as White Christmas and Little Drummer Boy. There will be jigs, reels, and songs from the tradition as well, alongside, at times, new songs. Want to sit in on such a holiday music session? Listen to these albums and you feel as though you’ll be doing just that. To Shorten the Winter Tommy...

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Stairway to Heaven on the Celtic Harp?
Dec10

Stairway to Heaven on the Celtic Harp?

Leave it to Anne Roos to bring us something completely unexpected on the Celtic harp. Both of her two new CDs break from traditional harp tunes and take us to the world of modern popular music. In “Blue Jeans: Modern Pop on the Celtic Hart,” Anne plays her most requested songs from the 1950s to present. These are the tunes we seem to inherently know and can’t resist singing and humming along with. The CD is packed...

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Savoring Handmade Chocolates Just Off Ireland’s Ring of Kerry
Oct04

Savoring Handmade Chocolates Just Off Ireland’s Ring of Kerry

Heading around the Ring of Kerry and want a diversion? Especially one that is delicious? Might I recommend the Skelligs Chocolate Company… We headed on a slight detour off the main Ring of Kerry route onto the Ring of Skellig. This is an even more beautiful drive (if that’s even possible) than the Ring of Kerry. Even better, it lacks the tour buses, as the roads are too small. And, there’s quite a reward for this...

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Three More Celtic CDs You Should Know

Side by Side by The Kane Sisters The air fairly crackles when Liz and Yvonne Kane get together to play their fiddles. That’s something ace box player Sharon Shannon recognized, when she asked them along as part of her touring band for several years. Now well out on their own careers, their album Side by Side offers an adventure into fiddling that is based in the Sligo style — that’s the lively, well-ornamented variety most...

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