Nollaig shona dhuit: Our Irish Fireside Christmas Tradition
Dec25

Nollaig shona dhuit: Our Irish Fireside Christmas Tradition

Episode Guide – Podcast #30 Lullaby for Caoilte Every Christmas we revisit podcast Episode #30 and listen to our friends perform Lullaby for Caoilte. Have a listen; I think you’ll really enjoy this. CLICK THE PLAY BUTTON below to listen. http://traffic.libsyn.com/irishfireside/03LullabyforCaoilte.mp3 More about Episode #20 BTW – Nollaig shona dhuit = Happy Christmas Enjoy this post?If so, join our list of...

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It’s Irish Fireside Secret Santa Time

Back in 2009, we started a little tradition called the Irish Fireside Secret Santa Gift Exchange. And it’s been a greatly anticipated holiday activity ever since. Here’s how it works… participants get the name and address of another Irish Fireside member, and they send them a gift valued at about $10 (approximately €8.00 or £6.25). When everyone does what they’re supposed to… everyone who signs up gives...

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Postcard from Ireland: Finding Irish Family Roots in County Laois
May21

Postcard from Ireland: Finding Irish Family Roots in County Laois

Here are my postcard photos of Roundwood House which was originally built by my 8th Great Grandfather in about the 1670s.  The long low house was the original dwelling built by the “Dublin Merchant” and Quaker Anthony Sharp.  Anthony was a business associate of William Penn and owned a large portion of the state of New Jersey as one of the original purchasers of land there.  He sent his nephew Thomas Sharp and his son...

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#128 Alternatives to Ireland’s Most Popular Destinations – AUDIO
Sep05

#128 Alternatives to Ireland’s Most Popular Destinations – AUDIO

#128 Alternatives to Ireland’s Most Popular Destinations In this episode Corey shares our listeners’ picks for alternatives to five of Ireland’s most popular sites. Then Liam finishes the podcast by singing Yeats’ poem “The Wandering Angus.” CLICK THE PLAY BUTTON below to listen. Our Podcasts are available on iTunes – here’s our link for Techies Map of Sites Mentioned in Episode #128 & #129 Show Notes 00:00 Intro...

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Secret Santa Gift Reports… Who’s Been Nice Around the Irish Fireside
Dec14

Secret Santa Gift Reports… Who’s Been Nice Around the Irish Fireside

Each year we host a wee Irish gift exchange. It’s a chance for our virtual friends to interact a little bit in the “real” world… and everyone gets a little present as well. Hearing about what was unwrapped by others is almost as fun as getting a gift for us, so here’s a peek at a few of the gifts that were exchanged this year… (we’ll keep adding more as they arrive) I got a lovely little book...

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Four Irish Music Recordings You May Not Have Heard Yet…
Jun06

Four Irish Music Recordings You May Not Have Heard Yet…

Ballads, Orchestras, Bluegrass, and a Touch of Belfast: As Irish people came to North America, often times they were not able to carry much with them. They brought the tunes in their heads and hearts, though. That is part of the reason that Irish music became a foundation stone of the music that grew in the Appalachian mountains, and became bluegrass. Green Grass; Blue Grass The Brock McGuire Band, who are Paul Brock on accordion and...

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