Sweet Irish History
Nov22

Sweet Irish History

The Tale of the Irish Bees The history of beekeeping is a long one in most cultures, and the Irish are no different. As mentioned in Early Medieval Ireland, 400-1200 by Dáibhí Ó Cróinín, honey was utilized as a sweetener in brewing ale and in making dairy spreads. The Bee Laws Bech Bretha (Bee Judgments) was a part of ancient Brehon Law. Ownership of hives was to be clearly determined. There were laws against stealing hives, and even...

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What’s Your Favorite Spooky Destination in Ireland?
Oct31

What’s Your Favorite Spooky Destination in Ireland?

Go on, don’t be afraid… you can tell us. What’s your favorite eerie spot in Ireland? For me, it was a visit to Woodstock Gardens in Inistioge, County Kilkenny. We wandered the gardens, and then when we tried to get a photo of Liam and me next to a California redwood… the camera wouldn’t work. The photo came out with haunting hands and hooves… Truth is, there was low light and a long exposure on the...

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Safer Travel in Ireland
Apr07

Safer Travel in Ireland

When it comes to crime, Ireland’s considered a pretty safe place for travelers. Overall, crimes against tourists are rare and violent crimes are even rarer. Therefore, the usual travel precautions apply… be aware of your surroundings, watch your belongings, lock your door, don’t leave valuables in your car, etc. In 2009, reports of crimes against tourists in Ireland dropped from 380 to 354… numbers that are almost in line...

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Celtic and Irish Topiary Art from Michelle Masters
Dec23

Celtic and Irish Topiary Art from Michelle Masters

Michelle Masters has offered a wonderful package of her Irish-themed artwork for the giveaway. Including a box of cards, lavender sachet and guest towel featuring the Topiary Claddagh. Her illustrations combine a whimsical Irish spirit with formal knotwork designs. Michelle also has a full line of notecards to send a cheerful message and her linens and pillows provide charming accents for every room in the home. Her work is available...

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Celtic Quilting
Dec22

Celtic Quilting

This week we’ll be giving away a copy of Celtic Fantasy Rhapsody Quilts from Ricky Tims. It’s a book from CT Publications. Since this is a very special gift for people with a special interest in quilting, I thought it would be a good idea make sure this ended up in the hands of someone who would appreciate it. If you or someone you know has a special interest in quilt-making. Please leave a comment below about interest in...

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$200 Savings to Tour with the Ireland Expert

We got our first peek at Pat and John Preston’s tours of Ireland when we met up with them and their group when they stopped in Adare. We had loads of fun, and it was clear that the tour members were enjoying the time of their life as well. The Preston’s lead a couple of tours a year, but there’s good news for their Springtime in Ireland tour. Booking now means a couple can save $200 on airfare. It’s a special...

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