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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Talking Travel, Tours, RVs and Ireland on the This Week in Travel Podcast
Mar27

Talking Travel, Tours, RVs and Ireland on the This Week in Travel Podcast

I had a chance to hang out this week with Jen, Gary, and Chris from the This Week in Travel Podcast. It was a bit of a post-Saint Patrick’s Day get-together where we chatted about travel news, Ireland, RVing, Hawaii, Cuba, Charleston, fear of flying, Ryan Air, frequent flyer miles, wifi, jilted lovers, Amelia Earhart, free/discounted e-books, and the tours we host on the Emerald Isle. Yeah, I’d say we covered a bit of...

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Tour a Part of Ireland’s Sacred Past: Follow the St. Patrick Trail
Mar15

Tour a Part of Ireland’s Sacred Past: Follow the St. Patrick Trail

Amid all the celebrations, shamrocks, and green beer it’s easy to forget that St. Patrick was a real man. In Northern Ireland you can easily follow St. Patrick’s footsteps. It’s all marked out for you in a 92-mile drive with 15 key sites. Or, you can just hit some of the highlights. When driving in Northern Ireland you might see these signs marking the trail.   Find the Trail in Downpatrick Downpatrick, County...

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Secret Santa Show and Tell 2011
Dec24

Secret Santa Show and Tell 2011

The Irish Fireside elves have been sending presents around the globe this week as part of our third annual Secret Santa. Each participant signed up to send someone a gift valued at about $10, and in return, someone sent them a gift. Here are a few of the gift reports… we’ll add more as they come in:   It's a wonderful Irish cookbook with pictures from Ireland throughout, sent by Jody Halsted. My wife Cheryl and I...

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Add Some Turf to the Fireside
Dec16

Add Some Turf to the Fireside

We’re usually busy giving things away and sharing bits of Irish news, but today, we could use your help to keep the Fireside going. Sure, you can give money (we appreciate every penny), but there are many other ways you can help our community grow. Donate Your financial contribution helps pay the bills that keep our site and podcasts going. If you have a business or service that would be of interest to Irish Firesiders, you...

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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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