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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Ellis Island, Linking America and Ireland
May31

Ellis Island, Linking America and Ireland

If you’re Irish-American, you should know about Annie Moore. She’s the Irish teenager who came through Ellis Island when it opened in 1892, the very first person to be registered at the new immigration station. According to www.ellisisland.org, Annie was just fifteen when she came to New York from Queenstown (now Cobh) in County Cork with her two younger brothers, Anthony and Phillip. In fact, the day she arrived happened...

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Here’s Where to Start Planning Your Trip to Ireland
Mar02

Here’s Where to Start Planning Your Trip to Ireland

There are more than ten years of blog posts and podcasts on the Irish Fireside, so here are a few of our favorites… Planning Your Trip Sign Up for Email Updates from the Irish Fireside Answers to the Most Common Travel Questions 15 Websites to Help You Plan Your Trip to Ireland When is the Best Time to Visit Ireland? – video Ireland Audio Tours You Can Download Today Ireland Travel Checklist Ireland Packing Checklist A...

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5 Websites that will Help You Get More from Ireland’s The Gathering
Jan04

5 Websites that will Help You Get More from Ireland’s The Gathering

In 2013, Ireland is hosting what they are calling The Gathering, a year dedicated to welcoming home the Irish scattered around the globe. While many companies and communities are using this branding strictly for marketing and media play, there are a few places offering useful resources for visitors.   The Gathering www.thegatheringireland.com This event-based website provides an extensive list of for that are searchable by date,...

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Cook Up a Traditional Irish Christmas Feast
Dec10

Cook Up a Traditional Irish Christmas Feast

Who’s up for cooking a traditional Irish Christmas dinner? It will take some advanced planning, so here are some tips and recipes to get you going. Christmas dinners traditionally feature a roasted goose. Turkeys are a more recent substitution. Other dishes included three types of potato dishes: roasted, boiled, and mashed. You might also find roasted parsnips, cabbage, and brussels sprouts. For dessert you’d have plum pudding....

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