All Blog Posts Tagged 'Christmas' (80)

The Wrenboys

“The wran, the wran, the king of all birds,

on Stephen's day was caught in the furze.

His body is little but his family is sweet

so rise up landlady and give us a treat.

And if your treat be of the best

your soul in heaven…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on December 26, 2017 at 2:16pm — 2 Comments

Love That Mincemeat!

Mincemeat, a mixture of chopped dried fruits, spices, and spirits, is a favorite holiday ingredient most often found in pies and tarts. It was developed more than 500 years ago as a way of preserving meat without salting or smoking, and gradually…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on December 11, 2017 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Bring Home Highlights of Major Exhibit Exploring Famine's Impact

A newly produced DVD follows on from an exhibition that was held in Dublin throughout the summer of 2017. The exhibition was called "The Irish Potato Famine (1845 to 1852)," and its purpose was to commemorate the 170th anniversary of the Famine year 1847.…

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Added by The Wild Geese on December 11, 2017 at 10:30am — 2 Comments


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Hollywood's Irish Import Shop -- A Place for the Homesick

Rainy days, she says, are especially good for business. They make people homesick. (The little cottage you see behind her left shoulder is a little incense burner for peat -- which makes the store smell like Ireland.)…

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Added by Nollaig 2016 on December 2, 2016 at 1:00am — No Comments


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Christmas Book Picks From Four Courts Press, #3

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Added by Nollaig 2016 on November 25, 2016 at 4:30am — No Comments


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Christmas Book Picks From Four Courts Press

DOUBLE DISCOUNT for BLACK FRIDAY

From now until …

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Added by Nollaig 2016 on November 11, 2016 at 11:30am — 7 Comments

Men and Christmas . . . Or Shopping With Dad

O.K., it should be obvious (hopefully) that I am not a man.

But dear old dad definitely is... and as, like it or not, I've always been dad's girl I've…

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Added by Sarah Nagle on November 10, 2016 at 4:00pm — 2 Comments


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Irish Roots Magazine Offering Members a Free Issue

Our friends at Irish Roots Magazine have gone mad altogether…

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Added by Nollaig 2016 on November 9, 2016 at 6:00am — 3 Comments

Daniel P Quinn's Books for Stocking Stuffers

Daniel P Quinn's "organized labor" is joined by "Exits & Entrances, Off-Broadway, Opera & Beyond" + "Short Plays to Long Remember," on amazon or barnes+noble.com.

Newark, N.J. (PRWEB) 11/1/16 -- For artists immersed in the world of movement, music and color, it seems a natural progression to also let their talents spill onto blank pages. Daniel P. Quinn achieves this beautifully in "organized labor: collected poems," A tribute…

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Added by Daniel P Quinn on November 6, 2016 at 2:00pm — No Comments

For the Harried, Fáilte 'Nollaig na mBan'

“Nollaig na mBan,” or “Little Women’s Christmas,” is an old custom that’s still celebrated by women all over Ireland. It goes back to the days when large families were the norm. Men never lifted a finger in the house to help, and were…

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Added by Brían Hoban on January 4, 2016 at 6:00am — 5 Comments

Poem for Christmas: Cuireadh do Mhuire / An Invitation to Mary

Cuireadh do Mhuire was composed by Máirtín Ó Direáin (1910 – 1988), the great Irish language poet from the village of Sruthán, on Inis Mór (Inishmore), the largest of the Aran Islands, in Galway Bay.

Ó Direáin penned this beautiful and delicate…

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Added by Brian Nolan on December 31, 2015 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

Why You Won't Find Crow on the Holiday Menu

It was well past sundown in a village named Bethlehem, just beyond Jerusalem, in the hills of Judea, on a surprisingly mild winter’s night.

Now the Roman occupiers of the…

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Added by Gerry Regan on December 26, 2015 at 4:30pm — 4 Comments


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Celebrating the Joys of Family at Christmas

When I lost my Mum and my husband within two days of each other, my whole life crumbled around me.  I very slowly learned how to live again, with the help of my then two teenage boys and my grandchildren. Since then, my…

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Added by That's Just How It Was on December 25, 2015 at 4:30pm — 2 Comments

The Night Baby Jesus Was Absconded

In light of all the terrific Christmas-flavored postings lately, I've been prompted to share an excerpt from my historical novel "The Lockwoods of…

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Added by Mark Bois on December 20, 2015 at 9:00am — 3 Comments

Nollaig na mBan Men’s Chore List

Alright, lads. Your lady is out celebrating Nollaig na mBan (Women’s Christmas) with her girlfriends.…

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Added by Kelly O'Rourke on January 5, 2015 at 6:30am — 9 Comments

'Women's Christmas' in Ireland

January 6th is celebrated in Ireland as "Women's Christmas" (Nollaig na mBan).  More commonly known in other parts of the world as the Feast of the Epiphany, it marks the end of the Christmas period in…

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Added by Dee Notaro on January 5, 2015 at 4:30am — 2 Comments

What To Do Between Christmas and the New Year?

Yes indeed, what to do?  After the festivities are festivitied - after all the ceremonies, the lighting of…

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Added by Eoin Mac Lochlainn on December 27, 2014 at 7:00am — 4 Comments

Here's to the Three Birds: An Irish American Holiday Toast

"Here's to the three birds! May you always have a bird on the table, a bird in your glass and an eagle in your pocket."

I first heard that toast when I was very young from an elderly neighbor. It was a toast from her childhood in the early 1920s. The toast her mother and…

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Added by Sarah Nagle on December 24, 2014 at 10:30am — 3 Comments

Island of Ireland Peace Choir in Messines, Belgium

Messines - I had the privilege to travel to Messines with the Island of Ireland Peace Choir last weekend. This is our story.

Don Mullan, author, humanitarian and Christmas Truce ambassador, stood in front of two graves in Messines, Belgium. On the left was Private T Delaney of the Royal…

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Added by Jillian Godsil on December 24, 2014 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

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