All Blog Posts Tagged 'Holidays' (7)

The History Behind Lughnasa

At the Ould Lammas Fair boys were you ever there

Were you ever…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on August 1, 2017 at 6:30pm — 3 Comments

Samhain: The Celtic New Year

In the early evening they would gather in the grove, beneath the sheltering embrace of the sacred white oak tree. The Master had carefully dowsed the area, and had chosen it for the serene beauty and…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on October 27, 2016 at 8:30pm — 8 Comments

Enjoying Timeless Glories of Bunratty Castle -- and Mead

My last night in the homeland was spent at Bunratty Castle, a 15th-century tower house in County Clare, on the Ratty river. Caisleán Bhun Raithe meaning Castle at the Mouth of the Ratty. On the grounds of the castle is a folk park, which is just lovely. I…

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Added by The Last Torch on September 29, 2015 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

Memorial Day: Recalling Those Who Gave Their Last Full Measure

Memorial Day, originally titled Decoration Day, has a somewhat murky origin. But what is clear is that on May 30, 1868, 146 years ago today, 5,000 gathered at Arlington National Cemetery to commemorate the 20,000 fallen warriors buried there, with the help…

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Added by The Wild Geese on May 23, 2015 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

Irish-American New Year's Traditions

New Year’s eve had been celebrated with cheerful noise for many years, but in New York City on December 31, 1888, that all changed with the formal addition of music to the annual celebration and it took an Irishman…

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Added by Mike McCormack on December 24, 2014 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

MyIrelandBox: Great Things in Small Packages

I love unique Irish gifts ... things you won’t find in every “Plastic Paddy” souvenir shop in the country.

Today I received a package of goodies from MyIrelandBox.

Here’s what husband-and-wife team, Katharine…

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Added by Kelly O'Rourke on November 7, 2013 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

Féile na Neantóg - Beltaine ~ May Day

A Blessed Nettlemas to all our members here.

Nettlemas, the name the Irish gave to the eve prior to Féile na Neantóg or May 1. On Nettlemas night, boys walked in the streets stinging one another with nettles. We can for go that custom, I am thinking.…

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Added by Bit Devine on April 30, 2013 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

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