All Blog Posts Tagged 'of' (40)

The Great Assembly at Tara (Part 1)

In 431 A.D. and three days after the festival of Lughnasagh, a lone figure stood, head bowed in contemplation, next to one of five carefully positioned chairs, in the Great Assembly Hall at Tara…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on February 25, 2017 at 3:30pm — 10 Comments

Irish Capes and Shawls and the Charm of Heritage Fashion



Irish Fashion

Customs & Traditions…

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Added by Blarney Woollen Mills on January 10, 2017 at 6:00am — 3 Comments

The Battle of Cúl Dreimhne (Battle of the Book)

In early Christian Ireland the old Druidic tradition collapsed due to the spread of the Christian faith. The study and learning of Latin, coupled with the new Christian theology in monasteries, was flourishing. In 561 AD a seminal event…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on December 19, 2016 at 7:30pm — 2 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

Oliver Plunkett, Tomás Ó Fiaich and The Bard of Armagh

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On January 18 1674, Bishop Oliver Plunkett and his close friend John Brennan, Bishop of Cashel, were forced to flee the town of Drogheda and run for their lives. Wearing long, hooded cloaks and veils, and with a price on their heads and the dreaded Priest Hunters snarling at their heels, they crossed the Boyne valley and fled north toward the sanctuary of South Armagh. In a gale driven, blinding snowstorm…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on October 14, 2016 at 10:30pm — 2 Comments

The Destruction of the Kingdom of Brega

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Ask most people who they believe were the first group of foreigners to launch highly organized, violent raids in Ireland, and more often than not, they will say it was…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on September 14, 2016 at 7:30pm — 6 Comments

A Brief History of Poetry in Ireland

And there are among them composers of verses whom they call Bards; these singing to instruments similar to a lyre, applaud some, while they vituperate others. -- Diodorus Siculus, 8 BCE

All poets have the uncanny…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on September 12, 2016 at 6:00pm — 4 Comments

Every Writer Thrives and Survives on Memories

On a July day nearly 130 years ago, an unknown and homesick young Irish writer trudged along a busy London street. He stopped suddenly and stood still, for he thought he could hear the tinkling of water in the midst of the bustling thoroughfare.…

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Added by Colm Herron on August 25, 2016 at 7:30pm — 10 Comments

The Poet's Glen and Creggan Vale

Three of Ireland’s well-loved 18th century Gaelic poets lie at rest in the graveyard of Creggan Church, near to my hometown of Crossmaglen, County Armagh. The poets, Filid Art Mc Cooey, Padraig MacAliondain and the rapparee poet…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on August 7, 2016 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

The Journey

I’m partial to the west coast of Ireland for its myriad wonders, which appear in small towns that are hidden like gemstones in neat grids of logic separated by rambling, idle roads. There are worlds within worlds in these Irish small towns: history and…

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Added by Claire Fullerton on May 16, 2016 at 6:00pm — 7 Comments

Not-So-Welcome Change Comes to Irish Postal Delivery

  

“But I don’t live in Galway,” a County Clare man said to me regarding his new postal address.

His mail is sorted in Galway City.

Ireland has introduced postal codes for the first time to increase the efficiency of the letter / parcel…

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Added by P.J. Francis on February 10, 2016 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

'Famine Folios' -- Ireland's Great Irish Famine Revisited

Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut, has just published four new folios of research into the period of The Irish Famine under the collective title Famine…

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Added by Brian Nolan on November 9, 2015 at 6:00am — 3 Comments

The Tan Who Was Hanged By His Own Side

When the Black and Tans were first deployed in Ireland in March 1920, they soon proved themselves to be a pretty brutal bunch. They were liberal with the use of their rifles, were often drunk and even engaged in arson and robbery.

The Tans were ex-servicemen, many of them scarred from their time in the trenches during…

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Added by David Lawlor on July 6, 2015 at 7:30am — 8 Comments

Wild West of Ireland (contest entry)

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Have you ever had a place strike at the core of you, even though you've never been there?  It's a sort of remembering....like something calling to you that you don't really understand yet.   Like fog rolling off of hills as the…

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Added by Jennifer Elizabeth Shaw on June 11, 2015 at 12:30am — No Comments

The Wild West of Ireland: Return to Kilmakedar

I want to return to Western Ireland for spiritual and artistic reasons. In college I fell in love with Irish literature, from the pagan/pre-medieval myths to the current day. I love Irish music, too. And oddly enough, I married a man from County Cork (we met in college). My mother’s family has a lot of Irish heritage as well. We are descended from a man who came on a ship to New York Harbor on Christmas Eve, 1847. I can only imagine what was in Martin’s heart when he left Cork and when he…

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Added by Cara O'Sullivan on June 10, 2015 at 5:30pm — 4 Comments

The Wild West of Ireland

A trip to the West of Ireland would be a lifetime dream come true for me.  I have never been to Ireland and have always had a great longing to go.  I live in the western side of San Francisco and have many Irish friends and neighbors.  There is a spirit among these people like no other I have felt before.  My Irish friends are loving, spirited and proud people with a gift of gab.  I love spending time with these lovely people.  I have some Irish roots but have not formally explored my…

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Added by Jeanine Wiater on June 10, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments

I Love Irish Cows!!! - Wild West of Ireland

Ok, so really I’m completely obsessed with and addicted to Irish butter. We eat it every single day. To be exact, I did the math and we eat 24 ounces every week, which comes out to…drumroll please….72 pounds/32.5 kg a year! It is the best butter on the planet so of course it comes from this magical country. That being said, Ireland is literally in my blood in more ways than one! I’ve always known that my roots on my mother’s side go…

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Added by Tara Reynolds on June 9, 2015 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

Why I Want to Return to The Wild West of Ireland

Please click on the video below to find out why I want to win in my contest entry!

Tell us why YOU want to experience the ‘Wild West’ of Ireland, and you might win a free 9-day trip there, courtesy of Wild West Irish Tours and WOW Air. …

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Added by Kellie Rice on June 7, 2015 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Wild West of Ireland Contest Entry

From the Wild Westie’s owners a message was conveyed,

Win a free trip back with airfare paid!

 

You need to tell us why you want to return and have it posted,

On the Wild Irish Geese website where the contest is hosted.

 

So tell us why in a video, picture, or blog on their site,

And wait for a decision as they pick the one that’s just right.

 

So here is my entry, a story to tell,

Of a magical journey as I drop my poem…

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Added by William Huckeby on June 7, 2015 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

A Wild West of Ireland Day

Arise in the morning with a day anew

What new adventures are waiting for you

Chatter and laughter filling the air

Full Irish breakfast is the fare

We spy the blue beastie driving up from the drive

Quickly we get ready like bees in a hive

We board our blue stallion…

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Added by William Huckeby on June 6, 2015 at 8:30am — No Comments

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