Featured Blog Posts – March 2014 Archive (40)

'One Great Irish Spot': Discovering the Sacred on Inishmurray Island

You won’t find it listed in most Irish travel books and I have yet to see a travel website that mentions it. But in my book, Inishmurray Island is the greatest place in Ireland, perhaps on Earth. Because I always strive to be a traveler…


Added by Jill Fuller on March 30, 2014 at 7:30am — 7 Comments

My Time with 'The Chieftains' in 1983

Back in the 1980s I was a music reviewer (under the name Adelle Cooper)  for three local papers in Calgary, Alberta, while also an entertainment booker (first agency to book Motley Crue…


Added by Alannah Ryane on March 26, 2014 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

Boyer: The St. Patrick's Day Parade Versus Irish Freedom

When the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) marched up Fifth Avenue in New York’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade it should have been crystal clear, if it wasn't already, that this parade is incompatible with any serious effort to support Irish freedom. The PSNI is the…


Added by Sandy Boyer on March 25, 2014 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

Lady Gregory and the Abbey Theatre

In the late 19th century and early 20th century, an Irish literary revival occurred as a means of establishing cultural nationalism, and Irish literary talent bloomed. As a result, culturally significant…


Added by Mercier Press on March 25, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

'One Great Irish Spot': Turoe Iron Age Celtic Capital

As a schoolboy some 65 years ago, I was often asked for directions to the famous Turoe Stone (2 miles up the road) by French, German and British ‘tourists’. Intriguing winter fireside stories recalled remnants of a local ancient ‘city’ cum royal site enclosed within the same…


Added by Tom O Connor on March 25, 2014 at 5:30am — 1 Comment

'The Wild Geese in NYC' Prepare for 'Transport'

The Wild Geese in NYC is launching, with an April 2 evening performance of the world premier musical "Transport," at New York's Irish Repertory Theatre.

With 'Transport,' we're formally kicking off our group's efforts to promote outstanding Irish cultural venues and events in metro New York.…


Added by The Wild Geese on March 24, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

'One Great Irish Spot': Gallarus Oratory on the Dingle Peninsula

I knew it was somewhere on the mountain, part of a ruined monastic site. It’s a tiny, boatshaped, Celtic Christian church. I set out on a damp day to find it, climbing the narrow roads above  Smerwick Harbour. I was seventeen then, on a scholarship to the Corca Dhuibhne Gaeltacht…


Added by Felicity Hayes-McCoy on March 22, 2014 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

A 'Worldly' St. Patrick's Day . . .

Alternative isn’t a word that springs to mind when I think about St. Patrick’s Day. For me -- and probably millions of other Irish-Americans -- the 17th of March has always been a day marked by traditions that border on the cliche.…


Added by Sarah Nagle on March 20, 2014 at 11:00pm — No Comments

James Kennedy McGuire, the 'Boy Mayor' of Syracuse

James Kennedy McGuire, the “boy mayor” of Syracuse, NY, is…


Added by Maryann Tracy on March 20, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

The Bard of Erin ... A Man of Many Parts

By John Bruton

I remember, as a child, playing over and over again our old 78-rpm records of John McCormack’s songs, which had been the property of my late grand uncle and namesake. Many of the songs…


Added by The Wild Geese on March 18, 2014 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Need a Little Recovery Help After St. Paddy's Day?


Did you have an 'epic' St. Patrick's Day? You might need a Bloody Viking right about now...

2 oz Boru Irish Vodka

6 oz Tomato juice

1 tsp HP sauce

1 tsp Horseradish

1 tsp Lemon juice

Dash hot sauce of choice

Shake black…


Added by Castle Brands Inc on March 18, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

'One Great Irish Spot': Not Exactly What You're Expecting

For many people, Ireland evokes images of thatched cottages, warm smiles and pints of Guinness. I won't dispute these images, because I've seen each of these things in abundance in my visits. For others, certain areas of Ireland denote Irishness, and would be considered a…


Added by Bean Sáirséil on March 16, 2014 at 11:00am — 6 Comments

'One Great Irish Spot': The Burren Pub, Boston

Who’s looking for a great Irish pub in Boston? My favorite Irish place, stateside, is The Burren — a restaurant/pub in Somerville, MA (metro-Boston). Of course there is good food at The Burren, but the way they pour a pint of Guinness rivals the best pubs in the "old sod." Just…


Added by Niamh Ultaigh on March 14, 2014 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

'One Great Irish Spot': The Quiet Man Bridge in Connemara

Growing up in Chicago, Illinois, it wasn't St. Patrick's Day unless we saw the movie "The Quiet Man."  There were the parties,  the parade and the dying of the Chicago River green but until the whole family sat together and watched The Quiet Man it really wasn't St. Patrick's Day. …


Added by Jean Sullivan Cardinal on March 14, 2014 at 12:30pm — 7 Comments

How Irish Are You?

I recently saw this fun flowchart graphic from the folks at TheIrishStore.com.  I wanted to share it here for your enjoyment (you can click the image to enlarge it a bit, by the way).…


Added by Ryan O'Rourke on March 14, 2014 at 8:00am — 16 Comments

JFK - 'The Torch Still Burns Brightly' - World Premiere

I hope this finds you well and in good form for St Patrick's weekend.

I just want to let you know about my newly composed work "The Torch Still Burns…


Added by Vincent Kennedy on March 13, 2014 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Kate Mullany Musical

The Kate Mullany National Historic Site is producing a new musical about Troy, New York, labor pioneer Kate Mullany. Don't Iron While the Strike is Hot! will premiere at Russell Sage College in Troy on May 14 and 15 with both matinees and evening…


Added by Paul F. Cole on March 13, 2014 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Irish Family History with Celebrity Genealogist Megan Smolenyak

I so enjoyed my interviews and interactions with US Genealogist Megan Smolenyak I thought you might enjoy them too. Last year we transferred them from the old website. Below are the links to my articles as well a  a promotional video for her book "Hey America Your Roots our…


Added by Alannah Ryane on March 13, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

'One Great Irish Spot': Syracuse's Tipp Hill - Where Green Goes on Top

After the Erie Canal was finished, many Irish people settled west of Syracuse on a hill overlooking the canal. This area became known as Tipperary Hill. When the city first installed traffic signal lights in 1925, they placed one at a major intersection in the main business…


Added by Jim Curley on March 13, 2014 at 10:00am — 19 Comments

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