October 2016 Blog Posts (36)

Seven Days of Fulfillment

As the crisp air blows down the rocky hills and shadows creep on across Western walls of leaning stones, the great Celtic Pilgrimage finds itself in the home stretch.

The Westies of the Wild Irish West Tours came to Ireland visitors -- some returning,…

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Added by Nicole Samantha Fishkind on October 31, 2016 at 6:30pm — 2 Comments

Tracking the Prince: The Rock of Cashel

For Part 2 in my series on research sites for my book, The Prince of Glencurragh, I find that my content does not show up well in this application. I invite readers to view the latest instalment by following the link below:…

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Added by Nancy Blanton on October 31, 2016 at 2:00pm — No Comments


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'To Sligo and Beyond . . . ': An Exhibition of Paintings by Fergus Lyons

Lough Gowra Reflection 61 cm. x 91 cm.  Oil on Canvas 

Fergus Lyons: Artist

"To Sligo and Beyond . . ."…

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Added by Nollaig 2016 on October 31, 2016 at 11:00am — 1 Comment


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Those Who Would Sculpt Civil War General Philip Sheridan

Integrity Protecting the Works of Man (by Ward) on the pediment of the New York Stock Exchange Building, Integrity, in the center, wears the winged cap of Mercury, the god of commerce. The figures on her left represent mining and…

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Added by Nollaig 2016 on October 30, 2016 at 11:00pm — 3 Comments

Six Steps Is Just 3-1-2-3 ...

The oratory of St. Colman echoes with hundreds upon hundreds of years worth of worshipful memory.

In a secluded glade of ancient trees nestled against the breast of the Burren, a landscape so surreal and old it seems the surface of a planet in a galaxy…

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Added by Nicole Samantha Fishkind on October 30, 2016 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

It's a Celtic Feast

Like their economy, which was based on planting, growing and harvesting, the Celtic calendar was centered around the Sun and agriculture and determined by a lunar calendar. The four major feasts were…

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Added by Mike McCormack on October 30, 2016 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

A Fifth of the Soil

To fully experience the Celtic spirit, one must embrace not only the essence of a pilgrim, but also the land the pilgrim walks upon.

Places such as Galway's Brigit's Garden are sacred keepers of beloved earthly traditions. A calendar year in the form of…

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Added by Nicole Samantha Fishkind on October 29, 2016 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

'The Journey: A Nomad Reflects'

Delighted and Honored to have my second book recognized.…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on October 29, 2016 at 3:30pm — 10 Comments

'Don't Die with Regrets: Ireland and the Lessons My Father Taught Me'

Delighted and Honored to have my first book recognized.…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on October 29, 2016 at 3:30pm — 3 Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: October 30 - November 5

DOMNAIGH -- On Oct. 30, 1892, Eoin O'Duffy, revolutionary and organizer of the infamous…

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Added by The Wild Geese on October 29, 2016 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Four Elements, Three Souls, Two Seasons, One Self

All Souls Night. A time of bonfires bursting to life beneath a cloudy sky. The grass wet from late Autumn mists that tumble haphazardly down the mountainsides as if driven by reckless celestial abandon. The soft moan of wind as it rushes through the caverns and…

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Added by Nicole Samantha Fishkind on October 28, 2016 at 6:00pm — 4 Comments

The Passion of Bill Ochs

Bill Ochs died on October 5th after a long battle with a cancer he had largely kept to himself, hoping to tell everyone after he had defeated it.

He was a man whose life was music and the music he most loved -- and he loved many kinds of music -- was traditional Irish music.

He was an excellent player, first tin whistle player and ultimately an uilleann…

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Added by James F. Olwell on October 28, 2016 at 3:30pm — 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

A Third of the Journey

There is poetry written into this land. Much like there is poetry written into the Irish soul. Poetry is not, as many think, a pretty art of whimsy and folly. Poetry, more oft than not, is the rawest and freest means of expression a person can…

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Added by Nicole Samantha Fishkind on October 27, 2016 at 6:00pm — 2 Comments

The Second Cycle



The ritual of cleansing oneself with water to begin anew is an old one.

From the seemingly simple act of taking a shower to the tradition of baptising a baby, water is seen as a nurturing source of life and a cyclical element. Its…

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Added by Nicole Samantha Fishkind on October 26, 2016 at 5:30pm — No Comments

The First Lesson

There is something deeply engrained in our makeup as a species to seek out our roots. To water them with knowledge and expressively branch out into the universe with greater understanding. To discover what makes us grow. We are constantly reaching…

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Added by Nicole Samantha Fishkind on October 25, 2016 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

Celebrate Samhain

The ancient Celtic harvest feast called Samhain (pronounced SAH-win) is celebrated October 31-November 1, marking the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter, the “darker half” of the year. It was suggested in the late 19th…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on October 25, 2016 at 4:00am — No Comments

A Ramble in the Sky

Lights of Boston trail away,

wisps on winds born of steely birds

which skim the oceans with shadows stray

and bring with them one thousand words.

Soft chime the bells of sojourn's song,

Through leaves aflame in glorious hue,

Far be it from me to to wonder long

And wander on cosmic cue.

The curtain call of Autumn's end

In her one last elegant bow,'

Gestures on to something…

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Added by Nicole Samantha Fishkind on October 24, 2016 at 8:30pm — No Comments

The Wake That Woke the Dead

I’ve heard of life imitating art, but the only time I ever saw death imitating it was at Samuel John MacPherson’s wake…

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Added by Colm Herron on October 24, 2016 at 8:00am — 9 Comments

Digging Up Graves at Duffy's Cut

(We would ordinarily would not reprint an entire article from another publication, but I'm sure our friends at the Irish American News won't object to us doing it in this case. Please if you can, help this cause. These ancestors call out for the support of every Irishman and Irish-American from across the…

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Added by The Wild Geese on October 22, 2016 at 10:00pm — 2 Comments

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