Featured Blog Posts – October 2016 Archive (17)

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 far, far away, the ruins of yet another holy structure keep…

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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 gardens lovingly corralled by their keepers, the Garden…

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

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 Blueshirts, was born in Castleblayney, County…

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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 craggy hills, meeting the water trickling into emerald…

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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

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 century that it was the “Celtic New Year,” and over time, Samhain and All…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on October 25, 2016 at 4:00am — 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 down in Glut, a tiny village not far from Slievefada…

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


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Added by Totally Irish Gifts on October 22, 2016 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Baking Season Elicits a Hearty Bravo!

There’s something about mid-October that I love — the weather, the thought that Halloween (and Thanksgiving) is right around the corner, and baking breads like this “brack,” a fruity loaf from the Quay House, in Clifden, County Galway. Dating from about 1820, it’s the town’s oldest building, was originally a…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on October 17, 2016 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

This Week in the History of the Irish: October 16-24

LUAIN -- On Oct. 17, 1803, nationalist politician and Young Irelander William Smith O'Brien was born in Dromoland, County Clare. O'Brien was educated in England and was a Conservative when elected to…

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Added by The Wild Geese on October 15, 2016 at 11:00am — No Comments


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'In Harm’s Way': America’s Greatest Submarine Commander

Richard Hetherington O'Kane (below-right, in his Annapolis graduation photo) was born on February 2, 1911 in Dover, New Hampshire, a town near the Atlantic coast with a population of about 13,000 at the time. His father, Dr. Walter Collins O'Kane, was a professor of entomology at the University. Richard attended…

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Added by Joe Gannon on October 11, 2016 at 8:30pm — 2 Comments

Chancing One's Arm

In 1492, the same year that Christopher Columbus purportedly discovered the New World, an incident, with far reaching effects, took place in a chapter house attached to Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin. The incident ended a long running and bloody feud between two of Ireland’s most powerful dynasties, the FitzGeralds…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on October 10, 2016 at 7:00pm — 8 Comments

Perfect Pears, Part II

Delicious on their own, pears are also a wonderful ingredient in recipes from sweet-tart salads to sweeter-than-sweet pies and tarts. They’re great partnered with blue cheese — Kerrygold’s Cashel Blue…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on October 10, 2016 at 6:30am — No Comments


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A Little Bit About Ogham

We have just started to stock our first Ogham gifts and I thought I had better learn a little bit about it. 

Ogham (Oh-ehm) is the earliest version of an ancient Celtic language, used c.4th -7th century AD. Each letter of the Ogham alphabet is formed by up 5 strokes and is identified by the number, position and direction of their…

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Added by Totally Irish Gifts on October 4, 2016 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

The Heifer: A Pub Story

Most of the stuff in my novels comes from my imagination but I owe a fair amount of what I write to a pub called The Rocking Chair where there’s such a variety of characters that you’d need to be brain deaf not to pick up some nuggets. …



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Added by Colm Herron on October 4, 2016 at 11:30am — 6 Comments

Perfect Pears, Part I

There are over 3,000 known pear varieties grown around the world, each with a distinctive character, texture, and flavor. The most popular and recognizable pears are the yellow Bartlett, egg-shaped Anjou, graceful Bosc, pudgy Comice, and tiny Forelle. Crisp, crunchy, and sweet, U.S.-grown pears are harvested from the…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on October 3, 2016 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

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