All Blog Posts Tagged 'Christmas' (82)

Here's to the Three Birds: An Irish American Holiday Toast

"Here's to the three birds! May you always have a bird on the table, a bird in your glass and an eagle in your pocket."

I first heard that toast when I was very young from an elderly neighbor. It was a toast from her childhood in the early 1920s. The toast her mother and uncles always used. Already something of an antique in Jazz Age America.…

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Added by Sarah Nagle on December 24, 2014 at 10:30am — 3 Comments

Island of Ireland Peace Choir in Messines, Belgium

Messines - I had the privilege to travel to Messines with the Island of Ireland Peace Choir last weekend. This is our story.

Don Mullan, author, humanitarian and Christmas Truce ambassador, stood in front of two graves in Messines, Belgium. On the left was Private T Delaney of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers, who died on Christmas Eve 1914 and on the right,…

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Added by Jillian Godsil on December 24, 2014 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

Burying Baby Jesus: A Galway Christmas Story

My dad, Guard John Murphy (Killimor, Ballinasloe) died in Our Lady’s Hospice (Harold’s Cross, Dublin) aged forty-four, leaving my mother, aged thirty-nine, with ten children aged two and a half to eighteen years old.

On Christmas Eve of 1945, we spent most…

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Added by Brian Nolan on December 24, 2014 at 4:00am — 5 Comments

Christmas Baby and Signer of the U.S. Constitution

William Paterson (December 24, 1745 – September 9, 1806) was born in County Antrim to William Paterson and Unknown named mother. (How about it, Ireland – who is she?) He immigrated to the U.S. at the age of two, and entered the College of New Jersey (now Princeton…

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Added by Dee Notaro on December 19, 2014 at 6:00am — No Comments

Watch: Irish Christmas Gifts Drawing

On Thursday, December 18th, 2014,…

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Added by The Wild Geese on December 17, 2014 at 9:30am — 10 Comments

George Washington's Irish Christmas Present

As Christmas approached in 1776, George Washington and his…

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Added by Mike McCormack on December 16, 2014 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

On the Path of Druids - Winter Solstice

Long before the Christians walked the Isle of Eire, there were those who celebrated the passing of the seasons: Winter, spring, summer, fall

While the Solstices were not as important to…

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Added by Bit Devine on December 12, 2014 at 12:00pm — 4 Comments

The Irish Christmas Candle in the Window

Photo by: sugargliding

I have often heard about the Irish Christmas tradition of placing a single lit candle in a window, signifying that in that house there was room and welcome for Mary and…

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Added by Cindy Thomson on December 12, 2014 at 9:30am — 8 Comments

An Irish Cowboy Christmas Poem

I'll Sing You All Home With Me

It's Christmas in Montana, to be sure, draped in her mantle of white

Though I am here with the rest of the crew, my heart is lonely tonight

The rancher & his wife they take good care of the rest of the crew & me

The wife, she prepared a great feast &…

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Added by Bit Devine on December 10, 2014 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

'Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly'

This beloved carol, believed to be originally of Welsh origin, had already been around for quite a while when Mozart used it for a piano duet in the 18th century. You can read more about its interesting history in …

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Added by Dee Notaro on December 10, 2014 at 5:30am — 3 Comments

Christmas at P.J.Clarke's Bar, N.Y.C.

My first big memory of my Uncle Charlie Clarke is when he arrived home from Naval duty after World War II. I was seven years old. Soon after, my granduncle, Patrick Joseph Clarke, appointed Uncle Charlie to be the manager at his saloon, P. J. Clarke’s, at 55th Street and Third…

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Added by Helen Molanphy on December 8, 2014 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Special Yuletides in Irish History

In 1587, the English inside the Pale (a fortified district around Dublin) were concerned about the Irish whom they had not yet brought under their control – especially in Ulster. The Ulster clans were an independent lot, and something had to be done to insure their non-interference…

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Added by Mike McCormack on December 8, 2014 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

Irish Christmas Songs and Stories in the Virtual Síbín

[Below is a link to a recording of an interactive broadcast of Irish Christmas songs and stories, part of TheWildGeese.Irish Sibin series of discussions and…

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Added by The Wild Geese on December 8, 2014 at 8:30am — 10 Comments

The Christmas 'Whitewashing'

The Irish have only a few Christmas traditions that stand out as traditionally Irish and not borrowed from other cultures in recent times. Perhaps the oldest of these traditions is ... housecleaning!  And it may, too, have been borrowed from other cultures, although it was as long ago as before the birth of Christ.

This is not your typical housecleaning. Traditional Irish "whitewashing the…

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Added by Dee Notaro on December 6, 2014 at 5:30am — 1 Comment

Book Review: 'Christmas at the House on an Irish Hillside'

Book Review

Christmas at the House on an Irish Hillside (available only in e-book format) by Felicity…

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Added by Bit Devine on December 5, 2014 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

Lights From Christmas Past

There are more than just Christmas lights illuminating the darkness as the sun rises on the Winter Solstice in Ireland. On December 21, a marvelous event occurs at Bru na Boinne. On a hill in the Boyne Valley of County Meath stands a complex of three monuments to the early…

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Added by Mike McCormack on December 5, 2014 at 9:30am — 3 Comments


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'That's Just How It Was' -- Christmas Eve in Wolfe Tone Square

Christmas Eve was always’s a hive of activity as it dawned  with crispy white show on the trees and on the hills surrounding Wolf Tone . Granny O’Rourke was always up early on Christmas Eve as there was always a lot to do. The fire grate would have to be cleaned out and the fire…

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Added by That's Just How It Was on December 4, 2014 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

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