All Blog Posts Tagged 'Folklore' (119)

The History behind Lughnasagh

At the Ould Lammas Fair boys were you ever there

Were you ever…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on August 1, 2017 at 6:35pm — 2 Comments

Who Are the Fairies of Western Ireland?

Come Fairies, take me out of this dull world, for I would ride with you upon the wind and dance upon the mountains like a flame! -- W.B.…

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Added by Wild West Irish Tours on June 15, 2017 at 1:30pm — No Comments


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The Harp -- The Oldest Emblem of Ireland

The oldest harp on which the ‘official’ national emblem of  Ireland is based is housed in the Long Room at Trinity College, Dublin. Two other medieval harps that have also been preserved from that era, are housed in The Museum of Scotland: The Queen Mary Harp 15th century - and the Lamont Harp [date being…

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Added by That's Just How It Was on April 6, 2017 at 10:00am — 4 Comments


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Shamrock: The National Emblem of Ireland



The shamrock is thought by many Irish people globally, to be grown exclusively in Ireland, in…

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Added by That's Just How It Was on February 19, 2017 at 9:00am — 10 Comments

Prayer of St. Brendan the Navigator

When St. Brendan got back from his travels discovering America in a small wooden and leather boat around 564 AD, he wrote a book in Latin, 'Navigatio Brendani' or 'The Voyage of Brendan', which, some 900 years later (1477) convinced Christopher Columbus that there…

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Added by Brian Nolan on January 25, 2017 at 6:30am — 6 Comments


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Romancing the Truth -- The Legendary 'Molly Malone'

Who was Molly Malone? . . . That is a very good question, a question that has had many historians baffled, and continues to be debated by experts in this field for many a decade. Stranger than fiction, an inspiration to many millions of people all over the…

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Added by That's Just How It Was on January 23, 2017 at 9:30am — 5 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


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St. Brigid's Cross Special Offer For Wild Geese Members

We're celebrating St. Brigid's Day with a special offer for Wild Geese members on bronze St Brigid's Crosses made in Ireland, in time for world-wide shipping before 1st February 2017.

Order deadline for shipping in time for St. Brigid's Day (1st…

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Added by Totally Irish Gifts on January 9, 2017 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Unpacking 'The Wreck of the Hesperus'

'You look like the wreck of the Hesperus' was a much-used phrase in our house in Loughrea, 20 miles from the sea at Galway Bay. Boys, well you know boys, they never comb their hair, never wash their hands, wear the same clothes forever. . . . You know the…

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Added by Brian Nolan on January 7, 2017 at 8:30am — 6 Comments

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

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

The Disappearing Ireland





Both of my parents were from County Donegal here in Ireland, and there can’t be many areas more deprived and remote…

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Added by Colm Herron on September 13, 2016 at 10:00pm — 16 Comments

Gullion: Mountain of Steep Slopes

I am Gullion, old as time itself, older than the pre-dawn of life, forged in the crucible of a ring of fire, before man existed. Up here the air is pure and fresh and crisp as the frost of winter’s breath. I’ve seen it all from up here, here by the…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on August 6, 2016 at 10:30pm — 10 Comments

Breandán Breathnach's 'Folk Music and Dances of Ireland'

Growing up on Long Island with two Irish-American parents was not a particularly Irish experience. Carmel Quinn records played on our stereo and were appreciated by all. My father regularly annoyed my mother by listening to bagpipe music. The truth…

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Added by james lawrence dore on May 16, 2016 at 7:30pm — 2 Comments

Searching For My Great Grandmother's House in Donegal

oil painting of old deserted fireplace by Eoin Mac Lochlainn entitled: Tinteán Tréigthe no.19, oil on canvas, 2016

Tinteán Tréigthe no.19, oil on canvas, 2016

Now if you’re searching for your great grandmother’s cottage in the country, you can follow the map to a certain extent, but, in the end, you just have to ask someone. So, after driving a crooked mile up a crooked mucky roadeen, searching for the dot beside the ‘S’ of…

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Added by Eoin Mac Lochlainn on April 25, 2016 at 6:30pm — 4 Comments

Don't Miss Your Official Irish Harp Pin™

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Buy your classic official Irish Harp Pin under this link…

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Added by Thomas R. on March 19, 2016 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

Recalling the Inextinguishable Fire of Saint Brigid

On the first day of February, somewhere in Ireland, a ewe is born and peacefully nestles…

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Added by Susan O'Dea Boland on February 1, 2016 at 1:00am — 8 Comments

Irish New Year Traditions



New Year's Eve (Oíche Chinn Bliana)

These days, when we think of New Year, parties, champagne and celebration spring to mind. Once upon a time however, it was more about getting through a quiet night. The New…

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Added by Brían Hoban on December 31, 2015 at 3:30pm — 8 Comments

Poem for Christmas: Cuireadh do Mhuire / An Invitation to Mary

Cuireadh do Mhuire was composed by Máirtín Ó Direáin (1910 – 1988), the great Irish language poet from the village of Sruthán, on Inis Mór (Inishmore), the largest of the Aran Islands, in Galway Bay.

Ó Direáin penned this beautiful and delicate…

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Added by Brian Nolan on December 31, 2015 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

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