My Tír na nÓg
To Patricia A. McLaughlin from Dan,
her husband, February 14, 2022
Though this poem may…Continue
Added by Daniel P. McLaughlin on March 1, 2022 at 7:00pm — No Comments
Born: 226 AD, Terni, Italy
Died: February 14, 269 AD, Rome, Italy
Full name: Valentine of Terni
Valentine was a Christian priest who had also worked as a doctor and ministered to persecuted Christians and Romans alike. He lived in Italy during the third century AD and served as a priest in Rome. Historians don’t…Continue
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Added by Joey Levins on January 28, 2022 at 8:30am — 2 Comments
On this day January 7, 1841, John "Red" Kelly, the father of the infamous Australian outlaw Ned Kelly, was sentenced to seven years transportation for stealing two pigs in an effort to feed his starving family. The judge handed down the harsh sentence at the Cashel quarter sessions in County Tipperary. He…Continue
Added by John Anthony Brennan on January 9, 2022 at 7:30pm — No Comments
Home to some of the most unique superstitions in the world and a whole host of traditions dating back centuries, the arrival of a new year has always been a time of hope and excitement in Ireland.
Irish New Years Eve traditions in Ireland long ago were important in that they determined the luck of…Continue
Added by John Anthony Brennan on January 1, 2022 at 8:30pm — No Comments
“The wran, the wran, the king of all birds,
on Stephen's day was caught in the furze.
His body is little but his family is sweet
so rise up landlady and give us a treat.
And if your treat be of the best
your soul in heaven can then find its rest.
And if your treat be…
Added by John Anthony Brennan on December 25, 2021 at 7:26pm — 2 Comments
This is my first Blog post, so I'll start with an introduction, and future blogs will just be about the episodes and individuals
Nation of Storytellers Podcast
I have started a podcast that aims to capture the stories and storytellers of Ireland, in the hope that it…Continue
Added by Joey Levins on December 23, 2021 at 7:00am — No Comments
Kissing a wife or lover under the mistletoe at Christmas is derived from an old Roman custom that honored the god Saturn. The Romans associated mistletoe with peace, love, and understanding and hung it over doorways to protect the household, as well as protection from witches and demons. Hanging…Continue
Added by John Anthony Brennan on December 13, 2021 at 11:30am — No Comments
In addition to offering a wide-range of holiday recipes in my new cookbook, Festive Flavors of Ireland, you’ll also enjoy reading about many long-standing, often bygone, Irish holiday traditions at the end of each chapter. Brian Nolan, a Loughrea, County Galway native,…Continue
Added by Margaret M. Johnson on December 7, 2021 at 7:30am — No Comments
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 peaceful aura. The salmon-filled, crystal clear waters of the river wound a course through the…Continue
Added by John Anthony Brennan on October 28, 2021 at 6:58pm — 9 Comments
I've been down in the green valley, the holy place.
Added by John Anthony Brennan on March 20, 2021 at 8:00pm — 9 Comments
Slieve Gullion (from Irish: Sliabh gCuillinn, meaning "hill of the steep slope" or Sliabh Cuilinn, "Culann's mountain") is an extinct volcanic mountain in the south of County Armagh, Ireland. The mountain is the heart of the Ring of Gullion and is the highest point in the county, with an elevation…Continue
Added by John Anthony Brennan on December 11, 2020 at 7:00pm — No Comments
A friend of mine, an archeologist, …Continue
Added by Brian Nolan on May 25, 2020 at 7:30am — No Comments
I took this photograph in Galway around 1982.
The two, twin, cozy cottages always caught my eye, when I was headed out after…Continue
Added by Brian Nolan on April 6, 2020 at 1:30pm — No Comments
We're celebrating the amazing Saint Brigid, Ireland's second patron saint, with a 20% discount on this beautiful St. Brigid's Cross.
Handmade with love by Callura Pottery, County Clare. Usually €25.00, special offer €20.00. Offer ends 1st…Continue
Added by Totally Irish Gifts on January 18, 2019 at 9:30am — No Comments
A quiet thread of melancholy hovered over me as I made my way to breakfast on the last morning of my Clare-Conemara-Galway tour. And even though I’m glad to be home and see my family again, I’ve left a…Continue
Added by Wild West Irish Tours on July 8, 2018 at 9:00am — No Comments
The final day of my Wild West Clare-Connemara-Galway Tour was a quiet wrap-up to a week of history, myth, legend, song and breathtaking sights.
But quiet doesn’t mean dull! Far from it, in fact. It was a perfect day for anyone who,…Continue
Added by Wild West Irish Tours on July 5, 2018 at 1:30pm — No Comments
I have discovered Heaven.
Another beautiful, sunny day on the …Continue
Added by Wild West Irish Tours on July 1, 2018 at 9:30am — No Comments
A heat wave has hit Ireland this week, and I’ve managed to acquire a bit of a sunburn…and I’m having the time of my life!
Today I realized a long-held dream. I took a journey to the top of the world, the edge of the earth, with the hot sun beating down…Continue
Added by Wild West Irish Tours on June 28, 2018 at 11:30am — No Comments
A scorcher in the Wild West of Ireland today, as the country enters a heat wave and I headed out upon a journey of spirituality and self-discovery.
Stony outcrop of the Burren, stones in every fertile place. ~ John Betjeman
Added by Wild West Irish Tours on June 27, 2018 at 5:00pm — No Comments
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