All Blog Posts Tagged 'Folklore' (134)


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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 world, not only for her singing of "Cockles and Mussels" as she plied her…

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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

 Capes, Shawls and The…

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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 February)

World-wide = 18th January 2017

U.K. = Thursday…

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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 type, and obstinately oblivious of their appearance. In Ireland,…

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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: Celtic New Beginning.

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…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on October 27, 2016 at 8:30pm — 9 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 bottomless lake, here beside the elevated cairns and high burial places.…

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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 was that my parents were American Irish who had lost contact with most of…

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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

A 'New' Thatched Cottage in the Claddagh, Galway

I know that many of you have been to Galway (or intend visiting) and I am…

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Added by Brian Nolan on March 10, 2016 at 8:30am — 4 Comments

Recalling the Inextinguishable Fire of Saint Brigid

On the first day of February, somewhere in Ireland, a ewe is born and peacefully nestles at its mother’s side, warmed by her body, nourished by her milk. This is a pleasing sign of spring, as are the days which are…

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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 Year was never really a big festival in Ireland, with the focus more on the necessities of…

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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 verse at Christmas 1942, when the whole world was at war and his…

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

The Mythology of Thin Places

In Irish mythology, a "thin place" was a divider between the physical, tangible world and the "otherworld" of dreams, the afterlife, and other unseen but very real dimensions hiding behind the veil of reality. Thin places could be actual places or they could be seasons of change. The night of Samhain (sow-in), the Celtic…

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Added by Jill Fuller on November 7, 2015 at 9:30am — 8 Comments

New York's St. Patrick's Day Parade: A Perspective

If you have missed the ongoing conversation about the need to preserve the tradition of the parade in New York, and to protect the role and the voice of its many affiliate groups, it's worth looking up the many places where the dialogue continues. There is a petition to help focus the…

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Added by Fr. John R. Sheehan, SJ on October 30, 2015 at 10:00am — 12 Comments


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Ireland's Holy Wells

Holy wells can be found all over Ireland -- and evoked in our minds, as well. As children, we would pick the daisies and buttercups, and place them by a well. Or, if we happened to be playing in someone’s garden, we would dig a well, and pour water into it, placing the daisy and buttercups by the stones we would place…

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Added by That's Just How It Was on October 27, 2015 at 9:00am — 15 Comments

'Spiorad na Samhna': Film on Halloween Enticing But Insubstantial

No matter how good a cupcake is, when you are expecting a full dessert, it can be disappointing.

Which was my reaction on seeing the award-winning (very) short film "Spiorad na Samhna -- Spirit of Samhain," advertised as exploring “the origins of Halloween in Ireland.” By…

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Added by Fr. John R. Sheehan, SJ on October 23, 2015 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

The Burning of Bridget Cleary -- 'The Irish Changeling'

Are you a witch, or are you a fairy

Or are you the wife of Michael Cleary?

So went a popular children’s rhyme in Ireland at the turn of the 20th century. I can hear the echo of those words spilling from young lips all the way to here. In amongst the childish…

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Added by David Lawlor on October 21, 2015 at 4:30am — 14 Comments

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