All Blog Posts Tagged 'Traditions' (15)

Going to Kilorglin's Legendary Puck Fair!

It was thirty-three years ago this week that I made my first trip to…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on August 8, 2017 at 8:00am — 2 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

For the Harried, Fáilte 'Nollaig na mBan'

“Nollaig na mBan,” or “Little Women’s Christmas,” is an old custom that’s still celebrated by women all over Ireland. It goes back to the days when large families were the norm. Men never lifted a finger in the house to help, and were…

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Added by Brían Hoban on January 4, 2016 at 6:00am — 5 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

Christmas Time in Ireland

CHRISTMAS SHOPPING IN MY FATHER'S TIME

In rural Ireland, the Christmas shopping started on December 8, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. On that date, shops would decorate their windows with Christmas decorations and Christmas fare. I remember when I was young, a…

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Added by Brían Hoban on December 13, 2015 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

The Rise and Fall of Ireland's Hiring Fairs

Above, this map shows the spread of the 'Black Death.'

A silent, unseen killer, born on the arid plains of Central Asia, attached itself to the rampaging Mongol armies, and traveled with them purposefully, along the Silk Road,…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on November 17, 2015 at 9:00pm — 8 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


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What Is a Dowry?

The Irish for dowry is "spré," literally meaning "fortune."

My husband maintains he is still waiting for his dowry -- 26 years on, it has been a standard joke in our family all…

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Added by Totally Irish Gifts on May 21, 2015 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

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…

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

Getting to be My Favorite Christmastime Song

The Boys of Barr na Sraide

Oh the town, it climbs the mountain and looks upon the sea

At sleeping time or waking, 'tis there I'd long to be

To walk again that kindly street, the place where life began

And the Boys of Barr na Sráide went hunting for the wren

With cudgels…

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Added by Jim Curley on December 19, 2014 at 9:00am — 6 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…

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Added by Cindy Thomson on December 12, 2014 at 9:30am — 5 Comments

Irish Magic Realism: 'The Inventor' Short Film

Two years ago if you asked me what magic realism was I would have confidently told you that it was “a creative device where magic elements appear within an otherwise realistic environment.” I…

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Added by Caroline Doherty de Novoa on June 30, 2014 at 5:00pm — 7 Comments

The Wrenboys

“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…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on December 26, 2013 at 3:30am — 2 Comments

An Irish Christmas

The Christmas season in Ireland is a happy combination of modern and ancient customs that combine to bring a unique meaning to this special time of year.  While Christmas shopping, decorated trees, and Santa Claus are…

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Added by Mike McCormack on November 30, 2013 at 12:30pm — 4 Comments

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