Invite a seanchaí into your home . . . you will be glad that you did. With Jim Hawkins new CD, My Own Native Land: Stories and Songs of Ireland, that has never been easier. Hawkins’ debut album will carry you across the miles, over the waters and back in time.
When a colleague suggested that I review “My Own…Continue
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I was just reading through some articles on another site regarding the dark history of the Orphan Trains and their arrival in Arizona. In doing further research, I came across this amazing article written by Margaret Regan.
Here is the article in its entirety, reproduced here with her kind permission. It…
Added by Bit Devine on September 1, 2015 at 11:00am — 9 Comments
Lovely Loophead ~ ©2011 C.E. Devine
Ten years! My how the time has flown, it seems like that was just a few months ago.
It all started quite unexpectedly. In autumn of 2005, I was approached by friends who…Continue
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I was asked to write a review on the latest offering by Larry Kirwan, "A History of Irish Music." As a scholar of Celtic music, I looked forward to reading his take on Irish music. I will say that what I expected to read and what I read, whilst they meshed on some…Continue
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On April 18th, Ger Regan, his better half, my better half and I ventured into St ANdrew's Pub in Times Square to listen to one of our Wild Geese members, Mary Courtney
What a grand time was had! We enjoyed the music, of course. However, it was the antics of the two Princeton boys next two us which made us laugh.
They had decided to order Haggis... but when it came, they picked up their forks and, very hesitantly, began to poke at it... this went on for about four or…Continue
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This is a most interesting endeavor... I hope you enjoy it
Added by Bit Devine on April 9, 2015 at 12:30pm — 4 Comments
Growing up I was told, "Listen to the Story tellers, the weavers of dreams and history, legends and traditions. The Seanchaí will take you places you may only touch or see through the magic of their words." I listened and absorbed. I became a loom on which they built each…Continue
Added by Bit Devine on March 23, 2015 at 1:00pm — 5 Comments
To All of the Flock...where ever you might call home
May all good things find their way to your door in the coming year.... And may all things bad get lost on their way
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This is one of my favorite versions...
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A wee bit of a Wren Day celebration in my home ground... Armagh..
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On this day 23rd December,1920-
The Government of Ireland Act enforces Partition-26 Counties become The Irish Free State while Britain splits the northern 6 Counties from the rest of Ireland.…
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I awoke this morning to the sound of rain beating down on a tin roof. I was hoping that somehow, in my dream time hours, the faeries had come and carried me home.
Sadly, I opened my eyes, looked out my window and saw ... cactus. It's a soft day here in the Old…Continue
Added by Bit Devine on December 17, 2014 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment
Irish Genealogy just posted on their website that there are new items added to the Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives since the beginning of December. They've all been submitted by volunteers and they're free to view. -Continue
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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…Continue
Added by Bit Devine on December 12, 2014 at 12:00pm — 4 Comments
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 &…
Added by Bit Devine on December 10, 2014 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment
Christmas at the House on an Irish Hillside (available only in e-book format) by Felicity…
Added by Bit Devine on December 5, 2014 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment
Well intentioned, perhaps. Educated, definitely not.
An NYC tradition since 1858, the carriage horses are regulated and well cared for. Out of the 220 Horses licensed and registered to operate, only 68 can be working at one time. This builds in rest time for all of the horses and assures that none are overworked.
Are there unscrupulous and uncaring Carriage…Continue
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This is from a series of programmes released in 2009.
This programme is about Achill Island where music was an integral part of island life. "You get serious goosebumps as you march into into the Church if your band is going well," Piper Conal Mc Namara states, as he describes playing with an Achill pipe band on St Patrick's day.
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In keeping with the Tory Island theme ...
This is a video on the Musical culture of Tory. It's part of a series of programmes released in 2009 exploring the rich musical culture of Ireland's islands.
Added by Bit Devine on October 23, 2014 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment
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