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Hawkins' 'Own Native Land' a Merry Journey of Stories, Songs

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…

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Added by Bit Devine on March 21, 2016 at 2:30pm — No Comments

'Hell Town': 'Whites' Battle Over Irish Orphans in Arizona

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.…



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Added by Bit Devine on September 1, 2015 at 11:00am — 9 Comments

Byways & Backroads of Eire: A New Decade Begins

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…

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Added by Bit Devine on May 29, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

His-Story of Irish Music - A Review of Larry Kirwan’s Latest Book

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…

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Added by Bit Devine on May 22, 2015 at 4:30pm — No Comments

A Flocking of Geese in NYC

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…

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Added by Bit Devine on May 22, 2015 at 4:20pm — 1 Comment

The Sounds of the Wild Atlantic Way

This is a most interesting endeavor... I hope you enjoy it

Added by Bit Devine on April 9, 2015 at 12:30pm — 4 Comments

Here's to Shanachie, Weavers of Rhythm and Rhyme

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…

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Added by Bit Devine on March 23, 2015 at 1:00pm — 5 Comments

Athbhliain faoi Mhaise Duibh

To All of the Flock...where ever you might call home

Athbhliain faoi Mhaise Duibh!



May all good things find their way to your door in the coming year.... And may all things bad get lost on their…

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Added by Bit Devine on January 5, 2015 at 11:55am — 1 Comment

Freedom's Sons

This is one of my favorite versions...

Added by Bit Devine on January 5, 2015 at 11:52am — 1 Comment

Wren Day Festivities

A wee bit of a Wren Day celebration in my home ground... Armagh..

Added by Bit Devine on December 26, 2014 at 12:11pm — No Comments

On This Day - December 23, 1920

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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Added by Bit Devine on December 23, 2014 at 5:38pm — No Comments

Irish Fireside is the Cure - Chasing away the Pangs of Eire-Sickness

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…

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Added by Bit Devine on December 17, 2014 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

Irish Genealogy News - Just Released

Good morning,

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. -

Irish Genealogy News…

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Added by Bit Devine on December 17, 2014 at 11:12am — No Comments

On the Path of Druids - Winter Solstice

Long before the Christians walked the Isle of Eire, there were those who celebrated the passing of the seasons: Winter, spring, summer, fall…

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Added by Bit Devine on December 12, 2014 at 12:00pm — 4 Comments

An Irish Cowboy Christmas Poem

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…

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Added by Bit Devine on December 10, 2014 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

Update: New York City Horse-Drawn Carriages

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…

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Added by Bit Devine on November 20, 2014 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

Patsaí Dan Mac Ruaidhrí

Added by Bit Devine on October 23, 2014 at 12:08pm — No Comments

Exploring the Music of Ireland's Islands - Achill

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.

Added by Bit Devine on October 23, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Exploring the Music of Ireland's Islands - Tory

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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