Rambling 'Round Roscommon & Deeper Twine The Family Roots
Added by Bit Devine on May 7, 2013 at 3:20pm — No Comments
If you've not heard of Danny O'Flaherty before now...take a read through his blog...follow along as he leads one of his tours...
He is a modern day Bard..singer..poet...story teller... and he blends all of that, along with his deep and abiding love for all things Irish...into the most unique tours one might find
Born in the west of Ireland...in Carna Co Galway...He now calls Jasper Texas Home...at least for the next little while…Continue
Added by Bit Devine on May 2, 2013 at 11:30pm — No Comments
A Blessed Nettlemas to all our members here.
Nettlemas, the name the Irish gave to the eve prior to Féile na Neantóg or May 1. On Nettlemas night, boys walked in the streets stinging one another with nettles. We can for go that custom, I am thinking. Instead, shall we toast to the start of a new season, the half…Continue
I wanted to share with you this well written article written by Seán Carlson, an author based out of New York City. The article is part of The Irish Times' "Generation Emigrant"
One pebble creates a ripple.... Stories such as this place emphasis on how far those ripples reach:…
Added by Bit Devine on April 26, 2013 at 1:08am — No Comments
The Arizona International Film Festival is nearing its end for 2013. Tonight, attendees will be given a glimpse into Irish film with 7 Irish Shorts on offer including the Sundance Film Festival award Winner "Irish Folk Furniture" by Tony Donoghue.. Should be Mad craic tonight... The Shorts run the gamut from animation to sci-fi and docudrama:
Added by Bit Devine on April 25, 2013 at 5:40pm — No Comments
I have long been a fan of Larry Kirwan and his radio show, Celtic Crush. For those who might not have had a chance to listen, Celtic Crush features artists of the eight Celtic nations. Their musical background spans many genres and generations. Having all of that to work off, I was honored to be asked to review the…Continue
Happy Trails, Doolin to Victorville
By Catherine Lilbit Devine © August 18, 2006
On the West Coast of Ireland, in the picture perfect village of Doolin, there is a Bodhran player with a passion for something other than his music. Though the passion for his traditional Bodhran playing is plainly evident, it is his passion for one of America's iconic Cowboys that brought Lester, Chris, Casey & I together at McGann's Pub on a rainy Saturday July evening.
"Are ya real…Continue
Growing up Mexican and Irish, as well as Sicilian had its moments of light and shade. All three are a family-based culture so there was a great emphasis placed on family, loyalty, culture and history. Growing up in the Desert Southwest within a 45 minute drive of the Mexican border also brought about an acute…Continue
Added by Bit Devine on April 1, 2013 at 11:37am — No Comments
Ireland to Texas, the Circle is Complete
In the most unlikely places, connections can be found linking two cultures, two worlds and two vastly different centuries. Such was the case in a small, village in County Laois, Ireland.
At the edge of Ballybritas, on the back road to Vicarstown, sits the dairy farm of Michael and Brigid Dempsey. It is a quiet, unassuming…Continue
Word Nerd Alert! I am a self-professed word-aholic. Even in my young years, I read dictionaries for fun. It was no surprise then to anyone when I chose English as my major in college. It was also no great surprise that my two minors were Native American Studies and Celtic Studies. The only great curiosity was what I was going to do with all of that knowledge.
One of the research papers which I submitted in my final year covered commonly used words or phrases in day to day English…Continue
NOTHING is so beautiful as spring --
When weeds, in wheels, shoot long and lovely and lush;
Thrush's eggs look little low heavens, and thrush
Through the echoing timber does so rinse and wring
The ear, it strikes like lightnings to hear him sing;
The glassy peartree leaves and blooms, they brush
The descending blue; that blue is all in a rush
With richness; the racing lambs too have fair their fling.
What is all this juice and all this…
Added by Bit Devine on March 25, 2013 at 2:35pm — No Comments
I think we shall start with this one:
Sing Us a Song, Cowboy!
By Catherine Lilbit Devine © August 18, 2006
Whispers of the West has made our second journey to the Emerald Isle to perform our Music…Continue