St. Patrick the Man the Myth the Legend!

St. Patrick the Man the Myth the Legend!

By : Kim Hathaway,  March 11, 2014 St. Patrick’s Day celebrations have transformed into a spectacle that would likely cause the poor auld saint turn over in his grave if he could see the shenanigans that ensue in his name. Lá Fhéile Pádraig or the Festival of Patrick is far from the holy day of obligation honoring Ireland’s Patron Saint. Catholics and Protestants alike held this day as a religious holiday. The secular folklore and legends that...

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If these walls could talk: Top 5 Websites for Historical Irish Homes

If these walls could talk: Top 5 Websites for Historical Irish Homes

In wandering the hills and vales of Ireland have you ever run across an abandoned house, cottage, castle and thought “if these walls could talk”?  Anyone who has experienced this soon feels pangs of sadness at the decay and wasting of many of these lovely old houses! Some of them in such poor shape that they will soon be nothing but a mound of rocks covered with grass and no signs of the from home and its grandeur. Fortunately for...

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The Gentleman Who Pays the Rent

The Gentleman Who Pays the Rent

When I travel to Ireland one of the highlights of the trip is the Irish Breakfast featuring “rashers or Irish bacon”. I quickly discovered that pigs were very important in Irish history and still today. In the days before the Irish Potato Famine, many farmers were allowed a small plot of land on a large landowners property as tenants on that land. The Irish laborer or small tenant farmer was allowed to plant potatoes which sustained...

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A Baker’s Dozen: New Irish Films to See in 2013

This year promises to be an exciting one for Irish film aficionados and those interested in Irish Culture. Here are 13 new films promised to be released this year.  For anyone who loves Irish film be sure to be on the look out for these new titles! What Richard Did - What Richard Did follows Richard Karlsen through the summer between the end of school and the beginning of college. Everything seems possible, until Richard does something that...

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Ireland Reading Challenge from Books and More

Ireland Reading Challenge from Books and More

Here is a fun challenge from Carrie at “Books and Movies”. It is a challenge for reading Irish Literature, which started in January and runs through December 2013. Carrie has provided a list of the Irish Books that have been reviewed which should be a great start for anyone interested in the challenge. Let me know if you are joining the challenge and what you are reading! Also feel free to let us know about any that are not on the...

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Wishing Neil Jordan a Speedy Recovery

It wasn’t bad enough that Neil Jordan was already on crutches following recent knee surgery but then on April 21, 2013 he was clipped by a bus in Dublin’s city center. It is reported that he was hospitalized after the near miss. Mr. Jordan’s condition has not yet been reported on, so lets hope he has a speedy recovery. I came across this because I wanted to write about a book of his “Shade” that I am reading. I am...

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Waking the Dead

Waking the Dead

As it turns out, the myth that the wake in Ireland came about as a result of lead poisoning suffered by drinkers of stout from pewter tankards is just that! A myth! The story goes that a symptom of this malaise is a catatonic state resembling death, from which the sufferer may recover after a period of a few hours to a few days, to the great relief of those watching for signs of such an awakening. But the truth is that the wake used to be the...

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