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Book Review "Lines in Vision"
There are many books out that will give you more in depth knowledge of Irish culture and heritage. The arts are very important to Irish life as a whole. In "Lines of Vision" writers respond to artworks from Dublin's National Gallery of Art, many acquired through a bequest by George Bernard Shaw.
St. Patrick's Day
St. Patrick's Day is Ireland's national holiday as well as a holy day of obligation for Roman Catholics. Most of what we know about St. Patrick comes from monastic Lives of the Saint. But are they fact or cleverly spun public relations?
Celtic Spirituality and Ireland
Celtic spirituality has experienced a resurgence as the authority of church institutions has been questioned. The publication of John O'Donohue's book "Anamcara" has sparked a Celtic spiritual renaissance that marries the ancient sensibility to make modern sense.
Naturist Tourists in Ireland
Irish tourism is commonly associated with castles, leprechauns, Guinness and the craic. Well, an international conference of nudists chose Ireland from their annual meeting, which changes the Irish tourism map!
Northern Irish Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney
While there are four Irish literary Nobel prize winners, only Seamus Heaney was born in Northern Ireland; he is also the only Irish Catholic Nobel literary laureate.
No visitor to Ireland should miss seeing the magnificent site of Ireland's massive stone tombs or megalithic rocks. There are many types of megalithic rock or standing stones around Ireland, full or mystery and with a soulful resonance.
W. B. Yeats Sesquicentennial
2015 marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Irish literary giant William Butler Yeats. Yeats was the first Irish Nobel laureate of literature and remains a strong influence in Irish culture to this day.
Donegal Crolly Dolls
I received an email asking me, "Where can I get a Crolly Doll?" Good question. It has led me on a quest of sorts. As all quests in Ireland, the answer was not as straightforward as you might think.
The Hearth in the Irish Home
Maintaining a connection to nature's elements is characteristic of Irish culture. The open fire, or hearth, provided the gathering place where food, stories and music were shared, being the heartbeat transmitting of Irish culture.
A New Taste of Ireland
The 2014 Taste of Cavan food festival highlighted the many artisan food producers joining Ireland's agri-food sector. Irish food festivals reflect the subtle change in Ireland's food culture over the past two decades.
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