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Doing the Double
This week Bee is all contemplative about the duality inherent in Irish identity. Perhaps it accounts for the strong sense of community retained by many Irish immigrants and their descendents in the Irish diaspora.
Irish Heritage Week
The final week of August sees many free events all over Ireland as we celebrated Heritage Week. While this is week's events are aimed at 'backyard tourism' or 'staycationers', overseas visitors can also benefit from the wealth and variety of events around the country.
Pronouncing Irish Names
Many of those charming Irish names in books are a complete mystery since Irish is not phonetically the same as English. Here's a handy guide to some of the more popular and mind melting.
Do you prefer you castles to be ruins or to be refurbished into a luxury hotel or conference center? Virtually every county in Ireland can offer you an example of each kind of castle.
The Cottage Ceilidh
The craic is always mighty at a cottage ceilidh, especially as we approach Lunasa, the harvest time at the end of July and beginning of August.
Ireland's Woman Presidents
The two Marys - Robinson and McAleese - ushered in Ireland's transition to a truly modern country. Both these past Presidents continue to influence at home and abroad for reform.
12th of July in Northern Ireland
Heritage can get a bit tricky when you have two in parallel, as you do in Northern Ireland. The 12th of July celebrated King William of Orange's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690 and is a bank holiday in Northern Ireland.
Camping and Glamping in Ireland
Camping, caravaning and glamping are all popular ways that Irish residents vacation. Recreational vehicles are also increasingly seen on our highways and byways. Here are some sample campgrounds and glamping sites I have visited.
Dancing at the Crossroads
Summer solstice is a very long day indeed in Ireland with daylight from before 5am and darkness not falling until after 11pm. Little wonder dancing at the crossroads was popular at this time of year. The custom is revived now in Leitrim.
Arise, Sir Van the Man!
This week the Queen of England confered a knighthood on Northern Irish singer/songwriter Van Morrison
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