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Understanding the Celtic Calendar
The Celtic calendar, or Wheel of the Year as it is sometimes called, is also reflected in modern Irish culture. The old Cross Quarter Days still give their Irish names to the months of February, May, August and November.

An Irish American Angel
Margaret Haughery,an Irishwoman who immigrated as a child to the USA, is famous as New Orleans Bread Lady, or even the Angel of the Delta. Her selfless charitable work on behalf of orphans and the destitute made her a well-respected and loved citizen of the Big Easy.

Irish Author Dermot Healy Dies Aged 66
The Irish nation is saddened at the passing this week of author Dermot Healy. While Seamus Heaney was Irelandís international literary star, it was Healy who was a national star, one who was actively engaged in cultivating the next generation of Irish writers. His contribution to the Irish arts wi

How to Find a Fairy in Ireland
Fairies do not always come in the form of leprechauns. These earth elementals can be spotted in places of outstanding natural beauty. But be aware that now you see them, now you don't! They take a dim view of trespassers as well, nor do they lodge deeds of ownership with the Irish Land Registry.

Tracing Irish Roots and Shoots
With so many people emigrating from Ireland, many people seek to trace their family roots or ancestry to Ireland. Find some new online sources as well as some less conventional ways of connecting with ancestral Irish heritage.

Summer Starts with Bealtaine
What was originally a pre-Christian agricultural and fertility festival, Bealtaine is the Irish name for the month of May, kicking off the flurry of summer festivals and events calendar. Bealtaine celebrates creativity now especially for the over-50s in the population.

The Traditional Irish Wake
The rites for honoring the dead and celebrating their life are still very much part of Irish rural culture. Undertakers may bury but the waking of the dead is still very much in the hands of the family of the departed.

Every Day is Earth Day in a Global Geopark
Happy Earth Day! It's Earth Day every day in a Global Geopark. Ireland has three UNESCO designated Global Geoparks in recognition of the international importance of both the natural heritage and built heritage.

Tay so Strong the Spoon Stands to Attention
Coffee may have made inroads into Irish culture...and not just with whiskey added either. Tea remains the beverage that keeps the Irish on course.

The Great Ulster Fry Breakfast Plate
Irish food has many regional variations. Most visitors are familiar with 'the full Irish' breakfast but Northern Ireland has it's own unique variation known as the Ulster Fry. Take a tour of what appears on Northern Irish breakfast plate.

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