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As Irish as Potatoes
Potatoes are almost synonymous with Irish culture. But they are a relatively recent dietary innovation. The Irish potato, however, is completely woven into the Irish consciousness as well as the national menu.
BellaOnline's Irish Shop
Welcome to BellaOnline’s Irish Shop. Here you will find unique, contemporary expressions of art and craft, recommended films and books.
Book Review Lines in Vision
In the first in a series of book reviews in the run up to Christmas it is hoped that some of these Irish Culture suggestions make their way into Santy's sack. "Lines in Vision" is a good bet for a bedside read. Pretty pictures, too!
Book Review Ordinary Dogs
Another in the series of Irish published or Irish culture themed books reviews to help you fill Santa's sack. Ordinary Dogs: A Story of Two Lives is one for dog lovers who will also appreciate a memoir of how two mongrels played a crucial role in an Irish Times' writer's life.
Book Review Red Haired Girl From the Bog
I am often asked to recommend books for people who are preparing for a trip to Ireland. This book never fails to make the top five on my list.
Boxing Day or St. Stephen's?
December 26th is a bank holiday in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, but they are known by different names. Many of the customs surrounding this day have a common theme.
Burning Man Goes Northern Ireland
Burning Man is a famous festival held each year in the Nevada desert. The focal point is burning amazing and elaborate woodend structures and sculptures. But one artist has taken that concept to London/derry, or Stroke City to locals, in Northern Ireland and a peace ritual.
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.
Yeats Day is celebrated on June 13th. 2015 marks this literary giant's 150th birthday. While there are celebrations throughout 2015, this June will be especially ebullient.
Celtic Spirituality and Ireland
Celtic spirituality has become synonymous with Irish spirituality. Certainly the former informs the latter in many ways. In this article we explore this contribution to Irish culture
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