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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.
The Hearth in the Irish Home
The Irish Weather
The Irish weather is always with us. This article includes some tips for navigating the variations of Irish weather. If you are preparing for a trip to Ireland you might want to avail yourself of my advice.
The Island of the White Cow
This is a book review of Deborah Tall's classic memoir of her time living on Inishbofin, the isle of the white cow, during the 1970s. She records a vanishing way of life with great tenderness and evokes it with the lyricism of a poet.
The Mary of the Gaels
Ireland has three patron saints and one is a woman, St. Brigit. So strictly speaking she is a matron saint and a motherly concern for so many aspects of life reveals that she watches a lot of backs!
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.
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.
Trees ARE Irish Culture
The first week of March is Irish Tree Week. Irish Culture owes a huge debt to trees. The first Irish alphabet was the ogham or tree alphabet. The Celtic tree calendar followed the seasonal cycle and an ancient Celtic Goddess even married a tree!
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.
W. B. Yeats Sesquicentennial
June 2015 will mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of William Butler Yeats, Irish poet, playwright, folklorist and nationalist.
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