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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.
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.
What is Imbolc?
Imbolc (or Imbolg)is the Irish for the month of February. It is also one of the four Celtic pagan 'fire festivals' on the cross quarter days. Winter may still be biting, but actually, this is the beginning of Spring! It is welcome!
What the Heck is a Fleadh and a Feis
Those mysterious, seeminingly unpronounceable words actually spell the magic of a grand competition and festival of traditional Irish music. And good craic! Now say it, Flah and fesh!
Winter Solstice in Ireland
Winter solstice marks the shortest day of the year. With the low cloud this time of year the days can feel dark indeed. Yet our ancient ancestors celebrated this day as the rebirth of the sun.
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