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The Hearth in the Irish Home
The Holy Wells of Ireland
The Holy Wells of Ireland are an important part of the island's spiritual heritage from pre-Christian times to the present day. Holy wells were the original cure all for mind, body and spirit.
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 Lost Village of Tubber
How can you lose a whole village? This is the true story of how this County Cavan village was lost.
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.
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