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Snippets from the Irish Desk
Ireland was, is, and always will be unique. For such a small place, it sure generates a lot of odd stories. Watch for "Snippets" for examples...of odd.
Ireland's Flourishing Festivals
A brief outline of some of the great Festivals which occur throughout the year in Ireland.
Body, Mind, and Spirit Meet in Cloona
Cloona is the original health farm center in Ireland, founded in 1973. Toss off the troubles and change the outlook through yoga, massage, movement, and diet in the peaceful Mayo site.
It´s not too early to start thinking about the traditional Irish Christmas treat---Plum Pudding. Despite the name, there are no plums. Dickens would be pleased with this recipe. It is very much loved, even by those who don't eat it.
Irish Brandy Butter, or Hard Sauce
Whether it's called Brandy Butter or Hard Sauce, this delectable creamed mixture of butter, sugar, and brandy is the traditional topping for Irish steamed puddings, especially the king of all puddings, Plum Pudding.
Do You Have the Gaelic?
Having the Gaelic is a matter of deep pride for many with Irish roots. Cló Iar-Chonnacht rightly celebrates its part in keeping Gaelic the living language that it is in Ireland. Gaelic, forbidden for centuries by the conquerers, is alive and well on that contrary West Coast of Ireland.
Irish Aid Reaches Palestine
Irish aid convoy reaches Palestine with medicine and supplies for the refugees. Allowed to cross into Gaza by light of day!
Irish Wedding Links
An Irish-themed wedding is a touching way to memorialize the union of two loves into one. First, the wedding, and then the affair...and what an affair it is when an Irish wedding is vowed and the bride's been kissed. Receptions, Irish-style, are remembered and remarked decades later. With love.
Irish Myths and Irish History
Who kept the myths alive through Irish history? Long before the digital age, there was an order to how history, myth, and legend were passed down in Ireland. First the Druids, then the monks maintained the stories of Ireland.
Ireland's History to the 1400s
Ireland's history starts about 6000 years ago. Recent archaeological finds date Irish colonization to about 9,000 years ago. Here is a timeline of Irish history from the start of "kept records," condensed from then to the 1400s.
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