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Bridget Nancy Margaret O'Flaherty emigrated to the United States in 1963 to marry the man she had met on a blind date in London, England.
Today, Mr & Mrs Russell Haggerty both work out of the "money pit" - a ramshackle Queen Anne residence in Cincinnati, Ohio, where they raised a family, dropped out of corporate America and now pursue freelance careers in consulting, writing and whatever else will keep the lights on.
Bridget is working on several new books; one will be somewhat of a sequel to The Traditional Irish Wedding and will cover the milestones in an Irish childhood.
Russ is also trying his hand at writing - a mystery novel that isn't set in Ireland but has many Irish connections.
When they're not chained to the computers, Russ stays busy with restoring the house and Bridget does her best to clean up after him.
Questions? Suggestions? Comments? They'd love to hear from you and will respond asap to any and all messages you leave them. You can email them at: Russ & Bridget
Holly and Ivy hanging up and
something wet in every cup*
Not so long ago, Irish Christmas decorations were much simpler than they are now. The children gathered holly and ivy for adorning, windows, doorways, mantles and pictures, and the father would carve out a turnip in which would be placed a large red candle. This would go in the window to light the way for the Holy Family on Christmas Eve. Only in relatively recent times did an Irish family have a Nativity scene and a decorated tree in the house. As for Mistletoe, it's quite rare in ireland and is generally associated with ancient Celtic and Druidic fertility celebrations; this is most likely where the custom of kissing under the mistletoe comes from.
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