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Irish Life and Lore is a site dedicated to the Oral History of many Irish Counties from Co. Carlow to Co. Wexford and covers a wide range of topics including amily histories, folklore, music, local customs, traditions and beliefs, teaching and schooling, fishing and farming traditions, boglands and turf and much, much more.
The Parting Glass
Parting Glass Media - A celebration and a resource for the Irish pub community
Please grant us the pleasure of your company as we visit a pub, attend an online concert or engage in a podcast conversation. We shall endeavor to present here the prominent, the traditional, the unusual and the just plain fun.
The Irish are famed for creating the greatest pubs on the planet.
Find Irish Pubs is an online directory of Irish pubs throughout the world. Find the Irish Pub which best suits your needs with this ever expanding point of reference. Click here for Find Irish Pubs.
Island Ireland is an Internet directory to Irish art, culture and environment with hand-picked links to Irish history, architecture, music, news, genealogy, travel, literature, folk culture, archaeology, the Irish language and more.
Barbara Gallagher's music has been broadcast worldwide on NPR's "Thistle and Shamrock" show, played on NPR and religious stations nationwide and is featured on merry-christmas.com and accuradio.com's "textures" channel. Her piano CD music is in contract with a number of music labels. She has won many awards. Her works include piano music, songs in classical, broadway and pop styles, as well as orchestral and chamber instrumental pieces.
Here are two appropriate pieces: St. Brigid of Ireland Suite and Kildare Hymn; of course, there are many others and you can listen to them all.
But I must stop here since her credits are too long for a simple link.
Suffice it to say that you will be well served to visit her site and we are very happy to include her in our links. Click Barbara Gallagher
This is a very nice Irish-Canadian site. A lot of interesting and entertaining material on Irish and being Irish. They post events, festivals, Irish Canadian Clubs and a list of pubs; they're not lazy.Take a look, you won't be disappointed. Click here for We are Irish.
Pete St. John
Probably most famous as the writer of Fields of Athenry, there's a lot more to Pete St. John than just the one song.
Pictures of Ireland
Fine Art Photography of Dublin and
Ireland by Philip Pankov, award-winning Irish photographer.
These are all black and white from what I've seen. They are very very good.
This is a new site created by Joe McGowan. We have one of his books in our library (Echoes of a Savage Land). I'll let him describe the site.
For the devotee of Irish history, Co. Sligo has much to offer. For those who take time to read the landscape, every stone and hill has its own unique, often bloody, story to tell. Here one can literally trace the dramatic tendrils of our nation, from mythological origins through a turbulent history to a modern nation. In its lofty mountains, its winding rivers, its jagged coastline, God has created here a land blessed by time and unspoiled by time or man. Click here for Sligo Heritage.
Irish Emigrant Publications is Ireland's longest-established Internet publishing company. The Irish Emigrant, our weekly newsletter covering Irish news, is the oldest Internet-based national news service in the world.
Click here for The Irish Emigrant.
The Ireland Funds is the largest worldwide network of people of Irish ancestry and friends of Ireland dedicated to raising funds to support programs of peace and reconciliation, arts and culture, education and community development. To learn more, please click Ireland Funds.
JigTime aims to keep you up to date with all the news from the world of music you love, with updates weekly and great pictures from various events, shows and festivals around the US and Europe. We are building an online community as well as bringing you fun and real info you can use.
The Claddagh Dance Company has added a touch of authentic Irish Culture to the lives of Southern California communities since 1985. To learn more, click here for Claddagh Dance.
Looking for your ancestors? Your Irish Roots is a great resource for researching genealogy, surname history, coats of arms and more.
We couldn't resist the intrigue of this site. Devoted entirely to Irish Monsters (mostly aquatic), Irish Lake Monsters is fascinating and fun. The goal is: "the Pursuit of the Peiste and Ireland's Other Mysterious Creatures".
Insiders guide to hidden Dublin
A light-hearted look at Peter Scott's native city. He does not intend it to be a comprehensive tourist guide. Instead, he invites you to come explore people and places that you generally won't find in the travel books.
Click here for Insiders Guide to Hidden Dublin.
Irish Corner is one of our favorite sites - and it will be familiar to many of our newsletter subscribers because as soon as we found them, we began using one of their cards as a welcome. We encourage you to visit them - once you're there you won't be disappointed. And, we're certain you'll want to starting sending cards to family and friends right away. Click the Image or here for Irish Corner.
This is the Irish government's official web site which features frequently asked questions, essays, a great photo gallery and much, much more. It's an invaluable resource for anyone wishing to visit, work, or locate a business in Ireland.
Are you fond of Guinness? Russ certainly is! Did you know there was a world wide club of Guinness collectors? Neither did we. The members of this intriguing organization are dedicated to collecting Guinness memorabilia; from true antiques to the latest offerings (of which there are many).
We were introduced to this by Michael Good, an expatriate now living in Beirut, Lebanon. Michael is a Vice Chairman of an Insurance Company. Russ thinks Beirut is a likely spot for insurance opportunities; not as fruitful as earlier years perhaps.
If you are interested, or you suspect a friend may be interested, click Guinness Collector's Club.
(Pronounced Eejus Gale) in Southwest Donegal, offer Irish Gaelic Language Courses at all learning levels
and Cultural Activity Holidays
hill walking, dancing, painting, pottery, archaeology, environment & culture, bodhrán & flute playing!
We are remiss in not noticing this link was missing before now.
Years ago, when Bridget was first building her knowledge for her book, Liam of Oideas Gael was one of her richest sources (we may also say, staunchest allies).
The people here are of the finest - pay them a visit.
Out of Mayo
One of the oldest and best Irish-related sites on the web. Research your roots, chat, find a pen-pal, view Irish art and pottery, and much, much more.
The Wild Geese Today
A fascinating site that explores the "epic history and heritage of the Irish."
A global Irish site created not only in memory of all that was lost on 9/11, but also to serve as a virtual beacon of bravery, love and hope.
September 11, 2001, will rank among the bloodiest days in the history of the Irish people. Nobody knows exactly how many were lost but we do know that thousands of members of the global Irish community will never see their loved ones again.
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Mon, Dec 9, 2013
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.
*Old Irish Christmas toast
Image: Pashley Manor Gardens.
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Can't Find it?!
We select our Links rather whimsically. If they are unusual or, at least, a little out of the way, they go here. Some are here because they are just good people or we like the site.
Note: Most of our links (dozens, if not hundreds) are listed below the articles. We credit sources and images used in our research. If we have an article on the subject, look to the bottom of the page for more information.
If you are foraging for something specific, the following are sites that have many many Irish related links.
The Irish Directory
A comprehensive directory of Irish sites from Arts & Entertainment to Co. Wicklow.
A terrific resource which lists an amazing number of Irish links.
Find It Ireland
This is a really great site featuring an extensive directory, weather, chat, and more.
Is a site specifically designed for finding Irish related web sites. Try entering your keywords in the form below and it will search for you.