Category Archives: Ireland

Sheep Olympics

The little town of Gorey in Ireland has been jumping this weekend as sheep lovers flocked from all corners of the world to attend the 2014 Golden Shears aka the Sheep Olympics. It made local news headlines back in October of … Continue reading

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Looking for Brian Ború – Killaloe

April 23rd 2014 marks the thousandth anniversary of the death of a legendary High King of Ireland. Every Irish person, child and adult alike, is familiar with the name of Brian Ború; his stance against the Vikings and his death at the Battle of … Continue reading

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Saint Patrick and Saint Toothless

Just south of County Dublin in Ireland lies County Wicklow, often referred to as the Garden of Ireland because of its stunning landscape and coastline. In keeping with the natural beauty of the area, the name Wicklow is thought to … Continue reading

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People’s Procession of Light

‘Tis the season for festivals. After celebrating the festival of Wren Day last week, I was in a party mood so I popped in to Dublin’s city centre tonight to watch the People’s Procession of Light. This is New Year’s Eve … Continue reading

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The Ancient Festival of Following the Wren

The day after Christmas Day goes by many different names. In a number of European countries it is known simply as the second day of Christmas – you know, the day your true love gives you two turtle doves and … Continue reading

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Christmas in the oul’ country

This time last year I had a lot of fun putting together a little video of Christmas in Seattle, so I decided to do it again this year from the other side of the world. Here are a few images … Continue reading

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Christmas tradition

There are some Christmas traditions in Ireland that stand the test of time, like the tradition of leaving a candle burning in the window on Christmas Eve. Some believe it to be a symbol of welcome to Mary and Joseph … Continue reading

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Painting the town red

In the run-up to Hallowe’en and coinciding with the Bram Stoker Festival, some of Dublin’s iconic buildings have been given a blood-hued makeover. During a flying visit to my old hometown, I spotted a few flushed buildings; some more sanguine than … Continue reading

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Whidbey Island’s Celtic Secret

Whidbey Island lies off the coast of Washington State, about 30 miles north of Seattle. It is famous for sought-after Penn Cove mussels and home to the second oldest town in the state; Coupeville, which was founded in 1852. I … Continue reading

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Irish Week in Seattle

Yesterday marked the end of Irish Week in Seattle, which culminated in a St. Patrick’s Day Parade and an Irish Week Festival at Seattle Center. I spent the week attending many of the events organized by the Irish Heritage Club … Continue reading

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