Beginning in the middle of the 18th century, Ireland saw a period of heavy emigration that continued up until the mid-20th century. Despite love of country, the time came when many would want, or just need to leave and make their mark upon the world. Here are some of the reasons why. 1. Famine. One of […]
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There sits a fine example of the celtic knot. It never begins or really ends, just continues on always. Beset beneath two spirals spinning out and in at the same time. Some things go on forever. Others only seem to. The calendar was not designed to be a maudlin thing but here at the twilight of the year we are […]
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In parts of America They call St. Patrick’s Day amateur night as people of all race and creed seem to gather in lighthearted competition to see who can drink the most. Now is that a compliment? That once a year so many should wear green and distill a nation’s entire spirit to the quick […]
Read More… from “Of my nation! What ish my nation?” Ireland and Drinking
Despite the great accomplishments of the Irish in art and culture throughout human history there’s few that meet you on the road who’ll accuse you of being James Joyce or expect you to be quick with a verse as Yeats. No, chances are that those you meet who catch your last name will size you […]
Read More… from We Didn’t Come to Fight, But Fair Dig
No one loves the immigrant. These are brave, hard working people usually driven out of their homeland by terrible conditions. They endured unimaginable journeys with no promises just to make it to a harsh land of inhospitable people. Who expects that some of the least accepting people would be from your native land? Today the […]
Read More… from Lace or Plastic: Are you Irish Enough?
When the Irish came to America they managed to bring a few precious things with them, including some songs, recipes and the will to survive in this country. But upon stepping off the boats many were met with high prices, little work and unwelcoming natives. So many Irish continued their journey past the port cities moving south or […]
Read More… from Blame The Irish
Our guest post today is written by Joseph Murphy The Mc’s and the O’s with the Irish Blessing hung upon the wall and a Celtic cross on the mantle. With a Shamrock on the sweatshirt and a Claddagh on the same hand we use to salute Old Glory. After generations here, lifetimes given to help forge […]
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