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Celebrating November in Ireland

Happy New Year!  November 1st is the first day of the ancient Celtic year. Like January 1st, it’s the day after the big party. Around Ireland, neighbors are quietly cleaning up after the bonfires and fireworks of Halloween.  Parents are taking down decorations and encouraging their children to pace themselves as they devour their candy.  […]

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Ireland’s Crystal Heritage

Since the time of the Celts, glass has been used in Irish jewelry.  Our earliest surviving artwork is beautiful, intricate stone carvings. The same swirling designs are in both early and modern Irish jewelry. Ireland quickly embraced crystal when it was developed. And we became one of the world’s most popular producers of crystal glassware, […]

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Love and the Celtic New Year

As you carve the pumpkins, hang the fake spider webs and stock up on candy for trick or treaters, you probably are not thinking about romance.  But the Celts of old were.  Halloween’s roots are in Samhain, the pre-Christian Celtic New Year.  People believed that a veil separated this world from the spirit world, where […]

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Welcome to the Bog

Bogs, a particular type of land, play a quiet but central role in Irish life.  It is quintessentially Irish that we would see a substance that is 90% water as burnable fuel and be correct.  Bogs shape our language and cultural views.  City dwellers jokingly refer to their rural counterparts as ‘boggers’.  In small towns […]

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