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Musings, ramblings and thought provoking articles from our team of talented writers - all views expressed are their own!

Lughnasa – Proof that the Ancient Irish Were Pretty Modern

Ancient Ireland

In the run up to Ireland’s marriage equality referendum earlier this year, we heard a lot of debate about “traditional marriage.”  But those pushing for “traditional marriage” weren’t interested in what really constituted Ireland’s tradition of marriage, and one of Ireland’s Lughnasa traditions shows how very differently our ancestors viewed marriage.  In fact, a few […]

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Tiny Houses – Are They a New Thing in Ireland?

Small Irish House

The tiny house movement is becoming a big thing in many places, including this wee island.  The same dynamics are at play in Ireland as elsewhere.  Post-Celtic tiger Ireland faces not a shortage of housing, but a shortage of affordable, available housing at the same time unemployment and the cost of living are quite high.  […]

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Irish Stereotypes: What Judgements Exist?

Irish stereotypes - alcohol

I’ll be the first to say I have heard of  Irish stereotypes for as long as I can remember. I guess what mostly entered my consciousness was that Irish people were shorter, red-haired and friendly. So far, this is not offensive but, it does give a generalization or a stereotype of what people might think of […]

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Will We Surrender the Site of the Surrender?

If you have visited Dublin, you have probably seen the General Post Office, more commonly known as the GPO, on O’Connell Street, where the 1916 Uprising leaders fought.  Did you know the pillars in front still have the nicks from bullets fired during that battle?  Most likely you have seen the statues of heroic leaders […]

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Pronouncing Irish Names Got You Down?

As you know, every language has it’s challenges. In some countries certain letters or words are hyphenated in different ways. If you have been speaking one way for your entire life, it is pretty hard to accustom yourself to new sounds. Even if you don’t plan to learn an entirely new language or vocabulary, getting […]

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This Couple Did It Right!

So much of our talk involving Ireland, love and the like revolves around a certain air. Most of us get the vision of romance when we ponder something like a wedding in Ireland. And why wouldn’t we? Ireland is chalk-full of castles which scream, “sweep-me-off-my-feet-in-custom-style!” The panorama is just beautiful with green fields, lovely sunsets […]

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Can’t afford to go to Ireland? Bring it home!

Ok. So, you live on the U.S. East Coast and you yearn for a taste from Ireland. You glance through pictures from beautiful magazines and see romantic seascapes dotted with castles in the background. It all looks so wonderful and idyllic which takes you to Kayak or another traveling website. Then, you realize a flight […]

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