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

Who Were the Celts?

If you haven’t heard it said yet this season, you’ll probably hear it soon.  Someone who thinks they’re clever will try to rain on your St. Patrick’s Day parade by saying that Patrick wasn’t Irish.  Then, if they really like to stir it up, they’ll add that Patrick was British.  It’s a very begrudging attitude […]

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Before Patrick: Ireland’s Pagan Past

Patrick used the shamrock to illustrate the Holy Trinity when he converted Ireland to Christianity.  Now those three leaves are one of the most widely recognized symbols of Ireland.  But our beloved shamrock isn’t the only symbol for Ireland.  Many are much older.  Before Patrick, Ireland had a very rich spiritual life, and it gave […]

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March’s Birthstone Is an Ocean of Beauty

In March, all eyes turn to Ireland as we celebrate our patron saint Patrick.  Around the world, the Irish, the descendants of Irish immigrants and the Irish for a day are all decked out in green enjoying the music and beverages of Ireland.  But St. Patrick isn’t the only one with a special day in […]

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Ireland’s Sparkling Crystal Heritage

While Ireland’s natural beauty tends toward the rugged, our arts and crafts are often extremely elegant and sophisticated.  From the time we were carving elaborate designs on rocks to today’s celebrated Irish designers, Irish culture shows a clear fondness for nice things.  And crystal is one of those nice things we love.  We love to […]

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Irish Christmas Traditions

Streets throughout Ireland are twinkling with Christmas lights.  From Dublin’s bustling Grafton and Henry Streets to the main streets of tiny villages across the island, the Christmas spirit is bright.  Lights shine in arches across the roads.  Trees are festooned with garlands.  Shop windows show off dazzling displays.  Electric candles and signs pleading ‘Santa stop here’ […]

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Celebrate Halloween’s Irish Roots

Halloween began as Samhain, the New Year’s Eve of the ancient Celts. They believed spirits from the other side of the grave could visit.  Celebrate your spooky roots this year with some traditional fun and frights. In ancient Ireland, our ancestors were finishing the harvest now.  They were storing food and preparing for winter.  They […]

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Who Got Away with the Irish Crown Jewels?

More than a century later, we are no closer to knowing who stole the Irish crown jewels.  One man’s life and career were ruined by the theft, but was he an innocent scapegoat or a legendary jewel thief? The prep work preparing for a visit from higher ups at work is stressful for anyone.  Colleagues […]

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