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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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Why Visit a Irish Heritage Center?

Irish necklace. Celtic Jewelry

For Irish descendants living outside of the republic, there exists an opportunity to get a dose of fresh, Irish culture without having to go very far. The city of Chicago has a unique Irish Heritage Center which was once an elementary school. It’s conversion into a base for Irish culture has helped it to take on an […]

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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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When Your Irish Roots Are Buried by Bureaucracy and Lies

Ireland's stolen babies

For most people, genealogy is a fun hobby.  Stumbling blocks pop up, but they are more intriguing than painful.  Searching for your roots is like solving a mystery, but with very low stakes.  Sure, you might find something scandalous, but odds are it is generations back and no one today is very upset about it. […]

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Learn How to Trace Your Irish Roots

Irish necklace. celtic jewelry

Ireland has a census with family information. However, the census is only effective from the year 1901. Before the census, if people wanted to list who they were and who they were related to, they would go see the parish register. What is even more perplexing is that many of Ireland’s citizens from the last […]

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Mix One Part Wood and One Part Fashion

Celtic necklake, Irish jewelry.

If there is one thing the Irish countryside has a lot of, it’s trees and fences. The majestic areas are picturesque, almost like something out of a poem. Some may find themselves drawn to these areas out of a love for nature. Others may like the romance or nostalgia associated there. Whatever it is, the pull […]

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