Irish Culture & Customs Resources

In this section I share articles on Irish music, dancing, poetry, writing, story-telling and history. Many of the topics that we consider to be quite unique in our shared Irish heritage.

 

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Irish Culture & Customs Letters

From an Irish Goddess to Saint Brigid

I often hear from readers who are frustrated with the number of Johns, Marys, Williams, Catherines etc. in their Irish family tree as it makes it nearly impossible to sort out who is who with any degree of certainty! Today, we’ll focus on one of these “recurring” Irish names, a name with ancient gaelic origins…

Celebrating Samhain – What This Time Of Year Means to Me.

For me, this is a special time as we transition into the winter here in Ireland – a time when I am aware of our connections to the past and those who have gone before us. In bygone days, it was a time when people felt closer to their ancestors – and many traditions have grown up around…

The Irish President and The Irish Poet.

One of the things we are most proud of here in Ireland are the work of our writers and poets. These wonderful characters manage to capture the mood and thoughts of a whole nation when they’re performing at their peak. A member of this mighty band of Bards – Derek Mahon – passed away earlier this week. In the…

An Irish Bog Story for You.

Many of our Irish ancestors would spend days on the “bog” in their parish – digging peat (we call it turf in Ireland) with a special shovel called a “slean” and then setting it out in low piles to dry on the surface for a few weeks. Days in the bog were filled with hard…

St. Brigid of Ireland

Remembering St. Brigid of Ireland.

Given the connection to this celtic festival, it is no coincidence that we celebrate Lá Fhéile Bríde (Law Ail-ah Bree-da) – St. Brigid’s Day – on February 1st in honour of our greatest female saint. St Brigid has a special place in the hearts of the Irish and her story and traditions have passed down…

Irish Culture & Customs Podcasts

Irish Sayings – Is there room for the Irish language in your life? (#102)

We are delighted to bring you the second episode of The Letter from Ireland Show – a weekly podcast that goes out each Thursday from a cottage in County Cork. Tune in to this episode – and to dive straight in to a bit of Irish caint, ceóil agus craic (conversation, music and craic!). Listen to the…

A New Podcast – Welcome to The Letter from Ireland Show (#101)

Welcome to Season 1, Episode 1 of the Letter from Ireland Show. In this very first episode, Carina and Mike Collins introduce you to The Letter From Ireland Show. We talk about our own background and Irish family trees to get us all in the mood! We start by “Unpacking” Mikes family tree (just a little) – and then we move on to “unpacking” one side of Carina’s family tree.