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

Celebrating Bealtaine in Ireland

Celebrating “Bealtaine” in Ireland: Traditions, Ancestry, and a Sacred Site.

Experience the charm of “Bealtaine in Ireland,” where ancient traditions ignite the summer. What special rituals unfold at the sacred Hill of Uisneach during this festive time? Discover how these age-old celebrations connect the Irish community, bridging past and present.

Learning the Irish Language. A Waste of TIme?

Learning the Irish Language? A Waste of Your Time?

Have you ever thought of trying to learn the Irish language? I know that many of our readers and Green Room members often wish to learn a few words of Irish before visiting this island. And learning some words of Irish is the subject of today’s letter.

Join us for a St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Join us for a St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Céad Míle Fáilte and welcome to your Letter from Ireland. I’m writing this letter on the day most associated with Ireland and the Irish all over the world – March 17th – St. Patrick’s Day.

The Irish Potato - An Essential Part of Who we Are

The Irish Potato – An Essential Part of Who We Are

Today we’re going to chat about a staple of the Irish diet and the impact this food had on Irish culture and history – the humble Irish potato.

Evictions in Ireland - How Your Ancestors Fought Back Thumbnail

Evictions in Ireland – How Your Ancestors Fought Back

Now, you might think it would be wonderful to have a surname that enters into the English language based on your deeds and is used by millions of people. Then again, your name might be Captain Charles Boycott. I think you might see where this is going!

Irish Culture & Customs Podcasts

Podcast A Letter from Ireland to Scotland - From Ireland to Scotland - A Tale for Burns Night (#201)

From Ireland to Scotland – A Tale for Burns Night (#201)

In this episode we look at the Scottish institution known as “Burns Night” – named after Scotland’s unofficial national poet, Robbie Burns.

Happy Christmas - Christmas in Ireland - Tales from an Irish Home (#119)

Christmas in Ireland – Tales from an Irish Home (#119)

Welcome to Season 1, Episode 19 of the Letter from Ireland Show. In this episode we look at two stories about Christmas in Ireland – the second letter is all about Christmas traditions in Ireland, but before that we look at the unusual tale of an Irish Santa Claus! 

IMG 0631 2 - Religion in Ireland - Let's Take a Different Perspective (#118)

Religion in Ireland – Let’s Take a Different Perspective (#118)

Welcome to Season 1, Episode 18 of the Letter from Ireland Show. In this episode we look at two stories about Irish religion that may surprise you – the first about a religion leaving Cork for North America and the second about a religious community that came to County Limerick.

RSPCA - 2 Irish Gentlemen - Tales of Integrity and Principle (#116)

2 Irish Gentlemen – Tales of Integrity and Principle (#116)

Welcome to Season 1, Episode 16 of the Letter from Ireland Show. In this episode we look at two qualities that are in short supply in the public world today – Integrity and Principle – and the stories of two Irishmen who had those qualities in spades! Why the picture of the puppy? Do read on to find out.

The Eviction 1 - Fake News? - How The Irish Famine was Depicted Overseas (#115)

Fake News? – How The Irish Famine was Depicted Overseas (#115)

Welcome to Season 1, Episode 15 of The Letter from Ireland Show. In this episode we go back to the Irish Famine of the mid-1800s and look at ways at which news of the Irish Famine spread throughout the world – leading to reactions from the most surprising of quarters.