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
Have you ever had something in your possession that you are minding for future generations? Perhaps a ring, a piece of jewellery a book or a piece of furniture? Here, in Ireland, we often tend to pass down baby christening robes through several generations. Our grandson was recently christened in a robe that was also used by his father and his grandmother – both standing proudly beside him!
The month of May, or as we call it in Irish “Bealtaine” (pronounced “ba-yowl tanna”) heralds the start of our Irish Summer.
This is a list of popular books that are mentioned many times in our Green Room Book Club.
The books listed cover the topics of Irish history, The famine, colourful country life, letters, Irish cooking, fictional genealogy, murder mysteries and Celtic spirituality. Something for everyone!
A somewhat contentious question for this week. Does the Irish shamrock best represent Ireland – or is there another contender? This question was on the mind of our guest contributor for this week – Simon O’Flynn, who recently retired from his Butcher’s shop after 68 years in the business. Simon often shares a story or…
This week sees the celebration of Saint Patrick’s day here in Ireland and in many places with a strong Irish connection around the world. Maybe you will attend a Saint Patrick’s day parade or celebration in your own part of the world? I thought it would be fun to take you on a tour today…
Irish Culture & Customs Podcasts
Welcome to Season 1, Episode 7 of the Letter from Ireland Show. In this episode, Carina and Mike Collins tell the story of four strong Irish women! – through two different stories and reader letters.
Welcome to Season 1, Episode 5 of the Letter from Ireland Show. In this episode, Carina and Mike Collins look at Religion in Ireland! But, don’t worry – we’ll bring it to life by taking two stories with two remarkable individuals at the heart of each story. Listen to the Audio. You can listen to the show…
We are delighted to bring you the third 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 Audio.…
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…
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.
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