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.

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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

Irish music

The Evolution of Irish Music in 12 Tracks (#724)

In todays extended Irish Musical episode – called “The Evolution of Irish Music in 12 Tracks” – we bring you a very personal selection of Irish music from Mike. As he works (enjoys!) his way through a very personal selection of music, he chats about Irish history, culture and just why he selected each track…

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Inside the Hedge Schools of Ireland (#722)

In this episode we take a trip inside the “Hedge Schools” of Ireland – places of learning that were dotted around Ireland right up to the mid-1800s. We also look at the prevalence of so many biblical/latin first names in Ireland – names such as Jeremiah or Cornelius – and explain just why they were…

Near the top of Mount Brandon, Dingle.

Will You Travel With This Irish Saint? (#716)

We start this episode by hitting the high seas in the company of Saint Brendan the Navigator – a man who roamed the known (and unknown) world using the simple boats of his day. We then come back onto dry land and embark on a pilgrim trail towards Mount Brandon (named after the earlier mentioned…

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An Irish Rebel Easter (#715)

As we approach Easter here in Ireland, the thoughts of many Irish people turn to the historic events around the Easter Rising of 1916. In this episode we talk about that time as well as another Irish leader who was killed 100 years ago this year. We also feature Irish rebel songs commemorating many of…

Grosse Ile - A Journey Along The St. Lawrence River (#714)

A Journey Along The St. Lawrence River (#714)

In today’s episode of the Letter from Ireland podcast, we take a trip up along the St. Lawrence River in Canada with two stories linked to that part of the world. First, we stop off at Grosse Île just outside Quebec City and then we hear the story of two musical sisters and their Irish-descended…