Love is in the air…

Your Letter from Ireland shorts from the 13th of February 2024.

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Love is in the air…

Céad míle fáilte, welcome to your Letter from Ireland “Shorts”.  Each Tuesday we’ll bring you a quick-read of some of our favourite and interesting Irish things for this week.

Shrine of St. Valentine, Whitefriar Street Church, County Dublin.

Where you will find the remains of St. Valentine! It’s a popular place for engaged couples to receive a blessing – just like this lucky couple above. Click here to watch Carina explain a bit more about this interesting spot.

PS. If you enjoy a good podcast, sit back and have a listen to “A Valentine card from Ireland” where we talk about St. Valentine’s connection to Dublin and one young couples tale of love and loss.


This week we’re doing something a bit different and sharing the Top 10 Irish surnames submitted by all of our readers. I wonder if your name is on this list?

“An Irish Country Love Story” by Patrick Taylor
. The Irish country book series is a favourite of our readers and I think this is a fitting one for Valentine’s Day. Click here to see the book on amazon. 


Tá mé i ngrá leat

Which translates to “I’m in love with you” or, simply, “I love you”!

Click here to listen to how a native Irish speaker would say it and to see some more Irish endearments

IRISH CRAFT/PRODUCT WE LOVE (not an advert – just things we like) 

Ogham was the earliest form of writing in Ireland and was usually found on standing stones. “Ogham Wish” is run by a mother & daughter team from County Roscommon. They create beautiful hand painted plaques in Ogham writing – a perfect gift for a loved one or to mark a special day. If you’re looking for something unique and Irish I would certainly check them out.

Custom Ogham writing

That’s it for this week. Send us an email with any of your own favourites for inclusion in future emails, or if you’re a plus member leave a comment below.

Slán for now,
Mike & Carina.

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