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The power of a circle

The power of a circle

Like the ripples of time, I am renewed and drawn in towards circles.  From the spirals formed by throwing rocks into still water to the blazing sun and the silvery curves of the moon, I sense the presence of my Celtic ancestors and hope of the eternal. I have always...

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Digging Up Donegal’s past in Spain

Digging Up Donegal’s past in Spain

When you visit Donegal town you cannot miss seeing the castle close to the diamond in the town center. The castle was the stronghold of the O'Donnell clan, one of the most powerful Gaelic families in Ireland's history. Red Hugh O'Donnell, who was allied with Catholic...

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Fun and Easy Friday Fish Recipe

Fun and Easy Friday Fish Recipe

Friday is one of the best days to shop for fresh fish in Ireland because of the availability of the freshest fishermen catch, whether that be at the local farmer's markets or grocery stores.  Many families in the christian tradition in Ireland and all over the world...

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The Amazing Eilean Donan Castle

The Amazing Eilean Donan Castle

So yes, we all know that Scotland has some amazing castles - but Eilean Donan is really incredible, really special, but have ever wondered about it's strange name? - read on... Irish monks contributed to the spread of Christianity by leaving their homeland and...

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A wee dram to lift the… ‘spirit’

A wee dram to lift the… ‘spirit’

There's nothing like a wee dram of Scotch or Irish Whiskey for a 'pick me up' during this time of COVID-19 pandemic.  It's no surprise Whiskey sales are through the roof, and one of the highest growing spirit segments in the US.  Most of the growth has been in the...

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The end of the Scottish Clans at Culloden

The end of the Scottish Clans at Culloden

We found the McLaughlin clan name written on a memorial stone at the Culloden battlefield site on a calm and sunny day last year, and reflected on the loss beneath our feet.  Culloden is one of those places where time stands still, and there is a draw to look back, to...

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Nana Pudding

Nana Pudding

Creamy Custard and fruit based desserts are ultimate comfort foods for me.  Growing up in Ireland my grandmother was famous for a custard based Pineapple Meringue Pudding and I have such fond memories of sitting around her kitchen table.   So, when I first heard about...

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Poached Maine Lobster with Caramelized Cauliflower

Poached Maine Lobster with Caramelized Cauliflower

We started our American immigrant adventure in New England over 20 years ago now,  and living close to Boston we had the opportunity to experience the wonder of freshly caught Maine lobsters, simply poached and served with butter. Such a delicacy! As a child, my...

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St. Patrick’s Day Gift Giving Idea

St. Patrick’s Day Gift Giving Idea

Looking for the perfect St. Patrick's Day gift?  Look no further than Noel Cunningham's Modern Irish Manners Guide by O'Brien Press.   This book is a wonderful read for anyone visiting Ireland and gives insight and confidence to travelers visiting, especially for the...

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