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The Season’s Fruits of Hospitality

Ireland, the land of a thousand welcomes (Cead Mile Failte) is rooted in hospitality.  For more than a thousand years Ireland was governed by the Brehon Laws which esteemed the values of hospitality to a stranger. It was the hosts responsibility to provide food, drink...

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Tis the Season for Festive Drinks

Tis' the season for festive cocktails and holiday cheer!  Oh yes!  - This year we got to bring groups to visit the Jameson's Whiskey distillery in Middleton, Cork, and whilst there I absolutely fell in love the simple mix of Ginger Beer and Whiskey we were served at...

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The Celtic Roots of Fruitcake at Christmas

So, despite all the jokes, it 'tis the season for Fruitcake once again!  In Independence CA, an annual festival called 'All things Fruitcake' chooses a Fruitcake King to eat a slice of the fruitcake from when the festival began in 2005 (yes, it might STILL be good?)....

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The Celtic Roots of Santa Claus

Celtic Christmas This Christmas I have been exploring the fascinating  ancient Celtic traditions of Christmas. So much of the Christmas festival we enjoy is a blend of ancient tradition and cultures that have somehow become meshed together over the centuries, and I...

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Warming Soup for the Soul (Thanksgiving recipe)

It's been raining all week in Georgia and days like today make me crave warm, nutritious root vegetable broths and soups. Warming comfort food for the soul... Growing up on a farm in the countryside of Ireland, I was always close to the land and had access to fresh...

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Fall in Love with Ireland in 2019

Ireland – a luxury destination - YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rvSdyIhpdrM Discover Ireland have produced the most perfect video for the Shamrock and Peach Tours 2019 website, and next years itinerary release. We strive to hand pick the best accommodations...

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Apple Dumpling with Candy Apple Sauce

It may seem as if the holiday of Halloween is a very American tradition with it's trick and treaters and all the candy inspired pageantry, however, it may surprise you to know that in actual fact Halloween began in Ireland. Yes, the origins of the holiday is the...

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The Sweetest Sweet Trolley

My Irish grandmother served desserts and sweets from a ‘sweet trolley’ and passed on that most old world of traditions to my mother in Ireland. I can still hear my grandmother describe the desserts on her trolley, and then have to repeat it several times because we...

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In Ireland, Soda is bread…

It’s National Bread week in Ireland between 10th and 16th of September 2018. We love our bread in Ireland and I am excited to share one of my favorite breads and the secret recipe…aren’t you lucky? In America, soda is a fizzy drink such as a coke or sprite, but in...

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