Tag Archives: Ireland

My Saliva’s from Ireland

I had no big surprises in getting DNA results about my ancestry. I had known my great-grandmother left Ireland and settled in Massachusetts and that other Irish were in my family tree, but I was surprised what a large chunk … Continue reading

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Searching for Dan Donnelly’s right arm

{Welcome to MultiMEDIA Splice #14, a link party. Join me by linking up an “Irish”-themed post or a multimedia post on any topic.} I walked into the pub and tried to act nonchalant, but just how do you bring up … Continue reading

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Riddle on a Plate: What Am I?

Vitellus stares out from its wreath of albumen; cured and smoked belly strips dare. Fermented endosperm thanks magical fungus; lycopene flaunts from its sphere. Tuberous nightshade’s with musical fruit; spore-bearing wonders are near. Sliced pudding’s sincerely iron-ic. Clearly, there’s plenty … Continue reading

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Three Pieces of Metal

A family portrait in the reflection of The Bean, Chicago, Illinois This street performer in New Orleans gave my son a lollipop. “Robotron: Coins make him move… dollars make him groove.” We biked out to this shipwreck on one of … Continue reading

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The Angel of Grafton Street

On Grafton Street in white and gold, with regal wings and upturned palms, a painted statue is ignored by most. Two lads approach, coins in hand, not really seeing her. She comes to life and startles both, yet cheers their … Continue reading

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Playing the bodhran, an Irish frame drum

{Only 4 things to go to complete 101 things in 1001 days!} Squeezed into a little Irish pub, a pub that looked exactly like what a movie set of an Irish pub would look like, I held my pint and … Continue reading

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Whether by yak or by Harley, let’s get out there

My camel’s shadow as I journey into the Sahara I like the slant of this travel list: 49 journeys that’ll change your life. On the list, they cram in as many SMTs as possible–that’s suggested modes of transport. Some of … Continue reading

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Hiking on a remote Irish island, a guest post

Skellig Michael, Ireland Please head over to the blog Trish, Alex and Sage today where I have a guest post: Out to Sea: Visiting an Ancient Monastery The post is about hiking with my family to an ancient monastery on … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum

I toured a new museum in Hamden, Connecticut, that is devoted to telling the story of the Great Hunger in Ireland. One thing I didn’t know about the terrible famine in Ireland from 1845 to 1852 was that there was … Continue reading

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Trout Fishing in Ireland

A great meal awaited us as my boys played at fishing with sticks in the canal that ran through the small Irish village. As the boys pretended to fish, a scruffy-faced Irishman who lived on a houseboat on the canal … Continue reading

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