Ireland

Music from the Heart: Ireland

by Kerry Dexter / Mar 17, 2020 /
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It is a time of year when thoughts turn to Ireland. It is the time of Saint Patrick's Day. The whole of this time of year, from February through May, is known as Patrick season, for that reason. At the time of Saint Patrick in earlier years in this series, I reflected that the story of Ireland, its diaspora, and its people, is one of making it through hardship and change, and finding ways to do that while keeping music in the heart, and sharing that music.

Music and Community: Stories of Ireland

by Kerry Dexter / Mar 18, 2019 /
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Making sense of the shifts and changes in the world has always been one of the roles of music. This might by songs which teach; it could be through songs which offer escape. Maybe there a tune which gets people dancing together; perhaps there's an uplifting song which opens doors to community, perhaps it is a piece that expresses grief, or joy, or understanding which can be shared as the music is performed and heard. Events change, but the role of music continues on. 

A Journey into Ireland's Literary Revival

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I am very pleased to present one of my very favorite books I've read this year, written by our very own Literary Travel Editor, Robert Todd Felton.  His book, A Journey into Ireland's Literary Revival, published by Roaring Forties Press, is an intriguing read.

Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way: Voices of Donegal and Derry

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The Wild Atlantic Way: it’s a connection of roads which invites travel along the west of Ireland, from the western part of County Cork far in the south to Ireland’s far northwest in Donegal and Derry.

Donegal and Derry: two counties, two countries. Donegal lies in the Republic of Ireland: Derry lies in Northern Ireland.

Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way: Voices of Donegal and Derry

Travel Writers’ Guide: Best Irish Recipes

by Dr. Jessie Voigts / Mar 14, 2018 /
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Whether you’re making a special dinner for St Patrick’s Day, or you’d just like to infuse the goodness of Ireland into your meals, chances are that you’re probably looking for some excellent Irish recipes. Never fear, dear reader! I’ve collated the best of Irish recipes, from travel writers in the know (you’ll recognize many of them from our Best of Ireland: An A-Z Guide), and a few B&Bs in Ireland.

Hit the Trails in Northern Ireland & Donegal

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Hiking is a popular pastime in Ireland for both serious hillwalkers and newbies looking to jumpstart a healthier lifestyle. For travelers, it can also be a wonderful way to see a beautiful country, to meet new people, and to learn about the history, culture, flora, and fauna of the Emerald Isle. 

Spots the Tourists Miss In Ireland

by irishfireside / Feb 13, 2018 /
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Ireland offers a lot more than Killarney and Blarney, so while you’re making your way to these big-time tourists spots, try including some lesser-visited destinations...they’re so close by and in many cases outdo their big name neighbor.

December Artist of the Month: Liam Hughes

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Every month here on Wandering Educators, we share the coolest artists and photographers. This fall I found the VERY coolest artist, Liam Hughes, of Liam Shard Jewelry. Liam creates amazing jewelry. I've already seen many, many pieces that I would just love to wear! His unique artistry showcases the best of many different patterns and designs - truly, there is something for everyone.  I was lucky enough to sit down and talk with Liam about his art, and the process of creating it. Here's what he had to say...

Music of Ireland: new ideas, old traditions

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The varieties and traditions of music in Ireland run long and deep. Musicians who draw on the heritage and history of music in Ireland for their ideas find as many different ways to take those things forward as they do to connect them with the past.

Music of Ireland: new ideas, old traditions

Irish Recipes: Guinness Stew and Brown Bread

by Dr. Jessie Voigts / Sep 11, 2017 /
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It's a cold, rainy, blustery fall day here in Michigan. Immediately, my thoughts turn to warm, comforting Irish recipes. Yes, I remember many cold rainy days in County Kerry, and eating the best Guinness Beef Stew, accompanied by that lovely classic Irish Brown Bread. Here are two recipes that I love to make.

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