Irish Origins of Halloween

31st Oct 2017

Most modern holidays are amalgamations of cultural celebrations in the past. Halloween is no different, with its roots stemming from the Irish tradition of Samhain, a Gaelic tradition recognizing the end of the harvest season and the commencement of winter. Get in the spirit with this Irish Central video on the "Top Ten Irish Traditions for Halloween." Which ones do you celebrate? Which ones are most intriguing to you? […] read more

Powerscourt Gardens, Co. Wicklow

Posted by Nancy Mulheron Morrall on 30th May 2017

This has become one of my favorite places to visit in Ireland!  It's a short distance from Dublin (approx. 45 km.) and full of Irish charm in the beautiful countryside in the Wicklow Mtns.    The price of 10 euros for adults includes admission to the grounds of Powerscourt Gardens, which  were recently voted No.3 in the World’s Top Ten Gardens by National Geographic. The Gardens stretch over 47 acres and include statues, fountains, and various types of trees, f […] read more

WOW Airlines! LAX to Dublin $199.00 Each Way!

Posted by Nancy Mulheron Morrall on 4th May 2017

WOW Airline is my new best friend!  Have you heard of them?  WOW is a low-cost, budget airline, based out of Iceland.  They have some great deals if you can be flexible on the dates you travel.  Here is our first hand account of traveling on WOW from LAX to Dublin last weekend.A little background on the planning of this trip...there was none.  When a friend told me she was traveling to Dublin for business with her husband, she asked if we were planning a trip there any t […] read more

St. Valentine

Posted by Nancy Morrall on 13th Feb 2017

It seems as Ireland has a connection to everything and Valentine's Day should be no exception!  St. Valentine,The patron saint of love, has some of his remains laid to rest at the Whitefriar Street church in Dublin.   Yes, you read that correctly.  Some of his remains stayed in Rome, where he was killed in the 3rd century.In 1950, a statue and shrine were built to honor St. Valentine, and placed in the church.  Visitors from all over come to visit the church and pay homa […] read more

The Feast Day of Saint Brigid - February 1st!

13th Feb 2017

St. Brigid was born in 451AD and died in 525AD. Her feast day is the same as her death date, February 1st. Her name happens to also be the same as a Celtic goddess who was the patron of healing, poetry, and smithcraft. St Brigid is a patron of "Ireland, dairymaids, cattle, midwives, Irish nuns, and newborn babies." Born into slavery, Brigid began charitable acts once she was returned to living with her father. The Christian King convinced her father to free her, since she had such […] read more