All Things Irish — Phoenix Park in Dublin

For the last few years I’ve been hearing that Phoenix Park in Dublin (created in 1662) is the largest urban park in Europe. Living in Munich with its grand and expansive English Garden, I’ve always found this a wee bit hard to swallow. So last weekend–when it was pouring down rain in Munich–I decided to […]

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From Kilkenny to Killarney

Kilbarron, Kilbeggan, Kilbride, Kilcarragh. Kilcommon, Kildalkey, Kildare, Kildorrery. Kilfithmone, Kilgarriff, Kilkee, Kildeedy. Ah, Kilkenny! I know that one. Wow, there are a lot of Kils in Ireland. Stupid me thought “Kil” might have something to do with a kiln, but of course that’s wrong. It’s Gaelic for church or cell–and from my reading I assume […]

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Newgrange on a Soggy Irish Day

The windows of the shuttle bus are steamed up with the morning breath of tourists. There’s a mildewy cloud around the guy sitting across from us. He probably left his rain jacket wadded up in his backpack. It’s more than drizzling outside, not the best day for sightseeing. Despite the weather, there’s excited chatter everywhere […]

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All Things Irish — The Stories Continue

So I went to the Leprechaun museum in Dublin–to it, not into it. I was expecting the usual sort of museum where you pay your money, get an audio guide and muddle muddily through moldy old halls of incredibly interesting–but at the same time impossibly boring–stuff. The Leprechaun museum in Dublin is actually a tour […]

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Literature — The Irish Way

You’d be surprised what a few hours of browsing the tourist shops in Dublin will doto igniteyourenthusiasm forIrish history, culture and the various uses for sheep. There’s so much green, for example, and not so much orange. Why is that? Why is the harp a symbol of Ireland? What do all those Celtic signs mean? […]

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The Irish Tricolour

This morning I woke up at 4:30 to start my interminable journey through Irish literature. In fact, as you will learn in a later post, I have enlisted the help of a few Irish writer friends in this endeavor–and they’ve given me some homework. Good Lord. If I don’t get an honorary Master’s degree from […]

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Cider and Leprechauns

If nothing else comes from doing this All Things Irish thing, I will now know how to spell Leprechaun. Are you a fan of information overload? I am. I figure the brain can handle it, so I’m barreling on. If you’ve just stumbled upon–or Stumbledupon–I Must Be Off!, you might be asking yourself the question […]

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All Things Irish — Oscar Wilde and Irish Potatoes

The potato is very high in potassium. Did you know that? You wouldn’t think it, would you? But it’s true. One of the many happy by-products of doing this All Things Irish series is all the other stuff I’ve been learning. Did you know the white potato is a tuber while the sweet potato is […]

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All Things Irish

Picture actually taken in Scotland, but hey.Over the last few weeks I’ve become increasingly more worried that I don’t know jack about my new home, so I’ve decided to become better acquainted with all things Irish. This is a bit of a change from my usual approach to travel and new places. Usually I just […]

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