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Chicago Gaelic Park Irish Fest--This weekend!

I hope anyone in the Chicago area will stop by and say hello--my husband and I will be hosting the Irish Wake Tent (nothing serious, just a going-away party!) across from the Cultural Tent the whole festival. I will also be telling stories and sharing the lore of the fairy folk in the Cultural Tent each day (Tales of the Fairy Pipes on Friday at 5 pm and Sunday at 1 pm, Fairy Lore Saturday at 7 and Monday at 1)--That's this weekend, May 22-25!

Added by Cathy Jo on May 19, 2009 at 12:11 — 3 Comments

Chicago Gaelic Park Irish Fest--May 22-25, 2009

So why am I talking about that festival? Only because I'm going to be there, with the Irish Wake exhibit! More info as it comes about, but I hope to meet up with some of the "County Cook" Irish there!

Added by Cathy Jo on October 15, 2008 at 22:05 — No Comments

Five years ago today, I kissed the Blarney Stone

I hadn't planned on doing anything so tourist-y, but we couldn't get to Kinsale and we found ourselves in Blarney--or rather, in a B&B looking out over Blarney town--and the next morning it just made sense to stop and see one of the most famous sites in Ireland. And since there was practically no line when we got to the top of the ruins....The things I remember most of that place was hearing the church bells peal out over the town (Lady's Day in Harvest time, after all) and the fairytale… Continue

Added by Cathy Jo on August 15, 2008 at 15:16 — No Comments

I'm still around...a little teary, but here

#2 Son left this morning for basic training (Air National Guard)--the first chick out of the nest (three others still at home) and I'm drooping a bit. I know he'll be okay, I know he'll be back--not till November, in time for the holiday season--and I know he's not likely to be called into active duty, but I've never said goodbye to one of the kids for longer than 11 days before and even then I could call them.

And yet...this is the way it's supposed to be and it's not as bad as all those… Continue

Added by Cathy Jo on March 18, 2008 at 13:03 — 2 Comments

Athbhliain faoi shéan agus faoi shona dóibh!

That's a prosperous and happy New Year to you all! May all your changes be for the best.

That's my wish this year because I see many changes coming in my own life. #2 Son, the one who used to help me with the Wake Tent, joined the Air National Guard just before Christmas and will be shipping out for training soon. He'll spend six months in Texas (Sheppard AFB) and possibly more, depending where he interns after the training. He'll be an EMT (emergency medical technician or paramedic)… Continue

Added by Cathy Jo on January 1, 2008 at 16:32 — No Comments

Just in time for the holidays--Irish-style fruitcake recipe!

Technically, this is a tea brack (from the Irish 'breac' or 'speckled'), but it can be made in a variety of ways, all delicious. It's really easy, too.

First, brew a good, strong cup of tea (I like Irish Breakfast tea, but any variety you like). You can also make this half tea, half whiskey or rum. Whichever, into the one cup of liquid dissolve 3/4 of a cup of firmly packed brown sugar. Soak 1 and 1/2 to 2 cups of raisins in the sugar-tea mix overnight. I use a mix of regular and… Continue

Added by Cathy Jo on November 30, 2007 at 13:20 — No Comments

Wow! I'm impressed by the growth around here!

so many new people, so much going on...Fáilte, y'all! By the end of today, there will probably be more than 200 liveIrelanders, lots of good craic, wonderful pictures and music to share...
Here's to the good folk who made it all possible!
Sláinte is táinte!
(Health and wealth)

Added by Cathy Jo on November 16, 2007 at 14:33 — No Comments

If anyone noticed I haven't been around lately...

Not that I think you're all dying to read my blog and destroyed when I don't write....!
But is in the way of my computer time. I worked the polls for the election last Tuesday (long hours, little work), I've got a couple of storytelling gigs coming up and I'm behind in my Irish studies (got three more pages of translation to do before tomorrow night). And of course we're going into "the holidays", heaven help us all.

Added by Cathy Jo on November 12, 2007 at 13:54 — No Comments

Happy (Celtic) New Year!

Halloween is oíche shamhna, Samhain night, New Year's Eve. In that time between the end of the last day of the old year and the first light of the new ghosts may walk, the púca rides the countryside and anything may be abroad!

The púca, or pooka, is said to blight all fruits not harvested by tomorrow morning, making them unedible (you probably don't want to know how he does this, as it involves bodily fluids). But then, all the harvest should be in by now--turf… Continue

Added by Cathy Jo on October 31, 2007 at 12:39 — 1 Comment

An introductory language lesson

Irish Gaelic is usually just called Irish; usually Gaelic means Scots Gaelic, a cousin language that is close, but not identical. The spelling was standardized in the 20th century, but the pronunciation wasn't, so there will be regional differences--there are at least three major dialects in Ireland. More on that another time.

But now, enough Irish for the chat room. No, there aren't many Irish speakers in the LiveIreland chat room, but some of us do like to use a touch of the… Continue

Added by Cathy Jo on October 23, 2007 at 15:32 — No Comments

The Irish Wake

Back in 2001, my Irish language teacher came up with the idea of our Gaelic League group sponsoring a cultural tent at the Dublin Irish Festival. He wanted a Wake House, a place where we could recreate the wakes of days gone by with music, stories, get the idea. Well, I volunteered to create the "corpse"--a stuffed body that my kids dubbed "Grandpa Lumpy" and I made up a tombstone (foam, a magic marker and some stone-look spray paint). After a bit of research, I also worked up a… Continue

Added by Cathy Jo on October 21, 2007 at 21:34 — 6 Comments

Hi, LiveIreland folks!

Okay, so I finally found this place (yeah, I's still beta, but beta is better than nada!) when I found a few round tuits, I'll try to write more.

Added by Cathy Jo on October 21, 2007 at 20:45 — No Comments

The Dublin Irish Festival

For those of you not familiar with begin with, Dublin is a suburb of Columbus, Ohio, but a city in its own right with a population of over 30,000. The festival began in 1987, celebrating the 1000th anniversary of the founding of the city of Baile atha Cliath (that's the real Dublin!) and the first anniversary of Dublin, Ohio becoming a city (up from a village). The 2007 festival hit attendance records with over 93,000 visitors (more than 50,000 on Saturday alone!) and we had a… Continue

Added by Cathy Jo on October 21, 2007 at 20:45 — No Comments

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