Christmas Traditions in Ireland

Christmas really brings out the best in Ireland and the Irish from cheerful festivities to wild acts of machismo, happy reunions, musical celebrations, and partying with friends and family. In Ireland Christmas lasts for about two weeks and is gladly celebrated as a respite from the winter. We have listed a few of Ireland’s favorite […]

Aer Lingus Announces New Routes in North America

Aer Lingus announced a major expansion of its transatlantic route offering for 2016 with three new routes from North America to Dublin. In addition to its nine existing routes from Boston, Chicago, New York, Orlando, San Francisco, Washington D.C. and Toronto to Dublin and Boston and New York to Shannon, Aer Lingus will introduce three […]


Book by Jeffrey Hatcher, lyrics and music by Chan Poling. Directed by Ron Peluso. History Theatre, 30 E. 10th St., St. Paul. Tickets: $15-$45, 651-292-4323 or “Glensheen” the new musical at the History Theatre opened Saturday to a full house at History Theatre in St. Paul. Although hard to believe for those of us […]

Gold exploration continues in County Donegal

The director of Connemara Mining recently provided an update on their activities saying the second phase of exploration involved a soil sampling program over a large area in Inishowen. The area includes the former Glentougher Lead Silver mine. The company said the exploration is encouraging with grades up to 0.46 g/t. Mr. John Teeling, chairman, […]

Seagulls in Kerry have killed sheep and attacked farmers

A part-time mountain sheep farmer and rural development officer has said he witnessed the deaths of two mature sheep that were attacked by a number of seagulls on the Dingle Peninsula. The farmer fought the gulls off the sheep with a stick  however the two ewes died. Even though the sheep were not shorn the […]

Colm Toibin’s Newest Book Release: Brooklyn

Reviewed by Mary Sue McFarland 262 pp. Scribner. Through all of Colm Toibin’s books and stories, intimations of attachment, abandonment and strong feeling (felt but rarely spoken) fall like a plumb line. The trap line that Toibin’s novel,  “Brooklyn” sets, stands apart because Eilis Lacey, the main character has such an uncritical nature. She doesn’t […]

Irish Government Launches Network for Irish Pubs Around the World

The Irish Minister for Diaspora, Jimmy Deenihan launched an official network of nearly 7,000 global Irish pubs recently creating a platform from which Irish pub owners can collaborate for mutual benefit and the benefit of Ireland. The Irish Pubs Global Federation is an extension of Irish Pubs Global, which aims to create and support a […]