Jody is speaking with Jeff Ksiazek, Director of the Irish Fest Summer School and the Archivist for the Ward Irish Music Archives . They are talking about Milwaukee Irish Fest and the Irish Fest Summer School in Milwaukee.
The Dark Hedges have always been popular with photographers but have now reached a larger audience due to their appearance in the Game of Thrones. Featured in the first episode of season 2 as ‘The King’s Road’, this tree tunnel has become a destination for bus tours and self-drive vacationers.
I often lament the fact that I can’t be in Ireland all the time. Thankfully there are so many Irish-Americans (and those who wish they were!) that we can usually find some pretty good craic close to home.
This spring the fair city of Dublin, Ohio invited us to discover the Irish attitude of this Columbus suburb.
One does not arrive in Lubbock, Texas by sheer happenstance. Located on the Southern end of the Great Plains and just below the Texas Panhandle, Lubbock isn’t along any direct routes to major cities or destinations.
In other words, if you’re coming to Lubbock, Texas, you have a reason for being here. Make the most of that visit with a side-trip to a couple of Lubbock’s unique museums.
Jody is joined by her eldest daughter, Brenna. On this podcast, Brenna shares her experience attending Connemara Maths Academy (CMA) at Kylemore Abbey. Also, Jody discusses her experience and concerns that a parent might have with allowing their kid to attend CMA.
It is likely the most famous stone in all of Ireland… the Blarney Stone. Though there are many stories of where the stone originated the powers it holds are not argued: one kiss and you’ve gained the gift of eloquence. Maybe that is why it was set so high in the castle wall?
Whether you believe the stories or not, there is no denying that a visit to Blarney Castle to lay lips upon the stone is high on the ‘Ireland Bucket List’ of many visitors. Which is why it surprises so many when I say that it took me 13 years- and nearly as many visits to Ireland- to actually visit Blarney Castle.
I don’t know about you, but I’m often behind the camera catching all the vacation fun. And though I’m trying to teach them, my kids just don’t quite have an eye for taking flattering photos of people.
So I end up with a very one-sided vacation story of my family in amazing places and maybe a few shots of me that are blurry, at a bad angle (hello double chins when shots are taken from below!), or just unflattering in so many ways.
This year we had a short bit of time near Dublin before leaving Ireland so I decided to make sure there would be some good, Christmas-card worthy photos of the entire family.
If you listen very closely you can hear the music of Ireland as it caresses the verdant hills and joins the crystalline rivers. At times it’s a slow, romantic bit plucked from a harp, at others it’s a lively jig from a silver whistle or a tempest following the pounding beat of a bodhrán. Whether it be the magic of the faeries or the forces of nature, music comes from deep within Ireland, leaving no wonder to the availability of live performances nearly anywhere people gather.
When I say the music of Ireland is all around you, it’s not just a turn of phrase. Nearly everywhere you are you’ll find a tune.