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IN THIS ISSUE
From the Mailbag
Quips, Quotes, Proverbs & Toasts
A Bit of the Wit
Joke of The Week
Did You Know
Know Your Writers
The week That Is
FROM THE MAILBAG
Along with contributions, we were delighted to receive some very nice comments - we hope you don’t mind us bragging a bit!
It is a pleasure to have these wonderful tidbits of news from home. Each month I look forward to the newsletter and relish it and chew on it like a dog would a juicy bone. How delicious!
Hello, I wanted to take a moment to tell you I have enjoyed these newsletters very much. My maiden name is Tyrrell which there has been many telling me we are English and I keep telling them we are very much Irish & I am proud of it. Keep up the good work
Maureen & Dave Harrington:
Thanks again for a great site and all the work you put into it.
Thanks for brightening my days!
Whenever Herself gets down and thinks it’s all just too much of an effort, reading these comments are just what’s needed to get back up and keep going Thank you to everyone who took the ime to tell us how much you appreciate what we do.
We did have another message - this time a query from a Canadian reader who is looking for where she can buy a wool coat made in Ireland with the label Henry White. We looked , but didn't come up with a source. Anyone out there who can help?
Congratulations, Daniel Day-Lewis
In recognition of Daniel’s history-making third Oscar, here is a clip from Last of the Mohicans with Clannad singing one of the spectacular songs from the soundtrack. If you haven’t seen the movie, it’s well worth renting or buying - and the soundtrack is a must have!
How to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day like an Irishman
There were some things we didn’t agree with in this video - as in pinching someone if they’re not wearing green - but overall, it’s closer to how it used to be on St. Patrick’s in Ireland.
Fancy nails for March 17th
This is really silly, but one of the attributes about the Irish is the ability to laugh at ourselves. What makes this even funnier is that the young lady is totally serious! So, here you go.
Irish History Podcast -The Great War of Ulster & Munster Part 1
In 1090 Muirchertach O Briain, grandson of Brian Boru, faced the darkest moment of his rule as King of Munster. Defeated and vanquished by his rival the king of Ulster, Domnal McLochlainn, he faced two options; either accept his fate or try and claw his way back to power. To learn more, please click
The Irish Page - Colors
After a lengthy absence due to computer problems, Jack & Vivian Hennessey are back! This time around, the lesson is all about colors and how to pronounce each one in Irish. Please click
Lovely Celtic music to herald the new season
Meadow Miniatures - Daffodils in Co. Sligo
We found the music a wee bit irritating but the video is lovely.
Croí na Teanga: It’s You!
The Heart of the Language: It’s You!
This is the official slogan of Seachtain na Gaeilge (“Week of the Irish Language”) which runs from March 4 through March 17 this year (yes, that’s longer than a week). As it happens, when the popularity of the celebration made it necessary to expand it to two weeks, it was decided that the brand Seachtain na Gaeilge was so well-known it would be a mistake to change it Thus, for this one time in the year, we have a two-week week! To learn more, please click Bite Size Irish
For our Scottish readers - Road to the Aisles
Joe McPartland and his lovely wife Marian have been longtime readers and supporters of IC & C. They are both talented singers and have many songs on YouTube for your listening pleasure. Here, Joe does a rousing version of a popular song from the Hebrides - almost makes Herself want to get up and do the Highland Fling!
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QUIPS, QUOTES, PROVERBS & TOASTS
This quote is in honor of Irish mothers and Mothering Sunday in Ireland on March 10th :
God made a wonderful mother,
A mother who never grows old;
He made her smile of the sunshine,
And He molded her heart of pure gold;
In her eyes He placed bright shining stars,
In her cheeks the fair roses you see;
God made a wonderful mother,
And He gave that dear mother to me.
Attributed to Pat O'Reilly
A BIT OF THE WIT
The only mothers it is safe to forget on Mother's Day are the good ones.
The Neurotic's Notebook
FAVORITE JOKE OF THE MOMENT
With many thanks to Bill Crotty for sending us this classic:
John Bradford, a Dublin University student, was on the side of the road hitchhiking on a very dark night and in the midst of a big storm. The storm was so strong he could hardly see a few feet ahead of him. Suddenly, he saw a car slowly coming towards him. When it stopped, John who was desperate for shelter got into the car and closed the door - Only to realize there was nobody behind the wheel and the engine wasn't on. The car started moving again and when John looked at the road ahead and saw a curve approaching. Scared, he started to pray, begging for his life. Then, just before the car hit the curve, a hand appeared out of nowhere through the window, and turned the wheel. John was paralyzed with terror, but when saw the lights of a pub appear he jumped out of the car and ran to it. Wet and out of breath, he rushed inside and started telling everybody about the horrible experience he had just had. A silence enveloped the pub when everybody realized he was crying... And wasn't drunk. Suddenly, the door opened, and two other people walked in. They, like John, were also soaked and out of breath. Looking around, and seeing John Bradford sobbing at the bar, one said to the other. “ Look Paddy - there's that fookin’ eejit who got in the car while we were pushing it!
DID YOU KNOW
1. Dividing the Meat, Selling the Pig and Catching the Herrings are all traditional games played at an Irish wake?
2. Every spring, more than twenty million eels swim into the River Bann to breed?
3. Donkeys were useful in Ireland because of the way they put down their hooves? They do it in a pattern different from horses which allows them to traverse bogland in a gliding movement.
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St. Patrick's Day Is just around the corner - really. it is! Just about 2 weeks or so for shipping until the wearing of the Green! We have hats, sunglasses, tee shirts and a wide variety of fun products plus a ton of great products for your shopping pleasure. We are offering 1/2 off on shipping now. And, exclusively for Irish Culture and Customs readers, take 10% off your order and get FREE shipping on orders over $50! The discount will be removed AFTER you place your order. Just put the code IC01 in the ‘add a gift card’ section! Last but certainly not last, we are giving away two free tickets to the Rhythm of the Dance at the Comcast Arena in Everett WA on 19th of March 2013. Just go towww.celticattic.com
and enter our Free Giveway and you are automatically entered to win the tickets. This event features the National Dance Company of Ireland.
You can contact the Celtic Attic on line or by phone - and please tell them Bridget & Russ said hello!
1. St. Brigid, Patroness of Ireland by Joseph A Knowles
2. Life of St. Brigid, Abbess of Kildare by Jane G Meyer & Zachary Lynch
3. St. Brigid's Well by Jessie Russell & Ronald Cohn
A round of pints and applause to the following Irish bibliophiles:
Deirdre Mckiernan Hetzler
National Board Member, Irish American Cultural Institute
Author, Irish America Reawakening:The Eoin McKiernan Story
Now available here:
nd now for our next quiz - Who wrote:
Please send your entries to:
It would be very helpful to put Book Quiz in the subject line. Thanks!
To begin with, the answer to our previous Noggin’ Niggler
Give it food and it will live
Give it water and it will die
Q. What is it?
As always our Riddle People were fired up and hot to be first in with the correct answer, but the winner of that distinction goes to Mike H in New Jersey USA. Well done, Mike!
And now for next Head Banger:
I have one, you have one.
If you remove the first letter, a bit remains.
If you remove the second, bit still remains.
After much trying, you might be able to remove the third one also, but it remains.
Q. What is it?
Please send your answers to Bridget at the following email address firstname.lastname@example.org
It would be helpful if you put Riddle in the subject line. Thanks.
THE WEEK THAT IS
1. Shopping Section: Naturally, we hope you and yours will do all of your shopping through Irish Culture & Customs and and the advertisers in our newsletter - not just at the holidays - but all year round. For every sale, we make a small commission which goes a long way toward helping us cover the expenses of maintaining the web site and sending the newsletter. Many thanks in advance for your kindness!
ED. NOTE: Many thanks to all of you who did some or all of your shopping through Irish Culture and Customs throughout the holiday season. Our main shopping page is now featuring gifts for Valentine’s day. Here’s the link:
2. County News: The bits and bobs that used to come by mail are now on line here on the first Saturday of the month. The next edition will be published on March 2nd.:
3. Daily Headlines: We keep two week’s worth of headlines and links here: And we try to keep it all positive:
ED. NOTE: In the right-hand margin on this page, you will also find a link to the time and weather in Ireland.
4. Trivia Contest: All entries for the February Contest must be in by midnight on February 28th whatever time zone you live in
January’s winner was Linda Ellis, USA who chose for her prize the Celtic Warrior pendant generously provided by the Celtic Attic.
5. Article: Aran Isle Sweaters - how a dropped stitch gave rise to a popular myth.
6. Article: Emblems of Ireland - The Shamrock
7. Article: In My Father’s Time
8. Article: Francis O'Neill - The Man Who Saved Our Music
9. Article: A Visit to St. Patrick’s Well
10. Poetry Corner: Thomas Moore
11. The Irish Kitchen: Recipes for the Lenten Season
12. Basic Irish: St. Patrick’s Day:
13. Kids’ Ireland: St. Patrick from Slave to Saint
14. Music Review: Finbar Furey
This time around, our resident reviewer William Ramoutar takes a look at the career of a legendary Irish piper, singer - and even actor!
15. Circle of Prayer
The third Novena in this cycle began on February 25th and continues through March 5th. Since last we wrote we learned that a good internet friend and avid supporter of all things Irish, Jay Dooling, has been diagnosed with stage four cancer; it’s very difficult for us as well as his family and friends to grasp the gravity of his situation - he has always been so upbeat and full of joy - and amazingly, still is! Whatever your spiritual leanings please keep Jay and his wife Bert in your prayers or meditations as well as those still suffering from the affects of super storm Sandy, the families of all those so cruelly cut down at the school in Connecticut, those who lost their homes during the fires in Australia, Kim D from Canada who is undergoing treatment for breast cancer, Kevin Donahue, Susan Schupp, Hartson Dowd, his wife Helen and their family, the family and friends of the McTiernans, all those who are struggling with serious health and financial problems, and last , but certainly not least, all the men and women serving in the military all over the world. Please God, keep them safe and bring them home soon. http://www.irishcultureandcustoms.com/Blessings/CirclePrayer.html
The Week That Will be
God willing, we will be publishing a new home page on Monday, March 4th.
So there you have it until, we write again around around St. Patrick’s Day. If you’re celebrating a birthday, anniversary or other special event between now and then, we hope it’s an occasion filled with love, joy and laughter. And if you were married in March or plan on tying the knot next month, here is your special verse:
If you wed when March winds blow
Both joy and sorrow you will know.
And don’t forget - Mother’s Day in Ireland is called Mothering Sunday and this year it falls on March 10th. Might we suggest sending flowers through our site or perhaps a gift from one of our sponsors ? And whatever title you use - Mam, Mum, Ma, Mammy or Mom. we know your message of love and appreciation will go to the 'Best Mother in the World!
We’ll take our leave with this lovely Irish blessing
May the raindrops fall lightly on your brow.
May the soft winds freshen your spirit.
May the sunshine brighten your heart
May the burdens of the day rest lightly upon you.
And may God enfold you in the mantle of His love.
And as they say in Ireland, mind yourself!
Until next time, pinch punch first day of the month white rabbit.!
Slan agus beannacht
Bridget & Russ
Get down on your knees and thank God you’re still on your feet.
Téigh ar do ghlúine is bí buíoch le Dia go bhfuil tú fós ar do chosa.
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ANNOUNCEMENTS & EVENTS
Irish Abroad lists many events taking place all over the world. Check them out here:
If we receive a unique event not mentioned there, we will be happy to list it here.
HOLLYWOOD, FLA - UPCOMING EVENTS
Patrick O’Dea, president of the Irish American Ceili Club sent us a listing of events on the club’s calendar for March:
March 1 - Scottish Ceilidh at Maguires Hill
March 2 Scottish Fest at Snyder Park
March 8 9 10 15 16 17 - Irish Theatre of Florida presents "Here we are again still” Tix only $15 !
March 9 - Ceile at the club with Tommy & Sharon Call 954-460-5000 for info
WE ARE MARCHING 2 Parades: FtL 3/9/13
Meet @ 12 noon Dixie & Monroe
wear the colors !
For more details, photos and more, visit the club’s FaceBook page:
IRISH Facebook Link: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Irish-American-Ceili-Club/148025491923355
DUBLIN, IRELAND - MAY 19TH
Family Day, a national celebration of the diversity of families will be held at Iveagh Gardens with song, dance, music, magic, arts and crafts workshops, sports, storytelling, face painting, games and festivities for children of all ages. A complementary pampering area for grown-ups provides a relaxation haven, while a food village offers flavours from around the globe. Family Day is presented by One Family, Ireland’s leading organisation for one-parent families, and EBS. For more details, please visit the official site:
CO. TYRONE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 25th
'Tis the Gathering of the Great Norther Clans - the biggest in 400 years! The Ancient Clan O'Neill of Tyrone call on all O'Neills and their fellow Celts to help them celebrate the living re-enactment of the inauguration of Hugh O'Neill which will take place on Saturday 25th of May at 6.pm on the ancient site of Tulach Óg just outside Cookstown in County Tyrone. For more details, please click
Or write to Dan O’Neill: firstname.lastname@example.org
IRISH HERITAGE CENTER - CINCINNATI. OH
From Bodran Classes to Irish Fiddle sessions and much, much more, there is always something going on to celebrate Ireland & the Irish. For complete details about all events, please click
FRIENDS OF IRELAND - LOS ALAMITOS, CA
Friends of Ireland of Southern California Monthly Breakfast. Events are held on the 1st Tuesday of the month. Please call in RSVP to one of the contacts below one day in advance so we can accommodate you.
Barbara Walsh (714) 739-4195 Kathy Wisdom (714) 572-8277
Tom Kennedy (562) 425-2636 Jim O'Dea (626) 965-0307
CEILI OF THE VALLEY SOCIETY - Portland OR
First Friday of the month Céilís and ongoing Tuesday night Céilí and Sean Nós dance classes. Our season runs from October through June and next season we may be moving the dances to Saturday rather than Friday nights. For more details, please click
LEAVE ‘EM LAUGHING
The Irish love making puns or plays on words- especially headline writers. We’ll leave you with a few gems gathered from all over.
Patient At Death's Door - Doctors Pull Him Through
Latin Course To Be Canceled--No Interest Among Students, et al.
Antique Stripper to Display Wares at Store
War Dims Hope For Peace
If Strike Isn't Settled Quickly, It May Last A While
Cold Wave Linked to Temperatures
Is There a Ring of Debris around Uranus?
Super Caley Go Ballistic, Celtic Are Atrocious
Child's Stool Great for Use in Garden
Dealers will Hear Car Talk at Noon
Red Tape Holds Up New Bridges
Enraged Cow Injures Farmer with Ax
Eye Drops Off Shelf
Robber Holds Up Murphy’s Hosiery
New Study of Obesity Looks for Larger Test Group
Shot Off Woman's Leg Helps Nicklaus to 66
Grandmother of Eight Makes Hole in One
Police Begin Campaign to Run Down Jaywalkers
Panda Mating Fails - Veterinarian Takes Over
British Left Waffles on Falkland Islands
And a few word plays:
The Irish should be rich because their capital is always Dublin.
I couldn't quite remember how to throw a boomerang, but eventually it came back to me.
I used to have a fear of hurdles, but I got over it.
For plumbers, a flush beats a full house.
Her company distributes gift-boxed cashews, and she has a delivery guy that drives her nuts.
St. Patrick’s day is right around the corner - . Should I work on my Irish accent?
No, if it ain’t brogue, don’t fix it.
When Irish boys carry their little brothers, they get a Pat on the back.
No pun in ten did.
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