Welcome to Killarney, Florida!

Killarney, Florida If you haven’t been able to get to the Killarney along the Wild Atlantic Way in Ireland. You might try visiting Killarney, Florida. Yes! Florida has Killarney! On a recent day trip to Winter Garden’s History Museum, I was surprised to see a series of orange crate labels depicting shamrocks and the wordContinue reading “Welcome to Killarney, Florida!”

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day – And the What Abouts?

This is the week! When everyone who has a hint or trace of Irish ancestry dons something green. But did you know Irish history indicates that there was more than one Saint Patrick. What? No, no, no. I was shocked and disappointed when one of my Irish uncles told me there was probably more thanContinue reading “Happy Saint Patrick’s Day – And the What Abouts?”

Updated Post: Irish Halloween Blessing

We know and love Halloween as a fun loving time of year. In my neighborhood, here in Florida, the adults play a game called “I’ve been boo’ed”. You create a bag of Halloween treats and then secretly place it a neighbor’s door. Then the neighbor creates a treat bag and passes it along. And soContinue reading “Updated Post: Irish Halloween Blessing”

The Month’s Mind

The “month’s mind” is a tradition still practiced in Ireland. Basically, when a loved one has passed, a requiem Mass is celebrated one month after the passing. And, the family usually gathers together after the Mass for tea and words of remembrance for the loved one. I, for one, love this idea of family comingContinue reading “The Month’s Mind”

County Mayo – The Heather County

Another Name for County Mayo County Mayo is often called the Heather County. Ling heather can be found in abundance throughout Mayo’s bogs especially in the bog of CĂ©ide Fields and in the Ballycroy National Park at the foot of the Nephin Mountain. Did you know that heather comes in colors other than purple? InContinue reading “County Mayo – The Heather County”