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Birthday Bumps

I am celebrating two friends’ birthdays this weekend. Celebrating a birthday in Ireland is almost completely identical to celebrating one in the States: a few drinks, maybe some dinner, birthday cards, a balloon or two and definitely cake, candles and even (the dreaded*) birthday song. 318 more words


Tea Time!

My family made a big trip to the UK and Ireland in 1997. This was only my second trip to Europe, following a few weeks in Switzerland in 1996. 941 more words


Lá Fhéile Phádraig

All of us have things we love about our native lands, and all of us have things we can’t stand. I’m no exception. I’m very proud of being Irish, and by and large I’m happy to live in Ireland and to say that ‘ 660 more words


Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Today’s the day members of the Irish diaspora remember their roots, and in my home this was a big day. A Big Day. Genetically speaking, I’m mostly Irish as three of my grandparents were Irish, and those three had the biggest impact on how I viewed myself. 550 more words


Tayto Pop-Up

I have written here previously about my love of Irish crisps (read: chips if you are in the USA). I am not the only person in this city, American or Irish, who feels such a fondness for the salty snack. 330 more words


The luck of the Irish

Sydney’s holding a St Patrick’s Day parade today so it’s fitting that I finished my playthrough of The Saboteur today. Or, as I like to think of it, … 703 more words


Porridge! Oatmeal! Whatever!

The first time I fell in love with oatmeal was in 1995. I was on an outdoors adventure program in the Adirondacks. I sat by the little fire outside our lean-to in the early spring morning, the smell of warm cinnamon and raisin flavor Quaker instant oatmeal cutting the cold air. 1,200 more words