Archive for the ‘St. Patrick’s Day Festival’ Category

Old Glory Flies Over Dublin during a Parade

Would your guess be Ireland? If you’re talking about people who are 100% Irish, you’re right.  But the United States has more folks with Irish ancestors than any other place in the world.

Even people with non-Irish sounding last names may have an ancestor who hailed from this country. Oftentimes, the family name was changed when the person or family arrived at Ellis Island. The recorder simply couldn’t understand the accent or their Irish language. Others immigrants changed their name to Americanize, to fit more easily into the giant melting pot called the U.S.

The potato famine caused a large number of crops in Ireland to die, leaving many people without food in the 1830s. These citizens had the option of leaving or staying and facing certain death. (More people died during those years than at any other point in Ireland’s history.) Some moved to other parts of Europe, but a large number of people headed west to America.  Others came due to political unrest at home and looked to homestead in the U.S. after the famine.  And, some Irish people were the first settlers in the States, particularly in the Southern part of the country where their music still has great influence.

Curious about your own roots? For Irish Genealogical Resources, go to this link for a fairly complete list of organizations and websites to help you track down your Irish family. 


After you’ve found them?  Visit them in Ireland, of course!

Your Dedicated Authentic Ireland writers:  Meredith and Win Blevins


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Even Dogs get Hangovers on St. Patrick’s Day 

The Ancient Irish cure for Hangovers

Even dogs get hangovers after St. Patrick's Day festivities

There’s an ancient cure used in Ireland, and has been used, for thousands of years to cure a hangover.

Here it is:  Dubliners cured their after-party St. Patrick’s blues by drinking from the well of a spa beside the Weaver’s Hall in the Coombe.  Now… There was just one problem here.  They often visited the nearby tavern, quite nearby, after they’d taken the waters of the spa.

On the other hand, at least they had a fresh start for a new round!

Have a happy St. Patrick’s Day, and make sure your doggie has a sitter.

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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin as Our Guests

We’ve gone crazy — it’s time to take advantage of us!

Another chance for a free trip for two to Dublin to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!

How do you enter?

1) You can only enter on our Facebook site (become a member of our community. We’re a fun group!)
2) When you visit our website on this link, http://tinyurl.com/6krvutx, check out the trip, and tell us what your favorite part would be. We want to know what you like.
3) Tell us who you’d take.
4) Why do you want to go?
5) Please invite your friends to enter the contest.

Here’s the facebook site: http://tinyurl.com/4x6y9uyJust post it right on the Facebook site–no need to bother with the wall.

That’s it. Pretty easy for a great trip to Ireland during the St. Patrick Day festivities!

Be creative if you want! Write a poem, take a video, snap a picture, use your words. They’re all good.

Winner will be announced on October 31st, and they will have 72 hours to claim their free trip to Ireland.

Good luck and Cheers!

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