Saint Patrick wasn’t Irish. He was Welsh.Read more "Six Things You Never Knew About St. Patrick’s Day – A Begorrathon 2015 Post"
After a year of blogging, this is what I have learned: You’re all perverts. “Naked Jennifer Lawrence”, “Jennifer Lawrence Nude”, “Naked Mystique” and “J-Law boobs” are the most popular search terms that bring people to my blogRead more "Naked Jennifer Lawrence, Brother Jimmy Fallon and My Schweddy Balls: A Slightly NSFW Blogiversary Post"
Atomica Gourmet Pizza has great atmosphere, great food at good prices, and a decent selection of booze. The staff are also all very friendly and rather easy on the eye. What more could you ask for in a restaurant?Read more "Kingston Revisited"
The hastag du jour is #misefreisin, which translates as “Me too”. Tweet a picture or share a story about what Irishness means to you.Read more "St. Patrick’s Week: #misefreisin – we’re ALL Irish this weekend (so let’s prove that)"
By Niall McArdle It’s been a week filled with Irish inspiration: novelists, poets, and musicians, as well as the #IrelandInspires video which went viral this week. There’s no better way for me to end the week than with a wonderful tribute to my hometown, Dublin, which was posted on You Tube yesterday. The video – […]Read more "St. Patrick’s Week: A Year in Dublin"
here are some interesting statistics about how good and nice and kind we are, and for a tourist video about Ireland, I’m pleased to report it is Bono-free, nor are there any garishly made-up, spray-tanned, orange Irish dancers to be seen.Read more "St. Patrick’s Week: #IrelandInspires"
By Niall McArdle 1. St. Patrick wasn’t Irish. Historians still argue about his birthplace, which was most likely Wales (Cornwall and Scotland have also claimed him). He was born around 370 A.D. Most likely, his birth name was Maewyn, and he was probably the son of a Roman Briton named Calpurnius. Maewyn was captured during […]Read more "6 Surprising Facts about Saint Patrick’s Day"
There’s more to the Irish music scene than Bono, the Edge, Adam and Larry.Read more "St. Patrick’s Week: 50 Great Irish Songs!!!! (none by U2!)"
By Niall McArdle Seamus Heaney’s final words were “Noli timere”: Don’t be afraid And I suppose we shouldn’t be: Irish poetry is still in good hands. Here are some contemporary Irish poets. All poetry quoted below remains the copyright of the poets. Ciaran Carson Belfast Confetti Suddenly as the riot squad moved in, it was […]Read more "St. Patrick’s Week: After Heaney – Seven Great Living Irish Poets"
By Niall McArdle To celebrate St. Patrick’s Week, I offer here a selection of contemporary Irish writers worth checking out. Click on the photos to see their works. William Trevor. Not for nothing is Trevor hailed as perhaps the finest living writer in English. John Banville. When not writing dense, abstruse, philosophical prose, his alter-ego […]Read more "St. Patrick’s Week: 12 Irish Writers You Should Read"