Mammy, mum, mom, mam, or ma – no matter what you happen to call yours, there’s an important day approaching! March 19th is Mother’s Day here in Ireland; an occasion to celebrate your nearest and dearest and let them know just how much you care.
Of course, it’s not merely about saluting the woman who gave birth to you, but about all of those who’ve played a mothering role in life. It could be an aunt or a grandmother, a sister or a family friend, or even a boss who’s been a nurturing presence as you developed into the person you are today: all of the “other mothers”, if you will! Indeed, that’s far closer to the original meaning of the holiday – which brings us to a history that might surprise you…
St. Patrick’s Day is Ireland’s national holiday. It celebrates St. Patrick and takes place on March 17th every year. In Ireland St. Patrick’s Day traditionally was the first public holiday of the year, so it was the perfect chance for Irish people to relax and let their hair down (or dye it green).
Obviously, those who leave behind family and friends will always miss their loved ones but it’s not just the people you know that you miss when you leave Ireland, but the people in general.
Irish heritage is almost a pre-requisite to becoming president in America so there must be something in the Irish psyche that suits the role. From Joe Biden to Barack Obama to JFK, 23 presidents can claim Irish heritage and the rest are, no doubt, scrambling to find a connection. Antrim people seem particularly presidential, with 8 former presidents having Antrim ancestors.
Yes, it is winter. We all are feeling the cold and are getting our sweaters out to feel cozy. Aran Irish sweaters are something which should be carefully taken care of in order to increase their longevity. From washing to folding to storage conditions, there’s a lot to learn when it comes to how to organize your sweaters. So here are some useful tips on storing sweaters in both on- and off-seasons so they remain in perfect condition.
Originated in the wild landscape of the Aran Islands, off the rugged West Coast of Ireland, it uses a rich and distinctive range of beautiful and intricate stitches and patterns, but did you know that there’s actually a story and a meaning behind every single stitch?