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The Top 7 Things to Do in County Carlow

The Top 7 Things to Do in County Carlow

Posted by Adam Farley on 28th May 2019

County Carlow is among Ireland’s smallest counties in terms of both area and population (just over 55,000 people in 346 square miles), but it also houses some of Ireland’s most beautiful ruins and gardens. Located in the province of Leinster and to the south east of Dublin, County Carlow offers a wo …
7 Ways to Include a Bit of Irish Flair in Any Wedding

7 Ways to Include a Bit of Irish Flair in Any Wedding

Posted by Lucas Beechinor on 27th May 2019

At ShamrockGift, we love wedding season. Incorporating Irish traditions and décor into your big day can be incredibly fun, is so easy to do, and is guaranteed to leave a special impression on your guests. Whether you boast Irish ancestry or not, including Irish and Celtic wedding traditions in ce …
Folklore Friday: Lady Gregory and the Gaelic Revival

Folklore Friday: Lady Gregory and the Gaelic Revival

Posted by Olivia O’Mahony on 24th May 2019

This past March 15, marked 167 years since the birth of one of Ireland’s most seminal folklorists. Isabella Augusta Gregory — who would later go on to be known merely as “Lady Gregory,” a title that has long since befitted the regal pride with which she continues to be associated — was more than …
New “Cork Rebel Way” Tourism Trail to Launch in June

New “Cork Rebel Way” Tourism Trail to Launch in June

Posted by Adam Farley on 23rd May 2019

The Michael Collins Centre, in association with other agencies in County Cork, unveiled plans yesterday to launch a new driving trail that will showcase popular historic sites in the county associated with Ireland’s independence period in the early 20th century alongside lesser-known areas of int …
7 Drop Dead Gorgeous Places to Visit in County Westmeath

7 Drop Dead Gorgeous Places to Visit in County Westmeath

Posted by Adam Farley on 21st May 2019

Named for its location at the western edge of the ancient Kingdom of Meath (derived from the Irish word for "middle," midhe), County Westmeath lies almost precisely in the geographic center of Ireland. As such, it is covered in sprawling fields, pastures, and forests, as well as lush lake lands. Dot …
The Fighting 69th: The Story of America's Irish Regiment

The Fighting 69th: The Story of America's Irish Regiment

Posted by Brian Patrick O'Sullivan on 20th May 2019

“Faugh a Ballagh” or “Clear the Way” has been the motto of 69th Infantry Regiment or “The Fighting 69th” since the regiment was first active during the Civil War in 1849 as the 9th Regiment New York State Militia. They were a key part of helping the Union defeating the Confederacy. In five wars from …