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Ernest Shackleton, Ireland’s Most Famous Explorer

Ernest Shackleton, Ireland’s Most Famous Explorer

Posted by Ima Ocon on 12th Feb 2020

For Ireland, Feb. 15 stands out as a special day because it marks the birthday of Ernest Shackleton, the country’s most famous explorer. He was a major figure in the “Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration,” where a lot of scientific and geographic progress was made through journeys to the South Pole. …
Who Was St. Brigid and What Is her Cross?

Who Was St. Brigid and What Is her Cross?

Posted by Ima Ocon on 30th Jan 2020

February 1 marks a special time in the Irish calendar because it signals the end of winter and the beginning of spring. It’s also the feast day of St. Brigid, a patron saint of Ireland alongside St. Patrick and St. Columcille, so celebrations are in order! While customs during this day have evolved …
February's Birthstone: The Amethyst

February's Birthstone: The Amethyst

Posted by Benjamin St. Jacques on 29th Jan 2020

By Benjamin St. Jacques Millions of people around the world enjoy wearing birthstone jewelry and giving birthstone jewelry to friends and family as gifts. It’s common to feel a natural connection to the unique appearance, qualities, and colors of your birthstone. Although the idea of births …
Irish Surname Series: The Kelly Clan

Irish Surname Series: The Kelly Clan

Posted by Julia Brodsky on 27th Jan 2020

Kelly is an anglicization of the Irish name O’Ceallaigh, which means “descendent of Ceallach” or “warrior.” Ceallach is a personal name that has been thought to signify “bright-headed” or “white-headed.” The Irish word for churchyard, cill, implies that the name may also mean “frequenting churche …
Six Irish Urban Legends to Share with Friends

Six Irish Urban Legends to Share with Friends

Posted by Olivia O'Mahony on 11th Jan 2020

An urban legend is, at its heart, a kind of local pop culture. Sometimes referred to as “contemporary legends,” these stories bringing flavor, entertainment, and their own particular kind of logic into our collective consciousness. For decades in the United States, thrill-seekers have gotten thei …