February 1 is the feast day of Ireland’s lesser-known patron saint, St. Brigid, who wove a unique Celtic cross from rushes and convinced a dying Gaelic chieftain to convert to Christianity.
Kelly is an anglicization of the Irish name O’Ceallaigh, which means “descendent of Ceallach” or “warrior.” Wherever the Irish have gone, Kellys have been there.
Ireland has some of the best love stories of ancient mythology, but be forewarned, not all of them end in happiness.
The triskelion is Ireland’s oldest symbol, signifying the many cyclical triplicities in Celtic belief and life including life, death, and rebirth.
January’s birthstone, the garnet, is prized for its healing and protective powers, thought to promote good health, good luck, and was once used to ward off the Black Death.
How the anonymous gift-giving game came to overtake offices and holiday parties in the English-speaking world.