On this short episode we discuss changes to our recording capabilities and our website. And we briefly review our plans to attend the 30th anniversary of Milwaukee Irish Fest. (more…)
In the next few episodes, we will be taking a look at our Top 10 lists for Ireland. Seems like everyone is putting together a “Top 10” list these days, so we thought we would share some of our top choices for Ireland. We have chosen our favorites from several categories; for example, we’ll list our top ten favorite towns/cities, our top ten. Why didn’t we limit ourselves to just one list of Top 10 Favorites? It’s too hard! And, while we admit we haven’t seen everything there is to see yet, these are our favorites thus far.
We begin the podcast series with our Top 10 Monastic/Spiritual Sites. Ireland is virtually littered with sites dating back thousands of years. These are the sites we are most drawn to again and again. For more information on any of the sites we mention, please click on the links below. NOTE: Many of the sites are part of Heritage Ireland (www.heritageireland.ie). If you purchase an OPW Heritage Card, you can enter these sites for no cost or reduced cost.
In this episode we talk about our hands-down, bar none, favorite day out of all the things we’ve done and seen in Ireland: our visit to Skellig Michael.
In anticipation of Saint Patrick’s Day, we briefly explore the life and legend of Saint Patrick, patron saint of Ireland.
At the 2009 Milwaukee Irish Fest, we sat down for an interview with Liam Hughes and Corey Taratuta, the hosts of the popular Irish Fireside travel podcast. They told us a bit about their podcast, Liam’s cottage in Ireland, their favorite places to see in Ireland, and gave us some tips for first time Irish travelers. You can find their amazing podcast at http://irishfireside.com
You can find more information about the festival itself and our topics of conversation by checking out the following sites:
Irish Fireside – http://irishfireside.com
Milwaukee Irish Fest – http://www.irishfest.com
Liam’s Jazz CD – http://liamjazz.com
Lamplighter Studio – http://www.lamplighterstudio.com
Knockahopple Cottage – http://www.knockahopple.com
Kathy brings you an update about the Holiday exhibition schedule at the Saint Patrick Centre. You can find more information about their holiday exhibit, the “Christmas Narnia Experience” on their website: http://www.saintpatrickcentre.com/
Dr. Campbell is the Director of the Saint Patrick Centre in Downpatrick, County Down. He was kind enough to sit down with us for a few moments during Milwaukee Irish Fest 2009, and he told us about the Centre and several of its programs, which include local outreach events and an international ambassador program.
In our first mini-cast, we talk briefly about our plans for our mini-casts, talk about the new website, then give a bit of detail about the 2009 Podcast Awards. Nominations for the Podcast Awards open on October 4th and close on October 18th.
Links to the nomination categories can be found here:
The nomination rules can be found at:
We caught up with Tommy Sands, world-renowned singer/songwriter and social activist from County Down, at the 2009 Milwaukee Irish Fest and asked him about his musical influences, his new book The Songman: A Journey in Irish Music, and how he views the changes that have taken place in the last few decades in Northern Ireland. (more…)
When we were planning our first trip to Ireland, we had no idea what we were doing. We were traveling with another couple and none of us had been outside of the borders of North America before. We had a lot of decisions to make. How would we decide what to see and do? Should we stay in hotels? Or B&Bs? Or should we rent a self-catering accommodation for the week? If we were to stay in a self-catering accommodation, where would we want it to be located? (more…)