Category Archives: ireland

Sanmhar Samhain

Halloween has nothing to do with Christianity. The Harvest Holiday originated way into BC. The Romans dedicated the feast to Pomona, the goddess of fruits and seeds, and the Celts celebrated the summer’s end with huge bonfires to evoke the blessing of the spirit world for the dark half of the year. Walking between the […]

The Year Of The Crow

My grandmother traveled by ship from Ireland to Boston at the age of 14. Once on a visit up to Maine someone asked what was the year of her arrival and Nana responded, “The Year of the Crow.” None of us knew what she meant by that. My mother hazarded a guess. “It refers to […]

Happy Padraic’s Day

Shot from the Stone Throne of Ballyconneeley 1997

QUEEN OF THE PLAZA by Peter Nolan Smith

St. Patrick’s Day promised to be another disaster for the Retail Collection of the Plaza Hotel. Hordes of green-clad spectators streamed down the escalator into the basement. Their eyes averted the luxury goods on offer, as their destination was the hotel’s public bathroom. Within the first hour I had given directions to the toilet over […]

The Longest Night

Stonehenge has endured time. This morning the sun rose in the east. Light passed through the massive portals to cast a path marking the winter solstice. Beer and mead were ready for drinking after the season of fermentation. Both served as food through the winter. I have always called the holy day Beermas. I celebrated […]