The bulk of this journey I have found myself in Ireland. Perhaps it was the comfort I took in familiar views, Ireland reminding me of the hills of home. Perhaps it was the friendliness of strangers met in Ireland, the hospitality shared and the endless amounts of craic (good times) to be found. The ancient… Continue reading More than just Guinness & Cabbage….
Being in and out of Ireland over the past few months, I've really grown comfortable in this familiar but foreign land, due mostly in part to the warm folks that make up this ancient land of faith, passion, and pride. And on no other day of the year will you sense all that with an… Continue reading No Better Place To Be For St. Paddy’s Day!
One of the wonderful friends I've met while here in Slane is Eamon. A tall, strapping, football loving Irishman, who's family has lived on the Hill of Slane in the shadow of the historic ruins since the 1930's. Growing up running the hills with other village boys, battling with wooden swords among the stone walls, throwing… Continue reading Brown Bread on The Hill
I awoke yesterday morning to fog like none other I had seen and despite it was my second day of driving in Ireland, that even at noon roads could have spots of black ice (temps were only at 42 f) and that I had no map, I was going to explore Loughcrew Cairns. There is… Continue reading Forgotten Hills of Mystery
The Aga is not a stove, nor a range , nor an oven. It is a household tool, a domestic servant that is a wonderful and useful jack of all trades yet ill equipped to be a master of any - an Aga is a part of daily life. Patricia says " We've learned to… Continue reading Cooking according to Aga
Sourcing tradition and quality when it comes to food is a very easy task when in Meath County Ireland! Meet Peter Whelan, of The Whole Hogg Farm, located near Slane Ireland. Peter and his wife Susan began raising the ancient breed of Irish Grazer pigs, aka Tamworth pigs seven years ago and has since brought… Continue reading Peter & The Whole Hogg Farm
http://vimeo.com/53921127 It doesn't take too many pints or "pleases to get an Irishman singing, and I'm finding that pretty much all Irishmen can sing beautifully!! After our visit with artisan butcher Peter Whelan of The Whole Hogg Farm outside of Slane Ireland, we stopped into the Hilltop Pub where they prodded this lovely man Brendon,… Continue reading A wee Irish Tune
Visited with Peter Whelan at his "Whole Hog" farm this afternoon, where he raises and sells the ancient and rare Irish Grazers pig (aka the Tamworth pig). http://www.thewholehoggs.com An artisan butcher, Peter is passionate about keeping the Irish traditions of butchering and meat products alive and available to his community. After the visit, we stopped… Continue reading Black Puddin’ on the Grill
Here, pilgrim, stop; rest on yonder monumental slab, beneath the shadow of that tall, ivy-mantled tower, the belfry of the cathedral....it once was gorgeous with the shrines of Fathers, and illumed by many a flickering taper, though now the hemlock fills its aisles, and the purple foxglove waves it's lonely banneret. The ground whereon we… Continue reading Hill of Slane