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Kids' Ireland Index of Stories


The Remarkable Rocket

Irish Children Learning through film

The Nightingale and the Rose

The Young King

The Countess Kathleen O'Shea

A Wolf Story

The Story of the Little Bird

The Bees who would not be left Behind

The Selfish Giant

Kate's Ancient Gift

How the Causeway Came to be

The Story of Sadhbh

Finn and Midac

Finn and the Aillen

Finn's Hounds

The Piper's Tale

Taggart's Lesson

The King has....?

The Story of Finn

Sean & the Selkie

Old Whiskers Wins a Wife

A Midnight Dance

Ugly Feet

The Changling

Singing with the Good People

How the Harp Came to Be

The Adventures of Brendan

Tir Na N-og

A Plate at Howth

Never Forget Ireland

Leary's New House

Little Red Bird

Midnight Visitors

The Day After

Boand's River

Fooling St. Patrick

The Story of Bottle Hill

The Salmon of Knowledge

Making Saint Brigid's Crosses

The Soul Traps

An Interview with Nessie

Saint Patrick's Day puzzle & crafts for kids

Saint Patrick from Slave to Saint

The White Trout

The Bewitched Kerry Cow

 

Mon, Sep 29, 2014

Hallowe'en Customs

In Ireland long ago, there were no pumpkins. For Hallowe'en, the people would carve out a turnip. Immigrants to America brought this tradition with them, but they quickly discovered that a big, bright orange pumpkin made a much better "Jack O' Lantern!" Other customs they brought with them were games such as Snap Apple and Ducking or Bobbing for Apples. Irish children didn't go Tricking or Treating as we know it; but they did receive gifts of apples and nuts from their friends and relatives. They also enjoyed eating Colcannon, a dish made from potatoes and cabbage, and for dessert, they often had apple dumplings or Stampy cakes made from potatoes and flavored with sugar, caraway seeds and cream.
Carved Turnip from University of British Columbia


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