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Book Review: Everything Irish
by Bridget Haggerty

A few weeks back, one of our subscribers mentioned that the grandchildren were coming for the summer and wouldn't it be nice to have some different activities on offer for their entertainment. We went looking...

Everything Irish is a delightful book created for the 4 to 8 year old age group - although siblings could be of great help here with their younger brothers and sisters!

In the span of about 80 pages, the author does a great job of introducing young readers to Ireland's culture and customs. It begins with the very basics - learning about Ireland's geography and climate. Then, chapter by chapter, we are taken on a wonderful exploration of our country's history and heritage. We learn about thatched cottages and how they are made. From there, it's on to that unique Irish fishing vessel, the Currach. And then, to keep the young reader going, the author introduces the first of a famous Irish legend - The Children of Lir.

There's enough in this book to entertain the kids all summer long - an interesting variety of crafts including how to write their names "in the Celtic way" and making their own little replica of St. Brendan's boat. The author also gives the reader the story of St. Brendan, the Navigator.

Add to this emblems of Ireland, including the harp, the shamrock, the flag and then songs to sing and even a quiz to test their knowledge at the end, it's our opinion that Everything Irish is a must have this summer for every mum, da, nana and whatever the Irish call grandpa!

If you'd like to have this book on hand, just click here: Everything Irish


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Ireland's Most Haunted Castle

South-east of Birr between Kinnity and Roscrea, in Co. Offaly are the remains of Leap Castle. Originally an O'Carroll fortress, it guarded the pass from the Slieve Bloom into Munster. Said to have more than 50 ghosts, its dark and mysterious past includes the murder of a priest by his brother in the "Bloody Chapel" and the slaughter by their Irish employers of more than 50 Scots mercenaries in order to avoid payment. It has always had a reputation of being haunted and locals have described seeing the windows at the top of the castle "light up for a few seconds as if many candles were brought into the room" late at night. For more details read our article Creepy Irish Castles & Houses.
Photo Credit & More Details: H. J. Moncrieff

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