Posts Tagged: ireland

Dress Your Family In Your Lover's Shoes

I was asleep on the overnight train from Carbondale to Chicago, dreaming about snuggling with my boyfriend, Sam. I awoke to find myself reaching for my seatmate—a newly released convict who did not want to snuggle.

“No,” he said, crossing his arms. I knew he was a former inmate from his grey sweatpants, matching t-shirt, and prison-issued sneakers. The Pinckneyville Correctional Center is halfway between Southern Illinois and Union Station. The midnight train is the cheapest option for shipping freed men north.

He shook his head. “I don’t cuddle.”

“Sorry,” I mumbled. It seemed pointless to explain that I’d thought he was my boyfriend of one [...]


Should You Ever Go Across the Sea to Ireland, Bring a Mongoose

"During the Celtic Tiger boom, snakes became a popular pet among the Irish nouveaux riches, status symbols in a country famous for its lack of indigenous serpents. But after the bubble burst, many snake owners could no longer afford the cost of food, heating and shelter, or they left the country for work elsewhere. Some left their snakes behind or turned them loose in the countryside, leading to some startling encounters." —Why get a pet with thousands of years of mutually-beneficial domestication behind it when you could feed rubbery dead mice to something expensive that is utterly indifferent to you (at best) and feels like the outside of an [...]


Ask Someone Who Recently Traveled Around Ireland

A couple weeks ago I took a 10-day trip through Ireland, with long-to-very-short stops in Dublin, Malahide, Kilkenny, Killarney, around the Ring of Kerry and the Skellig Ring, Dingle, Portmagee, Athlone, Galway, and Belfast. It was great. Question: I have wanted to do such a trip for a while! But was chicken about driving there. How difficult did you find it? (I looked into bus schedules but it seemed … like I should get over it and just rent a car.)

The cars were hard! Probably the most unexpectedly stressful part, actually. The roads are about this wide ||, and the driving-on-the-left-side thing is not an instant natural fit [...]


A Conversation with Philomena Lee

In the ‘50s, Philomena Lee became pregnant outside of marriage at the age of 18. She was sent to an Irish convent to have her baby, and after that, worked off her expenses in the laundry, permitted to see her child for an hour each day. Against her will and as part of a large and secretive program of forced adoption, the nuns gave her young son away when he was three years old. Philomena was able to track down her son—a successful lawyer and former chief legal counsel to the RNC—only after his death. Her search is the subject of the movie Philomena, starring Judi [...]


Ress O'Peighs

Epicurious has a cute little guide to Irish-themed St. Patrick's Day recipes, if you like to look at pictures of breakfasts. (And beyond: I'm feeling this buttered cabbage.) Now I'm fondly recalling the Potato Colada.


New Music From jj, Cat Power, Bethany Cosentino

I just got back from Ireland and boy are my arms pale and mottled! No (yes), but it's gorgeous there, and I wish there were a way, at the end of all trips, to see the cumulative amount of [whatever] you'd consumed there. In this case, butter, whiskey, and air inhaled sharply while riding in rental-car passenger seats on inconceivably narrow country roads. (Bowls, bowls, gallons!) But everything turned out great. Anyway, what did I miss?

Also, the lovely Swedish duo jj are giving away a five-track EP (here's a nice sample), Cat Power premieres new music on NPR, Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino covers "Rhiannon," and [...]


Harbinger of End Times Arrives in Ireland Inhabiting Physical Body of Goat-Sheep ("Geep")

Via the BBC, news of "The Second Coming":

A rare, hybrid animal that is part goat and part sheep has been born on a farm in the Republic of Ireland.

Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;/ Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,

The animal, referred to as a geep, was born about two weeks ago on Paddy Murphy's farm in County Kildare.

The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere/ The ceremony of innocence is drowned

Mr Murphy said the cross-breeding was not intentional. He described it as a "pure shock to the system."

Surely some revelation is at hand;/ Surely the Second Coming is at hand.


If You Ever Go Across the Sea to Ireland

…you can now* get moderately tanked before driving home (the equivalent of two or three drinks, which renders different sizes of people very different levels of tanked, some not at all), provided you're in a designated "remote" area, thanks to councillor Danny Healy-Rae:

“A lot of these people are living in isolated rural areas where there’s no public transport of any kind, and they end up at home looking at the four walls, night in and night out, because they don’t want to take the risk of losing their licence,” he told

Ireland has been quite successful in recent years, it seems, in cutting down on their drunk [...]


Woman Is the Best Person Ever

Thirty-four-year-old Happiness auditions for Irish TV show Got to Dance.