Wanderlust Wednesday – Galway, Ireland

Talk of rolling hills, Ireland just seems to be full of them. Continuing with our St. Patrick’s Day theme we visit Galway, Ireland a place of subtle and majestic beauty. Land so vibrantly green, mysterious, and ancient that each image elicits a story, legend, or fairytale. Really feeling a trip to Ireland right now. Enjoy!

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Castles of Connacht: Lismore, Galway
Bay on north side of headland
Galway, Ireland
Cliffs of Moher
Clifden in County Galway
Kylemore Abbey, Connemara, County Galway, Ireland
Quay Street – Galway, Ireland
Galway, Ireland
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Magic Monday – Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona Daoibh (Happy St. Patrick’s Day!)

I have a long-standing love for Irish music and dance. Expressive and energetic, I always enjoy discovering new music and shows. Here are some of my favorite nuggets of Irish culture. Enjoy and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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Such fun. I love me a flash-mob. Irish step dancing is done with amazing military precision. Now if you want rock-solid thighs take-up Irish step dancing, you will be in shape in no time.

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I love this song. I first discovered it when I was really young and it has been with me ever since. A lovely story and tune, it wraps you up and you don’t want to let go.

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Umm, greatest show ever!! OMG, now I have yet to see them live but I was lucky enough to see some of the performance on television and it was AMAZING. Oh I’m sorry, am I yelling? Yes, with joy because this show is so ridiculously awesome. From tremendous music and dancing to an engaging, heartfelt, and universal story, this show checks all of my boxes. A must see if you can. Their last two stops are in Detroit and Boston.

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So nice I had to give it to you twice!

 

Magic Mondays – Every Version of This Song Makes Us Smile

Thanks so much for Dr. Brene Brown for sharing this wonderful find via her blog. My favorite part of this video, the end when all the kids are so joyous that they cannot contain their excitement. To see that level of happiness makes me happy and grateful. Grateful that this happened, grateful that it was shared, grateful for the technology to share it, and grateful for these wonderful kids and their incredible talent. Hope there is some magic in your Monday.

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We love the Cups song from the film, Pitch Perfect. My 10 year old niece and her friends even
gave me a demonstration and lesson last week.

Someone recommended this version on my Facebook page and I fell in love. Community and connection!
Gaelic is such a beautiful language and the kids and staff from Coláiste Lurgan bring it home!
You can find the lyrics and follow along here. 

Sometimes when the water is deep and dark, music is the perfect lifeboat.

Source: http://brenebrown.com/2013/10/01/every-version-song-makes-us-smile/

Wanderlust Wednesday: Ireland

I have had a long running interest and appreciation for Irish culture. Why? I don’t know, but there is something magical about the culture, music, and landscape. Maybe I was Irish in a past life.

One of my favorite things to think about is how traditional Irish culture has diversified in too so many different and beautiful things. From bluegrass music and tap dance in the United States to the Afro Celt Sound System, I love and admire the great adaptive power of culture and people. Our growth and change only adds more depth to our complex and already rich history.

We like to think of culture as a stagnant brick house, solid but also unflinching. Yet the greatest strength of culture is its adaptability, its capacity to mix in the new with the old and to create something equally as great. There is room for all of this glorious innovation, a process that is found often in nature itself.

Today we celebrate Ireland and the glorious inspirations that have come out of her rich cultural depths.

O’Brien’s Tower
Killiney Beach
Children and Pony
Cliffs of Moher
Howth, Dublin
Kylemore Abbey, County Galway
Irish Fiddlers

Sources:

http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/countries/your-ireland-photos/

http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/countries/ireland-photos/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bluegrass_music

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tap_dance

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Afro_Celt_Sound_System