Academic blog looking at how the beliefs and traditions of Ireland have been transmitted across the world through migration, with a focus on Irish folkloric celebrations, that are observed both at home and abroad.
O ’tis a fearful thing to be no more; Or if to be, to wander after death – Halloween and the Irish Diaspora
The above line, taken from John Dryden and Nathaniel Lee’s poem ‘From Oedipus’, perfectly encapsulates the eerie spookiness that surrounds Halloween, celebrated throughout the world on October 31st. A holiday that some refer to as a modern American invention, Halloween is actually a lot older than most realise, with it’s origins stemming from Ireland and… Read more
We Appeal to You, Holy Servant Boy, to Come and Walk Among Us – St Patrick’s Day and the Irish Diaspora
Probably one of the most recognisable celebrations that belong to Ireland and its wider diaspora is St Patrick’s Day. Observed on 17th March each year, the day serves as both a religious feast day and cultural commemoration, marking the accepted date that the patron saint of Ireland is believed to have died. Born in 5th… Read more
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