To begin with, I’ve researched one day in Dublin, including 3 meals, a friendly place to sleep for the night and even take in some sightseeing, all for less than $50 a day!
A hostel will run you about $12 to $18 a night for a single person in a room sharing. For more private accommodation $15 to $35. Pretty cheap huh? Even the lowest grade hotels in the U.S are not this cheap. Travel to Ireland instead.
I’ve said that before but did you know the grass-roots of this fine country, the very fiber of America, the existence of the American government, the life blood that makes America great is due largely in part because of Irish Revolutionary soldiers followed by a few Scots and Scots/Irish, though to be fair, many of the Scots fought for the British and there is at least one notable Irishman in the British army.
Without these brave Irish men, America would likely not exist, which is why George Washington (the father of America and her first general) loved his Irish soldiers.
The women of Ireland are the most self-convinced, adaptable, determined and brave people on God’s green earth and their history proves it. Though they did not have yet the right to vote or hold political office, women who lived in and around Dublin invented their own political groups and there was no stopping their enthusiasm or how they would change Ireland. To learn who ten of the strongest and bravest women of 1916 were, (Coming soon) Subscribeand get a FREE Report. Ten Irish Heroines of 1916, The Women of the Rising.
In 1913, Cumann na mBan (translated as Women’s League) was a strictly female organization meant to be a compliment to the Irish Volunteers. The purpose of Cumann na mBan was to advance Irish Liberty through the use of force by arms against the crowned forces if need be.
Often, when we think about Irish history we think of the 1916 Easter Rising, the Great hunger and stories of evictions, starvation, social injustice. While all these things are true, and I certainly would not want to downplay any of it, there were other more positive things going on in Ireland, despite all that heartache and hardship. Below are 5 things You Didn’t Know About Irish History, from my new book, 100 Things You Didn’t Know About Irish History.
A landlord is a man who has property or keeps lodgings to whom tenants pay a fixed rent. The operative word here is fixed, something an Irish landlord had complete will to establish as he wished, often using his immense power to do just that. Many Irish landlords were cruel and looking to make a good buck at the expense of poor Irish peasantry but that was not always the case and one has to understand the situation of the times.
People crammed into coffin ship.
Several things contributed to the disaster so to put all the blame on landlords, perhaps is too simplistic an explanation. Not for the first time, the potato crop failed in the mid nineteenth century. This was the staple of the poor Irish diet. Along with widespread famine, all other crops were exported out of Ireland, the prices increased as well, and store houses of grain kept locked while the British government adopted a Laissez-faire doctrine of response, creating mass hunger, misery, evictions, emigration, and for some, death. Many landlords left their Irish estates in the hands of an estate agent, some leaving the country altogether. The estate agents had one goal and one only, to make the estate viable. Soon all landlords were grouped together as tyrants.
Not all landlords fit into this stereotype but there with their horrible reputations, would it be that easy to trust any landlord?.Continue reading →
100 Things You Didn’t Know About Ireland, filled with little known Irish history, is soon to be released May 1st. Over thirty four million Irish Americans live in the U.S alone, more than 7 times the population of Ireland. Do you wish you knew more about your Irish ancestors? Do you have anyone to ask? Have your aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents passed on? Were you told ‘be proud you are Irish’ but not sure of what you should be proud of? Do you know anything else in Irish history beyond the history of the Famine,corned beef and cabbage and St Patrick’s Day?Are your relatives dead or were you told not to ask questions about the past?Do you live in Ireland but know next to nothing about Irish history? Then 100 Things You Didn’t Know about Ireland is for you. Continue reading →
St Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland is shrouded in so many fantastical stories that one wonders if he was a man at all. The real Patrick was a simple human being who was kind, gentle, courageous, and confident in his beliefs. True, he was larger than life but not the way most people think.
Maewyn Succat is the name given at birth to the man we know as Patrickof Ireland around the end of the 4th century. Most likely, he was born in Britain and the son of a Roman deacon named Calpornius who was also a tax collector. His grandfather was Potius during the reign of Constantine the Great, first Christian emperor of the Romans so it is easy to see how Patrick would be influenced in ‘the family business’ from an early age on. As one of Roman nobility, a station of honor and privilege, Patrick would have had hereditary privileges as well. His father would have had high hopes for his son, knowing he could one day rule over his less fortunate countrymen. Continue reading →
Read. Read. Read. But also think outside the box. Watch popular movies. The Princess Bride is one of my all time favorites for dialogue and one of the few screenplays that was written before the book was ever created, which I am told is really about the making of the movie so that makes sense. If you haven’t seen the Princess Bride, you owe it to yourself to watch this great film which is a fairy tale love story, if for no other reason than to hear some of the most quotable long-lasting dialogue of alll time. The movie aired for the first time 25 years ago. Lines that if you or I had in our books, would be remembered and cherished. Now what author wouldn’t dream of that? Incidentally, the movie was not an immediate success, something that should make all of the authors reading this take heart. I, myself watch movies for some of the reasons I read books, not only to be entertained, but to learn more about generating believable and entertaining fiction. Things like how actors portray emotion and dialogue for instance. Continue reading →
Need a matchmaker? Everyone wants to fall in love and its been that way since the beginning of time. Nothing has changed about the desire but what has changed is how we go about it or how often we try and try again only to be disappointed. Ever wish there was an easier way to meet a man or woman? For centuries, people had arranged marriages. They married for status, wealth, security or to secure peace between two separate countries. Some of those marriages actually lasted and some were very happy ones. Continue reading →