When it's that time of year...
Every year, without fail, the web hits on the following two pages go
through the roof (relatively speaking) around February and March. I can't
imagine why :-)
- Irish Phrases
that drive me NUTS!
- Irish Stew: Back in
1995, I threw together a web page with a recipe for this, based on a
usenet post from Fiona Hyland. It's still there, though the link to
Fiona's recipe pages is now stale; I can't find where she's gone :-(.
But the stew... Yum! Forget about your corned beef and cabbage
(ewww); this is much better!
Irish and Celtic Passages
- In my copious (HAH!) spare time, I try to maintain a web page called
Irish and Celtic
Thingies (and no, I don't remember why I called it that; I
must have been low on inspiration that day). This was originally on
my local test server at NRAO, then for 5 years it was hosted on the
site run by Gerard Manning, with a mirror on Cornerstone Networks in
Charlottesville (I think that's still there, though I don't have
access to it anymore so it's VERY stale). For quite some time it
was also mirrored on Matt Mead's
goof.com, but now it lives here
my own domain.
- From 1993 through about 2003, I was caretaker of the Thistle and Shamrock NPR Stations list.
This was a fairly comprehensive list of all National Public Radio
(NPR) stations that carry this program of Irish, Scottish and other
Celtic music hosted by Fiona Ritchie. At the time of inception,
there was no other way of finding this information online. Now,
fortunately, the T&S show has
its own web site.
- Here's an old Travelogue
of my vacation (holidays, holliers) in Ireland
in 1996. It only covers the first 4 days; I never got around to
- Radio Teilifís
Éireann (RTE, the Irish National Radio and
Television Station) has a good online presence. They were one of
the first to automatically provide daily news shows in an audio
format suitable for the net, and one of the first to have live feeds
(for both Radio 1 and 2FM). However, they did have some prodding
:-) in the form of an interesting experiment in the early days of the
web. That experiment shut down long ago, but it sure was fun while
it lasted. It's interesting in its later days that the open source
part of the experiment proved to be more reliable than the
RTE News is
one of the best sources of news (see next item for another) if you
really want to know what's going on in Ireland. They also have
Teletext, a service updated every half an hour or so,
provides very current news from Ireland in a very low-bandwidth
form (it looks a bit "retro" these days).
- The Irish
Times (part of Ireland.COM). Real news about
Ireland from the source. Warning: some of their content is
only accessible via a paid subscription; fortunately, their cool weather webcam
overlooking O'Connell Bridge in Dublin is free :-).
- I'd be lax if I didn't mention Liam Ferrie's Irish Emigrant. Started as an
informal e-mail newsletter sometime around 1990 (or before?) by a
volunteer in what was then the DEC plant in Galway, and when I
discovered it in the early 1990's it was like a lifeline;
finally, good honest, solid, accurate news on a weekly
basis from Ireland!!! (Remember, the web back then was a few
machines at CERN and text-only
browsers; we're talking pre-firefox, pre-IE, pre-mosaic here).
Anyway, Liam's efforts have grown into a truly wonderful
Republic of Ireland Constitution (In Irish: Bunreacht