Halloween in Ireland

Are you wondering about the significance of Halloween in Ireland? Have you wondered why your co-worker Pádraig Ó Branagáin calls October 31st “Samhain“?

Commenter of the Fortnight & Poll of the Fortnight

First things first: The Commenter of the Fortnight is Jaime B, mostly due to her comment relating the “ominous and quite condemning description of hurling by Philip Stubbes in 1583.” The staff of the Bakker Bugle are proud of their inquisitive minds and thorough approach to research, and they detect a kindred spirit in Jaime’s contribution. ..

Web Log

A collection of links with just a little guidance for each one.
What’s News in Ireland? ..

The Oldest Building in Dublin

Dublin is a vibrant, exciting city. Compared to other European capitals, however, it is not chock-full of museums and historical sites that are obvious to the casual visitor. ..


When we moved to Dublin, we made the choice of getting the “local” (UK) satellite system, called SKY. ..

Springfield and Shelbyville

While on a short cab ride in Westport, Kathryn and I struck up a conversation with the driver. ..


Tomorrow (Monday) is a Bank Holiday here in Ireland, so this is a three-day weekend for us. It would be an ideal weekend to travel — except that we spent most of the last week in Westport. ..

Westport this week

Anita had a corporate retreat on the West of Ireland this week, in the town of Westport. I traveled with her, and I wound up walking all around the Westport area. ..

Open House Architecture in Dublin

Anita and I stumbled across the Irish Architecture Foundation’s Open House Dublin this week, and just in time. This weekend, several interesting private sites are open to the public. ..

Joe Girardi

Chicago readers of the B.B.B. will recognize the name Joe Girardi as the catcher for the Cubs from 1989-1992 and 2000-2002. (Irish readers: I’m writing about professional baseball in the US.) I knew the name as a child, because he was born and raised in Peoria, Illinois. ..