Cooking, Baking & Riverdancing to Traditional Irish Tunes

Shepherd's Pie RecipeIn celebration of St. Patrick’s Day 2015, ATG is exploring “All Things Irish.” Below is a small sampling of some great Irish music to play (and dance to!) while cooking Shepherd’s Pie for dinner or baking Irish scones and cookies for teatime.  

A few of our favorite Irish songs: Patriots Game, Galway Bay, Irish Rover, Red is the Rose, Fields of Athenry, Shipping up to Boston (Dropkick Murphy’s), Carrickfergus, Mountain Dew, Finnegan’s Wake, Voyage (by Johnny Dunhan) andToora-Loora-Looral (Irish Lullaby). You can also listen to other traditional Irish music.

Read more

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

We’ll be wrapping up our feature of “All Things Irish” this week…stay tuned for a few more Irish “treats”!

St. Patrick's Day HistoryYour guide to “All Things Irish”:

 What one Irish American thinks about St. Patrick’s Day

 How we can use the “luck of the Irish” in our everyday lives

 Why the Irish just can’t help their “fighting irish” instincts

 What traditional Irish songs you’d likely hear in a bar in Dublin

 Why you should watch the Irish movie “Some Mother’s Son

Delicious Irish dishes you’ll want to try

Irish songs to sing, bake and riverdance to (with recipes)

A classic Irish american novel by Alice McDermott

And a little bit of that classic Irish humor…

Irish humor

The Culture of Irish Music

Pub in Dublin Ireland
Temple Bar in Dublin, Ireland; Photo courtesy of J Kevin Crowley via

In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day 2015, ATG is exploring “All Things Irish.” Below ATG contributor and professional photographer J Kevin Crowley reflects on his experience with traditional Irish music while studying in Dublin, Ireland. 

The Irish are historically famous for a few things, some more well known than others, some rooted in truth more than others: The land of “Saints & Scholars” speaks to its poets and writers, and its almost ubiquitous Catholic culture. They’re also known for their hospitality, their cheese, and even their smoked salmon.

Of course, around this time of year, and specifically on March 17th, you’re probably focused on the Irish proclivity for “the drink”, be it whiskey or Guinness, and their music, which fills pubs around the world with artists ranging from the Dubliners to the Chieftains, and even the Dropkick Murphys, depending on the bar. Read more