I'm researching my Irish ancestry and am befuddled by inconsistent birth dates. When I compare my ancestors' Irish baptism records (baptisms being close after birth) to their much later American records, the birth dates almost never match up, being sometimes up to six years apart. [more inside]
posted by FelineoidEntity
on May 5, 2014 -
appears in the first sound film in the Irish language, Oidhche Sheanchais
, filmed in 1935. A colleague of mine would like to identify the typeface used for the titles, and the online typeface-identifying sites have struck out. Can any MeFite identify it?
posted by Horace Rumpole
on Jan 30, 2014 -
I need help with Irish genealogy websites and where to look.
I've joined a couple of sites; the site that looks the most promising is nickel-and-diming me to death just to look at the info that shows up in their searches. Irish records can be spotty, so some of them are totally wrong.
So, askMetafilter, where do I go from here without spending another 34 euros to see five records that are probably incorrect anyway?
The details (What I know 98% for-sure): [more inside]
posted by Tchad
on Jan 27, 2014 -
I'm looking for a knit hat, kind of a beanie/toque hat, but with a very thick rim. All the knit hats I'm finding seem to get thinner at the edge. I think what I want would be similar to a beanie
combined with a really thick ear warmer
. [more inside]
posted by amtho
on Jan 8, 2014 -
I'm planning a trip to stay with a friend and his family in Dublin next month, and would like to bring them something to enjoy from the US that they'd have a hard time finding in Ireland. [more inside]
posted by exogenous
on Apr 3, 2013 -
Irish song filter. Asked this a couple years back ... hoping it may ring a new bell. Looking for a sad song heard in Boston, 94-95. Two boys growing up together, their fathers missing, build a snowman. Anybody?
posted by LonnieK
on Mar 27, 2013 -
When you tell me the answer, I will likely nut-punch myself for forgetting it. I can play this damned song on the fiddle, yet can't remember it's name.
From like :30-1:38 here
And I know the name of the third reel as well. Little help?
posted by timsteil
on Mar 5, 2013 -
There's a famous limerick I'm after which I suspect was the work of a major or minor Irish poet. It mocks the Gaelicisation of Irish place names and has a last line which goes (Anglicised) something like "which makes driving in Ireland so dreary". [more inside]
posted by Fiasco da Gama
on Jul 24, 2012 -
Can you suggest must-do's and must-not do's for a road trip from the Chicago area to South Bend (Notre Dame)? [more inside]
posted by qsysopr
on Oct 15, 2011 -
Does anyone know who may have said (something along the lines of) "Being Irish in England is a bit of a disadvantage. But, in America it is a bit of an advantage."? [more inside]
posted by coollibrarian
on Sep 3, 2011 -
Can you help me remember the name of a small, beautiful, probably Neolithic site that I visited in Ireland over fifteen years ago? [more inside]
posted by Countess Elena
on Jul 21, 2011 -
How to overcome anxiety about speaking a language while learning it? [more inside]
posted by LN
on Jan 17, 2011 -
Irish song filter. Looking for a sad song heard in Boston, 94-95. Two boys growing up together, their fathers missing (prison?), build a snowman.
posted by LonnieK
on Aug 14, 2010 -
MusicTeachingFilter: Simple plan was to learn an under chin
bowed string instrument. Didn't realize they were all so different
[you-tubes]. Which to start with? What method of teaching? Want to eventually do folk/improvise, seeking sympathetic string sound, but still love classical. [more inside]
posted by DetonatedManiac
on May 16, 2010 -
I'd like to sing some good Irish songs with a bunch of kids (I play the guitar) to have them learn something about Irish culture. Could you point at some meaningful, beautiful, traditional Irish songs ? (Tabs, melody, lyrics and background resources welcomed).
posted by nicolin
on May 5, 2010 -
FindThisSongFilter: A probably-Irish song about a pacifist soldier who allows himself to be shot [more inside]
posted by teatime
on Apr 5, 2010 -
Help me find an Irish band to play my wedding's cocktail hour in the Schenectady / Albany NY area. [more inside]
posted by mpbx
on Oct 11, 2009 -
Looking for movies that detail the experience of Irish-Americans or recent Irish immigrants to America. [more inside]
posted by Astro Zombie
on Sep 28, 2009 -
I'm heading off to Ireland next week, and plan on spending lots of time in pubs. What do I need to know about drinking in and around Ireland to totally not come off as a dolt?
posted by nitsuj
on Aug 30, 2009 -
"Pea green pink Irish Catholic" - what, if anything, does this phrase mean and/or refer to? [more inside]
posted by MaudB
on Jun 24, 2009 -
A (non-Italian, non-Irish) friend of mine insists that pronouncing "Italian" as "eye-talian" or calling an Irish man an "Irishman" has racial undertones. Is this true? Are any Italians or Irish offended by those terms?
posted by Ramithorn
on Mar 19, 2009 -
What is the history behind pinching those who don't wear green on St. Patrick's Day? This WikiAnswer page
says it was thought that "if you wore green, it made you invisible to the Leprechauns, which was good because they would pinch anyone they could see." [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief
on Mar 17, 2009 -
I need advice on classy Irish drinks, hosting a whisky tasting and the proper way to make a Black & Tan without making a mess. [more inside]
posted by cior
on Mar 9, 2009 -
I'm going to be in Dublin this weekend (Thursday through Sunday) and have discovered that TradFest 2009
in Temple Bar will be running while I'm in town. I've spend a fair few happy hours swilling Guinness and listening to traditional Irish music, but I don't know much about it. Is there anything on the schedule that is a must-see? [more inside]
posted by Lame_username
on Jan 27, 2009 -
What are the best -- in terms of compelling writing and in terms of comprehensiveness -- books about the "Troubles" between Ireland and the UK over the past 50 or so years? Bonus points if available on Kindle. [more inside]
posted by proj
on Dec 14, 2008 -
IrishFiction filter: What are some good, fiction novels or short story anthologies set in Ireland? [more inside]
posted by donajo
on Aug 29, 2008 -
Looking for a song/lullaby that my mother-in-law's mother used to sing to her. Memories are fading and I can only offer one line (or one rememberance of one line)
You boys and girls are your mother's pearls
possible with a Remember
in front of it. [more inside]
posted by handybitesize
on Aug 27, 2008 -
Please help me identify the singer of "The Patriot Game" in this YouTube video commercial for The Lieutenant of Inishmore
. Bonus gratitude awarded if you can point me to an album on which it appears.
(Suggestions of recordings of other Irish Republican songs with similiar arrangements or in similar styles are welcome, but I'm most keen to find this one.)
posted by bradlands
on Aug 23, 2008 -
My children are finishing the year at a primary school in Ireland. Their teachers have been wonderful and I want to give them an end of the year thank you gift. In the U.S. gift certificates are popular but I'm unsure of the etiquette surrounding gift giving in this situation. Please advise. Thank you!
posted by KTrujillo
on Jun 21, 2008 -
I recently learned I am eligible for Irish citizenship because my grandparents were born in Ireland. I need to obviously prove my relation to them, which is where things get sticky. I am related to them by way of my somewhat estranged father. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on May 15, 2008 -
What are some not-to-be-missed events, activities, bars, and traditions in Chicago for St. Patrick's Day? [more inside]
posted by wordsmith
on Mar 8, 2008 -
I'm looking for an irish/punk-sounding song that often gets played on TV during sporting events. It was played multiple times during the Patriots-Giants game (usually right before commercial breaks) the other day, and I just heard it during the Winter Classic Hockey game too. Best-guess description of how it goes after the jump. [more inside]
posted by rorycberger
on Jan 1, 2008 -
Ginger Ale ( the soda, not the beer) was supposedly invented in Ireland in the 1850s. However, I can't find anything more specific. Do you know of any history links that have concrete information about the invention of Ginger Ale in Ireland around the 1850s? If it could be pinpointed to a certain person or town or custom, that would be great.
posted by Brandon Blatcher
on Dec 19, 2007 -