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Program 557: Speaking in Irish; On the Wind; Irish Craic

Release Date: 03-16-2019


Hear how the Irish language, once banned by English colonial rulers, has re-assumed its place at the heart of Irish identity. Then listen in as musician Kieran O'Hare explains why he finds Irish bagpipes more pleasing than the better known Scottish ones, and plays a few traditional tunes on the Irish tinwhistle. And eavesdrop on a pair of Irishmen from opposite ends of the island as they share a beer and a little banter with Rick.


  • Pub owner/musician/tour guide Dara Herlihy from Dingle, Ireland 
  • Musician Kieran O'Hare
  • Irish storytellers feature produced and narrated by Sarah McCormic
  • Hotelier and tour guide Stephen McPhilemy, from Dingle, Ireland 
  • Singer Liam O'Riordan from Blarney, Ireland

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Haiku Awards

Celtic Vacations Haiku

Winding mountain roads
Through sun and shadow framing
Stories as we go
— Kerry Dexter, Tallahassee, Florida 


A great murder crows
Ancient and louder than thought
From the Irish oak
— Sarahlynn Nichols, Lincoln, Nebraska 


Clear green sea rising
Ancient mother and shaper
of a patient shore
— Theresa de Belder, Herblay, France


Beautiful Gower
Wild Horses Roam Like Big Pups
We ate so much lamb!
— Jessica Salmans, Weatherford, Oklahoma