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 tin whistle. 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