Written by Nora Rickey


Níl an earraigh ach timpeall an chúinne! Or, “spring is just around the corner,” in Irish Gaelic! 

As a person with Irish heritage, I am always looking for ways to explore my ancestry. In college, I was an Irish studies minor and completed a BFA in drama. I spent many hours reading Irish literature and plays, and spent a year learning the Irish Gaelic language in addition to learning about Irish culture. While I don’t remember much of Irish (it’s a very hard language!), I still love listening to the sean-nós style of singing and trying to translate and learn the lyrics.

Working at the folk school has been a great way for me to get in touch with other traditional crafts and cultural elements, and has challenged me to explore more deeply my connection to my ancestry. This winter, I’ve been finding joy in needle-tatting lace, a practice that’s part of the Irish lace-making tradition, and consuming all manner of Irish culture.

Here are some of my favorites if you’re looking to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in good Irish fashion:

I hope you find my favorites of Irish culture a fun way to dive into your other St. Patrick’s Day celebrations! Pour a pint of Guinness or your favorite Irish whiskey (my current favorite is Keeper’s Heart!) and listen to some great Irish music.

Slán go foill! (Goodbye for now!)