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News24. 5. 2020

A guide to Ireland’s fascinating bodhrán drum

The bodhrán is one of Ireland’s oldest traditional musical instruments. The bodhrán is the iconic Irish drum, one of a small select family of Celtic instruments that is stated to pre-date Christianity. Ireland has a deep-rooted and rich musical heritage we are very familiar with. But how much do we really know about this distinctive… more

News21. 5. 2020

WATCH: Riverdance cast comes together from afar to thank essential workers

The cast of the 25th-anniversary show of Riverdance has come together from afar in a new video to thank frontline and essential workers. The cast of the Irish dance show Riverdance has come together in a beautiful new video thanking frontline and essential workers. In March, the cast of Riverdance’s “Lee Company” took to the… more

BSS News16. 5. 2020

Bernard’s Summer School 2020 is cancelled

Dear friends, potential BSS2020 participants, we carefully monitor the progress of COVID-19 in the Czech Republic and on the European continent for some time already. In mid-March, we assumed that within five months (if not earlier) the situation in the world and especially in Europe would improve and we would prepare our summer school according… more

News1. 5. 2020

Riverdance debuts at 1994 Eurovision contest

In 1994, the Eurovision Song Contest introduced a global Irish dance phenomenon, Riverdance, starring Michael Flatley and Jean Butler to the world Twenty-six years ago, an Irish dance performance at the Eurovision Song Contest in Dublin changed the world of traditional Irish entertainment and sent chills up spines around the world. Something extraordinary had happened. Since… more

BSS News10. 4. 2020

BSS 2020 – important notices for future participants

Although the situation is complicated, we have opened the applications for BSS 2020. We do not want to hinder those who are interested in the lessons offered and who want to reserve time for the summer school. We do not want to catch up at the last minute if the situation develops so that the… more

News1. 4. 2020

John Lennon’s Irish island – Beatles legend was ready to retire in his Irish home off Mayo

Imagine John Lennon at 80 living on an island off the Mayo coast, that could have been a reality as the Beatle planned to live on Dorinish Island. Had John Lennon not been shot by Mark Chapman, he would have turned 80 this year. He would also have gone through with plans to turn a… more

News24. 3. 2020

A guide to valuing all your old Irish coins

Some old Irish coins are worth thousands; others are worth exactly what they say they are. So, how do you tell if you have a small fortune in your hands? Between the formation of the Republic of Ireland, the shift towards decimalization, and the introduction of the Euro, Irish currency underwent a great number of… more

News22. 3. 2020

The amazing origins of “Whiskey in the Jar” one of the best-loved Irish ballads

From the Fighting 69th fighting for Uncle Sam to Phil Lynott and Metallica, the story behind one of Ireland’s best-known ballads remains untold. “Whiskey in the Jar,”  a song about a notorious Irish highwayman Patrick Fleming who was hanged in 1650, has become Ireland’s oldest most beloved song a true rebel air that stirs the… more

News20. 3. 2020

CLRG announces new date for World Irish Dance Championships

CLRG’s Worlds competition has been rescheduled for next year. An Coimisiún le Rincí Gaelacha (CLRG) has announced in a statement that its World Irish Dance Championships have been pushed into 2021 after a suitable date could not be found for the rest of 2020. CLRG, the largest and oldest competitive Irish dance organization in the… more

News17. 3. 2020

Irish blessings, proverbs, and toasts to share on St. Patrick’s Day

Fun and memorable Irish blessings to use all year round, but especially on March 17! In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, we have compiled some of our favorite St. Paddy’s Day sayings, blessings, quotes, toasts, and greetings. The origin of these inspiring and sometimes funny St. Patrick’s Day sayings spans from memorable Irish writers to traditional St. Patrick’s… more

News13. 3. 2020

Irish fiddle master Séamus Connolly to receive Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2020 Gradam Ceoil

“Music became my whole life” –  Séamus Connolly to be bestowed with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Gradam Ceoil 2020, in Belfast. Séamus Connolly will be among the stars honored at the acclaimed traditional Irish music award ceremony, Gradam Ceoil, in Belfast, on Sun, Feb 23 . The Gradam Ceoil, will welcome an array of… more

News12. 3. 2020

St. Patrick’s real name was actually Maewyn Succat

As we all prepare to don our green clothes and honor Ireland’s Patron Saint, St. Patrick, on March 17, it’s worth noting that his name was Maewyn Succat and he was born in Scotland… or was it Wales. We all think we know the true story of St. Patrick, the most famous patron saint in the world,… more
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