Recently I realised I've been ignoring a pretty significant genre of internet intelligence: the Irish blog and website. There's really no excuse for it as we're well into our 4th year of living in Ireland. And there's a plethora of Irish-related information I can't claim expertise in.
I mean, I've got a good handle on the whole expat mum, school uniform, accident and emergency, H&M shopping and playground scene. But apparently there's more to life in this European capital city.
With that in mind, if you're keen to discover more of the culture, flair and attractions of Dublin (and beyond), these are some blogs you should know.
Bumbles of Rice :: I've been following Wexford-native Sinéad's experience of taking her kids to an outdoor music festival here in Ireland, appreciating how she mixes motherhood with culture and the workplace.
Cormac Looney :: I found Cormac's work through his wife's blog (An American in Ireland). A journalist covering music, literature, food and culture, I particularly enjoyed this piece on finding Hemingway on the hills of Howth.
From China Village :: An expat with an Irish-American husband, Emily writes on the Dublin culture scene, fashion, weddings and travel, having just released an e-book called Delightful Dublin. (Fun fact: we go to the same church. I try not to stalk.)
A Mexican Cook :: My excitement knows no bounds to discover a Mexican Irish food blog. Not only this, but Lily holds cookery classes and runs an online Mexican food shop (while not as impossible to find as when we first moved here, Mexican restaurants in Ireland are not as common as I'd like). This find will revolutionize our life here.
Nathalie.ie :: A gorgeously designed blog, Nathalie is a journalist and lifestyle photographer. I love visiting her site for creative inspiration.
Tara Sparling Writes :: My friend Annmarie introduced me to Tara's blog, an Irish writer with a deft sense of humour, as well as wise tips for budding authors and self-publishers. (I could write another post just on Irish writing blogs, but I sense I have much more to discover!)
Vox Magazine :: With the vision of "giving a voice to Irish Christians" editor in chief Ruth Garvey-Williams and staff write a quarterly magazine (and blog) at the intersection of faith, life and reality in 21st century Ireland. Vox is also affiliated with a another wonderful org I've worked with, Evangelical Alliance Ireland.
Waterford Whispers :: Ireland's answer to the Onion, here are a few of my favourite headlines: Pistorius Sent To Live With Auntie And Uncle In Bel Air, Deadly Carlow Family Removed From Spider’s Home (spiders in Ireland are a thing, ya'll. I mean, I can't even tell you), Local Man Typing ‘LOL’ Not Actually Laughing At All. (salty language alert)
You can see this short list is wide-ranging and not at all meant to truly encapsulate the Irish blogosphere, but it is a small microcosm of what I've been looking into. I'm still on the hunt, too.
For my Irish readers, I'd love to know where you go online for news, culture and miscellany.