Limerick You Are My Lady – Drinking Song

I’ve been in Ireland now for quite a while and I must admit, the atmosphere is so different than back home in the States though it took me some time to get used to it. What’s really amazing is the singing culture. Everyone here seems to know the traditional lyrics (more or less…) and singing along in the pubs is standard procedure most of the times.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t make it home for Thanksgiving but I’ll be visiting my family and relatives over Christmas so that’ll make up for the holidays. I’ll bring a guitar that I bought here and I also learned one of the traditional Irish drinking songs that I’ll be glad to show my parents. It’s called (I believe) “Limerick You Are My Lady” so let me tell you a bit more about Limerick and this particular song (though I must say I adjusted the words slightly to make it more understandable for us Americans). My parents are doing some volunteer work for “the Irish Channel America” so I guess they’ll appreciate my (pretty amateurish) performance!

The drinking song “Limerick You Are My Lady” was written and sung by a bloke (another such great word here) named Dennis Allen who made it a number one hit in Ireland in 1979. The now still popular song stayed in the charts for over a year. Since then, “Limerick You Are My Lady” was recorded many times by as many as forty different artists.

The song is actually a classic Irish drinking song and this post will show you a little bit of Limerick’s colorful history. The city’s history goes back to the days when it was founded in 812 by Vikings from Scandinavia. Originally, Limerick was a walled city located on King’s Island (right in the Shannon River). The town is also known for its 1197 charter and in 1200, the construction of a massive castle was ordered of King John. The castle was besieged several times in the period 1600-1700.


Ireland Weather in May- The 10 Stages Of A Sunny Day In Ireland

Irish Weather – One of the most spoken-about topics in the country and when there’s the chance of a sunny day… Let’s look at the ten stages of a Sunny day in Ireland (so I was told by an Irish student here in Limerick) and the second part of this post gives you an idea of what to visit when you’re in Ireland.

But first, the 10 stages of a sunny Irish day. Here we go:

1. Obsession – There’s to be nice weather at the weekend did you hear?? It’s gonna be a scorcher! Better get the bbq out!

2. Preparation – Do you go out? Or enjoy it at home? YOU NEED TO THINK THIS THROUGH!

3. Panic – The good weather has arrived. It’s only 10 o’clock and the world and its granny have taken to the roads already. Staying home is the better option.

4. Disgust – Last years summer clothes are bet on to you. All intentions of having rock hard abs by this summer went arseways.

5. Shopping – You need to stock up on sunny day essentials. Anyone who’s not stuck in traffic is in the supermarket. Burger buns and chicken wings are like gold dust!

6. The pool – You salvage last years pool from the shed and check for holes. Pumping it up takes forever and you’re sweating buckets by the end of it.

7. Filling up the pool – The kids are moaning that it takes too long. Between pumping it and filling it over an hour has gone by. They play in it for 10 minutes.

8. Exhaustion – The kids are getting whiny from the heat. Tantrums and telltales every 5 seconds while you try and sunbathe.

9. BBQ & Beer – You’ve stocked up on a box of Sol and the bbq is up and running. Crispy black chicken wings for dinner.

10. Satisfaction – That was great wasn’t it? Hope it’s the same tomorrow!!


National Food of Ireland

It’s a well-known fact that Ireland boasts one of the finest ranges of quality food in the world. This is a direct result of the high fertility of the Irish landscape and experience and agricultural competence of Irish farmers.

Additionally, the producers of many foods in Ireland are long-established family-owned businesses who take great pride in their products. See this video about how to make a classic Irish Shepherd’s pie:

Some Irish foods are also historically acclaimed as being influential in their industry. For example, the popular Irish crisps made by the County Armagh crisp manufacturer, Tayto, were the first potato crisps in the World to have flavorings.

These facts have been recognized by many international Irish Country Cooking organizations and consequently, they provide an excellent service of delivering a comprehensive range of recipes for those with a desire to cook as the Irish do! Now if you feel like studying in Ireland as so many do, you should also try to master some of the traditional ways of cooking in Ireland. Let go with some typical Irish examples:


Things to do in Limerick Ireland – Light Moves

Light Moves, the world-renown Irish festival of dance, film and media arts, is coming back to Limerick for the fifth year in early November 2018. Light Moves will be featuring live music and dance performances, workshops, exhibitions, feature films, family screenings, short film programs, and interesting talks.

To get an impression, check out this 2015 Cáit Ní Dhuinnín video (dance material filmed in West Kerry and screened at 2014 Light Moves  Festival of Screendance in Limerick:

The 2018 edition of the festival of screendance will be taking place in Limerick at Belltable, St John’s Church, the University of Limerick, and Limerick City Gallery of Art.

Light Moves starts out with a couple of events on Thursday night, November 2nd. Dr. Desmond FitzGerald, University of Limerick president, will be launching the festival at Limerick City Gallery of Art (Carnegie Building, Pery Square), at 6 p.m. The Gallery will be screening thought-provoking filmwork throughout the amazing festival.

The University of Limmerick

The University of Limerick (UL) is a relatively young, enterprising, and energetic university with a strong and proud record of innovative education and research excellence.

The University is independent, has an international focus, and employs some 1,300 staff members that service more than 11,500 students.

It is the school’s mission is to advance and promote knowledge and learning through academic teaching, groundbreaking research, and scholarship, all set in an environment that is encouraging innovation and continues to uphold the fundamental principles of free expression and inquiry. The school focuses particularly on generating knowledge and developing skills relevant to Ireland’s socioeconomic needs and development.

The University of Limerick was founded in 1972 under the name ‘National Institute for Higher Education’ but in 1989 the school received its classification as the University of Limerick (UL).

The school offers a wide range of academic programs from undergraduate to doctoral and postdoctoral degrees in the academic disciplines of Arts, Business, Humanities & Social Sciences, Science & Engineering, and Education & Health Sciences.


Celebrating Birthdays – The Only Way to Go!

There are two days I wake up especially early on ~ Christmas and my birthday. They’re both really special days, and I don’t want to miss a minute of celebrating.

As soon as my birthday month begins, I can feel the anticipation building to my day. It’s such a fun feeling.

And it’s not even about getting gifts. No, not at all. It’s about me being me and how on that day, I don’t have to do anything I don’t want to.

Yeah, that’s the rule in our house ~ there’s no shoulds or have tos. And I get to pick what I want to eat.
You see, we’re all so unique. There’s only one me, one special me in this huge universe ~ and that’s worth celebrating! Dr. Seuss says it best:

You see, we’re all so unique.  There’s only one me, one special me in this huge universe ~ and that’s worth celebrating!  Dr. Seuss says it best:

Today you are You, that is truer than true. 
There is no one alive who is Youer than You.


The Continuing Melodramatic School Uniforms Debate

The other day, I was reading a blog post how Texas schools are considering forcing students who violate the dress code to put on a prison jumpsuit. While that doesn’t directly relate to school uniforms, it got me really thinking more and more about the ever-continuing debate about whether or not school uniforms are worth the trouble.

One thing I’ve noticed about the school uniform debate is that parents tend to be more in favor of it, and kids tend to be more opposed. Being young, I’m against it. I went to a private school where uniforms were required from kindergarten right through 6th grade, then I went to public school where free dress was the norm from then on.

I have to admit, when you’re at a school where uniforms are already a policy, being told what to wear doesn’t seem like a big deal at a time. But if a school were to switch from a free dress policy to a uniform policy… that wouldn’t go over so well.

The school uniform debate is undoubtedly a complex issue, but here are some commonly discussed pros and cons and what I make of them:


Irish American Goes To High School in Ireland

My family roots are in Ireland, so my parents and I thought it would be kind of fun to attend an Irish High School in Ireland. If I decide to go to college in Ireland, too, the costs of studying are super low in comparison to America. After all, the language is the same and Irish education is on the high level too.

So let’s take on some details.

The Irish secondary school system has a six-year course, with a state exam during the third year entitled “The Junior Certificate” and at the end of the sixth year, the “Leaving Certificate.” Year four is a transition year where students try out various new subjects and programs before choosing what to study for in their final 2-year program. The passing standards of an Irish High School are similar to those of an American High School and the American GED test. You can read about the GED here, this Best GED Classes website has many examples of how to use it.

The most appropriate years to come and study and receive validation from the Department of Education here in Ireland are those years where the students do not complete a state exam. They do however complete school exams on a regular basis, and a final grade is given for their overall performance throughout the year based on all these exams.

Most students have come to study 5th year, and some have stayed to complete the 6th year so that they could continue directly to University degree program either in Ireland or their home country. Students are welcome to come for any year of their studies, and great care is given to placing the student in the best school for their individual needs.


Want to Study in Ireland?

Many Irish Americans read recent articles on how easy it is to find a job in Dublin in one of the American Tech companies such as Google or eBay or Hubspot. It’s almost impossible to get hired by one of these companies in America. The competition is insane. So some people consider doing an MBA in Ireland to get an even better chance to get hired by Google.

You would not believe how inexpensive it is over there. Right now, I’m studying at the University of Limerick but there are so many more options in Ireland. This country is also really a great destination for experienced business professionals looking to earn an MBA degree. Let’s take a closer look.

Studying in Ireland

All over the world, Ireland’s extensive and famous history of academic excellence is acknowledged. Reaching back as far as the Middle Ages, Ireland always has been known for its strong educational strength and has one of the best academic reputations in the western world.

Despite economic situations during the past decade, respective governments have persisted in regarding quality education as a crucial objective, and they have continued to invest heavily in the educational areas. This attitude has generated one of the greatest schooling participation levels across the world. According to a recent IMD World Competitiveness Report, the education system in Ireland belongs to the very best worldwide. (more…)

Excellence in Education: The Making Of Great Schools

Consider just a few of these issues: safe schools, how to better integrate technology into the curriculum, extending the school day and the school year, how much homework is too much, figuring out successful strategies to develop community-based schools, finding foreign language and science teachers, managing gender disparities in achievement and coping with testing.

Sound familiar? These concerns have been the stuff of staff development meetings and educational administrator conferences here for years, as teachers, principals and superintendents struggle to adjust to an ever more demanding, and swiftly changing, educational environment.

What’s different in this comprehensive and scholarly book, obviously destined for academic and policy-making circles, is that the educational system in question is that of the United Kingdom, which has in recent years been as convulsed by upheavals as our own system.