July 'Blasket Island' themed MyIrelandBox

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The Blasket Islands are magical. They lie off the coast of the Dingle Peninsula where we are based here at MyIrelandBox. We have always wanted to share the history, music, tradition, culture, song, gaelic language and stories of the Great Blasket Island with MyIrelandBox subscribers and finally we have succeeded in sending it to all of our treasured subscribers, a MyIrelandBox that is full of the spirit of the Island. Listen to the beautiful music that the talented musicians composed on the Blaskets whilst you read the wonderful book that we enclosed by Islander Maurice O'Sullivan. Then, try your hand at the tin whistle - we have provided a link to very entertaining Irish Tin Whistle Lessons by the Online Academy of Irish Music. The turf peat was a must of course, it represents the main source of fuel for the Islanders and it is a nod to the sorrow of the evacuation of the Islanders in the 1950's on to the mainland, due in part to the decline of the turf peat on the Blaskets. This can be lit (carefully!) to create the aroma of a real turf fire.

We also included a very informative book on the Blaskets written by the award winning author, Pádraig Ua Maoileoin, who was born on the mainland directly opposite the Blasket Islands, at Dunquin in 1913. This book is so informative and it is very special as it is in both the English and Irish language.

We want subscribers to enjoy the old world of the Blaskets Islands. We are so happy to bring them there.

The Golden Shamrock Winner…

….is… Pamela from the USA who won a beautiful sterling silver celtic necklace with the bright shiny emerald embedded in the celtic heart symbol. It is worth over $160 USD!

More Irish made jewellery will be won by lucky subscribers as part of the Golden Shamrock prize draw that is held every month. It could be you or your chosen recipient next month!

The June 'Irish Cottage' themed MyIrelandBox

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We have been so excited over the past few months to work with the Irish makers regarding the June MyIrelandBox. We were inspired by the raindrops that patter against the old sash window frame and also by the traditional Irish contents that adorn the old dwelling inside. We wanted to bring the Irish Cottage right over to you!

 

…and of course we have the lovely Golden Shamrock prize to giveaway to someone special this month. We picked the name in a recent draw and the winners are Brooks and Barb from USA. They won a lovely 'Growing Home' sterling silver Ireland Brooch where Ireland is represented as a tree with deep roots – resilient and enduring – that has remained standing strong, swaying but unbroken.

The May MyIrelandBox

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This May MyIrelandBox was inspired by the beautiful night sky that covers the Emerald Isle in a blanket of sparkly dark blue on a clear night, the crescent moon hung beautifully above and the scents that linger in the air from a day in Irish countryside beneath. The gorgeous handmade ceramic crescent moon necklace by Danu represents this arrival of nightfall in Ireland. The luxury Rathborne candle is included to reproduce the scent of the Wild Mint that grows along the banks of a nearby river, it's smell remaining amongst the sleeping Irish wildflowers. The hares and rabbits prance in the darkened fields before bedtime, alert to the chances of the handsome red fox emerging to prowl in the night. We loved this card by Orla Barry as the hare and rabbit in the field at evening time is a common and welcome image outside our window. 

 

All of the surprises that we have sent to you this month were chosen so that you would feel the sense of the Irish countryside at dusk and at night. We are surrounded by it here and as we type this letter to you. Darkness has fallen and all seems still but the sky is alive with glittering stars and a beautiful moon, the night owls are alert, whilst others sleep and the aromas of the day still linger.

The April MyIrelandBox

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The March St Patrick's Day MyIrelandBox

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The February MyIrelandBox

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The January MyIrelandBox

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St Patrick's Day March MyIrelandBox


The February Grá (Love) MyIrelandBox


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