The island of Ireland is the third largest island in Europe. Politically, it consists of the independent Republic of Ireland (covering five-sixths of the island) and Northern Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom. Because of the popularity of St. Patrick's Day (when everyone can enjoy being Irish) March was designated as Irish-American Heritage Month by Congress in 1995.
Around Ireland is a mobile documentation project, meaning it is an archive of geo-tagged photos and videos created as a student project for Trinity College in Dublin. "We have traveled the 32 counties of Ireland, gathering video and images on mobile phones over the course of the Summer of 2006. The mobile content is sent directly to our site, AroundIreland.net from camera-equipped mobile phones in real time." The archive can be browsed chronologically or by county.
Five-Minute Tales is a collection of 151 short Irish folk tales, some dating back to the twelfth century. The Webmaster says he purposely did not categorize the stories, so that browsing may afford the reader a sense of the variety that exists in the Irish and Celtic story-telling tradition. "Take a moment to raise up these stories from the printed page and place them back into our culture where they might take on real life." I recommend starting with "The Man who had No Story."
Irelandseye.com calls itself "a weekly webzine on Ireland and Irish culture, history, tradition, myth and more." They have a great collection of features on Irish fairies, the Blarney Stone, the Titanic, and an entire section about Irish ghosts. Other great clicks are Music (which includes songs and Irish dance) and History (divided into People, Places and Events). "From before the arrival of Saint Patrick to the present day Ireland has had a history that could never be called quiet."
From Irish baby names to facts about the Republic of Ireland, Ireland Fun Facts is a potpourri of Irish culture published by Robert Sullivan, who first visited his grandfather's hometown in County Kerry in the 1970's. Some of my favorite sections are Irish Blessings ("God grant you to be as happy as the flowers in May."), Christmas Traditions, Irish Traditions, Words/Meanings, and Amusing Irish Facts. "The longest place name in Ireland is Muckanaghederdauhaulia, in County Galway."
Irish Culture and Customs is another labor of love that began with a visit to Ireland. "So here's where we are so far - more than 700 pages that range from Irish poetry, superstitions , Kids Stories and recipes to specific Irish calendar celebrations such as St. Patrick's Day , Beltane, Samhain and the Feast of St. Brigid." This month's edition of the kids section includes a St. Patrick's Day word search with a hidden message, a leprechaun craft, and several stories about St. Patrick.