February 2011 Newsletter
Valentine Greetings, Cupids Playing Music

Féile Valentine libh go léir! (Valentine Greetings to you all),

February already? Doesn't time fly? Valentine's Day is upon us and love is in the air! I have prepared some home-made candies that you can make for your Valentine: Irish Fifteens Bonbons, Double Dark Chocolate Truffles and Peanut Butter Bonbons

Peanut Butter Bonbons Double Dark Chocolate Truffles

I already have several Valentine treats in the recipes section under Valentine's Recipes.

Irish Apple Cake

Eggs Benedict with Boxtie Hearts
Irish Cranberry Scone Hearts
Eggs Benedict with Boxtie Hearts
Irish Cranberry Scone Hearts
Irish Valentine Sugar Cookies
Irish Valentine Sugar Cookies

I also have an article that I wrote about Valentine's Day in Ireland that you might enjoy reading. Love is the same the world over, thus the saying "Love is the universal languag".

Saint Valentine is one of the few saints that are prevalent in Irish culture. Saint Valentine is a bit of a mystery as there is not much known about him. It is not known how he became the patron saint of lovers. Valentine was a member of the Order of the Brothers of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, or the Carmelites. There are relics of Valentine in a shrine at the Whitefriar Street Carmelite Church in Dublin. Saint Valentine's feast-day is celebrated on February 14th.

I have added another poem by Thomas Moore from Moore's Irish Melodies. Desmond's Song is a love poem.

There are four new articles on LittleShamrocks.com - "The Legend of The Irish Banshee"; the "ISPCA" - The Irish Society of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals; "Irish Baby Names"; and "The Counties of Ireland". If you are planning a St. Patrick's Day trip to Ireland, hopefully, you will have already made your travel arrangements. If not, please visit one of our affiliates, NorthernIrelandtravel.com or Travelocity.com.

Northern Ireland Travel.com
Northern Ireland Travel.com
an informative travel guide to exploring the attractions and scenery of Northern Ireland.

Great news!! Butler's is back!! We are proud to announce that we have a new source from one of our affiliate programs featuring Butlers Handmade Irish Chocolates. This is a timely addition since Valentine's Day is this month, so don't forget your chocolates!

Butlers Irish Chocolates

Please be on the lookout for something new and exciting around the middle of February. We are adding a new tab to our pages, especially for you, our faithful customers and our new ones. It is our new Irish Gift Shop. Other than the online store pages we have now, which feature food and grocery items, the new shop will feature more in the line of gift offerings imported from Ireland. We will have jewelry, clothing, linen and lace, china, crystal and fragrances, as well as art work, heraldry, music, books and souvenirs. We are sure that you will enjoy browsing through our new shop, and we would love to hear how you like it. I recently had a submission from Maureen Kennedy of The Irish Heritage Center of Cincinnati, Ohio. She asked about the upcoming Irish Famine Memorial Day held in May. I could not locate any information about when the International Day would be observed, only for the Irish National Famine Memorial Day ceremonies in Dublin on May 15th, 2011. The Province of Ulster has been chosen for the official ceremonies in 2011.

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I hope you all have a Very Happy Valentine's Day!

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