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Saint Brigid and the King's Wolf By Mary Kane Hendrickson
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Many legends recall Saint Brigid’s generosity as she traveled across Ireland in a chariot caring for all she met. The story of Saint Brigid and the King’s Wolf recalls her kindness to the... More > people of her village, Kildare, as well as the wild animals of the forest. Saint Brigid’s day is February 1. Woven rush crosses are hung over doors for goodluck and oat breads are left on windowsills as a reminder to share food with those in need. In Ireland, this date marks the beginning of the new growing season when the soil begins to warm and the spring season will begin.< Less
I Am An Irish Dancer By Mary Kane Hendrickson
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Irish step dance and traditional Irish music go hand in hand. Both require much practice, focus and coordination. Solo dancing or step dancing first appeared at the end of the 18th Century. Dance... More > masters would travel from village to village. A door might be taken down from its hinges for dancers to practice their steps or patterns. There are now many schools for children and adults who want to learn Irish step dance. This is a story about a curious girl who works very hard to learn traditional steps and then competes at feis, a traditional Gaelic festival.< Less