Irish Kilts? Yep!

From our friends at • 3 Celts & Company

Although not a traditional component of national dress outside Scotland, kilts have become recently popular in the other Celtic nations as a sign of Celtic identity. Kilts and tartans can therefore also be seen in Ireland, Wales, Cornwall, the Isle of Man, Brittany, Galicia in Spain, the Trás-os-Montes region in the North of Portugal, and Normandy, as well as parts of England, particularly the North East.
Though the origins of the Irish kilt continue to be a subject of debate, current evidence suggests that kilts originated in the Scottish Highlands and Isles and were adopted by Irish nationalists at the turn of the 20th century as a symbol of Celtic identity. A garment that has often been mistaken for kilts in early depictions is the Irish lein-croich, a long tunic traditionally made from solid colour cloth, with black, saffron and green being the most widely used colours. Solid coloured kilts were first adopted for use by Irish nationalists and thereafter by Irish regiments serving in the British Army, but they could often be seen in late 19th and early 20th century photos in Ireland especially at political and musical gatherings, as the kilt was re-adopted as a symbol of Gaelic nationalism in Ireland during this period.
Tartan was worn originally in Scotland as a fashionable type of dress. All tartan was, of course, hand woven and each weaver would take it upon him or herself to create unique and attractive designs based on the colors of dyes available. Certain colors may have been more common in certain regions, but there was nothing to prohibit someone with money from importing various dyes. Certain pattern schemes may have been more common in one area than another, but nothing approaching modern clan tartans could be said to have existed.
Imagine talking to a hand weaver of tartan, a craftsman and an artist, and telling that person that you wanted them to weave the same pattern of tartan in the same colors for everyone in the region (regiment, clan, etc.). That pattern was set in stone, could not be varied from and was to be the only pattern woven for that clan. Of course they would never have taken such commands! Tartan was and still is an art form and individual weavers created a wonderful variety of tartan designs.
Read more at 3 Celts website!

Vendors are welcome to the 2020 NESD Celtic Faire

The Annual Putt Putt Pub Crawl

Hello everyone, unfortunately due to the health & safety concerns surrounding crowds, it should come as no surprise that we are left with no other option than to postpone the Pub Crawl.
I appreciate everyones enthusiasm and we will work soon to have a new date & time for our annual event.
I appreciate your understanding during this very difficult time for all of us.


The fan favorite Putt Putt Pub Crawl is back!
12 opportunities to score – your best 6 holes will be counted!
$10 per player or $30 for a team of 4.
Play starts at 6pm, all sign ups will be done at One Legged Pheasant (721 S Main St) ends at 10pm with prizes given away at the final ceremony at Slackers (319 S Main St).

We are proud to be partnering with the A-Town Roller Girlz to be the official score keepers this year!

Click here for our Facebook event and let us know you’re golfing with us!

Office Putt Putt Participants:
The Flame
One Legged Pheasant
The Zoo
R&A Bar
City Lights
Red Rooster

Visit Slackers at the end for music and more celebrations!


Happy Hogmanay!

What Celtic Clan do you belong to? Discover your ancestral heritage

From our friends at clan.com:

How do I find my Family or Clan Tartan?

To find your clan or family tartan, simply key in your surname (without words like “tartan” or “clan”) into our Family Finder.

You’ll be provided with a list of potential names to choose from. By clicking on a name, you’ll be brought to a dedicated page where you’ll be able to explore a range of tartans and products specific to that clan or family.

There’s a few key points to keep in mind to help make sense of the results you get:

If you have a name with a few spelling variations, don’t worry if the spelling you see isn’t the same as yours. Once you’re on the page for your clan or family, you’ll see a section that lists a number of possible spellings, and it’s very likely that you’ll see your variation in this list.

You may also see a list of other clan or family affiliations marked as being suitable for you. This may be because your family is a Sept of another clan, or related in some other historical way. If you’d like to learn more about this, see our blog post about Scottish clan and family affiliations.

It’s also important to note that if you can’t find anything for your surname, you still have a number of options. You can try looking up grandparents’ maiden names, your spouse or partner’s name, or even just find a tartan that you think looks nice. If you’d like to read about some more options, we invite you to read more about what tartans you can wear, and we can also recommend a few universal tartans that anyone can wear.