Faerie Coins at Kansas City Irish Fest

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I'm busy getting ready for my presentations at Kansas City Irish Fest next weekend.  While I am thrilled to be able to share with adults tips for traveling to Ireland with kids on the Heritage Stage, I am most nervous and excited about sharing travel tales at the Kids' Stage.  Twice.  I've got a few fun visuals for the kids.  I ordered 20×30 posters of some of our favorite photos from trips to Ireland, am bringing a sword (a Claymore) that is almost as tall as I am and have collected enough faerie coins that I can, hopefully, give one to every child who wants one.

I want to thank the very special faeries who gathered and sent Irish euros to me- I can't thank you all enough!

Irish Faerie Coins
Irish Faerie Coins

I was overwhelmed by the coins that found their way from Ireland…

Eoin and Saša from Bitesize Irish Gaelic sent a pile of 1¢ & 2¢ euros- and some pens.  Since I hadn't learned the word for faerie in Irish class yet, I dropped Eoin a quick note on Twitter (@bitesizeirish).  If you're interested it's sióg (she-oug).

Felicity, a writer who lives on Corca Dhuibhne (the Dingle peninsula), sent coins- and a lovely note, written in Irish.  I can read the first lines- “Here you are Jody, my dear.”  But that last line has me stumped.  Translation please?

Yvonne @fingalfolkclub sent over 200 coins- the shiniest she could find!

Ginger Garrison of Time Travel Tours sent the small coins she had left after her recent Ireland vacation.

And I would be negligent if I didn't thank Corey at Irish Fireside for help in spreading my request.

I spent part of yesterday afternoon shining pennies in a jewelry cleaner.

cleaning coins
Making the Faerie Coins Shine

So the coins are shined, the presentations are written and the time is drawing near.   If you'll be at Kansas City Irish Fest do stop and say hi!  I'll be at the Kids' Stage Saturday at 3 pm and Sunday at 3:15pm and at the Heritage Stage on Saturday at 4pm.  I'll also have a few hard bound copies of my new Favorite Irish Recipes cookbook for sale, as well as my Family Rambling Travel Journal.


  1. Love the Faire coins and hopefully I will see you at the festival I plan on going this weekend myself!

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