Like many Irish bloggers, I received an email from Niall O’Dowd’s new venture IrishCentral.com.
As a prominent blogger in the Irish community, we would like you to be among the first to know about the launch of IrishCentral.com, the first-ever global Irish website and social networking community. The site is going live on Sunday, March 15 – just in time for Saint Patrick’s Day!
With its launch, we are hoping to do what has never been done before: use the power of the Internet to create a home for the more than 70 million people around the world who identify themselves as Irish.
Visitors to IrishCentral.com will have the opportunity to:
* Catch up on news from around the Irish world
* Check out Gaelic football and soccer matches
* Follow their Irish idols in the worlds of movies, music, theater, books and TV
* Find the most colorful editorial and video coverage about taking a trip to Ireland
* Look for the lad or lass of their dreams on an all-Irish dating site, or even consult IrishCentral.com’s own matchmaker
* Learn how to speak Gaelic with our English-to-Irish audio translator
* Trace their family roots with Ireland’s best genealogists; and
* Trade jokes, yarns, and videos in “The Pub”
There will be a live streaming webcam from Dublin, special Irish crossword puzzles and Celtic horoscopes, and an online store for everything from books to bagpipes.
And, as it that wasn’t enough, IrishCentral.com is also the online home of the popular Irish America magazine and the Irish Voice newspaper. Readers will be able to discuss, comment on, or rate any article or video on the site. It’s a two-way street – powered by you, and us.
We hope in time to work closely with folks like you, the most passionate and knowledgeable bloggers in the Irish community, so please visit IrishCentral.com and feel free to reply to us with your comments and suggestions.
If you like what you see, please help us spread the word about IrishCentral.com by sharing the site with your readers, friends and family. With your help, we hope to make IrishCentral.com a real success, so please visit our site, and become part of our online community.
Thank you very much for your time. Here’s wishing you a happy Saint Patrick’s Day!
Web Relations Specialist
But the subject of the email was: “Just in time for St. Patty’s Day! The Official Launch of IrishCentral.com”
Is it just me, or does anyone refer to St Patrick’s Day as “St Patty’s Day”?
Perhaps Paddy’s Day, or St Paddy’s Day, but definitely not “St Patty’s Day”. It sounds like a cake. As for the site itself, it holds no attraction for me because I live in Ireland. If I lived abroad I might have a look, although the colour scheme of the site is at best dire. What’s with the lavender, and all the pixelated shamrocks?