Author Archives: Carmen W.

About Carmen W.

I'm a helpmate, homemaker, mom, and writer, who was born and raised in Germany but is now living in Ireland. I love to study, read and write about the Christian faith, homemaking, home education, music, and dog training.


Living in Ireland you will eventually need a PPS (Personal Public Service) number. Who will need to know this number and what is it used for?  People and organizations like your bank, your employer, the HSE, the National Driver Licence Service and … Continue reading

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Future Posts

I’m thrilled to see you here! Over the past two weeks I have moved some of the old posts of 4inIreland to this new Carmen In Ireland blog. The transfer is complete now. Thank you for your understanding and patience. Future posts will … Continue reading

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Brack – Irish Sweet Bread

This is a Tea Brack. The recipe calls for self-raising flour and it is baked in a loaf tin. To find a recipe using yeast, please scroll down a little bit.  Ingredients: 120g (3/4 cup) whole wheat flour 120g (3/4 cup) self-raising … Continue reading

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Keeping Warm In Winter

Warm up from the inside out: avoid cold foods and drinks. A cuppa hot chocolate, tea or coffee will help our bodies to get warm. Instead of salad, eat some cooked, warm veggies and, for in between, eat hot soups. … Continue reading

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Power Outages – Be Prepared

In Ireland it’s not that uncommon to experience a few power cuts a year — especially in rural areas. 😉 Sometimes they’ll last for a few hours; at other times it might take a few days until the problem is … Continue reading

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Bringing Your Dog To Ireland

Bringing your dog/s to Ireland used to be a big hassle. Today this is much easier but there are still a few things to consider. When we brought Rapsy to Ireland in 2011 he was already microchipped, had a passport … Continue reading

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Motortax in Ireland

There are three things you will need to drive your car in Ireland: NCT Motor Insurance Motortax The car you are buying at a dealership should have a valid NCT. Remember to make sure that you have motor insurance for … Continue reading

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