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Gaeilge, And 'This Business of Living'

Posted by Susan O'Dea Boland on November 22, 2015 at 1:30pm 1 Comment

Language is a window into the soul.

This saying helps to explain why I have (unsuccessfully) tried to learn Irish Gaelic -- to better understand the Irish people. In one lesson early on, it was explained that Irish has no system to show possession. In other…


The True Story of Thanksgiving

Posted by Mike McCormack on November 21, 2014 at 3:00pm 8 Comments

History, as written, is not always accurate. Revised versions of past events are often presented to support conclusions already reached - political or otherwise. Sadly, many of these revised…


Bulmer Hobson, 'The Most Dangerous Man in Ireland'

Posted by That's Just How It Was on October 21, 2015 at 10:00am 0 Comments

Bulmer Hobson did not enjoy iconic status in the Irish history books, nor did he enjoy any real recognition in the Free State Government -- he has in fact, quite literally been confined to the margins of Irish history. Yet on all aspects of early 20th…


George Croghan: Irish-American 'Boy Major,' Hero of War of 1812

Posted by Joe Gannon on November 21, 2015 at 2:00pm 1 Comment

Where dear Sandusky’s waters glide

From storied falls, through meadows wide,

By verdant hills on either side

To seek Lake Eiries’s famous tide:

On proud Fort Stephenson



Bread Pudding with Winter Fruits

Posted by Margaret M. Johnson on November 19, 2015 at 10:00am 2 Comments


This pudding is reminiscent of an Irish “brack,” where the fruit is first soaked in either tea or whiskey. On a recent winter visit to Dublin, I discovered this version studded with rum-soaked raisins, sultanas, and holiday fruits like dried cranberries and chopped…


John Boyle O'Reilly: Fenian Rebel, Convict and Poet

Posted by John Anthony Brennan on November 1, 2015 at 6:30pm 3 Comments

On October 12, 1867, after picking up cargo from Sheerness and Plymouth harbors, a fully rigged, 875-ton frigate, cast off from her moorings at Portsmouth on the south coast of England. The vessel, bound for Western Australia, her hold full to overflowing…


This Week in the History of the Irish: November 22 - November 28

Posted by The Wild Geese on November 21, 2015 at 10:00am 0 Comments

DOMHNAIGH -- On November 22, 1919, Máire Drumm (nee McAteer), (right) Republican activist, was born in Newry, County Armagh. Máire's family was strongly republican; her mother had been active in the War of Independence and the…


'The Last Torch' Powered By Irish Resistance To Elizabeth I

Posted by The Last Torch on October 22, 2015 at 3:00am 2 Comments

The Last Torch is set in 16th century Ireland, where survivors of a shipwreck from the…


On the Road of an Irish Graveyard

Posted by Claire Fullerton on November 14, 2015 at 11:00am 32 Comments

Dean Mulroy is the kind of guy who needs room to roam and access to the stars, which is why he lived way back in the bog behind the house I rented in Inverin. Only a certain kind of guy would want to live as he did. At the time, he was unimpressed with…



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