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This Week in the History of the Irish: May 20 - May 26

Posted by The Wild Geese on May 19, 2018 at 10:00pm 0 Comments

LUAIN --  On May 21, 1745, the uncle of the 'Liberator,' and an officer in the Irish Brigade of France, was born in Derrynane, Co. Kerry. Young Daniel became a cadet with the French army in 1761. He served in Clare's Regiment of the…


Crumble Pots for Dessert

Posted by Margaret M. Johnson on May 16, 2018 at 8:00am 0 Comments



The recipe for these little pots of fruit with a crumble topping originated with a friend from Wexford, the sunny southeast corner of Ireland noted for its…


The Irish rebels who fought for Israel

Posted by David Lawlor on May 11, 2018 at 8:30am 0 Comments

It was 1948 and as the military half-track drove through the Beit Netofa Valley, at the village of Madna in Galilee, shots rang out. One Israeli soldier was killed and another was hit in the head. A sniper had zeroed in on the men and was picking them off one by one.

Then, one of…


Once Upon a Time, Maureen O'Hara Might Have Been My Mom

Posted by Gerry Regan on May 2, 2018 at 3:30pm 5 Comments

I once held the conceit that Maureen O'Hara was my mother. So it came as both a surprise and a delight to come across a picture of the deservedly famous Irish redhead standing alongside my father.

In the photo above, Dad is standing,…


Titanic Hero Hugh McElroy: 'Sand For Breakfast Tomorrow'

Posted by Joe Gannon on April 5, 2018 at 10:00am 11 Comments

It was a little after 2 am on April 15, 1912. The deck of the R.M.S. Titanic was now tilted over 6 degrees toward the sinking bow. As 17-year-old Jack Thayer and 30-year-old Milton Long moved toward one of the last remaining lifeboats on the boat deck,…


Mayo's Tourmakeady Ambush: Shrouded By 'Fog of War'

Posted by Joe Gannon on April 30, 2018 at 7:30pm 3 Comments

Tuesday, May 3, 1921 was a beautiful, sunny day in the nearly treeless Partry Mountains above the town of Tourmakeady, County Mayo, but Tom Maguire was in no condition to enjoy the weather. Maguire, the C/O of the South Mayo Flying Column,…


The Bonfires of Beltaine (May Eve)

Posted by John Anthony Brennan on May 1, 2018 at 9:00am 2 Comments

On the Hill of Uisneach, in a portion of land taken from the province of Connaught, a…


Irish Potato Famine Coffin Carrier

Posted by Gerard McCarthy on April 19, 2018 at 1:30pm 1 Comment

This original 19th century coffin carrier played a vital role during the Irish Potato Famine (1845 to 1852).

The body of a person who died in the workhouse was placed in a coffin and brought to their final resting place on the coffin…


When Life Sends You Lemons, Make Lemon Bread

Posted by Margaret M. Johnson on April 17, 2018 at 7:30am 0 Comments

Lemon desserts seem to be more delicious on a spring day, but you’ll want to keep this one on a year-round basis to have with a cup of tea. Technically, it fits into the “quick bread” baking category, but…


The Worlds of Irish Musical Instruments

Posted by ADRIAN McGRATH on April 16, 2018 at 12:00pm 0 Comments

Here is an article I wrote on my blog about traditional Irish musical instruments.  I hope you like it.

There are many instruments used today in Traditional Irish Music. Many have evolved over centuries; some are ancient, while some are much…



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