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From Dunkirk to Nagasaki: The Long War of Dr. Aidan MacCarthy

Posted by Joe Gannon on October 13, 2017 at 10:35pm 3 Comments

Aidan MacCarthy crouched low in the air raid shelter he and the other POWs had dug themselves. They had seen two American B-29 bombers flying toward the city of Nagasaki before they went into the shelter. A few POWs had stayed outside though, wanting to see bombs fall on the Japanese for a bit of retribution for…

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More Ideas for the Great Pumpkin!

Posted by Margaret M. Johnson on October 16, 2017 at 2:20pm 0 Comments

        As promised in my last post, here’s another interesting recipe using one of fall’s most popular ingredients---pumpkin. Since most cooks find it more efficient to purchase canned pumpkin rather than to cut and scrape the flesh from a fresh one, this recipe uses pumpkin purée. You’ll find…

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This Week in the History of the Irish: October 15 - October 21

Posted by The Wild Geese on October 14, 2017 at 10:30am 0 Comments

DOMHNAIGH -- On Oct. 15, 1763, Lord Edward Fitzgerald, military leader of the United Irishmen, was born in Carton House, Co. Kildare. Like Wolfe Tone and Emmet,…

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The Israeli Occupation: Different Voices

Posted by Colm Herron on September 27, 2017 at 7:00am 0 Comments

Very recently I heard a young Israeli called Yehuda Shaul being interviewed on Radio Ulster. Yehuda is the co-founder of Breaking the Silence, an organization that aims to expose the harsh realities of the Occupation to fellow Israelis. His words made such a deep…

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This Week in the History of the Irish: October 8 - October 14

Posted by The Wild Geese on October 7, 2017 at 11:00am 0 Comments

DOMHNAIGH -- On October 8, 1862, Irish-born Confederate General Patrick Cleburne commanded a brigade at the battle of Perryville, Kentucky. Cleburne's brigade was part of the…

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Pumpkins, Pumpkins Everywhere!

Posted by Margaret M. Johnson on October 2, 2017 at 1:30pm 0 Comments

Behold, the great pumpkin, one of fall’s most iconic images. We find the large orange fruit taking center stage in breads, cakes, puddings and, of course, on doorsteps everywhere, so a few recipes using it are in order for the next few weeks.…

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An Gorta Mor: The Great Hunger

Posted by John Anthony Brennan on October 6, 2017 at 5:00pm 4 Comments

This year 2017, is the 170th anniversary of the ‘great Hunger’ that befell Ireland in 1847. Otherwise known as ‘an Gorta mor’ or more commonly referred to as ‘Black ‘47’ it was a seminal turning point in the long tortuous history of…

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This Week in the History of the Irish: October 1 - October 7

Posted by The Wild Geese on September 30, 2017 at 4:00pm 0 Comments

MÁIRT -- On Oct. 3, 1691, the Treaty of Limerick was signed, ending the Williamite War in Ireland. It has been said that Irish history is something the Irish should never…

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The Confederate Monument Issue: Is It Pride or Prejudice?

Posted by Joe Gannon on September 26, 2017 at 9:00pm 3 Comments

They have called us Rebels and Traitors,

But themselves have thrown off that name of late;

They were called it by the English Invaders,

At home—in the year of "Ninety-Eight ..."

-- from "Kelly’s Irish Brigade"…

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Disquieting Kiss: Embracing the Blue, Gray and Green

Posted by The Wild Geese on September 26, 2017 at 9:00pm 0 Comments

The Irish green shall again be seen

     As our Irish fathers bore it,

A burning wind from the South behind,

     and the Yankee rout before it! 

              -- From the Civil War anthem 'Song for the Irish Brigade'…

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