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This Week in the History of the Irish: January 14 - 20

Posted by The Wild Geese on January 14, 2018 at 9:30am 0 Comments

LUAIN -- On January 15, 1861, Young Irelander Terence Bellew MacManus died in San Francisco. MacManus was born in County Fermanagh in 1811. He later moved to Liverpool, England, where he began a successful shipping agency. In…


Recipe Worth Repeating

Posted by Margaret M. Johnson on January 8, 2018 at 8:30am 0 Comments

If you’re a loyal follower of my recipe posts (if I actually have any “followers”), this recipe might ring familiar. I posted it back in March suggesting that the soup would make a lovely “spring” dish, but since I’ve made it again recently to…


Irish Stew To Warm You

Posted by ADRIAN McGRATH on December 28, 2017 at 9:30am 0 Comments

Here is an article I wrote for my blog,, about Irish Stew. I thought you all might like to see this and maybe make some now that the weather is cold. Good Irish Stew will warm you up.…


Oliver Plunkett, Tomás Ó Fiaich and The Bard of Armagh

Posted by John Anthony Brennan on December 31, 2017 at 6:00pm 6 Comments

Three hundred and forty-four years ago, on a bleak, frigid night in January 1674, Bishop Oliver Plunkett and his close friend John Brennan, Bishop of Cashel, were forced to flee the town of Drogheda and run for their lives. Wearing long, hooded cloaks and…


4 Things That Might Surprise You About the Wild West of Ireland

Posted by Wild West Irish Tours on December 28, 2017 at 11:00am 0 Comments

When it comes to the Wild West of Ireland, there is plenty to be surprised about.

But according to our alumni “Wild Westies”; or people who travel with us on a Wild West Irish Tour, nothing is more surprising than these top three [technically four] things:

  1. The Fairy Glen…


Perfect Potluck for New Year’s Eve

Posted by Margaret M. Johnson on December 29, 2017 at 9:30am 0 Comments

If you’re celebrating the arrival of 2018 sensibly (that is, you’re NOT going to Times Square where the temperature will be somewhere between 10°F and 20°F) by heading off to or hosting a casual potluck supper, you might want to consider this delicious riff on traditional Colcannon. The…


The Jail Escape They Wanted To Forget

Posted by philip kelly on December 26, 2017 at 3:00pm 0 Comments

Above, my brother John Kelly

The main forecourt Crumlin Road jail. …


Wexford's James Power and the Trail of Tears to Texas

Posted by Joe Gannon on December 24, 2017 at 11:30pm 4 Comments

As nine year old Rosalie Hart came up onto the deck of the schooner “Sea Lion” there was a furious gale blowing. She and her family were thousands of miles from their home in Ballymoney, County Wexford, Ireland.…


The Winter Solstice

Posted by John Anthony Brennan on December 21, 2017 at 8:30pm 0 Comments

This year’s shortest day of the year is on Thursday, December 21, which will also mark the longest night of the year. Every year, the winter solstice marks the turn of the calendar as autumn ends and the winter begins. From an astronomical…


Bring Home Highlights of Major Exhibit Exploring Famine's Impact

Posted by The Wild Geese on December 11, 2017 at 10:30am 2 Comments

A newly produced DVD follows on from an exhibition that was held in Dublin throughout the summer of 2017. The exhibition was called "The Irish Potato Famine (1845 to 1852)," and its purpose was to commemorate the 170th anniversary of the Famine year 1847.…



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