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Posted by Margaret M. Johnson on August 22, 2016 at 5:00am 0 Comments


Late August, given heavy rain and sun

For a full week, the blackberries would ripen,

At first, just one, a glossy purple clot

Among others, red, green, hard…


Ghost Stories from Down, No.5: Newcastle and the Kingdom of Mourne, or Run for the Hills

Posted by Margaret Whittock on August 20, 2016 at 12:00pm 1 Comment

Wandering about Newcastle, County Down, on a sunny summer’s day, it’s difficult to imagine another, darker side to this favourite seaside haunt of hikers and holidaymakers. But, a little research reveals…


This Week in the History of the Irish: August 21-27

Posted by The Wild Geese on August 20, 2016 at 11:30am 0 Comments

LUAIN -- On August 22, 1846 Fenian poet John Keegan Casey (right) was born at Mount Dalton, Co. Westmeath. While only in his teens Casey began writing poetry for The Nation. After teaching in Cleraun and Keenagh,…


Lillie Connolly -- Mother And Rebel, Widow of James Connolly

Posted by That's Just How It Was on August 12, 2016 at 12:00pm 2 Comments

Racing fruitlessly after a tram that was speeding away from him, a young British soldier spotted a shy young woman, out for a stroll in Dublin City, on her day off from working as a governess in Merrion Square. Lillie Reynolds, a softly spoken young woman…


The Poet's Glen and Creggan Vale

Posted by John Anthony Brennan on August 7, 2016 at 5:00pm 0 Comments

Three of Ireland’s well-loved 18th century Gaelic poets lie at rest in the graveyard of Creggan church near the town of Crossmaglen, County Armagh. The poets Art Mc Cooey, Padraig MacAliondain and the rapparee poet Seamus mor MacMurphy sleep…


The Irish Beet Scene

Posted by Margaret M. Johnson on August 15, 2016 at 11:30am 0 Comments

In my last post, I confessed to my love of cheese and my nearly non-stop indulgence in it while traveling through Ireland in May. On quite a few occasions, I found cheese, especially goat’s cheese, paired with beets in a sweet-tangy combination…


The Catalpa Rescue video

Posted by The Wild Geese on August 20, 2016 at 1:30pm 0 Comments

On August 19, 1876, 140 years ago , the whaling ship Catalpa  was given a tumultuous…


Sir David Goodall: Irish Genealogist

Posted by Don Gray on August 14, 2016 at 11:00pm 0 Comments

David Goodall was born in 1931. One side of his family had Wexford ancestors who were on both sides of the 1798 Rising. Though he had no professional involvement in Anglo-Irish relations until 1982, Goodall had a lifelong scholarly…


Reliving the 'Magic' at Pearse's Cottage in Connemara

Posted by Eoin Mac Lochlainn on August 5, 2016 at 6:30am 0 Comments

photo of Piaras F. Mac Lochlainn at Rosmuc

My mother (God rest her) must have taken this photo. It was in Connemara and they were on their honeymoon… It was a long time ago, but we still had a copy in a dusty old photo album at home in Ranelagh. It was lovely to see it projected onto the gable end of Pearse’s Cottage in Ros Muc last weekend.

It’s a long story. But maybe today, I’ll just tell you about the short film that I produced as part of my artist’s…


The Piquant Power of Irish Cheese

Posted by Margaret M. Johnson on August 8, 2016 at 3:30pm 0 Comments

I really love cheese, and ever since I was introduced to Irish-made cheese — from the great selection of Kerrygold cheeses like Dubliner, Blarney Castle, and Swiss to harder-to-find ones like Cashel Blue, Ardrahan, or St. Tola — I enjoy it as often as I can.…



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