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Hay Foot, Straw Foot

Posted by Mairead Geary on July 28, 2015 at 9:30pm 3 Comments

While hiking with my American-born kids I found myself repeating the words “hay foot, straw foot” trying to motivate them to keep going as they were getting tired. I reflected on how I first learned the phrase from my West Cork granny, and decided to investigate the term a little further.  I grew intrigued to learn this phrase is shared between Ireland and America.



“Hay-foot, straw-foot” was a term my late granny…

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Banter in a Spiddal Pub

Posted by Claire Fullerton on July 26, 2015 at 11:00am 8 Comments

Once upon a time, I spent a year living on the western coast of Ireland. From my American frame of reference, it took a bit of adjustment to become accustom to the Gaeltacht of Connemara’s shores. My acclimation to the culture came in curious increments…

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See 'Jimmy's Hall', Win Poster -- Check Here for Local Theaters

Posted by The Wild Geese on July 27, 2015 at 5:00pm 0 Comments

Your opportunity to see Sixteen Films' "Jimmy's Hall" this weekend has nearly doubled. Beginning July 24, Sony Pictures Classics adds 15 new screens to 23 showing the Irish docudrama last weekend. New venues include Long Beach, California; Denver; six in Florida, including Miami; Voorhees, N.J.; Huntington and…

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The Ottoman Empire and The Great Hunger

Posted by Des Wade on July 25, 2015 at 6:30pm 1 Comment

During the Great Hunger in Ireland the Ottoman Empire sent £1,000 sterling (about $1,500,000 today) and three shiploads of food to Drogheda, Ireland.

The Ottoman ruler at that time -- Sultan Khaleefah Abdul-Majid – wanted to send…

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This Week in the History of the Irish: July 26 - August 1

Posted by The Wild Geese on July 25, 2015 at 1:19pm 0 Comments

DOMHNAIGH -- On July 26, 1739, George Clinton (right), soldier, first governor of New York, and vice president of the United States, was born in Little Britain, N.Y., of Irish Protestant parents. Clinton served in his father's New York state militia unit during…

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In the Footsteps of Bridget: A Titanic Connection

Posted by Joe Gannon on July 24, 2015 at 12:00pm 3 Comments

In 2013 our annual trek to the Ireland brought us to a pleasant small cottage…

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The Choctaw Nation and The Great Hunger

Posted by Des Wade on July 24, 2015 at 6:00am 9 Comments

A sculpture of nine eagle feathers has been installed in Midleton, County Cork, to thank the Choctaw Indians for their …

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Making of 'Jimmy's Hall': Part 1, 'Long Distant Ripple from Nicaragua'

Posted by The Wild Geese on July 24, 2015 at 9:00am 0 Comments

In the following three-part series, Sixteen Films' screenwriter Paul Laverty writes about the genesis of "Jimmy's Hall" first published in Sixteen Films' Production Notes, and reproduced here with permission. Production Photos by Joss…

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Michael Collins Scene From 'A Time of Traitors'

Posted by David Lawlor on July 19, 2015 at 4:30am 16 Comments

Michael Collins sat hunched over the small office desk,…

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Ireland's Timeless Connemara Marble -- Special Offer for Members

Posted by Totally Irish Gifts on July 19, 2015 at 10:30am 0 Comments

The region of Connemara is the very edge of Europe on the west coast of Ireland, spanning the majestic Twelve Bens mountains, embracing lakes and pre-historic bogs, bounded on the west, south and north by the Atlantic Ocean. This beautiful region is the essence of Ireland, with unspoilt and ever changing invigorating…

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