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The Carrowkennedy Ambush, June 2, 1921: Revenge is a Dish Best Served Cold

It was late afternoon of a warm day in June in Carrowkennedy, Co. Mayo. Irish Volunteer Jimmy O’Flaherty (right) heard the…

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Added by Joe Gannon on May 20, 2017 at 9:00pm — 7 Comments

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

DOMHNAIGH --  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…

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Added by The Wild Geese on May 20, 2017 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Taste of the Season: Rhubarb Returns

 

      If it hasn’t made its official appearance yet where you live, you can expect rhubarb to be showing up shortly. One of the earliest spring vegetables — yes, it’s a perennial vegetable — it’s generally used as a fruit in desserts and jams. Since rhubarb is almost too tart to be served on…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on May 17, 2017 at 7:46am — No Comments


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

MÁIRT -- On May 15, 1847, The Syria, the first ship to arrive during what Quebecois would call the 'Summer of Sorrow,' landed at the Canadian quarantine station in the St. Lawrence River, just north of Quebec. The French had called…

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Added by Joe Gannon on May 13, 2017 at 10:00am — 3 Comments


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The St. Patrick's Day Champ: Clare's 'Bold Mike' McTigue

The exhausted Irish boxer stood in the middle of the makeshift boxing ring in the smoke-filled La Scala opera house in Dublin. Sweat was trickling down his face, tinged scarlett with a bit of blood oozing from a cut above his left eye. His chest was…

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Added by Joe Gannon on May 9, 2017 at 9:30pm — 7 Comments

Treat Mom to Breakfast

With only a few days to go before we celebrate Mother’s Day, you might want to think about giving her a real treat — breakfast in bed!  Sure, you can take her out to brunch, but breakfast in bed creates a real Hallmark moment — “you care enough to cook…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on May 8, 2017 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Ballinalee, County Longford: The Village of Generals

To outsiders, the village of Ballinalee, in County Longford, might seem like no great shakes, just a bump in the road, a blink-and-you-miss-it spot that you’re through before you even notice. Were they to consult a map of the county, the seemingly inconsequential…

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Added by David Lawlor on May 7, 2017 at 4:30am — 2 Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: May 7 - May 13

DOMHNAIGH -- On May 7, 1915, the English passenger ship Lusitania was sunk near Old Head, Co. Cork, off the southern Irish coast. The liner had left New York bound for Liverpool on May 1. German intelligence believed, and most historians now…

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Added by The Wild Geese on May 6, 2017 at 1:00pm — No Comments


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1981 Hunger Strikes: On the Threshold of Another Trembling World

Among the most powerless men in the world are those in prisons. Your body no longer belongs to you; it belongs to the state. Every day you are told when to get up, when to go to bed, when you can exercise, when you can see your family, and also, when you…

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Added by Joe Gannon on May 5, 2017 at 8:00pm — 5 Comments

Requiem for Bobby

This is a humble tribute to a kindred spirit, poet, musician, soldier and far, far braver man than I could ever hope to be. While adhering to the ancient Gaelic ‘Brehon Law of Fasting,’ Bobby took no food or water for sixty-six days in pursuit of his quest…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on May 4, 2017 at 8:00pm — 11 Comments

The Incomparable Madge Herron

In April 2004 I was launching my first novel at the Irish cultural centre in Hammersmith, London, when a lady came over to me and shook my hand.

“I think I may be your cousin,” she said. “My name is Ethna Herron. You…

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Added by Colm Herron on May 3, 2017 at 7:30pm — 3 Comments

This Week in Irish History - April 30 - May 6

DEARDAOIN -- From April 29 through May 4, 1863, the 6th Louisiana Infantry, a largely Irish Confederate regiment, fought at the 2nd battle of…

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Added by The Wild Geese on April 29, 2017 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Loving Irish Oats

I usually try to tie my posts to seasonal recipes or ingredients — Easter chocolate, Mother’s Day, Christmas cakes, etc. — but I deviate this week with this recipe for granola. Why? Because I love it, and yesterday I made a fresh batch to keep on hand to sprinkle on fruit and yogurt or muesli, one of my new…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on April 25, 2017 at 4:30pm — No Comments


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Confederate Hero, Dick Dowling: Miracle at Sabine Pass

He stands in bronze and he stands on granite,

Facing the river where the fleet turned tail;

The stone lists the Davis Guards upon it,

Names that rhyme in the songs of the Gael.*

Around 3:30…

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Added by Joe Gannon on April 23, 2017 at 4:00pm — 3 Comments

This Week in Irish History - April 23 - April 29

DOMHNAIGH -- On April 23, 1014 the Battle of Clontarf, one of the most famous and important battles in Irish history, was fought just north of Dublin. It was a bloody stand-up battle, fought mainly with ax and sword, with Brian Boru's men…

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Added by The Wild Geese on April 22, 2017 at 10:00pm — No Comments

The Poet

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This is a personal tribute to a handful of dreamers, the brave men and women of Ireland, the poet and the grocer, the tobacconist and the piper, the…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on April 15, 2017 at 6:30pm — 12 Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: April 16 - April 22

DOMHNAIGH -- On April 16, 1746, a battle was fought in Scotland that would have long-term implications for Ireland, as well as Scotland. It ended "Bonnie" Prince Charlie's Jacobite uprising, known in Scotland as simply, "The '45." It was the battle…

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Added by The Wild Geese on April 15, 2017 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Remembering the Easter Rising in Connemara

oil painting of Padraig Pearse by Eoin Mac Lochlainn

Quiet determination -- I think that's what he had.  He was passionate about the Irish language, Irish history and culture, the Irish way of life.

Above, oil painting of Patrick Pearse at Ros Muc, Connemara

He saw what the English education system was doing, trying to stamp…

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Added by Eoin Mac Lochlainn on April 13, 2017 at 9:00am — 4 Comments


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Mountain Man Thomas Fitzpatrick: Legendary 'Broken Hand'

On a crisp, clear afternoon in what is now southwest Montana, in January 1836, a thin bearded man in his mid-30s, dressed in buckskin, was racing across the valley of the meandering Yellowstone River on the back of a very fast horse. Ahead of him in the…

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Added by Joe Gannon on April 12, 2017 at 9:30pm — 8 Comments

Chocolate — Irresistible For Easter!

One of the most popular — and among the most decadent — chocolate desserts in Ireland and England is this no-bake biscuit cake. I have to admit that it’s one I discovered only recently, but it’s quickly become a favorite of mine and everyone else who…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on April 12, 2017 at 8:00am — No Comments

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