Featured Blog Posts – January 2017 Archive (22)

Baa, Baa 'Black Sheep': A Chat About the Infamous Irwins

Compiling family history can be a fascinating pursuit, particularly when a living descendant bequeaths a story as colorful and riveting as that of brothers Tom and John Irwin. The young men, among my grandmother’s numerous first cousins, shared a cold-water flat in…

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Added by Gerry Regan on January 30, 2017 at 3:30pm — 9 Comments

A Poem To Salute St. Brendan the Navigator.



Ships, Real and Imaginary

It’s a piece of rock with a wonderful beginning.

A cause for marvelling in a right of its own.

Formed deep in the magma of earth.

Mainly composed of…

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Added by Anna Kelly on January 30, 2017 at 2:00pm — 4 Comments

Ploughman's Lunch Makes Super Meal For Super Bowl!

A ploughman’s lunch is a traditional salad made with sliced meats — most often chicken, turkey, ham, or roast beef — and cheddar cheese, coleslaw, or chutney. Popular in the United Kingdom as well as in Ireland, the salad is open to wide interpretation…

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


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Claddagh & Hearts: Special Offer for Wild Geese Members

“Be my valentine” = “A bheith ar mo vailintín”



We're getting ready for Valentine's Day with a special 10% discount on our website on all things Hearts &…

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Added by Totally Irish Gifts on January 30, 2017 at 4:00am — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: January 29 - February 4

LUAIN -- On January 30, 1879, Edme Patrice de MacMahon (right) retired…

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Added by The Wild Geese on January 28, 2017 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Prayer of St. Brendan the Navigator

When St. Brendan got back from his travels discovering America in a small wooden and leather boat around 564 AD, he wrote a book in Latin, 'Navigatio Brendani' or 'The Voyage of Brendan', which, some 900 years later (1477) convinced Christopher Columbus that there…

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Added by Brian Nolan on January 25, 2017 at 6:30am — 6 Comments


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The Gaelic Quatrain -- Students, Sharpen Your Pencils

IRISH SOCIETY WRITING CONTEST

The Irish Cultural Society announces its annual writing contest for students in the 9th through 12th grades in the Nassau County high schools. …

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Added by John M. Walsh on January 23, 2017 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment

Sidle Up To Hot, Delicious Seafood Chowder

When the wind whips, as is often the case in January and February, a bowl of soup is a welcome offering at lunch or dinner. When it’s creamy, rich, seafood-laden chowder, it’s even better! This recipe, which originally appeared in my Irish Pub…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on January 23, 2017 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments


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Romancing the Truth -- The Legendary 'Molly Malone'

Who was Molly Malone? . . . That is a very good question, a question that has had many historians baffled, and continues to be debated by experts in this field for many a decade. Stranger than fiction, an inspiration to many millions of people all over the world,…

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Added by That's Just How It Was on January 23, 2017 at 9:30am — 5 Comments

Production Team Moves From Easter Rising to 'Snow Falls'

One of the many events held during 2016 to honour those who took part in the Easter Rising 100 years before was a stage play From the Backbone Out, which told the story of Richard O’Carroll, a labour leader…

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Added by James O'Brien on January 22, 2017 at 7:30pm — No Comments

The Best Time To Travel To Ireland Is NOW!

Save as much as $1200 and come see Cherish the Ladies!…

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Added by Wild West Irish Tours on January 21, 2017 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

In Praise of the Pratie -- World-Class Bacon-Potato Cakes

I’ve come to the conclusion that potatoes are really the stuff of greatness and no more so than in a potato cake, to which any number of other ingredients can be added — bacon, cheese, herbs to name a few. A perfect side-dish, this recipe…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on January 17, 2017 at 3:30pm — 4 Comments


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Mayo's Robert Horatio George Minty: Past Imperfect Hero

I see the long, blue line, push back the rebel pickets

Far stretched o’er hill and dale; through break and thickets.

My old heart leaps

As up the steeps

Rock-crowned and flinty:

I see the…

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Added by Joe Gannon on January 14, 2017 at 9:30am — 9 Comments

Summer of '73

I still remember the whole thing like it was yesterday. Summer of '73 and me standing on the kitchen table in my Uncle Dan’s house in Forest Park singing Bad, Bad Leroy…

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Added by Colm Herron on January 11, 2017 at 9:00pm — 10 Comments

Ireland and the Spanish Armada: A Story of Survival

On a cold, stark night in August 1588, as a fierce gale subsided and the clouds slowly parted, light from a full autumn moon revealed a horrific scene strewn along the shoreline of Streedagh Strand in County Sligo, Ireland. The…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on January 10, 2017 at 3:30pm — 13 Comments

Irish Capes and Shawls and the Charm of Heritage Fashion



Irish Fashion

Customs & Traditions…

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Added by Blarney Woollen Mills on January 10, 2017 at 6:00am — 3 Comments

Eggs For Supper!

When I’m really stuck for a quick supper, I turn to eggs! Not fried, poached, or scrambled, but to what the French (and the Irish) call a tart or a quiche. While many use the term interchangeably, the main difference, I’m told, is the amount of egg mixture…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on January 9, 2017 at 7:00pm — 3 Comments


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St. Brigid's Cross Special Offer For Wild Geese Members

We're celebrating St. Brigid's Day with a special offer for Wild Geese members on bronze St Brigid's Crosses made in Ireland, in time for world-wide shipping before 1st February 2017.

Order deadline for shipping in time for St. Brigid's Day (1st…

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Added by Totally Irish Gifts on January 9, 2017 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Researching the Scots-Irish of 18th Century Virginia: Pt. 2

The immigration experience of the Presbyterians in colonial Virginia was an oppressive time for the Scotsmen from Northern Ireland. Subject to the penalties imposed on them by the Established Church of England, their presence in Virginia, especially, in Hanover and…

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Added by David Joyce on January 7, 2017 at 6:30pm — 4 Comments

Unpacking 'The Wreck of the Hesperus'

'You look like the wreck of the Hesperus' was a much-used phrase in our house in Loughrea, 20 miles from the sea at Galway Bay. Boys, well you know boys, they never comb their hair, never wash their hands, wear the same clothes forever. . . . You know the…

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Added by Brian Nolan on January 7, 2017 at 8:30am — 6 Comments

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