Featured Blog Posts – August 2017 Archive (11)

How the Ancient Irish Oral Tradition Was Saved From Extinction

On a cold, wet evening in 576 AD, a flotilla of small, wave-tossed, leather-covered boats with tattered cloth sails, came to rest on the rocky shores of Lough Foyle close to the modern-day town of…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on August 30, 2017 at 7:00pm — No Comments

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Added by Jim Lowney on August 29, 2017 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Fruit Compote Reprised for Autumn Palates

The combination of chocolate and fruit is one that few can resist, so when I decided to offer this recipe for warm fruit compote, I realized I posted it back in February as a suggested topping for chocolate mousse cake to serve on Valentine’s…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on August 28, 2017 at 8:30am — No Comments

Flying Back, I Barely Recognise My Hometown

When at 18 or 20, or in my case 24, you fly away on the adventure of a lifetime, you aren't thinking of your future self. When I first winged my way to Australia, I had no inkling where it would lead. Or all the losses it would lead to. For me. For my…

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Added by Anne Casey on August 28, 2017 at 5:00am — 5 Comments

Too Many Tomatoes? A Recipe For These 'Heroes of the Season'

It’s August, after all, so the problem of too many tomatoes is,…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on August 14, 2017 at 4:00pm — No Comments

The Destruction of Eamhain Mhacha

According to both oral and written traditions, at the beginning of the 4th century A.D., three brothers, known as the Three Collas, rebelled and killed their uncle, the high king of Ireland, Fíacha Sroiptine. This singular barbarous act started a chain…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on August 13, 2017 at 10:00pm — 6 Comments

Out of the Ice: Ireland Then and Now

Irish author and poet John Anthony Brennan has…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on August 10, 2017 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

For Sinead and Other Kindred Spirits . . .

We Irish artists, descended, as we undoubtedly are from the tribe of Dannan, an ancient breed of mystics, are tasked with the unenviable mission of walking the invisible, fine line. It is a gift that enables us to transcend the mundane, and experience…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on August 10, 2017 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

Going to Kilorglin's Legendary Puck Fair!

It was thirty-three years ago this week that I made my first trip to…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on August 8, 2017 at 8:00am — 2 Comments


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Valentine Trant McGillycuddy: Crazy Horse's Friend

On a hot September day in 1877 on the Pine Ridge reservation in the Dakota Territory (now South Dakota), a large group of angry Sioux were crowded around the guard house. Writhing in pain on the ground before them, bleeding profusely from his abdomen, lay…

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Added by Joe Gannon on August 7, 2017 at 11:00pm — 7 Comments

The History Behind Lughnasagh

At the Ould Lammas Fair boys were you ever there

Were you ever…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on August 1, 2017 at 6:30pm — 2 Comments

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