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Love That Mincemeat!

Mincemeat, a mixture of chopped dried fruits, spices, and spirits, is a favorite holiday ingredient most often found in pies and tarts. It was developed more than 500 years ago as a way of preserving meat without salting or smoking, and gradually…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on December 11, 2017 at 3:30pm — No Comments

THE IRISH POTATO FAMINE (1845 TO 1852) DVD

This DVD follows on from an exhibition which was held in Dublin, Ireland throughout the summer of 2017. The exhibition was called The Irish Potato Famine (1845 to 1852) and it's purpose was to commemorate the 170th anniversary of the Famine year 1847.…

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Added by The Wild Geese on December 11, 2017 at 10:30am — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: December 10 - December 16

DOMHNAIGH -- On December 10, 1710, the Irish regiments in the service of Spain fought in the battle of Villaviciosa during the…

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Added by The Wild Geese on December 9, 2017 at 11:00am — No Comments

Out of the Ice: Ireland Then and Now

Irish author and poet John Anthony Brennan has previously written a book of…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on December 6, 2017 at 7:30pm — 1 Comment

Biscuits for Breakfast and Beyond

If you’ve already run out of ideas for what to serve at your holiday drinks party, think “biscuits” — not your average breakfast biscuits, but these yummy bites from Kerrygold. Laden with sage and walnuts, these buttery bites are a…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on December 4, 2017 at 8:00am — 1 Comment


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“The Scourge of Tralee”: Stalking 'The Major'

Late on Christmas night 1920, Irish Volunteers John Leen (24) and Maurice Reidy (25) stealthily made their way to the home of John Byrne, the creamery manager in Ballymacelligott, County Kerry. The cottage had been raided…

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Added by Joe Gannon on December 3, 2017 at 9:30pm — 4 Comments

Interview with Billy O'Callaghan

When one writer encounters another that blindsides them with staggering awe, the inclination is to rush out and spread the joy with those who love the written word. I feel this way about Billy O'Callaghan and extend deepest gratitude to Ger…

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Added by Claire Fullerton on November 28, 2017 at 11:30am — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: November 26 - December 2

DOMHNAIGH -- On the night of November 26, 1781, units of Dillon’s and Walshes regiments of the Irish Brigade of France were among a force of about 400 commanded by Marquis de Bouille that landed on the…

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Added by The Wild Geese on November 25, 2017 at 2:00pm — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: November 19-25

LUAIN-- On the morning of Nov. 20, 1917, the 16th Irish Division of the British army assaulted an area of the German lines known as "Tunnel Trench," named for an elaborate tunnel system that…

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Added by The Wild Geese on November 18, 2017 at 12:30pm — No Comments

That Time of Year Again

I haven’t posted for a few weeks and my Irish guilt is gnawing at me! So it’s back to business as “that time of year,” aka “the holidays,” is fast approaching. I’ve already started plumping my fruit for the several varieties…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on November 15, 2017 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Help With Bid to Honor Mayo-Born Marine Via Navy Ship

Our Goal: A US Navy Ship To Be Named For Cpl. Patrick 'Bob' Gallagher USMC, NC

We write to tell you about our most recent achievements with regards to having the U.S. Navy name a ship in honor of Cpl. Patrick "Bob" Gallagher!…

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Added by The Wild Geese on November 14, 2017 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Hercules Mulligan -- Washington’s Man in New York

By Liam Murphy

The last day of the American War for Independence was 25th November 1783, when, after an occupation of over seven years, the British evacuated New York City, and Washington, leading elements of the American…

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Added by The Wild Geese on November 14, 2017 at 6:30pm — 3 Comments


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The Dromkeen Ambush: Down Into the Mire in County Limerick

On the cool, pleasant night of St. Stephens day, December 26, 1920, over two hundred men and women were dancing, eating and enjoying themselves at Caherguillamore House, three miles northeast of Bruff, in County Limerick. The Martin brothers from Bruff were…

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Added by Joe Gannon on November 13, 2017 at 10:00am — 5 Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: November 12-18

DEARDAOIN -- On Nov. 16, 1814, Michael Kelly Lawler, general in the Union army during the American Civil War, was born in County Kildare, Ireland. Lawler emigrated to the United States with his family at just 2 years of age. His family moved from New…

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Added by The Wild Geese on November 11, 2017 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

The Poet



To the memory of a visionary born on this day 10 November 1879.

Thank you, Patrick, for your bravery, commitment and inspiration.

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…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on November 9, 2017 at 9:00pm — 12 Comments

Confronting the Dark Side of the Irish ‘Down Under’

When I was asked to write a series of poems for an art exhibition in Australia earlier this year, I embarked on a dark voyage of discovery into the lives of Irish immigrant children 150 years ago.

Image: 'Image Above: Falling' by Jane…

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Added by Anne Casey on November 6, 2017 at 12:30am — 1 Comment

The Judicial Murder of 'The Manchester Martyrs' -- 150 Years On

On the 150th anniversary of their deaths (November 23rd), let us pause to commemorate, the brave Fenian heroes forever known in Irish history as  The Manchester Martyrs.”  

(Left: A 19th…

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Added by Robert J. Bateman on November 5, 2017 at 12:30pm — 4 Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: November 5-11

DOMHNAIGH -- On the morning of Nov. 5, 1688, William of Orange, King of the Netherlands and son-in-law of King James II of England, arrived in Brixham, England, with a large Dutch army. He had been invited by the Protestant noblemen of the country…

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Added by The Wild Geese on November 4, 2017 at 10:30am — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: October 29 - November 4

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Added by The Wild Geese on October 29, 2017 at 11:00am — No Comments

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