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More Ideas for the Great Pumpkin!

        As promised in my last post, here’s another interesting recipe using one of fall’s most popular ingredients---pumpkin. Since most cooks find it more efficient to purchase canned pumpkin rather than to cut and scrape the flesh from a fresh one, this recipe uses pumpkin purée. You’ll find…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on October 16, 2017 at 2:20pm — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: October 15 - October 21

DOMHNAIGH -- On Oct. 15, 1763, Lord Edward Fitzgerald, military leader of the United Irishmen, was born in Carton House, Co. Kildare. Like Wolfe Tone and Emmet,…

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Added by The Wild Geese on October 14, 2017 at 10:30am — No Comments


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From Dunkirk to Nagasaki: The Long War of Dr. Aidan MacCarthy

Aidan MacCarthy crouched low in the air raid shelter he and the other POWs had dug themselves. They had seen two American B-29 bombers flying toward the city of Nagasaki before they went into the shelter. A few POWs had stayed outside though, wanting to see bombs fall on the Japanese for a bit of retribution for…

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Added by Joe Gannon on October 13, 2017 at 10:35pm — 3 Comments

John Boyle O'Reilly: Fenian Rebel, Convict and Poet

On October 12, 1867, after picking up cargo from Sheerness and Plymouth harbors, a fully rigged, 875-ton frigate, cast off from her moorings at Portsmouth on the south coast of England. The vessel, bound for Western Australia, her hold full to overflowing…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on October 12, 2017 at 9:35pm — 7 Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: October 8 - October 14

DOMHNAIGH -- On October 8, 1862, Irish-born Confederate General Patrick Cleburne commanded a brigade at the battle of Perryville, Kentucky. Cleburne's brigade was part of the…

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Added by The Wild Geese on October 7, 2017 at 11:00am — No Comments

An Gorta Mor: The Great Hunger

This year 2017, is the 170th anniversary of the ‘great Hunger’ that befell Ireland in 1847. Otherwise known as ‘an Gorta mor’ or more commonly referred to as ‘Black ‘47’ it was a seminal turning point in the long tortuous history of…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on October 6, 2017 at 5:00pm — 4 Comments

Pumpkins, Pumpkins Everywhere!

Behold, the great pumpkin, one of fall’s most iconic images. We find the large orange fruit taking center stage in breads, cakes, puddings and, of course, on doorsteps everywhere, so a few recipes using it are in order for the next few weeks.…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on October 2, 2017 at 1:30pm — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: October 1 - October 7

MÁIRT -- On Oct. 3, 1691, the Treaty of Limerick was signed, ending the Williamite War in Ireland. It has been said that Irish history is something the Irish should never…

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Added by The Wild Geese on September 30, 2017 at 4:00pm — No Comments


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Irish Writers' Festival, Los Gatos, California Oct. 5-8

I am very excited about participating in The Irish, The Jews, and Irish Literature panel and showing Shalom Ireland clips during the Irish Writers' Festival in Los Gatos, California!  I am also thrilled to see The Representations of Jews in Irish Literature Exhibition for the first time during its San Francisco Bay Area stop on its world tour.



Please join us for what promises to be an…
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Added by Valerie Lapin Ganley on September 28, 2017 at 10:28am — No Comments

The Israeli Occupation: Different Voices

Very recently I heard a young Israeli called Yehuda Shaul being interviewed on Radio Ulster. Yehuda is the co-founder of Breaking the Silence, an organization that aims to expose the harsh realities of the Occupation to fellow Israelis. His words made such a deep…

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Added by Colm Herron on September 27, 2017 at 7:00am — No Comments


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The Confederate Monument Issue: Is It Pride or Prejudice?

They have called us Rebels and Traitors,

But themselves have thrown off that name of late;

They were called it by the English Invaders,

At home—in the year of "Ninety-Eight ..."

-- from "Kelly’s Irish Brigade"…

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Added by Joe Gannon on September 26, 2017 at 9:00pm — 3 Comments

Disquieting Kiss: Embracing the Blue, Gray and Green

The Irish green shall again be seen

     As our Irish fathers bore it,

A burning wind from the South behind,

     and the Yankee rout before it! 

              -- From the Civil War anthem 'Song for the Irish Brigade'…

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Added by The Wild Geese on September 26, 2017 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Welcome Fall!

It’s official — autumn arrived on Friday, September 22 — and that means apples, pears, and roast pork!  I grew up with pork chops and applesauce, pork roasts cooked with apple juice or cider and, eventually, this sophisticated peppered pork loin cooked…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on September 26, 2017 at 4:30pm — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: September 24 - September 30

DOMHNAIGH -- On September 24, 1798, United Irishman Bartholomew Teeling was executed in Dublin. Teeling was the son of wealthy linen merchant in Lisburn, County Antrim. His father was involved in both the Defender and United Irish…

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Added by The Wild Geese on September 23, 2017 at 10:00am — No Comments

Coney Island, Co. Sligo Looking Out at Sligo Bay

The others climbed down to the beach, and I had my "moment" of arrival in Ireland: "This is where it all began!"  It was so beautiful I felt the tears just well up.…

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Added by Maureen Kelley-Olson on September 17, 2017 at 5:00am — 1 Comment

Coney Island, Co. Sligo

On the Second Morning of our tour, we traveled to Coney Island...( and yes, Coney Island in New York is named for her!)  Our guide Martin Byrne serenaded me with Maguire's March, in honor of my Irish Language Teacher here in Richmond, Denis Maguire.…

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Added by Maureen Kelley-Olson on September 17, 2017 at 5:00am — 1 Comment

This Week in the History of the Irish: September 17 - September 23

DOMHNAIGH -- On Sept. 17, 1860, units of the Irish Battalion of St. Patrick of the Papal army fought a Piedmontese army allied with Garibaldi at…

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Added by The Wild Geese on September 16, 2017 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

How the Irish Arrived in Puerto Rico

Almost all Americans have experienced the Irish contribution to the United States, but the Irish have been instrumental to the history of many countries. The other most notable after the United States are the settlements of Australia…

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Added by Pedro R Centeno on September 13, 2017 at 7:30pm — 1 Comment

'Nobby Apple Cake' -- Reminiscing with Fall Fruit

My family always called this not-too-sweet apple cake “nobby”…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on September 11, 2017 at 10:00am — No Comments

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