December 2017 Blog Posts (19)

Oliver Plunkett, Tomás Ó Fiaich and The Bard of Armagh

Three hundred and forty-four years ago, on a bleak, frigid night in January 1674, Bishop Oliver Plunkett and his close friend John Brennan, Bishop of Cashel, were forced to flee the town of Drogheda and run for their lives. Wearing long, hooded cloaks and…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on December 31, 2017 at 6:00pm — 6 Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: December 31 - January 6

DOMHNAIGH -- On December 31, 1602, Dónall O'Sullivan Beare and his clan began their epic march to Ulster. O'Sullivan had supported…

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Added by The Wild Geese on December 30, 2017 at 9:30am — No Comments

Perfect Potluck for New Year’s Eve

If you’re celebrating the arrival of 2018 sensibly (that is, you’re NOT going to Times Square where the temperature will be somewhere between 10°F and 20°F) by heading off to or hosting a casual potluck supper, you might want to consider this delicious riff on traditional Colcannon. The…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on December 29, 2017 at 9:30am — No Comments

4 Things That Might Surprise You About the Wild West of Ireland

When it comes to the Wild West of Ireland, there is plenty to be surprised about.

But according to our alumni “Wild Westies”; or people who travel with us on a Wild West Irish Tour, nothing is more surprising than these top three [technically four] things:

  1. The Fairy Glen…

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Added by Wild West Irish Tours on December 28, 2017 at 11:00am — No Comments

Irish Stew To Warm You

Here is an article I wrote for my blog, IrishAmericanJournal.com, about Irish Stew. I thought you all might like to see this and maybe make some now that the weather is cold. Good Irish Stew will warm you up.…

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Added by ADRIAN McGRATH on December 28, 2017 at 9:30am — No Comments

The Jail Escape They Wanted To Forget

Above, my brother John Kelly

The main forecourt Crumlin Road jail. …

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Added by philip kelly on December 26, 2017 at 3:00pm — No Comments

The Wrenboys

“The wran, the wran, the king of all birds,

on Stephen's day was caught in the furze.

His body is little but his family is sweet

so rise up landlady and give us a treat.

And if your treat be of the best

your soul in heaven…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on December 26, 2017 at 2:16pm — 2 Comments


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Wexford's James Power and the Trail of Tears to Texas

As nine year old Rosalie Hart came up onto the deck of the schooner “Sea Lion” there was a furious gale blowing. She and her family were thousands of miles from their home in Ballymoney, County Wexford, Ireland.…

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Added by Joe Gannon on December 24, 2017 at 11:30pm — 4 Comments

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

DOMHNAIGH -- On December 24, 1601, Hugh O'Neill and his Spanish and Irish allies were defeated by the English at the Battle of Kinsale, one of the most important battles in Irish history. With the able assistance of…

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Added by The Wild Geese on December 23, 2017 at 1:00pm — No Comments

The Winter Solstice

This year’s shortest day of the year is on Thursday, December 21, which will also mark the longest night of the year. Every year, the winter solstice marks the turn of the calendar as autumn ends and the winter begins. From an astronomical…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on December 21, 2017 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Life Along the Border in 1920s Ireland (A Short Story)

He'd had a narrow escape the day before. They had almost caught him and he…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on December 16, 2017 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

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

DEARDAOIN -- On Dec. 17, 1803, rebel leader Michael Dwyer, whose guerrilla attacks had maddened British colonial authorities since 1798, surrendered. Dwyer was born in County Wicklow and he participated in the 1798…

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Added by The Wild Geese on December 16, 2017 at 12:30pm — No Comments

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

Bring Home Highlights of Major Exhibit Exploring Famine's Impact

A newly produced DVD follows on from an exhibition that was held in Dublin throughout the summer of 2017. The exhibition was called "The Irish Potato Famine (1845 to 1852)," and its 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 — 2 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 — 3 Comments

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

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