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One of the “Boys of Wexford” returns: Kennedy in Ireland

On June 23, 1963 the people of Ireland fell in love with a member of “The Wild Geese” who had less than five months to live. If ever an American politician had a style and ease that allowed the people of Ireland to see the “Irish” in him, it…

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Added by Joe Gannon on June 12, 2018 at 4:00pm — No Comments

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

DOMHNAIGH -- On June 17, 1845, author and poet Emily Lawless  (right) was…

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Added by The Wild Geese on June 17, 2018 at 9:43am — No Comments

Worth Repeating: Strawberry Shortcake Day

 Strawberry season is finally here! In fact, the entire month of June is considered to be “strawberry month” and “National Strawberry Shortcake Day” is celebrated June 14. According to Driscoll’s, a California company celebrating over 100 years of growing…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on June 12, 2018 at 6:30am — No Comments

Pro's & Con's of Dating An Irish Man

Pro's & Con's of Dating An Irish Man

We’ve shown out the pros and the cons of dating an Irish man. Choose wisely and consider these points before you agree or disagree to a date with the rare breed that is Irish men.

Want to treat your Irish…

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Added by The Irish Store on May 1, 2018 at 4:00am — No Comments


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Semmes and the San Patricios: 'Dishonored and Dishonorable'?

In November of 1846, as the war between Mexico and the United States raged, an unusual unit of the Mexican army was formed by General Santa Anna, it was called the San Patricios or St. Patrick's Company. Commanded by John Riley, a deserter from Company K of…

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Added by Joe Gannon on May 16, 2018 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

'Out of the Ice: Ireland Then and Now'



Delighted to learn that my book “Out of…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on May 27, 2018 at 8:00pm — 5 Comments

The Irish Rebels Who Fought for Israel

It was 1948, and as the military half-track drove through the Beit Netofa Valley, at the village of Madna in Galilee, shots rang out. One Israeli soldier was killed and another was hit in the head. A sniper had zeroed in on the men and was…

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Added by David Lawlor on May 11, 2018 at 8:30am — No Comments

Crumble Pots for Dessert

MIXED BERRY CRUMBLE POTS

SERVES 8

The recipe for these little pots of fruit with a crumble topping originated with a friend from Wexford, the sunny southeast corner of Ireland noted for its…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on May 16, 2018 at 8:00am — No Comments

Once Upon a Time, Maureen O'Hara Might Have Been My Mom

I once held the conceit that Maureen O'Hara was my mother. So it came as both a surprise and a delight to come across a picture of the deservedly famous Irish redhead standing alongside my father.

In the photo above, Dad is standing,…

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Added by Gerry Regan on May 2, 2018 at 3:30pm — 5 Comments


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Titanic Hero Hugh McElroy: 'Sand For Breakfast Tomorrow'

It was a little after 2 am on April 15, 1912. The deck of the R.M.S. Titanic was now tilted over 6 degrees toward the sinking bow. As 17-year-old Jack Thayer and 30-year-old Milton Long moved toward one of the last remaining lifeboats on the boat deck,…

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Added by Joe Gannon on April 5, 2018 at 10:00am — 11 Comments


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Mayo's Tourmakeady Ambush: Shrouded By 'Fog of War'

Tuesday, May 3, 1921 was a beautiful, sunny day in the nearly treeless Partry Mountains above the town of Tourmakeady, County Mayo, but Tom Maguire was in no condition to enjoy the weather. Maguire, the C/O of the South Mayo Flying Column,…

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Added by Joe Gannon on April 30, 2018 at 7:30pm — 3 Comments

The Bonfires of Beltaine (May Eve)

On the Hill of Uisneach, in a portion of land taken from the province of Connaught, a…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on May 1, 2018 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

Irish Potato Famine Coffin Carrier

This original 19th century coffin carrier played a vital role during the Irish Potato Famine (1845 to 1852).

The body of a person who died in the workhouse was placed in a coffin and brought to their final resting place on the coffin…

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Added by Gerard McCarthy on April 19, 2018 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

When Life Sends You Lemons, Make Lemon Bread

Lemon desserts seem to be more delicious on a spring day, but you’ll want to keep this one on a year-round basis to have with a cup of tea. Technically, it fits into the “quick bread” baking category, but…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on April 17, 2018 at 7:30am — No Comments

The Worlds of Irish Musical Instruments

Here is an article I wrote on my blog about traditional Irish musical instruments.  I hope you like it.

There are many instruments used today in Traditional Irish Music. Many have evolved over centuries; some are ancient, while some are much…

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Added by ADRIAN McGRATH on April 16, 2018 at 12:00pm — No Comments


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In the Footsteps of Bridget: A Titanic Connection

In 2013 our annual trek to the Ireland brought us to a pleasant small cottage in the…

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Added by Joe Gannon on July 24, 2015 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments


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The Headford Ambush: Time Runs Out in Kerry

Now rise up DJ Allman, arise and tell me true

Who fought at Headford Station that day along with you?

Who stood out on that platform board, who fired that signal gun?

Who fought to free old Ireland with you my darling son?

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Added by Joe Gannon on March 13, 2018 at 11:30pm — 6 Comments

Happy Easter, Happy Chocolate

Chocolate is definitely the flavor-of-the-month when Easter rolls around, so you might want to add just one more recipe — like this creamy cheesecake — to your dessert basket. You’ll find this and other springtime desserts in my cookbook,…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on March 26, 2018 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

The Church, the Tooth, and St. Patrick

What comes to mind for you when you hear the words “St. Patrick’s Day”? Green, I’d imagine; probably spirits, soda bread, and so on – but have you ever thought about…teeth?

Most people associate the loss of teeth with things…

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Added by Wild West Irish Tours on March 11, 2018 at 10:00am — No Comments

Glory Be To Guinness, A Baker's Best Friend

When it comes time to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, soda bread, bacon and cabbage, and Guinness probably rise to the top of the holiday menu. And why not? These iconic dishes are among the most popular for the Irish worldwide, and one more…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on March 2, 2018 at 9:00am — No Comments

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