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'The Blacksmith' Hammers the Auxies at Clonfin, Longford

Posted by Joe Gannon on January 27, 2023 at 10:30pm 3 Comments

Irish Volunteer Paddy "Bug" Callaghan and his two comrades stared up the road to the east as the cool, crisp air of February 2, 1921, caused their breath to fog the air around them. The three members of the North Longford Battalion of the Irish Volunteers were tasked with the most critical job of…

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This Week in the History of the Irish: January 29 - February 4

Posted by The Wild Geese on January 28, 2023 at 3:42pm 0 Comments

LUAIN -- On January 30, 1879, Edme Patrice de MacMahon (right) retired as president of France. MacMahon's ancestors had immigrated to France from Torrodile, County Limerick, in 1691, after the family's support of King James. His father, Maurice Francis, was a…

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Oh-So-Easy Crumble

Posted by Margaret M. Johnson on January 23, 2023 at 1:00pm 0 Comments

If you love a bowl of oatmeal topped with fruit for breakfast, you’ll love this crumble that puts the fruit on the bottom and the oats on top. A warm fruity crumble is always a welcome winter dessert, and this one comes with a little kick from crystallized ginger. Serve…

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Located in Weston, Missouri, Tin Kitchen Restaurant

Posted by Don Gray on December 22, 2022 at 10:00am 0 Comments

The O' Malley family have the Tin Kitchen restaurant which serves great barbecue, in scenic Weston, Mo. Their dad's name Pat O'Malley,  is inscribed on the bench to the right.

This is the summary stated on their website:…

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Breifne, 1588

Posted by The Last Torch on December 31, 2022 at 8:00pm 3 Comments

She stands

On the shore

Watching

Her ship burn

Her two horses

In the water

Stand

Like two pillars

Strong

The promise

Of swift

Departure

The mountain

Unmoved

Like a giants

Table

Covered…

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The Christmas Wreath

Posted by Mike McCormack on December 13, 2022 at 11:30am 0 Comments

The modern Christmas wreath demonstrates the spirit of the season, but to some, it is also a reminder of another spirit – a spirit that demonstrates courage and fortitude dating back to 16th century Ireland, when the Penal Laws forbade the practice of the Catholic religion. Not only was their…

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Happy Christmas, Happy Cookies!

Posted by Margaret M. Johnson on December 17, 2022 at 7:30am 0 Comments

One of my family’s favorite year-round cookies were my mother’s Molasses Cookies — soft, chewy, sugar-coated treats. When it came time for Christmas though, in went the ginger, cloves and nutmeg; voila, Gingerbread Cookies — soft, chewy,…

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Dillon’s Cross Ambush and the Burning of Cork City

Posted by Joe Gannon on December 10, 2022 at 10:00pm 3 Comments

Volunteer Michael Kenny pulled up the collar of his mackintosh, tightened his scarf, and pulled down his cap against the cold breeze as he stood beside the Old Youghal Road near Dillon’s Cross in Cork City. As the clock neared…

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A Visit From Our Lady of Guadalupe Sets Stage for Christmas

Posted by Daniel P. McLaughlin on December 11, 2018 at 1:00pm 5 Comments

Does human nature translate divinely?

Have you ever had lunch with a Jewish mother? “Have I mentioned my son David graduated valedictorian from high school and is now on full scholarship to Johns Hopkins University? (About 14…

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Patrick Sarsfield Gilmore: America's First Superstar

Posted by Mike McCormack on November 26, 2022 at 2:00pm 1 Comment

A TV documentary on the St. Louis World Fair mentioned how John Philip Sousa and his band dominated the entertainment, which included a young John McCormack singing at the Irish Pavilion. It brought to mind a forgotten era when American superstars were not individuals with a current hit record but band…

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