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The Cracked Plate

Posted by Brian Nolan on May 25, 2020 at 7:30am 0 Comments

A friend of mine, an archeologist, …

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All-American Holiday Dessert

Posted by Margaret M. Johnson on May 20, 2020 at 9:00am 0 Comments

When friends and families get together this weekend to (responsibly) celebrate Memorial Day, you might want to add this rich pound cake to the menu. Grand Marnier and citrus are the perfect aromatics to flavor it, and olive oil makes it moist and delicious. It’s a perfect recipe for summer…

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An Gorta Mor Remembered in Dublin

Posted by John Anthony Brennan on May 17, 2020 at 1:30pm 0 Comments

A National Commemoration has taken place in St Stephen's Green in Dublin city centre today in remembrance of the events that took place in Ireland 173 years ago. The event known as "An Gorta Mor" or The Great hunger was engineered by the powers that be of the day to finally eliminate the…

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New Volume of Acclaimed Loopline Documentary Streaming No Charge

Posted by Frances Wilde on May 13, 2020 at 8:00am 0 Comments

Following the huge success of last year’s release of The Loopline Collection Vol. 1, which featured rare footage of U2 playing an early gig in Dublin, the Irish Film Institute (IFI) is delighted today to release the second volume of the collection.

Founded in 1992 by filmmaker Sé Merry Doyle, the pioneering Loopline…

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

Posted by The Wild Geese on May 23, 2020 at 8:30pm 0 Comments

LUAIN -- On May 25, 1798 in Co. Wicklow, as the British authorities began to receive news of people rising up in several parts of the island, anxious loyalist militia units committed two massacres of men they suspected of being rebels. In Dunlavin, 28 or…

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Father Peter Cooney, CSC: Chaplain of 35th Indiana (1st Irish)

Posted by Liam McAlister on May 7, 2020 at 12:00am 0 Comments

Reverend Peter Cooney, CSC

Born County Roscommon, Ireland: June 20, 1822/1832?

Died: University of Notre Dame, Indiana, USA: May 7, 1905

Peter Cooney’s family immigrated to the United States, settling in Monroe, Michigan, when Peter was still a child. There Peter received…

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Memorial Day: Recalling Those Irish-Americans Who Gave Their Last Full Measure

Posted by The Wild Geese on May 23, 2020 at 10:00am 0 Comments

The origins of Memorial Day, originally titled Decoration Day, has a somewhat murky origin. But what is clear is that on May 30, 1868, 5,000 gathered at Arlington National Cemetery to commemorate the 20,000 fallen warriors buried there, with the help…

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Asparagus Time!

Posted by Margaret M. Johnson on May 1, 2020 at 10:00am 0 Comments

Imported asparagus are available all year round, but there’s nothing to beat those locally grown in its short spring season: in Ireland, traditionally beginning on April 23 and ending on Midsummer Day.  Although its delicate flavor and seasonality makes it highly desirable in the kitchen,…

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A Confederate Chieftain 'Crosses Over The River'

Posted by Liam McAlister on May 10, 2020 at 10:30am 0 Comments

On May 3rd 1863 , General Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia, having crossed the Rappahanock River, was readying to fight again.

Earlier that morning, Lee ordered one of his two corps commanders, Gen. Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson, to get around and…

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'Requiescat' -- The Mothers Buried in the Cillin

Posted by Sheena Graham-George on April 27, 2020 at 8:00am 0 Comments

I’m a PhD researcher from Glasgow School of Art, and, for the last 6 years, I have been working on a research-led doctorate about the cillíní – the children’s burial grounds.



The research has been based in County Kerry, where…

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