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Posted by Margaret M. Johnson on January 11, 2019 at 12:00pm 0 Comments

 Onion soup is a surefire hit on anyone’s winter menu. Instead of using only yellow onions, this soup uses three — yellow, red, and shallots — adds Guinness to flavor the broth, and tops it with hearty, thick-cut croutons with melted blue cheese — Cashel Blue preferred! You can make…


The Croppies

Posted by John Anthony Brennan on January 5, 2019 at 6:30pm 0 Comments

There once was a particularly dark time in Ireland when the length of a man's hair determined his fate. If his hair was shorn close to the scalp as opposed to the longer hairstyles of most of Europe at that time, he ran the risk of arrest, interrogation and was often subjected to torture by…


This Week in the History of the Irish: January 13 - January 19

Posted by The Wild Geese on January 13, 2019 at 10:00am 0 Comments

MÁIRT -- On January 15, 1861, Young Irelander Terence Bellew MacManus died in San Francisco. MacManus was born in County Fermanagh in 1811. He later moved to Liverpool, England, where he began a successful shipping agency. In…


The Tureengarriffe Ambush: Cork & Kerry Strike a Blow

Posted by Joe Gannon on January 1, 2019 at 2:30pm 4 Comments

Seán Moylan slowly moved his binoculars back and forth pointed to the west as he scanned the east Kerry countryside in the direction of Scartaglen. He was standing on some high ground in Thade Daly’s Glen in Tureengarriffe, along what is now the R-577 road. Moylan, commanding the Cork No. 2 (North)…


A Maiden So Bewitching

Posted by Colm Herron on December 19, 2018 at 7:00am 0 Comments

Do you remember this old song?

Come single belle and beau, onto me pay attention -

Don't ever fall in love, it's the devil's own invention.

For once I fell in love with a maiden so bewitching

Miss Henrietta Bell out of Captain Kelly's kitchen -

With me toora loora la, toora loora…


Alleta Sullivan: 'Champion Gold Star Mother' of WW2

Posted by Joe Gannon on November 22, 2018 at 11:30pm 4 Comments

There are many stirring tales of Irish and Irish-American military heroes in the long history of the United States. From…


‘Bring Us Some Figgy Pudding'

Posted by Margaret M. Johnson on December 12, 2018 at 8:00am 1 Comment

Often called “plum pudding”—despite the fact that it contains no plums whatsoever steamed pudding was first recorded as “Christmas Pudding” in 1858 and later popularized in the carol “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.” The name is probably derived from the substitution of raisins for…


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…


New York Celebration of Fr. Felix Varela, Advocate for the Irish, on November 20th

Posted by John McAuliff on November 18, 2018 at 11:00am 0 Comments

Father Felix Varela became the advocate for the Irish immigrants in New York from the 1830s to 1850s. including the famine period.  There will be a celebration of his life at the Church of the…


Giving Thanks for Irish Cheese

Posted by Margaret M. Johnson on November 15, 2018 at 3:00pm 0 Comments

If you’re still looking to add an Irish “touch” to your American Thanksgiving meal, look no further than this delicious starter featuring Cashel Blue, Ireland’s first (and most delicious) blue cheese. This recipe comes from award-winning chef Kevin Dundon, proprietor of Dunbrody House in County Wexford,…



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