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Michael Brennan and the East Clare Brigade at the Glenwood Ambush

Posted by Joe Gannon on January 13, 2021 at 2:30pm 4 Comments

Michael Brennan waved his arm and called out of the men of the East Clare Flying Column to abandon their positions along the road near Glenwood House in southeast County Clare, about 12 miles north of Limerick City. Like so many ambushes laid by members of the Irish Volunteers during the Irish War…

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

Posted by The Wild Geese on January 16, 2021 at 3:00pm 0 Comments

DOMHNAIGH -- On January 17, 1860, Dr. Douglas Hyde, Gaelic scholar and first President of Ireland, was born at Castlerea, County Roscommon. Hyde was the son of a Protestant minister and was educated at Trinity College, Dublin. He had a great facility for languages, learning Latin,…

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Hot Tea Month Is Here

Posted by Margaret M. Johnson on January 3, 2021 at 11:00am 0 Comments

Did you know that January is celebrated as “National Hot Tea Month”? I didn’t! As a member of a tea-loving Facebook group, I discover all sorts of information that only passionate tea-lovers know and share. And as the author of Teatime in Ireland, I do know that tea plays…

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Under the Mistletoe

Posted by John Anthony Brennan on December 24, 2020 at 4:30pm 0 Comments

Kissing a wife or lover under the mistletoe at Christmas is derived from an old Roman custom that honored the god Saturn. The Romans associated mistletoe with peace, love, and understanding and hung it over doorways to protect the household, as well as protection from witches and demons. Hanging…

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The Pavees of Slieve Gullion

Posted by John Anthony Brennan on December 11, 2020 at 7:00pm 0 Comments

Slieve Gullion (from Irish: Sliabh gCuillinn, meaning "hill of the steep slope" or Sliabh Cuilinn, "Culann's mountain") is an extinct volcanic mountain in the south of County Armagh, Ireland. The mountain is the heart of the Ring of Gullion and is the highest point in the county, with an elevation…

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The Hill of Tara

Posted by The Last Torch on December 2, 2020 at 10:30pm 3 Comments

I am going to ask you to suspend your judgment for a paragraph. I went to Ireland last year with my partner as part of a documentary. After the formal dinner, we went for a jaunt to the Hill of Tara. We took some photos around the coronation stone and lay on the hillside for a while. Some locals…

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Downsizing the Christmas Cake -- Mini Bundt Fruitcakes

Posted by Margaret M. Johnson on December 7, 2020 at 3:00pm 0 Comments

For obvious reasons, Christmas 2020 will be scaled back a bit, so for many the “big Christmas cake” won’t happen this year. Not to worry: for those like me who still love holiday baking, these mini fruitcakes will fill the bill. Same great flavor, same great taste, just sized down to fit the “new…

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Marcus Daly: The King From Cavan

Posted by Joe Gannon on November 29, 2020 at 9:30pm 3 Comments

Fourteen-year-old Marcus Daly sat staring into the hearth of his family’s stone cottage in Derrylea, just outside the town of Ballyjamesduff in County Cavan. Closing his eyes he could still imagine his grandfather, who seemed to be 100 years old when Marcus was a boy, sitting across from…

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Meet 'Princess Bonnie of Breifne'!

Posted by The Last Torch on November 29, 2020 at 7:30pm 0 Comments

This year my non-verbal autistic daughter nearly died. I was trying to work from home when it happened and it was a huge wake-up call. I had to quit and focus on her. She was of course traumatized by it and then we went into hard lock-down here in Melbourne. She can't go back to school and we need to survive. To stay sane I wrote this children's book for 3 - 7…

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Cappoquin RIC Shootings: 100 Years Ago

Posted by Ivan Lennon on November 20, 2020 at 8:30pm 0 Comments

Apparently, a Black and Tan member of the Royal Irish Constabulary in Cappoquin (left) had been in the sights of the I.R.A. for “ill-treating Sinn Fein supporters.” Reportedly, members of the Volunteers (Oglaigh na hEireann) in Cappoquin  were  “reluctant to kill him.”  Accordingly, three, Dungarvan men –…

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