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11 Authentic Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day

Posted by Ryan O'Rourke on March 3, 2014 at 9:30am 28 Comments

Instead of playing to the tired, old, and clichéd stereotype of St. Patrick's Day being all about how much green beer one can drink, let's think…

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The Man Behind the Long Green Lines (and It's Not Patrick) - Part One

Posted by The Wild Geese on January 20, 2014 at 9:30pm 4 Comments

By James Doherty

Waterford City, Ireland - From his perch as rector of the Irish College of St. Isidore in Rome, Waterford-born Franciscan Friar Luke Wadding welcomed a steady stream of refugees from the land of his birth - men forced to leave Ireland to pursue their vocations. He came to understand then,…

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

Posted by The Wild Geese on March 16, 2019 at 11:30pm 0 Comments

DOMHNAIGH -- On March 17, 1858, James Stephens founded the Irish Republican Brotherhood in Dublin at the same time as John O'Mahoney was founding the American branch of the revolutionary group. O'Mahoney gave the…

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Baking With Guinness

Posted by Margaret M. Johnson on March 5, 2019 at 8:30am 0 Comments

If it’s March, then it’s time to start thinking of soda bread, one of Ireland’s most iconic foods. It's safe to say that every Irish cook has a recipe for it that's been personalized by families either by name, ingredients, or method of baking. A few decades ago, I judged an Irish cooking contest and…

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Rinty Monaghan -- Beloved Belfast Champion Boxer

Posted by Geoffrey Cobb on March 7, 2019 at 1:00pm 0 Comments

His fists earned him a world featherweight boxing title, but his songs and geniality won him his city’s hearts. Nicknamed the singing Irishman, Rinty Monaghan, even decades after he left the ring, remains a beloved Belfast icon. In a town full of fascinating characters, Monaghan has proven to be one of…

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The Great Assembly at Tara (Part 1)

Posted by John Anthony Brennan on February 25, 2017 at 3:30pm 10 Comments

In 431 A.D. and three days after the festival of Lughnasagh, a lone figure stood, head bowed in contemplation, next to one of five carefully positioned chairs, in the Great Assembly Hall at Tara in the province of Royal Midhe. Four of the chairs, laid out to mirror the points of the compass, faced the fifth chair which sat directly…

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My 'Irish' African Friend

Posted by Jacqueline Mosio on March 12, 2019 at 8:30pm 0 Comments

I have an Irish story. I’m not Irish, but I was educated by nuns from an Irish order and we always celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with a festive program at school. My story, however, is about my best friend from college, Mary Rose Ryan. As we became friends, she told me she was…

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Welcome 'Painted Clans,' Commemorating YOUR Family's History

Posted by Totally Irish Gifts on November 2, 2016 at 6:30am 0 Comments

'Painted Clans' creates amazing contemporary-style Coat of Arms framed gifts, perfect for the modern home. We are delighted to welcome 'Painted Clans', as the latest supplier…

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Watch The Award Winning Irish Short Film 'The Pigman'

Posted by Rik Gordon on February 7, 2019 at 12:30pm 2 Comments

"The Pigman," an award-winning Irish short film by Rik Gordon has been recently released online. The short film follows a lonely creature who is shunned by society. When the time calls for it, he performs a brave act, but will it change the locals perception of him?…

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'That's Just How It Was' a Paean To Granny, Irish Indomitability

Posted by That's Just How It Was on October 22, 2015 at 5:30am 0 Comments

PRESTON, England – Bridget Nolan was born on September 12, 1884 in Ireland. During her lifetime, she battled poverty, found love and witnessed the births of several grandchildren, including author Mary Thorpe. Thorpe pays tribute to her grandmother and immortalizes her grandmother’s lifetime in her book, “That’s Just How it Was”…

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