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This Week in the History of the Irish: November 27 - December 3

Posted by The Wild Geese on November 26, 2022 at 5:31pm 0 Comments

MÁIRT -- On November 29, 1895, Denny Lane (left), author and poet, and member of the revolutionary Young Ireland party, died in Cork. Lane was born in Riverstown, near Glanmire in County Cork, in 1818. Denny attended Trinity College, Dublin. While a student…

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Giving Thanks With Cranberry-Walnut Chutney!

Posted by Margaret M. Johnson on November 21, 2022 at 1:00pm 0 Comments

As we celebrate Thanksgiving this week, we give thanks, hopefully, for our many blessings, family, and friends. As we gather around the holiday table, with the centerpiece being that luscious big bird, don’t forget the cranberries — sauce,…

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Cheers to the Festive Season!

Posted by Margaret M. Johnson on November 1, 2022 at 8:30am 0 Comments

With Thanksgiving on the horizon and Christmas right behind, I bet you’ve noticed that panettone is starting to make its annual appearance. Even devoted Irish cooks have discovered this rich Italian Christmas cake that’s sold in…

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Returning to the West of Ireland 30 Years Later

Posted by Susan O'Dea Boland on September 20, 2022 at 7:30am 0 Comments



I was first brought to a thatched cottage situated near Tuam in County Galway in 1965 at the age of 11. Enchanted with Ireland, over the next 10 years I became increasingly embedded in Irish culture, finding a way to return every summer, working as a waitress at a Galway…

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Rivals Who Became Friends

Posted by Mike McCormack on October 1, 2022 at 2:00pm 0 Comments

On October 30, 1963, Cahirsiveen, County Kerry, Ireland, saw the largest outpouring of grief in more than a century as Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty was laid to rest. Although born in County Cork, he grew up in Killarney, where his father was the steward of the old Killarney Golf Club. Hugh retired to…

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One Hundred Days to Christmas!

Posted by Margaret M. Johnson on September 16, 2022 at 2:30pm 0 Comments

September 16, 2022: In case you haven’t heard, or simply aren’t counting, let me remind you that there are exactly 100 days until Christmas! Before you start ordering gifts for friends who love to cook (or for those who sinply love Ireland), consider my new cookbook, Festive Flavors of Ireland,…

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Corkmen Capture Mallow Barracks

Posted by Joe Gannon on September 25, 2022 at 6:00pm 2 Comments

Dick Willis walked up to the Sheehan's farmhouse in Mourneabbey, County Cork, on the pleasant late summer afternoon of Sunday, September 26, 1920. Dick, a member of the Mallow Company of the Cork No. 2 (North) Brigade, could see numerous brigade members from the newly formed brigade…

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An Irish-American Hero

Posted by Mike McCormack on September 4, 2022 at 1:30pm 0 Comments

Edward Hand was born in Clyduff, County Offaly, Ireland, on 31 December 1744 and was baptized in Shinrone.  His father was John Hand, a descendant of the Mag Fhlaithimh family which translates: Hand.  Edward completed his schooling with a medical certificate from Trinity College,…

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Ballymahon Barracks Attack: Arming the Boys of Longford

Posted by Joe Gannon on August 11, 2022 at 9:00pm 8 Comments

Seán Connolly and Leo Carter pushed a table into the corner of the upstairs bedroom of the Lloyd family in Ballymahon, Co. Longford. Carter, who stood 6’ 3”, jumped on the table and began to hack at the roof with an ax. It was just past midnight in the early morning hours of August 20,…

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Very Berry Summer Cake

Posted by Margaret M. Johnson on August 13, 2022 at 9:30am 0 Comments

This cornmeal cake is currently my go-to summer dessert. The original recipe suggested a fruit and wine syrupy topping, but it also works deliciously as an upside-down cake with summer berries on the bottom. Serve it for at teatime with whipped…

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