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Another Easy Summer Supper

Posted by Margaret M. Johnson on July 21, 2021 at 3:30pm 0 Comments

         Everyone loves a good portion of fish ‘n chips, but not everyone appreciates the added fat and calories that come with it. Here’s where poaching comes in — a simple, healthier, and flavorful way to prepare fish with no batter, no breading, and no hot oil. When you return to Ireland, you’ll definitely find poached…


This Week in the History of the Irish: July 18 - July 24

Posted by The Wild Geese on July 17, 2021 at 3:00pm 0 Comments

DOMHNAIGH -- On July 18, 1874, Irish revolutionary Cathal Brugha (left) was born Charles William St. John Burgess on Richmond Avenue in Dublin. Cathal joined the Gaelic League in 1899 and became…


Autism + Art + Decolonise

Posted by The Last Torch on June 14, 2021 at 2:30am 1 Comment

I started my visual art journey as a way to explore the idea I was autistic. I was diagnosed autistic at 45! It's been rough and I've fought really hard to stay a good person despite the abuse and lack of understanding. Music was my first love and I am blessed to have been raised in an Irish traditional sense by a musical mother. My family sang together and as immigrants it was accepted although it made some people uncomfortable.  Here is some music from my autistic brain…


Waterford's Ernest Thomas Walton: The Father of Atomic Energy

Posted by John Anthony Brennan on June 25, 2021 at 2:46pm 2 Comments

A widely respected, much admired, modest, unassuming Irishman played a major role in the development of Atomic Energy. It could be argued that this man’s role in the development of Nuclear physics was so groundbreaking and historic, that several years later, it led directly to the invention of the first Atomic bomb.…


The Black & Tans 1920-1921 by Jim Herlihy

Posted by DJ Kelly on June 10, 2021 at 10:00am 0 Comments

The Black & Tans 1920-1921 – A Complete List, Short History and Genealogical Guide by Jim Herlihy.

Rightfully described as ‘Ireland’s foremost authority on the history of Irish policing and police…


Mayor Patrick “Battle Axe” Gleason of Long Island City

Posted by Geoffrey Cobb on June 20, 2021 at 11:30am 0 Comments

What Marc Antony said about Julius Caesar in his famous play about the Roman dictator, “The evil that men do lives after them; The good is oft interred with their bones,” is also true about Long Island City’s legendary Irish mayor Paddy Battle Axe Gleason. A deeply polarizing figure, Gleason was attacked by his enemies for his alleged corruption, buffoonery,…



Posted by Margaret M. Johnson on June 22, 2021 at 1:52pm 0 Comments

If the idea of a one-dish meal with Irish roots is appealing, then this recipe will definitely please. I enjoyed it as the “catch of the day” many years ago at Aherne’s Seafood Bar in Youghal, County Cork. There it featured locally caught cod fillets cooked in a “parcel” with wine, fresh herbs, and wild mushrooms, but you can easily adapt it to…


“Paddy” O’Brien and the Rathcoole ambush: Vengeance Is “Mine”

Posted by Joe Gannon on June 14, 2021 at 7:00pm 2 Comments

The sun was getting low in the western sky on a sweltering hot Thursday, June 16, 1921, near Rathcoole, County Cork. The Irish Volunteers of what had been the 2nd Cork Brigade, but was now the 4th Cork Brigade, listened and watched intently to their east. “Paddy” O’Brien, who was appointed commander of the new 4th…



Posted by Jarlath MacNamara on May 31, 2021 at 4:30am 0 Comments

Up to 1971 Memorial Day was known as Decoration Day, and Decoration Day has been celebrated each year to remember the Fallen, officially from 1868 in Arlington Cemetery. In a speech that day on May 30, 1868, by future President James A.Garfield, a former General, addressing a crowd of 5000 he said - "Hither our children's children shall come to pay their…


George Bernard Shaw

Posted by Kieron Punch on May 10, 2021 at 7:00am 0 Comments

On 10th May 1916, the "Daily News" posted a letter from the Irish playwright, George Bernard Shaw, in which he condemned the ongoing execution of the leaders of the Easter Rising: "My own view is that the men who were shot in cold blood, were prisoners of war, and that it was, therefore, entirely…



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