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Lady Liberty and the Tired, Poor Huddled Masses of Irish Famine Victims in one Ferry Ride

Posted by Lonnie on July 4, 2024 at 6:30pm 0 Comments

"Every civilization in this world built on top of the one they conquered. You go to Rome or Jerusalem or Paris, France, and it's cities stacked on top of towns, stacked on top of villages, stacked on top of one man's house built on top of one man's…

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This Week in the History of the Irish: July 14 - July 20

Posted by The Wild Geese on July 13, 2024 at 7:51pm 0 Comments

DOMHNAIGH -- On July 14, 1798, brothers John (left) and Henry Sheares, who were both lawyers and …

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Spring Favorite Get a 'Flavor Hit’

Posted by Margaret M. Johnson on May 28, 2024 at 8:20am 0 Comments

         Imported asparagus are available all year round, but there’s nothing to beat the flavor and texture of those locally grown in its short spring season: in Ireland, traditionally beginning on April 23 and ending on Midsummer Day. Although its delicate flavor and seasonality make…

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A 'Wild Goose' in the Mayan Kingdom

Posted by juan pablo torrebiarte on June 13, 2014 at 9:00pm 1 Comment

Our educated guess is that Dr. Theodore Thaddeus Dominic O’Kelly came to Guatemala around 1696. He might be a surgeon from the ranks of the Jacobite Army that fought in Aughrim. According to his account, he was an Ulsterman born in Loughgall (County Armagh) around 1658.

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Dynamite Johnny O'Brien: 'A Captain Unafraid'

Posted by Charles G O' Brien on May 11, 2014 at 7:00pm 2 Comments

Note Johnny with the Piratic Bandana

Have a read below to find out more about this captivating, mad, "Irish-American Maurader!" This is a blog post from my own "Ildaite…

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You Know You Love Them!

Posted by Margaret M. Johnson on April 28, 2024 at 7:43am 0 Comments

(Clockwise, from top): RUSH, Co. Fingal, Margaret M. Johnson; MINI POTATO CAKES, Sribaz/Dreamstime; TEMPLE BAR MARKET, Dublin, Margaret M. Johnson; MIDLETON FARMERS MARKET, Co. Cork, Margaret M. Johnson; GALWAY FARMERS MARKET, Galway,…

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‘Blood Upon The Rose’: Poet's Universal Easter Contemplation

Posted by Gerry Regan on April 20, 2019 at 10:30pm 0 Comments

I see his blood upon the rose

And in the stars the glory of his eyes,

His body gleams amid eternal snows,

His tears fall from the skies.…

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Great Irish Romances: Joseph Plunkett and Grace Gifford

Posted by Susan McWilliams Lev-Yadun on February 7, 2014 at 3:00am 4 Comments

Of all the great men and women of that era, was there a more gallant figure than Joseph Mary Plunkett, or a more hopeless love than that of Plunkett and Grace Gifford? They were to be married in a church on St Stephen’s Green on April 23, Easter Sunday, 1916, but history…

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'Our Communion': A Poem

Posted by Daniel P. McLaughlin on March 28, 2024 at 1:30pm 3 Comments

To bear His heir, perfection

No stain or fault, detection

This House of David's promised place

Her conception full of grace

Original sin, suspended

Eden's triumph, upended

I AM's ark of flesh and blood. 

Whose prophecy withstood

Herod's…

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Easy Easter Sweet

Posted by Margaret M. Johnson on March 25, 2024 at 3:00pm 0 Comments

It’s a safe bet that you’ll find slices of this cake offered in tea rooms, coffee shops, home kitchens, and take-aways throughout the Emerald Isle. It’s a “standard” to which bakers often add a personal touch — think extra lemon (or orange) zest in the cake or fresh herbs in the drizzle — and it would be…

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