January 2018 Blog Posts (11)

Festival of Imbolc and the Two Brigids

Back in the mists of time, long before the Milesians arrived from Egypt, and even longer before the Celtic tribes came and settled, another ancient tribe inhabited the island of Ireland. The ‘Tuatha De Dannan,’ translated as ‘people of the Goddess Danu,’ were a supernatural race who came to Ireland with the…


Added by John Anthony Brennan on January 30, 2018 at 6:30pm — 2 Comments

Everything Changed for Ireland After King Charles I's Execution

This poem was penned after the death of King Charles I, who was beheaded outside Whitehall Palace in London on the afternoon of January 30th, 1649, exactly 368 years ago, today. 

"He nothing common did or mean

Upon that memorable scene:

But with his keener eye

The axe’s…


Added by Brian Nolan on January 30, 2018 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

'What's Up, Doc!': National Carrot Cake Day Is February 3

Who doesn’t love carrot cake? I sure do, and when I learned there was actually a day devoted to celebrating it, I couldn’t wait to make one in its honor. For the record, food historians suggest modern carrot cake probably descended from carrot puddings popular during the Middle Ages when sugar and other sweeteners…


Added by Margaret M. Johnson on January 30, 2018 at 8:30am — 3 Comments

The British Question (And How They Kept Disgracing Themselves)

I had decided not to go on the Bloody Sunday march in Derry, my home town, because I was too frightened. I felt I had good cause. Word was that British parachute regiment was to be on duty here that day and I knew they had gone on a prolonged killing spree in Ballymurphy, Belfast, the previous August during…


Added by Colm Herron on January 28, 2018 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: January 28 - February 3

DOMHNAIGH -- On January 28, 1967 , Helena Moloney, republican and trade unionist, died in Dublin. Moloney was born in Dublin in 1884. While only at teen-ager Moloney heard Maud Gonne give a pro-nationalist speech near the Customs House. Inspired by Gonne, Helena began a lifelong commitment to…


Added by The Wild Geese on January 27, 2018 at 12:30pm — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: January 21 - January 27

DOMHNAIGH -- On January 21, 1876, James "Big Jim" Larkin one of the greatest labor leaders of the 20th century, was born in Liverpool, England, the second son of a poor Irish couple. At 5 he was sent back to Newry, County Down, to live with his grandparents. He returned to…


Added by The Wild Geese on January 20, 2018 at 10:00am — No Comments

Cataclysm in Cork: The Battle of Clonmult

On top of roof and window,

Those boys stood up to fight,

‘Til the burning of the cottage

And no escape in sight.

It was around 4…


Added by Joe Gannon on January 19, 2018 at 5:30pm — 3 Comments

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

LUAIN -- On January 15, 1861, Young Irelander Terence Bellew MacManus died in San Francisco. MacManus was born in County Fermanagh in 1811. He later moved to Liverpool, England, where he began a successful shipping agency. In 1843 he returned to Ireland and joined the Repeal Association and the…


Added by The Wild Geese on January 14, 2018 at 9:30am — No Comments

Recipe Worth Repeating

If you’re a loyal follower of my recipe posts (if I actually have any “followers”), this recipe might ring familiar. I posted it back in March suggesting that the soup would make a lovely “spring” dish, but since I’ve made it again recently to ward off the bone chilling days of January, I thought it’s worth…


Added by Margaret M. Johnson on January 8, 2018 at 8:30am — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: January 7 - January 13

SATHAIRN -- On Jan. 7, 1945 Major Thomas McGuire Jr., the second highest scoring US ace of WWII, and Medal of Honor recipient, crashed his plane and was killed…


Added by The Wild Geese on January 7, 2018 at 9:00am — No Comments

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