February 2014 Blog Posts (73)

A Hot Toddy for a Cold Day

If you're on the East Coast (and even if you aren't) you'll probably be in need of a good Hot Toddy today!

1.5 oz Knappogue Castle 12 Yr Single Malt Irish Whiskey

.5 oz Celtic Honey Liqueur 

slice lemon

4 - 5 cloves

Hot water (or for extra flavor and…

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Added by Castle Brands Inc on February 5, 2014 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

20 Romantic Irish Quotes

As Valentines draws nearer, we’re getting a bit more romantic around The Irish Store. We have selected our all time favourite Irish love quotes from renowned Irish writers and poets such as Oscar Wilde, Seamus Heaney, James Joyce and more. Enjoy!…

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Added by The Irish Store on February 5, 2014 at 2:30pm — 5 Comments

The Irish Store: Our Story

The Inspiration

Without doubt, it was my grandmother who first inspired me to set up shop. Her name was Kitty O Shea (not the Kitty O Shea I hasten to add but just as memorable!) and she was born in Macroom, County Cork in 1900. The…

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Added by The Irish Store on February 5, 2014 at 5:30am — 1 Comment

The Wild Geese Valentine Name Generator

Check out more Valentine's features at our Grá XOXO headquarters page.…

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Added by The Wild Geese on February 4, 2014 at 4:36pm — 16 Comments

Crosswords at the Crossroads: 'Grá XOXO'

It's time for the next offering in our popular Irish-themed interactive crossword puzzles feature, "Crosswords at the Crossroads."   

This time around, we focus on Valentine's Day.  We've pieced together the most Irish Valentine's Day crossword puzzle you'll ever come…

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Added by The Wild Geese on February 4, 2014 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

Great Irish Romances: W.B. Yeats and Maud Gonne

Love In a Time of Turmoil

It could rightfully be considered in an inauspicious start to a great love story, when years later one half of the storied couple reflects on the day of their…

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Added by Lisa Fortin Jackson on February 4, 2014 at 1:00am — 4 Comments

The Best Irish Coffee?

What's the best Irish Coffee you ever had? Bet it can't beat this one, from our friends at the Dead Rabbit in NYC!

1 ½ oz Clontarf 1014 Irish Whiskey

¾ oz Demerara syrup (made with 1 part water to 1 part Demerara sugar)

4 oz Fresh brewed coffee

Cream: whisk 2 oz of…

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Added by Castle Brands Inc on February 3, 2014 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment

Sean Treacy and May Quigley: An Irish Romance

Sean Treacy, of the Irish Republican Army, and May Quigley were lovers engaged to be married.  Sean took May to a Republican meeting where Michael Collins was speaking; as Collins got wound up, so did his profanity.

The Vice Commander, Sean Treacy,  stood with raised hand to…

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Added by annette counihan on February 2, 2014 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

Great Irish Romances: James Joyce and Nora Barnacle

Typically, anyone who is familiar with Irish literature is acquainted with James Joyce. Most have read Dubliners and some brave souls have even managed to plow though Finnegans Wake and actually got something out of it.  He, like most well-known writers, are known…

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Added by Bean Sáirséil on February 2, 2014 at 6:30am — 5 Comments


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Ireland’s (Off the Beaten Track) Romantic Spots

When you ask about Romantic places in Ireland, most people will say the old favourites; the Ring of Kerry, The Cliffs of Moher etc. etc. and these are truly remarkable places but if you are looking for a romantic escape in Ireland with less crowds, then check out our top five ‘off the beaten track’ romantic places!

1.      The Loop Head Peninsula, Clare

Loop Head is a finger of land pointing out to sea at the most westerly point of County Clare. Here you will find…

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Added by The Irish Tourism Group on February 2, 2014 at 4:30am — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: February 2 - February 8

'The Rough Riders' by Theodore Roosevelt (Charles Scribner's Sons, 1899)

Capt. Buckey O'Neill, 1st U.S. Volunteer Cavalry

DOMHNAIGH -- On February 2, 1860, William O.…

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Added by The Wild Geese on February 1, 2014 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Sacrifices for Freedom: The Life of John Devoy, Fenian

Born near Kill, County Kildare, in 1842, John Devoy would go on to become a man described by the London Times as ‘the most dangerous enemy of this country [Britain] Ireland has produced since Wolfe Tone’. His republican career began when, as a teenager, he met the Young Irelander John…

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Added by The Wild Geese on February 1, 2014 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

An Irish Toast for the Weekend

"May you have warm words on a cold evening, A full moon on a dark night, And the road downhill all the way to your door"  ~ Irish Toast

Your 5 go-to Irish spirits wish you a grand weekend! Sláinte!…

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Added by Castle Brands Inc on February 1, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

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