Featured Blog Posts – February 2014 Archive (49)

Granda and Me: A St. Patrick's Day Story

Granda had a 'thing' about the church — he was excommunicated during the Irish War of Independence for carrying a gun, and that turned his head. Even though Bishop Harty took him back to the fold afterwards and blessed him and everything, Granda never went back spiritually. He just…

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Added by Eddie Stack on February 16, 2014 at 9:30pm — 7 Comments

Guillermo MacLoughlin: Introduction of an Irish-Argentinean to the Group

Hi all, thank you for the welcome and specially for the personal messages I received.

As you know, I am based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. My MacLoughlins ancestors came in 1851 to Argentina, They were form Glascorn, 5 miles from Mullingar, in county Westmeath. I have also previous and latter ancestors from Westmeath (Maguire, Phillips, Murray, Kelly); from Longford (Garrahan, Doolin,…

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Added by Guillermo MacLoughlin on February 16, 2014 at 7:30pm — 3 Comments


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The Parade

Casements turning in his Grave, Oscar Wilde too,

Because on the 17th of March, they’d be missing from the crew.

Once proud of the Green, now I know longer know,

Because that colors missing from the beautiful…

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Added by Nollaig 2016 on February 14, 2014 at 11:00am — 45 Comments

Canadian Greenwood Sliding for Ireland

Today in southern Russia, Irish-Canadian Sean Greenwood will be sliding head-first down an iced-over track at speeds exceeding 80 miles per hour.  Sean is from the Vancouver area of British Columbia, Canada, but he's competing for Ireland in the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.…

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Added by Ryan O'Rourke on February 14, 2014 at 7:30am — 3 Comments

Fun Fact

In Ireland, rural custom required families share important news, like a death or move, with the bees they kept. Known as the “Telling the Bees," legend tells this "ensures" the bees do not leave the family, important to those raising crops.

IRISH TO THE…

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Added by Castle Brands Inc on February 13, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Pros & Cons to Dating an Irish Man

We’ve listed out the pros and the cons of dating an Irish man. Choose wisely this Valentines and consider these points before you agree or…

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Added by The Irish Store on February 13, 2014 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

'A Yen for An Irish Lass'

(First published February 14, 2006)

Ah, the one day of the year when mankind celebrates love, in all of its variations and permutations. Happy St. Valentine's Day from all of us here at…

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Added by The Wild Geese on February 12, 2014 at 7:30pm — 3 Comments

The Wild Geese Virtual Síbín with Annette Counihan

We hope you enjoy the video just below which was broadcast LIVE here at …

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Added by The Wild Geese on February 12, 2014 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

22 World Famous Places Go Green

St Patrick’s Day is nearly upon us. Every year we see more and more different buildings lit up and different rivers dyed green. However it’s going to be tough to beat last year as the whole world quite literally went green in a global greening campaign to promote tourism in Ireland.

Within the space of a week we saw images appearing of well known buildings and monuments across the world lit up in vibrant green shades to celebrate Paddy himself.

Lets hope this St Patrick’s Day…

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Added by The Irish Store on February 12, 2014 at 3:30am — No Comments

The Claddagh Ring Overseas: Legend, Fact & the Rise of an Icon

Today the iconic claddagh ring is, along with the harp and shamrock, one of the most widely recognized and most iconically “Irish” symbols in America. The commercial value of the claddagh ring design is enormous -- and probably impossible to…

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Added by Sarah Nagle on February 11, 2014 at 9:00pm — 8 Comments

Dying Together: From Bull Run to Baghdad

By Joseph E. Gannon (originally published in 2006)

Millions of people across the world were horrified when they heard reports of the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. One such group was far from home and surely more horrified than any other: the men and women of the Louisiana Army…

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Added by The Wild Geese on February 9, 2014 at 5:30pm — 2 Comments

The Story of the Claddagh Ring

by Mike McCormack, AOH National Historian

The Claddagh Ring, designed and worn in Ireland since the late 1600s, has enjoyed a growing popularity with Irish exiles the world over. The modern Galway Jeweller, Stephen…

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Added by Mike McCormack on February 9, 2014 at 3:00pm — 5 Comments

Cormac O'Malley: Revolutionary's Son Helps NYU Focus on the 'Possibilities'

Originally published on November 01, 2006.

Former IRA commander and author Ernie O'Malley left the people of Ireland, indeed the world, a rich legacy, in political conviction, principled action, recorded memory, and commitment to the…

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Added by The Wild Geese on February 8, 2014 at 7:37am — 1 Comment

The Wild Geese Virtual Síbín with Cormac O'Malley

From Easter 1916 until the bitter end of the Civil War, County Kerry was embroiled in bloody conflict. Now, for the first time in published form, many of the county's main participants in the struggle tell their own stories. These were narrated to Ernie…

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Added by The Wild Geese on February 8, 2014 at 5:30am — 3 Comments

Feeling Thirsty? Have a Brian Boru Dry Martini

4 oz Boru Vodka

1 oz Dry vermouth

Garnish: olive 



Swirl the vermouth in a chilled Martini glass and discard. Shake the Vodka vigorously with ice until well-chilled. Strain into martini glass and add the olive. Sláinte!…

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Added by Castle Brands Inc on February 7, 2014 at 7:30am — No Comments

Great Irish Romances: Joseph Plunkett and Grace Gifford

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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Added by Susan McWilliams Lev-Yadun on February 7, 2014 at 3:00am — 2 Comments

Top 8 Romantic Places in Ireland

As the countdown to Valentines Day begins, we decided to take a look at some of the most romantic places around Ireland and compiled a list of our top favourites. You may have been lucky enough to get to some of these places and if not they’re definite recommendations to enjoy alongside your loved one.…
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Added by The Irish Store on February 6, 2014 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment


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Hilda Moriarty: Kavanagh's Inspiration Behind 'On Raglan Road'

On Raglan Road of an autumn day

I saw her first and knew

That her dark hair would weave a snare

That I might one day rue

I saw the danger and I passed

Along the enchanted way

And I said let grief be a fallen leaf

At the dawning of the…

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Added by Nollaig 2016 on February 5, 2014 at 8:00pm — No Comments

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