Featured Blog Posts – May 2014 Archive (36)

Finding Love in County Clare

For centuries, Irish matchmakers have performed a vital service, bringing people together in love and marriage. It is a mysterious art, and the very best matchmakers have an almost magical quality to them.…

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Added by annette counihan on May 13, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

Jackie Kennedy's Letters to Dublin Priest to be Sold at Auction

Is is just me, or does anyone else find the release of private letters from Jackie Kennedy to Father Joseph Leonard, a Vincentian priest from Dublin, particularly distasteful?

Are there no sacred boundaries we won't cross for the voyeuristic pleasure of the unrelenting…

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Added by Maryann Tracy on May 13, 2014 at 9:00am — 12 Comments

Travel to the Town of Love

Sláinte, everyone.  You know who you are ... single, great company,  and would love to have someone to share future dreams.  So come on a singles' adventure to County Clare, Ireland to the town of love -- Lisdoonvarna.  Attend the 150-year-old matchmaking event and…

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Added by annette counihan on May 12, 2014 at 10:30pm — No Comments

My Father Always Said ...

… that "Iron Bones" McNamara was our great-uncle.

There are a great many things my Father said and some encompassed his attitudes about what it took to get by in life.  Some were…

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Added by James McNamara on May 11, 2014 at 11:00pm — 10 Comments

Dynamite Johnny O'Brien: 'A Captain Unafraid'

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

Back in the Days of Corncrakes

One glorious July morning, I was on my way to help John Joe Maher make hay, when I noticed a crowd of strangers in the town square. A film crew, so I strayed from my path and went to see what they were at.…

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Added by Eddie Stack on May 10, 2014 at 12:00am — 8 Comments


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A Minute’s Silence to Respect Those Affected by 'An Gorta Mór'

The Irish Minister for Arts, Jimmy Deenihan, has asked all people of Irish heritage to observe the minute’s silence on Sunday to respect our ancestors who perished, suffered and emigrated during an Gorta Mór, a period of mass starvation,…

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Added by Nollaig 2016 on May 9, 2014 at 9:00pm — 2 Comments

2014 Chicago Rose of Tralee

On Wednesday, April 30, 2014 the City of Chicago City Council and Mayor Rahm Emanuel presented Colleen Marie Nolan, the 2014 Chicago Rose with a Resolution to congratulate her on being selected to participate in the Rose of Tralee selection in Ireland and for representing our fine city!

Colleen Nolan was selected as the Chicago Rose on April 5, 2014 at the Irish American…

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Added by Mary Kay Gavin-Marmo on May 9, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments

A Grand Time Indeed at O'Lunney's

Just thought I would post a few photographs from the gathering of The Wild Geese at O'Lunney's Times Square on April 26th, 2014.

There were 14 folks in all.  Denis Dwyer and Alex Fegan brought their "Irish Pub" film for screening.  There was much laughter and trading…

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Added by Bit Devine on May 9, 2014 at 2:00am — 4 Comments

Recording Your Own Story

While searching for your “ancient” roots, remember to write your own story. If you are not good with the written word, tape your story – record on your computer.  Start at the beginning of your youth, your relationship with your parents and siblings, where you went to grammar…

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Added by Dee Notaro on May 7, 2014 at 12:30pm — 3 Comments

Find Your Irish Family in the Late Middle Ages

Maps ... I love them.  My grandfather instilled a tremendous appreciation for the art / science of cartography, and the essentiality of being proficient in geography.  He was neither a professional cartographer nor an expert geographer, but he studied maps on a regular basis.  I…

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Added by Ryan O'Rourke on May 7, 2014 at 5:00am — 3 Comments


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'Mrs. McGrath' and the Battle of Fuentes de Oñoros

"Mrs. McGrath" is a song telling the story of a woman whose son enters the British Army, and returns seven years later having lost his legs to a cannonball fighting against…

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Added by Nollaig 2016 on May 3, 2014 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

Friends of Kylemore Abbey Reach Monumental Fundraising Goal

The Benedictine sisters of Kylemore Abbey in County Galway and the Kylemore Abbey Campaign in New York City are proud to announce that the goal for the new education center has been reached. Over one hundred gifts, mostly local donations, propelled the amount raised…

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Added by Mary Reed on May 2, 2014 at 5:00pm — 3 Comments

Frances Browne: Novelist, Journalist and Poetess

by Patrick Bonar

Frances Browne was born at Upper Main Street, Stranorlar…

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Added by The Wild Geese on May 2, 2014 at 6:00am — No Comments

May, Mother's Day and Mary

With a week to go until Mother’s Day (in America) and it being the start of May, all the stars align at Mary.  Mary being the most famous mother in the world with an entire month dedicated to her by the Catholic church.  Here at The Irish Store we have put together our top facts and…

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Added by The Irish Store on May 2, 2014 at 6:00am — No Comments

Ancient Celtic and Early Irish Fare

Much is known about what ancient Celtic foods, dining customs, and cooking methods:

"The eating and feasting habits of the Celts were recorded by a number of classical writers, the most important of these being Posidonius, a Syrian Greek philosopher who in his…

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Added by The Wild Geese on May 1, 2014 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

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