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Watch The Award Winning Irish Short Film 'The Pigman'

"The Pigman," an award-winning Irish short film by Rik Gordon has been recently released online. The short film follows a lonely creature who is shunned by society. When the time calls for it, he performs a brave act, but will it change the locals perception of him?…

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Added by Rik Gordon on February 7, 2019 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: February 3 - February 9

DOMHNAIGH -- On February 3, 1537, Lord "Silken" Thomas Fitzgerald and his five uncles were executed at Tyburn, England. In June 1534, believing the English had killed his father in London (he actually died in the Tower later, of disease), Fitzgerald led a revolt against the English. He gained the name…

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Added by The Wild Geese on February 2, 2019 at 5:30pm — No Comments


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That's Just How It Was [1]

Historical Background

Between 1844 and 1854, when Patrick and Anne Nolan were born (Bridget’s parents), Ireland was suffering the worst famine ever known in its history, as the potato crop, the staple diet, had failed. This had been caused by a fungal infestation that attacked the roots of the potato, which in turn caused most…

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Added by That's Just How It Was on January 30, 2019 at 6:00am — 2 Comments


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That's Just How it was ... Author Mary Thorpe

Foreword

This work is a labour of love by the writer Mary Thorpe as a tribute to her much-loved Granny O’Rourke (nee Nolan). It is an attempt to place the stories she heard throughout her life into a true and historical context. As a modern social worker who came across many cases of social deprivation in various social-work…

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Added by That's Just How It Was on January 30, 2019 at 5:30am — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: January 27 - February 2

LUAIN -- 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…

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Added by The Wild Geese on January 26, 2019 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Make Your Own Brotchán Foltchep (Leek and Potato Soup)

Leek and potato soup, also known as brotchán foltchep (from the Irish words meaning “broth” and “leeks”), is one of Ireland’s most popular soups. Once thickened with oatmeal, today’s leek broth is thickened with potatoes and then buttermilk or…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on January 24, 2019 at 9:30am — 3 Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: January 20 - January 26

DOMHNAIGH -- On January 20, 1771, Don Hugo O'Conor was named Commandant Inspector of New Spain (Mexico). O'Conor was born into a Jacobite family in Dublin in December 1734. The family…

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Added by The Wild Geese on January 20, 2019 at 10:00am — No Comments


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Own a Beautiful Ceramic St. Brigid's Cross

We're celebrating the amazing Saint Brigid, Ireland's second patron saint, with a 20% discount on this beautiful St. Brigid's Cross.

Handmade with love by Callura Pottery, County Clare. Usually €25.00, special offer €20.00. Offer ends 1st…

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Added by Totally Irish Gifts on January 18, 2019 at 9:30am — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: January 13 - January 19

DOMHNAIGH -- On January 15, 1702 Thomas Arthur Lally, a renowned but tragic officer in the Irish Brigade in the service of France, was born in Romans, France. Lally was the son of Sir Gerard Lally of Tullynadala, County Galway, one of the original "Wild Geese" of 1691. Though King Louis XV…

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Added by The Wild Geese on January 13, 2019 at 10:00am — No Comments

Soup's On: Add Guinness

Onion soup is a surefire hit on anyone’s winter menu. Instead of using only yellow onions, this soup uses three — yellow, red, and shallots — adds Guinness to flavor the broth, and tops it with hearty, thick-cut croutons with melted blue cheese — Cashel Blue preferred! You can make the croutons…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on January 11, 2019 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Geneva Barracks: Death Camp in Waterford

In 1782, the ruling Protestant Ascendancy in Ireland were given countrywide self-rule by the British Parliament, greatly increasing the powers of the Irish Parliament, situated at College Green in Dublin. One of the first items addressed by the new parliament was the Trade Agreement that restricted…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on January 9, 2019 at 8:30pm — 4 Comments

The Croppies

There once was a particularly dark time in Ireland when the length of a man's hair determined his fate. If his hair was shorn close to the scalp as opposed to the longer hairstyles of most of Europe at that time, he ran the risk of arrest, interrogation and was often subjected to torture by…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on January 5, 2019 at 6:30pm — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: January 6 - January 12

LUAIN -- 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…

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Added by The Wild Geese on January 5, 2019 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Slaughter in the Murder Triangle

Much has been written about the period of upheaval and violence that occured in the province of Ulster in the north of Ireland in the 30 years between 1968 and 1998. Unless you were there and lived through the madness, it's likely that you have trouble actually understanding the effects of that terrible period in…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on January 1, 2019 at 7:00pm — No Comments


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The Tureengarriffe Ambush: Cork and Kerry Strike a Blow

Seán Moylan slowly moved his binoculars back and forth pointed to the west as he scanned the east Kerry countryside in the direction of Scartaglen. He was standing on some high ground in Thade Daly’s Glen in Tureengarriffe, along what is now the R-577 road. Moylan, commanding the Cork No. 2…

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Added by Joe Gannon on January 1, 2019 at 2:30pm — 5 Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: December 30 - January 5

LUAIN -- On December 31, 1602, Dónall O'Sullivan Beare and his clan began their epic march to Ulster. O'Sullivan had supported Hugh…

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Added by The Wild Geese on December 30, 2018 at 10:00am — No Comments

The Wrenboys

“The wran, the wran, the king of all birds,

on Stephen's day was caught in the furze.

His body is little but his family is sweet

so rise up landlady and give us a treat.

And if your treat be of the best

your soul in heaven can then find its rest.

And if your treat be much…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on December 26, 2018 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: December 23 - December 29

LUAIN -- On December 24, 1601, Hugh O'Neill and his Spanish and Irish allies were defeated by the English at the Battle of Kinsale, one of the most important battles in Irish history. With the able assistance of his main ally,…

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Added by The Wild Geese on December 23, 2018 at 9:53am — No Comments

A Maiden So Bewitching

Do you remember this old song?

Come single belle and beau, onto me pay attention -

Don't ever fall in love, it's the devil's own invention.

For once I fell in love with a maiden so bewitching

Miss Henrietta Bell out of Captain Kelly's kitchen -

With me toora loora la, toora loora…

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Added by Colm Herron on December 19, 2018 at 7:00am — 11 Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: December 16 - December 22

DOMHNAIGH -- On Dec. 16, 1971, soldier and politician General Richard Mulcahy (left) died in Dublin. Mulcahy was born in Waterford. After being educated in the Christian Brothers schools, Richard went to work for the postal service, like his father before him. He was a member of the Gaelic League and…

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Added by The Wild Geese on December 15, 2018 at 11:00pm — No Comments

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