October 2016 Blog Posts (36)


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Totally Irish Gifts 4th Anniversary -- Free Shipping Offer

Wow, Totally Irish Gifts is four-years-old -- how time flies when you are having fun!

Our anniversary gift to you is world-wide free shipping

Receive free shipping on orders placed up to 31st October 2016, at checkout enter code:…

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Added by Totally Irish Gifts on October 22, 2016 at 2:30pm — No Comments

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

DOMHNAIGH -- On October 23, 1641, implementing a plan by Rory O'More and led by Phelim O'Neill (left), the Irish rose up against the English. Their plan had called for the seizing of Dublin…

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Added by The Wild Geese on October 22, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

The Precursor to a Daydream



“As for believing things, I can believe anything, provided that it is quite incredible.” – Oscar Wilde

Well, I couldn’t believe it. I still can’t believe it. My belief is suspended on a wire made of…

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Added by Nicole Samantha Fishkind on October 19, 2016 at 9:30pm — 6 Comments


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Viking Women in Ireland

What can the artifacts found buried with Viking women in Ireland tell us about their lives? Maeve Sikora, assistant keeper at the National Museum of Ireland, focuses on everyday objects excavated at burial sites and what they tell us about the…

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Added by Nollaig 2016 on October 17, 2016 at 8:00pm — 8 Comments

Baking Season Elicits a Hearty Bravo!

There’s something about mid-October that I love — the weather, the thought that Halloween (and Thanksgiving) is right around the corner, and baking breads like this “brack,” a fruity loaf from the Quay House, in Clifden, County Galway. Dating from about 1820, it’s the town’s oldest building, was originally a…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on October 17, 2016 at 10:00am — 1 Comment


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Facebook Competition (Best Picture of a Cillin)

Our thanks to Colm of http://irisharchaeology.ie for his donation (the first) of a prize for our ongoing "Best Photo of a Cillin" competition -- cillin description …

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Added by Nollaig 2016 on October 16, 2016 at 6:30am — 6 Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: October 16-24

LUAIN -- On Oct. 17, 1803, nationalist politician and Young Irelander William Smith O'Brien was born in Dromoland, County Clare. O'Brien was educated in England and was a Conservative when elected to…

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Added by The Wild Geese on October 15, 2016 at 11:00am — No Comments


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'In Harm’s Way': America’s Greatest Submarine Commander

Richard Hetherington O'Kane (below-right, in his Annapolis graduation photo) was born on February 2, 1911 in Dover, New Hampshire, a town near the Atlantic coast with a population of about 13,000 at the time. His father, Dr. Walter Collins O'Kane, was a professor of entomology at the University. Richard attended Phillips…

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Added by Joe Gannon on October 11, 2016 at 8:30pm — 2 Comments

Chancing One's Arm

In 1492, the same year that Christopher Columbus purportedly discovered the New World, an incident, with far reaching effects, took place in a chapter house attached to Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin. The incident ended a long running and bloody feud between two of Ireland’s most powerful dynasties, the FitzGeralds…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on October 10, 2016 at 7:00pm — 8 Comments

Perfect Pears, Part II

Delicious on their own, pears are also a wonderful ingredient in recipes from sweet-tart salads to sweeter-than-sweet pies and tarts. They’re great partnered with blue cheese — Kerrygold’s Cashel Blue…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on October 10, 2016 at 6:30am — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: October 9 - October 15

DOMHNAIGH -- On Oct. 9, 1779, members of Dillon's and Walsh's Regiments of the Irish Brigade of France took part in the Franco-American assault on Savannah, Georgia, during the final stages of the siege there during the American Revolution.…

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Added by The Wild Geese on October 8, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments


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A Little Bit About Ogham

We have just started to stock our first Ogham gifts and I thought I had better learn a little bit about it. 

Ogham (Oh-ehm) is the earliest version of an ancient Celtic language, used c.4th -7th century AD. Each letter of the Ogham alphabet is formed by up 5 strokes and is identified by the number, position and direction of their…

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Added by Totally Irish Gifts on October 4, 2016 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

The Heifer: A Pub Story

Most of the stuff in my novels comes from my imagination but I owe a fair amount of what I write to a pub called The Rocking Chair where there’s such a variety of characters that you’d need to be brain deaf not to pick up some nuggets. …



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Added by Colm Herron on October 4, 2016 at 11:30am — 6 Comments

Perfect Pears, Part I

There are over 3,000 known pear varieties grown around the world, each with a distinctive character, texture, and flavor. The most popular and recognizable pears are the yellow Bartlett, egg-shaped Anjou, graceful Bosc, pudgy Comice, and tiny Forelle. Crisp, crunchy, and sweet, U.S.-grown pears are harvested from the…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on October 3, 2016 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

FATHER JOHN'S FAREWELL BASH

I WANT TO INVITE YOU TO MY PARTY!!!!

 As you probably know, I have officially left office as Director of the Xavier Society for the Blind.

 But the formal farewell is going to be a dinner cruise party on

 FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14

The Place – Pier 62, at 23rd Street, Chelsea Piers, on board the ATLANTICA

 It’s a dinner cruise, with an outdoor deck (for those who want to…

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Added by Fr. John R. Sheehan, SJ on October 2, 2016 at 1:02pm — No Comments

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

LUAIN -- On Oct. 3, 1691, the Treaty of Limerick was signed, ending the…

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Added by The Wild Geese on October 1, 2016 at 11:00am — No Comments

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