November 2013 Blog Posts (65)

An Irish Christmas

The Christmas season in Ireland is a happy combination of modern and ancient customs that combine to bring a unique meaning to this special time of year.  While Christmas shopping, decorated trees, and Santa Claus are evident everywhere, traditional customs that signify the true…


Added by Mike McCormack on November 30, 2013 at 12:30pm — 5 Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: December 1 - December 7

Thomas Clarke Luby

DOMHNAIGH -- On December 1, 1901, Fenian Thomas Clarke Luby died in…


Added by The Wild Geese on November 30, 2013 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Because you can't make a proper Hot Toddy without the honey!

1.5 oz Clontarf 1014 Irish Whiskey 

.5 oz Celtic Honey Liqueur

hot water

cinnamon stick

clove-studded lemon or orange wheel

Add lemon or orange with 4-5 cloves inserted on either side to…


Added by Castle Brands Inc on November 29, 2013 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

The Fairies

By Patrick Bonar

Irish folk lore is part of our heritage and the tradition of storytelling runs strongly through our veins. It would be difficult to find an Irish person who did not hear the stories of ‘Oisin in the Land of Youth’ or ‘The Children of King Lir’.…


Added by The Wild Geese on November 29, 2013 at 2:00pm — 8 Comments

Tara: Ireland’s Royal Board Game – A Review

As we know from the ancient Celtic legends, our ancestors were very fond of a board game named Fidhcell by the Irish and Gwyddbvyll by the Welsh. It was like chess, often being proclaimed as one of the precursors of our modern chess game, and was reportedly…


Added by Celtic Myth Podshow on November 28, 2013 at 5:00am — 6 Comments

Dissident Republcian Christmas bombing campaign

The 'dissident' republicans have decided to detonate bombs in the city centre of Belfast. One wonders what they hope to achieve? Murdering Christmas shoppers is not glorious. These groups cannot survive without financial backing. Unfortunately people are still willing to donate money to the cause. …


Added by Rónán Gearóid Ó Domhnaill on November 27, 2013 at 3:03pm — No Comments

Another poem

I woke up at 4:45 am a few days ago and within 5 minutes, this was forming in my head so I got up and starting jotting down some the words. I went back to bed but the thoughts wouldn't let me sleep! So I got up again and by 7 am I had this tweaked and ready. I submit it for your thoughts.

God bless Ireland

In her patchwork dress so green

Her blue Atlantic eyes are smiling



Added by Fran Reddy on November 27, 2013 at 11:53am — 6 Comments

Who Really Discovered America?


On the Galway's Horrible Histories Walk, I weave the Brendan Voyage tale into the stories I tell, explaining how in 929 AD the Vikings raided the Priory Abbey of Annaghdown, 4 miles up the Corrib River from Galway city, which was founded by St. Brendan for his sister, Briga, and where he died in 577 AD.…


Added by Brian Nolan on November 27, 2013 at 8:30am — 4 Comments

Your 5 Go-to Irish spirits


Added by Castle Brands Inc on November 26, 2013 at 11:30pm — 6 Comments

One Knot: 240 Metres of Rope, 2,200 Crossings - 3 Months Work!

Zen and the Art of Knots

Celtic knotwork has fascinated me for over 30 years now. It has always been drawn, painted, etched and carved etc., so I set myself a completely new challenge to tie the longest Celtic knot I could. And to my…


Added by Murray Heasman on November 25, 2013 at 7:00pm — 10 Comments

Founding Member
New Israeli Labor Party Chief’s Irish Roots Run Deep

Last Thursday, Israel’s Labor Party elected a new leader.  Isaac Herzog replaces Shelly Yacimovich as the party’s Chairman.

Herzog immediately called on Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to move the peace process with the Palestinians forward.  In his victory speech, Herzog vowed to refocus the party’s agenda on diplomacy.  He said the Labor Party would offer a…


Added by Valerie Lapin Ganley on November 24, 2013 at 6:00pm — 3 Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: November 24 - November 30

Hulton Deutsch

Erskine Childers in his British army uniform, c. 1900

LUAIN -- On November 24, 1922, during the Irish Civil War,…


Added by The Wild Geese on November 23, 2013 at 10:00pm — No Comments

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News and Views Compiled By Irish National Caucus


Fifty years ago, the flagrant decision to deny Derry a university became the perfect symbol of Unionist anti-Catholic bigotry… And the issue still rankles this Derry columnist. ANCIENT SEAT OF LEARNING STILL FIGHTING…


Added by Fr. Sean McManus on November 23, 2013 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

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Be Reunited This Christmas At The Emigrant Flame

New Ross, County Wexford -- The JFK Trust announced an exciting new campaign with Irish emigrants and their families at its heart. The REUNITED AT THE EMIGRANT FLAME campaign will give participants a chance to win return flights to Ireland in time for Christmas and is sponsored by Connect Ireland and managed by the John F Kennedy Trust. The…


Added by The Kennedy Homestead on November 23, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments

JFK Not the Only Great Loss on November 22, 1963

Today (November 22, 2013), the world commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of the death of Irish-American president John F. Kennedy.  You may not know that Belfast-born author and theologian, C.S. Lewis, passed on the very same day.  Fifty years after his death, Lewis is even more influential than he was during his lifetime.  His popular "Chronicles of Narnia"…


Added by Kelly O'Rourke on November 22, 2013 at 11:00pm — 3 Comments

Remembering JFK: A Community Chat

The following is a transcript taken from the LIVE Community Chat chat hosted here at on Friday, November 22, 2013 -- the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's assassination.  Some editing has been applied for clarity.

The Wild Geese:  Céad míle fáilte, a chairde! So glad to see…


Added by The Wild Geese on November 22, 2013 at 9:30pm — 1 Comment

Jacqueline Kennedy's Handwritten Letter to De Valera

The image to the left is the first page of a hand-written letter from Jacqueline Kennedy to Eamon De Valera in January of 1964.  In the letter, Mrs. Kennedy expresses how much her late husband's trip to Ireland the previous summer had impacted him, and how much his Irish heritage meant to him.  

You can download the full letter in PDF format by clicking…


Added by Ryan O'Rourke on November 22, 2013 at 2:09pm — 3 Comments

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