November 2016 Blog Posts (23)

Gingerbread Helps Make Scents of the Season

Gingerbread men, gingerbread houses, even the smell of ginger signals that the Christmas season is upon us. Made from sugars and spices brought back from the Middle East by soldiers returning from the Crusades, gingerbread first appeared in central Europe in the Middle Ages. Monks baked gingerbread for religious…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on November 29, 2016 at 8:00am — 4 Comments


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Mayo's Father Andrew Conroy: Martyr of the 1798 Rising

There’s many a lonely hearth-stone tonight in wide Mayo,

There’s many a gallant heart content again can never know

But darkest woe and grief for him the saintly true and tried,

Who on the Saxon scaffold that day for freedom died.

         --  From “The Priest of Addergool,” by William Rooney (Founder of…

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Added by Joe Gannon on November 26, 2016 at 7:00pm — 4 Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: November 27 - December 3

MÁIRT -- On November 29, 1895, Denny Lane (right), author and poet, and member of the revolutionary Young Ireland party, died in Cork. Lane was born in…

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Added by The Wild Geese on November 26, 2016 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Grant in Ireland, Part 3: Farewell to Ireland, Forever

Staying overnight in Derry, Grant spent the next day looking at the city's historic walls, and the "Roaring Meg" cannon. He and his party then headed for Belfast.

(Right: The walls of Derry City.)

En route, workers and other spectators waited in the rain and snow at various points to greet the ex-president, Young…

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Added by The Wild Geese on November 26, 2016 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Leftover Heaven!

A great way to use up leftovers from Thursday’s turkey is to make a potpie laden with potatoes, carrots, and peas. (Add mushrooms if you like.) This recipe is a popular post-Thanksgiving dish in the United States and a year-round favorite in homes and restaurants throughout Ireland. Try the Spiced Cranberry…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on November 21, 2016 at 11:30am — No Comments

Ask Not Why

'My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.' -- JFK

For JFK

May 29, 1917 - Nov…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on November 21, 2016 at 12:00am — 13 Comments

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

DOMHNAIGH-- On the morning of Nov. 20, 1917, the 16th Irish Division of the British army assaulted an area of the German lines known as "Tunnel Trench," named for an elaborate tunnel system that ran along it. The attack was meant as a diversion for the main attack, about 8 miles to the southeast at…

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Added by The Wild Geese on November 19, 2016 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

10 Things You Might Not Know About Irish Pubs

1. Ancient Irish law decreed 24-hour opening.

Under Brehon Law – first codified in the sixth and seventh centuries – each local king was required to have his own bruigu (also sometimes spelled brughaid), or brewer. A bruigu was obliged to have “a never-dry cauldron, a dwelling on a public road and a welcome to…

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Added by Kevin Martin on November 16, 2016 at 11:00am — 8 Comments

Recovering and Refocusing, and a Change in Format

Recovering from a stroke provides a fellow time to consider his future. I plan to make 2 changes as my 83rd BD rapidly approaches. …



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Added by James Francis Smith on November 15, 2016 at 6:30pm — No Comments

'The Wake' - #1 in Historical Irish Fiction

I've just had the pleasure of seeing my novel, The Wake (And What Jeremiah Did Next), reach #1 Best Seller status in Irish Historical Fiction on Amazon. And the news has given me exactly what I need to work harder on the new novel I'm currently…
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Added by Colm Herron on November 14, 2016 at 4:30pm — 8 Comments

Countdown to the Holidays: Crazy for Cranberries

If you’ve tried every possible recipe for cranberry desserts and are looking for something new, you’ll love this one! Similar to an Italian panforte, a classic fruitcake-like confection loaded with nuts, dried fruit, and spices (the name means “strong bread”), this is a pleasant departure. It’s delicious with coffee,…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on November 14, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments

'Brooklyn': Film Versus Novel

There’s a saying we have in Ireland that you’d nearly think was coined for Colm Tóibín’s novel Brooklyn. Namely, if you’ve the name of getting up early in the morning you can lie till lunchtime. And it seems to me that Tóibín lay too long when he wrote Brooklyn.…

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Added by Colm Herron on November 13, 2016 at 5:00am — 2 Comments

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

CÉADAOIN -- On Nov. 16, 1814, Michael Kelly Lawler, general in the Union army during the American Civil War, was…

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Added by The Wild Geese on November 12, 2016 at 4:00pm — No Comments

A U.S. Sailor Writes From His Post in Cork, 1918

Navy veteran John Washington Michael Condon died as he lived, a gregarious man with a penchant for sharing a good story. He was one of my father’s numerous uncles, and was known to me through Dad’s recollections as Uncle Jack. As evidenced by the following letter, dated July 19, 1918, Jack served during World War 1,…

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Added by Gerry Regan on November 10, 2016 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Men and Christmas . . . Or Shopping With Dad

O.K., it should be obvious (hopefully) that I am not a man.

But dear old dad definitely is... and as, like it or not, I've always been dad's girl I've acquired a bit of an insight into what makes certain types of men…

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Added by Sarah Nagle on November 10, 2016 at 4:00pm — 2 Comments


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Writer, Activist Alice Milligan -- Prodigy, Visionary, Humanitarian

Alice Milligan (1866-1953) was born into a middle-class Methodist family, one of 11 children. (Some sources would suggest that there were 13 children.) Her father was Seaton Milligan, a writer, poet, antiquary, member of the Royal Irish Academy (RIA), and a businessman. Her mother was Charlotte Milligan (nee Burns).

Alice was always…

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Added by That's Just How It Was on November 8, 2016 at 6:30am — 7 Comments

Countdown To The Holidays: More Smoked Salmon Ideas

For the festive season, serve hot- or cold-smoked salmon on mini potato pancakes or in crispy bread baskets. Top the pancakes with a dollop of sour cream or crème frâiche and a sprinkling of fresh chives; try tangy horseradish-mustard cream on the baskets. You’ll find these holiday recipes and more like them in my…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on November 7, 2016 at 6:30am — No Comments

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

MÁIRT -- On November 8, 1987, in one of the most widely condemned actions of the "Troubles," an…

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Added by The Wild Geese on November 5, 2016 at 2:00pm — No Comments


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Welcome 'Painted Clans,' Commemorating YOUR Family's History

'Painted Clans' creates amazing contemporary-style Coat of Arms framed gifts, perfect for the modern home. We are delighted to welcome 'Painted Clans', as the latest supplier…

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Added by Totally Irish Gifts on November 2, 2016 at 6:30am — No Comments

'Have Ye No Homes To Go To? The History of the Irish Pub'

Here is a short extract from Chapter 8 of my book "Have Ye No Homes To Go To? The History of the Irish Pub." This section looks at the history of the Irish pub in the USA. 

The book is available on Amazon, etc.

United States

Up to 1830, the majority of Irish immigrants to North…

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Added by Kevin Martin on November 2, 2016 at 4:30am — 9 Comments

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