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…Continue
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…Continue
Added by The Wild Geese on November 26, 2016 at 2:00pm — No Comments
(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…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Margaret M. Johnson on November 21, 2016 at 11:30am — No Comments
'My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.' -- JFK
May 29, 1917 - Nov…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
Recovering from a stroke provides a fellow time to consider his future. I plan to make 2 changes as my 83rd BD rapidly approaches. …
Added by James Francis Smith on November 15, 2016 at 6:30pm — No Comments
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,…Continue
Added by Margaret M. Johnson on November 14, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments
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.…Continue
Added by The Wild Geese on November 12, 2016 at 4:00pm — No Comments
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,…Continue
Added by Gerry Regan on November 10, 2016 at 4:30pm — No Comments
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Margaret M. Johnson on November 7, 2016 at 6:30am — No Comments
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'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…Continue
Added by Totally Irish Gifts on November 2, 2016 at 6:30am — No Comments
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.
Up to 1830, the majority of Irish immigrants to North…Continue