November 2016 Blog Posts (48)

'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…

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,…


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

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Guinness' and The Vancouver Lion's Gate Bridge - No Asians need apply

The Guinness family (of the Irish stout fame) were convinced to invest in the land on the north shore of Burrard Inlet in Vancouver Canada. On December 13, 1933, a vote passed by a 2 to 1 margin to build the …


Added by Nollaig 2016 on November 13, 2016 at 6:51pm — No Comments

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Senator Joseph McCarthy: A Very Controversial Figure

Joseph Raymond "Joe" McCarthy (November 14, 1908 – May 2, 1957) was an American politician who served as a Senator from Wisconsin.  It is to him we attribute the term "…


Added by Nollaig 2016 on November 13, 2016 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

Bréifne, The Middle Kingdom, O'Rourke and O'Reilly: Tale of an Unlikely Princess

So I wrote this musical -- The Last Torch. It took a long time approximately 7 years. I even raised a bunch of money and put it onstage. I battled to tell this story. It’s an important story to me and to the Irish. 

Though I have a…


Added by The Last Torch on November 13, 2016 at 6:30am — 2 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.…


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

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Arthur Armstrong Denny - a founder of Seattle, Washington


Arthur Armstrong Denny (June 20, 1822 – January 9, 1899) was one of the founders of Seattle, Washington, and a leader of the pioneer Denny Party, a group…


Added by Nollaig 2016 on November 13, 2016 at 2:30am — No 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…


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

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Christmas Book Picks From Four Courts Press


From now until midnight on Friday 25th November, get a double discount off the retail…


Added by Nollaig 2016 on November 11, 2016 at 11:30am — 7 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,…


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…


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

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Did the First Marine Recruiter Have Roots in Ireland?

Tun Tavern was erected in 1686. In the 1740s, "Peggy Mullan's Red Hot Beef Steak Club"…


Added by Nollaig 2016 on November 10, 2016 at 5:00am — 15 Comments

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Irish Roots Magazine Offering Members a Free Issue

Our friends at Irish Roots Magazine have gone mad altogether and have given our members a free issue to download!…


Added by Nollaig 2016 on November 9, 2016 at 6:00am — 3 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…


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…


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

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The First Irishman To Visit Tolstoy -- ‘Ireland’s One-Armed Patriot’

The first Irishman to visit Tolstoy was Michael Davitt. He…


Added by Nollaig 2016 on November 5, 2016 at 10:30pm — 1 Comment

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…


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

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Mícheál Ó Lócháin, Activist on Behalf of Gaeilge in the United States

Born in Milltown, County Galway in 1836, Mícheál Lócháin was…


Added by Nollaig 2016 on November 4, 2016 at 9:00pm — No Comments

The Gunpowder Plot ... Remember, Remember

'Remember, remember the fifth of November, the Gunpowder treason and plot.

I know of no reason why the Gunpowder treason should ever be forgot.'

The Background

James I was the son of Mary, Queen of Scots, and a great-great-grandson of Henry VII,…


Added by John Anthony Brennan on November 4, 2016 at 7:00pm — 10 Comments

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