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All-American Holiday Dessert

When friends and families get together these days to (responsibly) celebrate, you might want to add this rich pound cake to the menu. Grand Marnier and citrus are the perfect aromatics to flavor it, and olive oil makes it moist and delicious. It’s a perfect recipe for summer entertaining,…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on May 20, 2020 at 9:00am — No Comments

An Gorta Mor Remembered in Dublin

A National Commemoration has taken place in St Stephen's Green in Dublin city centre today in remembrance of the events that took place in Ireland 173 years ago. The event known as "An Gorta Mor" or The Great hunger was engineered by the powers that be of the day to finally eliminate the…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on May 17, 2020 at 1:30pm — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: May 17 - May 22

DOMHNAIGH to LUAIN -- On May 17-18, 1918, the British government began arresting all the leaders of Sinn Fein that it could round-up. Britain desperately wanted to impose conscription on the Irish to replace its tremendous losses in the…

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Added by The Wild Geese on May 16, 2020 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Wild Garlic, Wine Dark Sea

Wild garlic season is just finishing up in Ireland, and as a farewell to Erin's green shore it blossoms profusely in white flowerings throughout the land. Thanks to this wonderful plant I've eaten a lot of beautiful wild garlic pesto and wild garlic soup the last couple of months, as well as going on some lovely walks in the woods! On one…

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Added by Charles G O' Brien on May 16, 2020 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments


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A Dog’s Tale: Pat and Mike Go To War

(Above: "The Army Forge" by Edwin Forbes, Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper.)

Patrick Callaghan of the 1st Vermont Cavalry felt the warm northern Virginia summer sun on his face as the blacksmith…

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Added by Joe Gannon on May 15, 2020 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

New Volume of Acclaimed Loopline Documentary Streaming No Charge

Following the huge success of last year’s release of The Loopline Collection Vol. 1, which featured rare footage of U2 playing an early gig in Dublin, the Irish Film Institute (IFI) is delighted today to release the second volume of the collection.

Founded in 1992 by filmmaker Sé Merry Doyle, the pioneering Loopline…

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Added by Frances Wilde on May 13, 2020 at 8:00am — No Comments

A Confederate Chieftain 'Crosses Over The River'

On May 3rd 1863 , General Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia, having crossed the Rappahanock River, was readying to fight again.

Earlier that morning, Lee ordered one of his two corps commanders, Gen. Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson, to get around and…

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Added by Liam McAlister on May 10, 2020 at 10:30am — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: May 10 - May 16

DOMHNAIGH -- On May 10, 1806James Shields (left) , who would have one of the most remarkable careers in…

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Added by The Wild Geese on May 9, 2020 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Father Peter Cooney, CSC: Chaplain of 35th Indiana (1st Irish)

Reverend Peter Cooney, CSC

Born County Roscommon, Ireland: June 20, 1822/1832?

Died: University of Notre Dame, Indiana, USA: May 7, 1905

Peter Cooney’s family immigrated to the United States, settling in Monroe, Michigan, when Peter was still a child. There Peter received…

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Added by Liam McAlister on May 7, 2020 at 12:00am — No Comments

Requiem for Bobby

This is a personal tribute to a kindred spirit, writer, poet, musician, soldier and far, far braver man than I could ever hope to be. While adhering to the ancient Irish ‘Brehon Law of Fasting,’ Bobby Sands took no food or water for sixty-six days in pursuit of his quest for freedom, equality, honor and justice for all.…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on May 5, 2020 at 6:00am — 11 Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: May 3 - May 9

DOMHNAIGH -- On May 3, 1921, the South Mayo Brigade of the Irish Volunteers, commanded by Tom Maguire, ambushed an RIC / Black and Tan supply column of a Crossley tender and a Ford car at Tourmakeady, Co. Mayo on the western shore of Lough Mask. This was the 2nd in a series of major attacks on crown forces in the county…

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Added by The Wild Geese on May 2, 2020 at 4:54pm — No Comments

Asparagus Time!

Imported asparagus are available all year round, but there’s nothing to beat those locally grown in its short spring season: in Ireland, traditionally beginning on April 23 and ending on Midsummer Day.  Although its delicate flavor and seasonality makes it highly desirable in the kitchen,…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on May 1, 2020 at 10:00am — No Comments

The Miami Showband Massacre: The Day The Music Was Silenced

Much has been written about the period of upheaval, sectarian hatred and relentless bloodshed that occured in the province of Ulster in the north of Ireland in the 30 years between 1968 and 1998. Unless you were there and lived through the madness, it's likely that you have trouble actually…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on April 30, 2020 at 10:30am — 14 Comments

'Requiescat' -- The Mothers Buried in the Cillin

I’m a PhD researcher from Glasgow School of Art, and, for the last 6 years, I have been working on a research-led doctorate about the cillíní – the children’s burial grounds.



The research has been based in County Kerry, where I’ve worked closely with members from the local…

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Added by Sheena Graham-George on April 27, 2020 at 8:00am — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: April 26 - May 2

LUAIN -- On April 27, 1779 Irish-born (County Donegal) U.S. Navy Capt. Gustavus Conyngham , "The Dunkirk Pirate," was captured by…

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Added by The Wild Geese on April 25, 2020 at 4:23pm — No Comments

Daniel P Quinn publishes 3 plays as American Phantasmagoria

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Added by Daniel P Quinn on April 25, 2020 at 3:57pm — No Comments

Order Up a Classic Wedge

Are you missing a classic wedge salad from your favorite restaurant? No worries . . . easy as pie to make at home, especially if you use Ireland’s favorite blue cheese, Cashel Blue, from County Tipperary.

ICEBERG WEDGE WITH BLUE CHEESE-CHIVE…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on April 21, 2020 at 10:00am — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: April 19 - April 25

LUAIN -- On April 20, 1772, William Lawless, revolutionary and officer in Napolean's Irish Legion (a soldier of the Irish…

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Added by The Wild Geese on April 18, 2020 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

The Poet



On Easter Monday 1916 one of the most important events in the long, tortuous history of Ireland took place. The event, so shocking and bold, is still debated and analysed until this very day. This is a personal tribute to that  handful of dreamers and visionaries, the…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on April 11, 2020 at 11:00pm — 13 Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: April 12 - April 18

DOMHNAIGH -- On April 12, 1816, Charles Gavan Duffy (right) was born in County Monaghan. Self-educated as a journalist, Duffy would found the Nation, a nationalist weekly journal, along with …

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Added by The Wild Geese on April 11, 2020 at 8:42pm — No Comments

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