December 2020 Blog Posts (8)

This Week in the History of the Irish: December 27 - January 2

DOMHNAIGH -- On December 27, 1969, Dan Breen, one of the most famous IRA leaders during Ireland's War of Independence, died in Dublin. Breen was born in Grange, Donohill, Co. Tipperary, on Aug. 11, 1894. He joined the Irish Republican…

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Added by The Wild Geese on December 26, 2020 at 1:34pm — No Comments

Under the Mistletoe

Kissing a wife or lover under the mistletoe at Christmas is derived from an old Roman custom that honored the god Saturn. The Romans associated mistletoe with peace, love, and understanding and hung it over doorways to protect the household, as well as protection from witches and demons. Hanging…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on December 24, 2020 at 4:30pm — No Comments

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

DOMHNAIGH -- On December 20, 1865Maud Gonne  was born in Aldershot, England. Her father was a wealthy…

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Added by The Wild Geese on December 19, 2020 at 3:30pm — No Comments

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

DOMHNAIGH -- On Dec. 13, 1862, the Irish Brigade of the Army of the Potomac suffered horrendous casualties as they assaulted massed Confederates firing from within a sunken road beneath Marye's Heights during the Battle of…

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Added by The Wild Geese on December 12, 2020 at 8:48pm — No Comments

The Pavees of Slieve Gullion

Slieve Gullion (from Irish: Sliabh gCuillinn, meaning "hill of the steep slope" or Sliabh Cuilinn, "Culann's mountain") is an extinct volcanic mountain in the south of County Armagh, Ireland. The mountain is the heart of the Ring of Gullion and is the highest point in the county, with an elevation…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on December 11, 2020 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Downsizing the Christmas Cake -- Mini Bundt Fruitcakes

For obvious reasons, Christmas 2020 will be scaled back a bit, so for many the “big Christmas cake” won’t happen this year. Not to worry: for those like me who still love holiday baking, these mini fruitcakes will fill the bill. Same great flavor, same great taste, just sized down to fit the “new…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on December 7, 2020 at 3:00pm — No Comments

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

DOMHNAIGH -- In the early morning hours of December 6, 1921, representatives of the Irish government appointed by President Eamon de Valera, and those negotiating for the Crown signed the Anglo-Irish Treaty, ending the Irish War of Independence against Great Britain.…

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Added by The Wild Geese on December 5, 2020 at 6:00pm — No Comments

The Hill of Tara

I am going to ask you to suspend your judgment for a paragraph. I went to Ireland last year with my partner as part of a documentary. After the formal dinner, we went for a jaunt to the Hill of Tara. We took some photos around the coronation stone and lay on the hillside for a while. Some locals…

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Added by The Last Torch on December 2, 2020 at 10:30pm — 3 Comments

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