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This Week in the History of the Irish: January 14 - 20

LUAIN -- On January 15, 1861, Young Irelander Terence Bellew MacManus died in San Francisco. MacManus was born in County Fermanagh in 1811. He later moved to Liverpool, England, where he began a successful shipping agency. In…

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Added by The Wild Geese on January 14, 2018 at 9:30am — No Comments

Recipe Worth Repeating

If you’re a loyal follower of my recipe posts (if I actually have any “followers”), this recipe might ring familiar. I posted it back in March suggesting that the soup would make a lovely “spring” dish, but since I’ve made it again recently to…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on January 8, 2018 at 8:30am — No Comments

Irish Stew To Warm You

Here is an article I wrote for my blog, IrishAmericanJournal.com, about Irish Stew. I thought you all might like to see this and maybe make some now that the weather is cold. Good Irish Stew will warm you up.…

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Added by ADRIAN McGRATH on December 28, 2017 at 9:30am — No Comments

Oliver Plunkett, Tomás Ó Fiaich and The Bard of Armagh

Three hundred and forty-four years ago, on a bleak, frigid night in January 1674, Bishop Oliver Plunkett and his close friend John Brennan, Bishop of Cashel, were forced to flee the town of Drogheda and run for their lives. Wearing long, hooded cloaks and…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on December 31, 2017 at 6:00pm — 6 Comments

4 Things That Might Surprise You About the Wild West of Ireland

When it comes to the Wild West of Ireland, there is plenty to be surprised about.

But according to our alumni “Wild Westies”; or people who travel with us on a Wild West Irish Tour, nothing is more surprising than these top three [technically four] things:

  1. The Fairy Glen…

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Added by Wild West Irish Tours on December 28, 2017 at 11:00am — No Comments

Perfect Potluck for New Year’s Eve

If you’re celebrating the arrival of 2018 sensibly (that is, you’re NOT going to Times Square where the temperature will be somewhere between 10°F and 20°F) by heading off to or hosting a casual potluck supper, you might want to consider this delicious riff on traditional Colcannon. The…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on December 29, 2017 at 9:30am — No Comments

The Jail Escape They Wanted To Forget

Above, my brother John Kelly

The main forecourt Crumlin Road jail. …

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Added by philip kelly on December 26, 2017 at 3:00pm — No Comments


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Wexford's James Power and the Trail of Tears to Texas

As nine year old Rosalie Hart came up onto the deck of the schooner “Sea Lion” there was a furious gale blowing. She and her family were thousands of miles from their home in Ballymoney, County Wexford, Ireland.…

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Added by Joe Gannon on December 24, 2017 at 11:30pm — 4 Comments

The Winter Solstice

This year’s shortest day of the year is on Thursday, December 21, which will also mark the longest night of the year. Every year, the winter solstice marks the turn of the calendar as autumn ends and the winter begins. From an astronomical…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on December 21, 2017 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Bring Home Highlights of Major Exhibit Exploring Famine's Impact

A newly produced DVD follows on from an exhibition that was held in Dublin throughout the summer of 2017. The exhibition was called "The Irish Potato Famine (1845 to 1852)," and its purpose was to commemorate the 170th anniversary of the Famine year 1847.…

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Added by The Wild Geese on December 11, 2017 at 10:30am — 2 Comments


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'The Scourge of Tralee': Stalking 'The Major'

Late on Christmas night 1920, Irish Volunteers John Leen (24) and Maurice Reidy (25) stealthily made their way to the home of John Byrne, the creamery manager in Ballymacelligott, County Kerry. The cottage had been raided…

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Added by Joe Gannon on December 3, 2017 at 9:30pm — 4 Comments

Life Along the Border in 1920s Ireland (A Short Story)

He'd had a narrow escape the day before. They had almost caught him and…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on December 16, 2017 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

'Truth Within the Fiction': Q&A with Author Billy O'Callaghan

When one writer encounters another that blindsides them with staggering awe, the inclination is to rush out and spread the joy with those who love the written word. I feel this way about Billy O'Callaghan and extend deepest gratitude to Gerry …

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Added by Claire Fullerton on November 28, 2017 at 11:30am — No Comments

Burying Baby Jesus: A Galway Christmas Story

My dad, Guard John Murphy (Killimor, Ballinasloe) died in Our Lady’s Hospice (Harold’s Cross, Dublin) aged forty-four, leaving my mother, aged thirty-nine, with ten children aged two and a half to eighteen…

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Added by Brian Nolan on December 24, 2014 at 4:00am — 5 Comments

An Irish Christmas Cookbook -- Add Your Own Recipes!

We have a dynamic collection of members' own special Irish Christmas recipes building…

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Added by The Wild Geese on December 5, 2013 at 7:00am — No Comments

Irish Christmas Facts -- Traditions of the Celtic Holiday Season

Christmas whitewashing: Around Christmastime, you’ll still find the odd farm building out in the Irish countryside that looks like it’s just been whitewashed. Long ago, farm families cleaned and then whitewashed…

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Added by Celtic Myth Podshow on December 4, 2013 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

Here's to the Three Birds: An Irish American Holiday Toast

"Here's to the three birds! May you always have a bird on the table, a bird in your glass and an eagle in your pocket."

I first heard that toast when I was very young from an elderly neighbor. It was a toast from her childhood in the early 1920s. The toast her mother and…

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Added by Sarah Nagle on December 24, 2014 at 10:30am — 3 Comments

'Women's Christmas' in Ireland

January 6th is celebrated in Ireland as "Women's Christmas" (Nollaig na mBan).  More commonly known in other parts of the world as the Feast of the Epiphany, it marks the end of the Christmas period in…

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Added by Dee Notaro on January 5, 2015 at 4:30am — 2 Comments

Irish Christmas Songs and Stories in the Virtual Síbín

[Below is a link to a recording of an interactive broadcast of Irish Christmas songs and stories, part of TheWildGeese.Irish…

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Added by The Wild Geese on December 8, 2014 at 8:30am — 10 Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: December 17 - December 23

DEARDAOIN -- On Dec. 17, 1803, rebel leader Michael Dwyer, whose guerrilla attacks had maddened British colonial authorities since 1798, surrendered. Dwyer was born in County Wicklow and he participated in the 1798…

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Added by The Wild Geese on December 16, 2017 at 12:30pm — No Comments

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