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The Great Assembly at Tara (Part 1)

In 431 A.D. and three days after the festival of Lughnasagh, a lone figure stood, head bowed in contemplation, next to one of five carefully positioned chairs, in the Great Assembly Hall at Tara in the province of Royal Midhe. Four of the chairs, laid out to mirror the points of the compass, faced the fifth chair which sat directly…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on February 25, 2017 at 3:30pm — 10 Comments

My 'Irish' African Friend

I have an Irish story. I’m not Irish, but I was educated by nuns from an Irish order and we always celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with a festive program at school. My story, however, is about my best friend from college, Mary Rose Ryan. As we became friends, she told me she was…

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Added by Jacqueline Mosio on March 12, 2019 at 8:30pm — No Comments


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Welcome 'Painted Clans,' Commemorating YOUR Family's History

'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…

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Added by Totally Irish Gifts on November 2, 2016 at 6:30am — No Comments

Watch The Award Winning Irish Short Film 'The Pigman'

"The Pigman," an award-winning Irish short film by Rik Gordon has been recently released online. The short film follows a lonely creature who is shunned by society. When the time calls for it, he performs a brave act, but will it change the locals perception of him?…

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Added by Rik Gordon on February 7, 2019 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments


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'That's Just How It Was' a Paean To Granny, Irish Indomitability

PRESTON, England – Bridget Nolan was born on September 12, 1884 in Ireland. During her lifetime, she battled poverty, found love and witnessed the births of several grandchildren, including author Mary Thorpe. Thorpe pays tribute to her grandmother and immortalizes her grandmother’s lifetime in her book, “That’s Just How it Was”…

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Added by That's Just How It Was on October 22, 2015 at 5:30am — No Comments


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Read Foreword and Excerpts From 'That's Just How It Was'

 

Within Bridget’s story, Mary is writing about an era of tough times, and she acknowledges ‘these roots’ as the make-up of her own resilient Irish character. She is proud of her grandmother’s achievements, especially with…

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Added by That's Just How It Was on June 27, 2016 at 8:30am — 2 Comments

Love and Chocolate . . . Irish Cream Cheesecake

It’s that time of year again when thoughts turn to love — love AND Champagne, hearts, flowers and, of course, chocolate. Try this yummy Irish cream-laced chocolate cheesecake for a delicious Valentine’s Day treat. You’ll find other recipes like this in my Favorite…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on February 10, 2019 at 12:00pm — No Comments


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William 'Whack' Ryan: Martyr to Cuban Freedom

As the brilliant rays of the morning sun began to flash off the whitewashed adobe wall in Santiago, Cuba, 30-year-old William Albert Charles Ryan reflected that it would be yet another beautiful day on the tropical island he had come to love. He could hear the sweet songs of a few…

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Added by Joe Gannon on February 14, 2019 at 6:30pm — 5 Comments


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The Tureengarriffe Ambush: Cork and Kerry Strike a Blow

Seán Moylan slowly moved his binoculars back and forth pointed to the west as he scanned the east Kerry countryside in the direction of Scartaglen. He was standing on some high ground in Thade Daly’s Glen in Tureengarriffe, along what is now the R-577 road. Moylan, commanding the Cork No. 2 (North)…

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Added by Joe Gannon on January 1, 2019 at 2:30pm — 5 Comments

Make Your Own Brotchán Foltchep (Leek and Potato Soup)

Leek and potato soup, also known as brotchán foltchep (from the Irish words meaning “broth” and “leeks”), is one of Ireland’s most popular soups. Once thickened with oatmeal, today’s leek broth is thickened with potatoes and then buttermilk or…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on January 24, 2019 at 9:30am — 3 Comments


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Own a Beautiful Ceramic St. Brigid's Cross

We're celebrating the amazing Saint Brigid, Ireland's second patron saint, with a 20% discount on this beautiful St. Brigid's Cross.

Handmade with love by Callura Pottery, County Clare. Usually €25.00, special offer €20.00. Offer ends 1st…

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Added by Totally Irish Gifts on January 18, 2019 at 9:30am — No Comments

Geneva Barracks: Death Camp in Waterford

In 1782, the ruling Protestant Ascendancy in Ireland were given countrywide self-rule by the British Parliament, greatly increasing the powers of the Irish Parliament, situated at College Green in Dublin. One of the first items addressed by the new parliament was the Trade Agreement that restricted…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on January 9, 2019 at 8:30pm — 4 Comments

Soup's On: Add Guinness

Onion soup is a surefire hit on anyone’s winter menu. Instead of using only yellow onions, this soup uses three — yellow, red, and shallots — adds Guinness to flavor the broth, and tops it with hearty, thick-cut croutons with melted blue cheese — Cashel Blue preferred! You can make the croutons…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on January 11, 2019 at 12:00pm — No Comments

A Maiden So Bewitching

Do you remember this old song?

Come single belle and beau, onto me pay attention -

Don't ever fall in love, it's the devil's own invention.

For once I fell in love with a maiden so bewitching

Miss Henrietta Bell out of Captain Kelly's kitchen -

With me toora loora la, toora loora…

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Added by Colm Herron on December 19, 2018 at 7:00am — 11 Comments


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Alleta Sullivan: 'Champion Gold Star Mother' of WW2

There are many stirring tales of Irish and Irish-American military heroes in the long history of the United States. From…

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Added by Joe Gannon on November 22, 2018 at 11:30pm — 4 Comments

‘Bring Us Some Figgy Pudding'

Often called “plum pudding”—despite the fact that it contains no plums whatsoever steamed pudding was first recorded as “Christmas Pudding” in 1858 and later popularized in the carol “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.” The name is probably derived from the substitution of raisins for…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on December 12, 2018 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

A Visit From Our Lady of Guadalupe Sets Stage for Christmas

Does human nature translate divinely?

Have you ever had lunch with a Jewish mother? “Have I mentioned my son David graduated valedictorian from high school and is now on full scholarship to Johns Hopkins University? (About 14…

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Added by Daniel P. McLaughlin on December 11, 2018 at 1:00pm — 5 Comments

New York Celebration of Fr. Felix Varela, Advocate for the Irish, on November 20th

Father Felix Varela became the advocate for the Irish immigrants in New York from the 1830s to 1850s. including the famine period.  There will be a celebration of his life at the Church of the…

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Added by John McAuliff on November 18, 2018 at 11:00am — No Comments

Giving Thanks for Irish Cheese

If you’re still looking to add an Irish “touch” to your American Thanksgiving meal, look no further than this delicious starter featuring Cashel Blue, Ireland’s first (and most delicious) blue cheese. This recipe comes from award-winning chef Kevin Dundon, proprietor of Dunbrody House in County Wexford,…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on November 15, 2018 at 3:00pm — No Comments


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Totally Irish Gifts Celebrates Its 6th Anniversary!

As we celebrate our 6th Anniversary this month, we really do feel honored to be part of our customers' gift giving for so many special occasions. These are mainly happy occasions, but we are also mindful that gifts are often purchased for loved ones who need a special thought when life gets tough. We love to hear from customers on why a…

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Added by Totally Irish Gifts on October 7, 2018 at 5:00pm — No Comments

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