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IRISH MINUTE: Memories of Christmas During ‘The Big Snow’ in Mayo

(First published in December 2011)

Maura Mulligan was first-born in a family of six siblings, children of farmers who ran the family farm in the rural village of Aghamore, County Mayo.  After immigrating to the United States and working for telephone companies and even trying life in the convent, Maura took up memoir and fiction…


Added by The Wild Geese on May 4, 2013 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Cranberry Bread: A Seasonal Favorite!

Cranberries take center stage this month in both sweet and savory dishes. One of my favorites is this quick bread, sweet enough for dessert but not-too-sweet for breakfast or afternoon tea. The versatile little berry is widely available in…


Added by Margaret M. Johnson on November 17, 2023 at 1:30pm — No Comments

'The Florence Nightingale of The Army of Northern Virginia'

Born on November 12, 1819, in Dublin, Mary Sophia Hill was the daughter of a physician, who, along with her twin brother, Samuel, spent part of their early lives living in England.

By late 1850, both Mary and her brother were living in New Orleans where…


Added by Liam McAlister on August 18, 2020 at 1:00pm — No Comments

The Irish Survivor of Hiroshima

We’re marking the 75th anniversary of the atomic bomb attack on Hiroshima. And yes, an Irish national --- Julia Canny a.k.a. Sister Mary of Saint Isaac Jogues --- was present and survived. My story together with the accompanying photographs (reproduced below) appeared in the 11 August 1999 editions of two Irish newspapers:…


Added by John Edward Murphy on July 26, 2014 at 7:00pm — 14 Comments

Ferguson: The 'Mad Mechanic' From the Mourne Mountains

Pictured Harry Ferguson and Henry Ford.

Repost in honor of his Birthday.

Henry George "Harry" Ferguson, 4 November 1884 – 25 October…


Added by John Anthony Brennan on November 3, 2013 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

Grab Some Apples for Crisps & Crumbles

From a culinary standpoint, there’s little difference between an apple crisp and an apple crumble, except for the topping: the former is generally made with a flour and brown sugar mix, the latter with an oat-based streusel (nuts are always welcome). The bonus feature of either dessert is that, in…


Added by Margaret M. Johnson on October 19, 2023 at 3:22pm — No Comments

It's a Celtic Feast

Like their economy, which was based on planting, growing and harvesting, the Celtic calendar was centered around the Sun and agriculture and determined by a lunar calendar. The four major feasts were…


Added by Mike McCormack on October 30, 2016 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Semper Et Ubique Fidelis: The Dillons and the Irish Brigade of France

Oh wild was their rush and exultant their shout,

When the signal to charge from the bugle rang out,—

The fire of their hearts seemed to temper each blade.



Added by Joe Gannon on October 6, 2023 at 7:00pm — 10 Comments

Irish Rebel Maurice Meade: May You Live in Interesting Times

It was around mid-afternoon on February 3, 1921, as the Irish Volunteers of the Mid and East Limerick Brigades emerged onto the road near Dromkeen House in Co. Limerick. The firing at the Dromkeen Ambush had just ended, having only gone on for a few minutes, but the effect on the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) men in the ambushed convoy had been…


Added by Joe Gannon on August 16, 2023 at 8:00pm — 1 Comment

Anne Devlin - Ireland's Hero and First Female Political Prisoner

As requested, here an account of the life of Anne Devlin, assistant to Robert Emmet.

In the church of St. Nicholas of…


Added by Micheal O Doibhilin on October 3, 2014 at 4:30pm — 4 Comments

Ireland – The Birthplace of Halloween

It seems to me people start Halloween the first of October. They claim it has overtaken Christmas as the best holiday of the year. Approximately 100 countries celebrate Halloween but just what are we actually celebrating?…


Added by Dee Notaro on October 1, 2014 at 5:30am — 3 Comments

Great Irish Pubs of Indian Summer (And Year Round)

With its sunny weather, vacation time, and, for the lucky, a shorter work-week, summer is a great time to catch up on hobbies, whether parasailing, mountain biking, or in my case, visiting new or favorite Irish pubs.

After much exhaustive research, with summer now nearly behind, I share…


Added by Michael Quane on September 21, 2015 at 10:30pm — 2 Comments

Soldier Jennie Hodgers: Irish Woman Fought in America's Civil War

The life and times of Private Albert D.J. Cashier are one of those historic anomalies that make you scratch your head and wonder, ‘How the hell could that happen?’

Private Cashier served in the ranks of the 95th Illinois for three years – from their muster-in on September 4, 1862, until the regiment…


Added by David Lawlor on September 24, 2015 at 2:30am — 8 Comments

Remembering Robert Emmet

On Friday September 20th, 1803, Robert Emmet was hanged and beheaded by Executioner Thomas Galvin in Thomas Street, in front of St. Catherine’s Church, before a crowd of up to 45,000 people.

Each year the Emmet and Devlin Memorial…


Added by Micheal O Doibhilin on September 24, 2014 at 10:40pm — 1 Comment

Eulogy for Anne Devlin

At the Commemorative mass for Anne Devlin in St. Catherine's Church, Meath Street, Dublin on Sunday 14 September, 2014 I gave the following Eulogy:

"As we celebrate this decade of centenaries, it is easy to forget those who went before, and without whom many of these events would not have happened.

One such person was Anne Devlin, in…


Added by Micheal O Doibhilin on September 25, 2014 at 4:21pm — 3 Comments

The Races of Castlebar a Highlight of 'The Year of the French'

On July 3, 1998, An Taoiseach Bertie Aherne, T.D., unveiled a plaque on The Kingsbridge Inn to commemorate the bicentenary of "The Races of Castlebar." This event, as well as the publication of Thomas Flanagan's “The Year of the French" in 1979 and the subsequent filming of this novel some years ago, have increased an…


Added by Brían Hoban on November 28, 2015 at 12:30pm — 4 Comments

Jean Humbert, County Mayo, Bliadhan na bhFrancach (The Year of the French), the Battle of New Orleans, et al.

On 22 August 1798 a French force of about 1000 under General Jean Humbert (left) landed…


Added by John Edward Murphy on March 3, 2015 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments


Tomatoes and basil; potatoes and rosemary; salmon and dill. Perfect partners in summer dishes, of course, so grab as many fresh herbs as you can to pair with the last of summer’s bounty. Herbs are the easiest of all edible plants to grow — whether in a small pot on your windowsill, in a…


Added by Margaret M. Johnson on August 16, 2023 at 4:00pm — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: July 23 - July 29

MÁIRT -- On July 26, 1739, George Clinton, soldier, first governor of New York, and vice president of the United States was born in Little Britain, N.Y., of Irish Protestant parents. Clinton served in his father's New York state militia unit during the French and Indian War before being elected to the New…


Added by The Wild Geese on July 22, 2023 at 3:05pm — No Comments

'To God the Best and the Greatest'

Aodh Mór Ó Néill died on this date, 20th July, in 1616.

In his biography, 'The Great O'Neill', Seán Ó Faoláin portrays the exile O'Neill's last days in Rome as a period of despair and disillusionment.

This really was not how it was supposed to end. In 1598, after the Battle of the Yellow Ford, there was little…


Added by Gerard Cappa on July 20, 2013 at 6:30am — 19 Comments

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