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New Year in Ireland

Home to some of the most unique superstitions in the world and a whole host of traditions dating back centuries, the arrival of a new year has always been a time of hope and excitement in Ireland.

Irish New Years Eve traditions in Ireland long ago were important in that they determined the luck of…


Added by John Anthony Brennan on January 1, 2022 at 8:30pm — No Comments

'Reamonn': Stories From Irish Life as a Young Man in England

This is my first Blog post, so I'll start with an introduction, and future blogs will just be about the episodes and individuals

Nation of Storytellers Podcast

I have started a podcast that aims to capture the stories and storytellers of Ireland, in the hope that it…


Added by Joey Levins on December 23, 2021 at 7:00am — No Comments

The Maynooth Battery

If you should someday find yourself in County Louth, Ireland, and if you have some time on your hands, it would be worthwhile if you visited the small village of Darver and the historic Darver Castle. The village is part of the …


Added by John Anthony Brennan on December 23, 2021 at 12:30pm — 3 Comments

The Sweetest Part of Christmas

After two rather miserable years of smaller gatherings and quieter celebrations, we can all only hope that Christmas 2021 will be the merriest of all — fingers crossed! I assume the Christmas cakes have been baked by now, but there’s still loads of time to make a yummy…


Added by Margaret M. Johnson on December 14, 2021 at 2:30pm — No Comments

The Anglo-Irish Treaty

One hundred years ago, on 6 December 1921 a treaty was signed with the British government that was to end Ireland’s 3-year war of independence and grant a measure of autonomy to Ireland. It was to be fully implemented by March 31, 1922, and the fighting would end; it had…


Added by Mike McCormack on December 8, 2021 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Oliver Cromwell

Oliver Cromwell, one of the most reviled characters in Irish history, was an English military and political leader and the Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England, Scotland, and Ireland. He was born in April 1599 and his father was Robert Cromwell. For the first forty years he led a fairly…


Added by John Anthony Brennan on December 2, 2021 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Celebrating Mairgead Mór

In addition to offering a wide-range of holiday recipes in my new cookbook, Festive Flavors of Ireland, you’ll also enjoy reading about many long-standing, often bygone, Irish holiday traditions at the end of each chapter. Brian Nolan, a Loughrea, County Galway native,…


Added by Margaret M. Johnson on December 7, 2021 at 7:30am — 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…


Added by John Anthony Brennan on December 13, 2021 at 11:30am — No Comments

World War II Ace Tom Lynch: Chasing Rickenbacker

The beautiful blue water of Aitape Harbor on the northern coast of New Guinea sparkled not far below them as Lieutenant Colonel Tom Lynch and Captain Richard Bong made tight turns to bring their twin-engine P-38 “Lightning” fighters around. They had just made a strafing run on a group of six Japanese barges and left one on fire.…


Added by Joe Gannon on December 5, 2021 at 8:00pm — 2 Comments

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…


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

This Week in the History of the Irish: November 28 - December 4

LUAIN -- On November 29, 1895, Denny Lane (left), author and poet, and member of the revolutionary Young Ireland party, died in Cork. Lane was born in Riverstown, near Glanmire in County Cork, in 1818. Denny attended Trinity College, Dublin. While a student…


Added by The Wild Geese on November 28, 2021 at 11:13am — No Comments

The Scapegoat: A cautionary Tale.

One of the most negative faults that mankind possesses, in my opinion, is his ability to use another unfortunate to bear the blame for something that he in fact did not do. It is a base failing in the makeup of the human and may actually be the reason for the belief that man is born with the stain of ‘original sin’ on his…


Added by John Anthony Brennan on November 21, 2021 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Fa la la la la! Let the Season Begin


It’s official: the festive season has begun! Holiday parties, family gatherings, and all manner of get-togethers are already marked on our December calendar, a sure sign that you’ll need a few fresh recipes. Whether you’re a guest looking for a perfect offering…


Added by Margaret M. Johnson on November 26, 2021 at 11:30am — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: November 21 - November 27

DOMHNAIGH -- In the early morning hours of Nov. 21, 1920, Michael Collins sent out his men to rip the heart out of British intelligence operations in Dublin by killing 11 agents of the so-called Cairo Gang.…


Added by The Wild Geese on November 20, 2021 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Hot Soup: Coming Soon to a Table Near You

The temperatures are still mild in most parts of the United States, but cooler weather will be here before we know it. Cool temperatures also bring hearty pots of soups, many featuring flavors from autumn vegetables like butternut squash, leeks, potatoes and cabbage. When traveling though Ireland…


Added by Margaret M. Johnson on October 17, 2021 at 9:00am — No Comments

Champ John L. Sullivan: 'Shake the Hand That Shook the Hand'

As “Gentleman” Jim Corbett walked down the steps toward the ring in the Olympic Club in New Orleans on Wednesday, September 7, 1892, he could see “The Boston Strong Boy,” John L. Sullivan, waiting for him. The smell of cigar smoke hung in the air as the supremely confident Sullivan, who was more…


Added by Joe Gannon on September 23, 2021 at 12:30am — 4 Comments

The Geology of Ireland

Added by David Horgan on October 15, 2021 at 9:00am — No Comments

John Winston Lennon

Happy Birthday John.

Oct. 9 1940

We still love and miss you.

Thanks for the joy and inspiration.…


Added by John Anthony Brennan on October 9, 2021 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Sligo's John Patton: Revolutionary War Hero

Many Irish who contributed significantly to this nation have been undeservedly excluded from the pages of our school’s history books and their stories remain untold. One such is John Patton. Born in 1745 in County Sligo, John immigrated to Philadelphia about 1765. He met and married Jane Davis on 7 March…


Added by Mike McCormack on October 1, 2021 at 10:00am — No Comments

Wild Mushroom and Blue Cheese Toasties -- Fast Meal for Fall Nights



This quick supper recipe comes from award-winning chef Kevin Dundon, proprietor of Dunbrody House in County Wexford. It’s part of a collection of recipes from Kerrygold, the cheese and…


Added by Margaret M. Johnson on October 3, 2021 at 8:30am — No Comments

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