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'Out of the Ice: Ireland Then and Now'



Delighted to learn that my book “Out…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on May 27, 2018 at 8:00pm — 5 Comments

The Irish Rebels Who Fought for Israel

It was 1948, and as the military half-track drove through the Beit Netofa Valley, at the village of Madna in Galilee, shots rang out. One Israeli soldier was killed and another was hit in the head. A sniper had zeroed in on the men and was…

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Added by David Lawlor on May 11, 2018 at 8:30am — No Comments

Once Upon a Time, Maureen O'Hara Might Have Been My Mom

I once held the conceit that Maureen O'Hara was my mother. So it came as both a surprise and a delight to come across a picture of the deservedly famous Irish redhead standing alongside my father.

In the photo above, Dad is standing,…

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Added by Gerry Regan on May 2, 2018 at 3:30pm — 5 Comments


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Titanic Hero Hugh McElroy: 'Sand For Breakfast Tomorrow'

It was a little after 2 am on April 15, 1912. The deck of the R.M.S. Titanic was now tilted over 6 degrees toward the sinking bow. As 17-year-old Jack Thayer and 30-year-old Milton Long moved toward one of the last remaining lifeboats on the boat deck,…

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Added by Joe Gannon on April 5, 2018 at 10:00am — 11 Comments


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Mayo's Tourmakeady Ambush: Shrouded By 'Fog of War'

Tuesday, May 3, 1921 was a beautiful, sunny day in the nearly treeless Partry Mountains above the town of Tourmakeady, County Mayo, but Tom Maguire was in no condition to enjoy the weather. Maguire, the C/O of the South Mayo Flying Column,…

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Added by Joe Gannon on April 30, 2018 at 7:30pm — 3 Comments

The Bonfires of Beltaine (May Eve)

On the Hill of Uisneach, in a portion of land taken from the province of Connaught, a…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on May 1, 2018 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

Irish Potato Famine Coffin Carrier

This original 19th century coffin carrier played a vital role during the Irish Potato Famine (1845 to 1852).

The body of a person who died in the workhouse was placed in a coffin and brought to their final resting place on the coffin…

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Added by Gerard McCarthy on April 19, 2018 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

When Life Sends You Lemons, Make Lemon Bread

Lemon desserts seem to be more delicious on a spring day, but you’ll want to keep this one on a year-round basis to have with a cup of tea. Technically, it fits into the “quick bread” baking category,…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on April 17, 2018 at 7:30am — No Comments

The Worlds of Irish Musical Instruments

Here is an article I wrote on my blog about traditional Irish musical instruments.  I hope you like it.

There are many instruments used today in Traditional Irish Music. Many have evolved over centuries; some are ancient, while some are much…

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Added by ADRIAN McGRATH on April 16, 2018 at 12:00pm — No Comments


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In the Footsteps of Bridget: A Titanic Connection

In 2013 our annual trek to the Ireland brought us to a pleasant small cottage in…

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Added by Joe Gannon on July 24, 2015 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments


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The Headford Ambush: Time Runs Out in Kerry

Now rise up DJ Allman, arise and tell me true

Who fought at Headford Station that day along with you?

Who stood out on that platform board, who fired that signal gun?

Who fought to free old Ireland with you my darling son?

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Added by Joe Gannon on March 13, 2018 at 11:30pm — 6 Comments

Happy Easter, Happy Chocolate

Chocolate is definitely the flavor-of-the-month when Easter rolls around, so you might want to add just one more recipe — like this creamy cheesecake — to your dessert basket. You’ll find this and other springtime desserts in my cookbook,…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on March 26, 2018 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

The Church, the Tooth, and St. Patrick

What comes to mind for you when you hear the words “St. Patrick’s Day”? Green, I’d imagine; probably spirits, soda bread, and so on – but have you ever thought about…teeth?

Most people associate the loss of teeth with things…

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Added by Wild West Irish Tours on March 11, 2018 at 10:00am — No Comments

Glory Be To Guinness, A Baker's Best Friend

When it comes time to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, soda bread, bacon and cabbage, and Guinness probably rise to the top of the holiday menu. And why not? These iconic dishes are among the most popular for the Irish worldwide, and one more…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on March 2, 2018 at 9:00am — No Comments


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The O’Sullivan Beare Clan: Taking the Fight to America

When the rebels in Britain’s American colonies rose up against British rule in 1776, some of the most stalwart supporters of the cause of independence were the same Irish clans that had fought against the English / British rule of their own island for…

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Added by Joe Gannon on February 25, 2018 at 1:00pm — 6 Comments

Ireland Is Calling And I Must Go

Ireland has been calling to me for many years and last month I finally answered.  My sister, Gloria, our life long friend, Valerie and my newphew Chris and his girlfriend, Morgan, spent nine days (not nearly enough time) visiting Dublin and Northern…

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Added by Honora Wright Weaver on February 22, 2018 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

Chapter Six from 'A Good Girl': 'The Walsh Family Leaves Galway'

Trading Fate

Fourteen-year-old Patricia Walsh, her mother, father, and six siblings, scratched out a living in the stone fields of County Galway, Ireland. Colum Walsh supported the family as a stonemason building estate structures and repairing the fences of an…

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Added by Johnnie Bernhard on February 15, 2018 at 5:30am — No Comments

The Sheas -- Three Generations of Olympic Greatness

Since the ancient past, societies have honored athletes.  Athletic competition may have developed out of pragmatic concerns such as training warriors, but it was soon realized that certain individuals were gifted with exceptional talents.  In the…

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Added by Neil F. Cosgrove on February 8, 2018 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Everything Changed for Ireland After King Charles I's Execution

This poem was penned after the death of King Charles I, who was beheaded outside Whitehall Palace in London on the afternoon of January 30th, 1649, exactly 368 years ago, today. 

"He nothing common did or…

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Added by Brian Nolan on January 30, 2018 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Festival of Imbolc and the Two Brigids

Back in the mists of time, long before the Milesians arrived from Egypt, and even longer before the Celtic tribes came and settled, another ancient tribe inhabited the island of Ireland. The ‘Tuatha De Dannan,’ translated as ‘people of the Goddess…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on January 30, 2018 at 6:30pm — No Comments

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