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Happy Halloween!

The origin of Halloween Games Celts looked to the future at Samhain and could see ‘clues’ to the year ahead in the simplest things. Even peeling an apple could provide a clue to the name of a future wife or husband; if the peel was allowed to drop to the floor as it was peeled, […]

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Who said “It is next to impossible…to toss a brick in the air anywhere in County Galway without it landing on the head of some musician.” James Galway – Flautist Born in Belfast in 1939 Quote is from ‘an Autobiography (1978)

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Irish Coffee

The credit for inventing this variation of the hot toddy goes to Joe Sheridan, the chef of Foyne’s Restaurant in County Clare in the 1940s, who mixed Irish Mist liqueur with hot coffee and sugar and topped his creation with thick cream. Today, Irish whiskey is more commonly used and whipped cream is often substituted […]

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High Cross at Monasterboice

    This High Cross is located on the site of an early Christian Settlement at Monasterboice, County Louth north of Drogheda.. The 10th century cross is known as the ‘West Cross’ and also the ‘Tall  Cross’. At 21 feet high it is the tallest high cross in Ireland. The east face (shown) depicts the […]

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“Yes Dear, there is a Virginia”- Virginia Ireland that is. Virginia is the second largest town in County Cavan. It was founded in the 17th century during the Plantation of Ulster and was named Virginia after Queen Elizabeth I of England. It is near Lough Ramor, one of the largest lakes in County Cavan. It […]

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John Wayne’s Irish Roots

      Irish Roots: Watching ‘The Quiet Man’ on TCM recently reminded me that the legendary actor John Wayne does have Irish Roots. Wayne who was baptized Marion Robert Morrison (middle name later changed to Mitchell) was the great great grandson of Robert Morrison. Robert Morrison was baptized at Connor Presbyterian Church in Kells […]

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Did You Know?

Did you know that planting a potato in your back yard is good luck?  Assures you that you will never go hungry.

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Claddagh, Co. Galway

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To teach Irishmen sword fighting when they were not permitted to use swords.

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Irish Drink Brown Lemonade

Commonly sold in Northern Ireland under the brand names Cantrell & Cochrane (C&C) and Maine, brown lemonade drinkers report a slight difference in taste from white lemonade, although brown lemonade’s appearance is the result of using brown food coloring. According to legend, brown lemonade was created to give shipbuilders in Belfast something masculine to drink […]

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