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Irish Drink Irish Mist

First produced in Tullamore in 1947, Irish Mist is a complex, golden liquor made from aged Irish whiskey, heather and clover honey, aromatic herbs and spices and other spirits, supposedly derived from an ancient recipe for heather wine more than a thousand years old. Since 1985, it has been manufactured in Dublin by the Cantrell […]

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Irish Food – Irish Stew

Originally a thick and hearty peasant dish created with readily available and inexpensive local ingredients such as lamb (or beef), potatoes, onions, turnips, parsnips, carrots and parsley, Irish stew is so popular and nostalgic that recent recipes have been exalted to near-gourmet status. Called ballymaloe or stobhach gaelach in Gaelic, Irish stew is sometimes favored with Guinness stout.

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Irish Breakfast Tea

A brisk, strong blend of tea from the Assam region of India, mixed with other black teas (often highland Ceylon teas), this internationally popular brew has a rich, malted flavor. The brewed tea is generally colored dark red to brown and is often served with a drop of cream and sugar, or sugar and lemon, […]

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Gaelic Sports – Handball

Very similar to American handball, Gaelic handball is a game where two players (singles) or four players (doubles) use their gloved hands to return a small rubber ball against a wall, with scoring similar to volleyball. Depending on where the ball is hit, either the left or right hand can be used. Gaelic handballers play […]

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Irish Slang Word

“Ciotog” — used for a left-handed person.

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Irish Drink – Cavan Cola

Introduced locally in Cavan, Ireland, in 1978, this dark cola had a dark brown, frothy head and a distinctive taste that set it apart from other sodas. Cavan Cola was so popular in the area that it went national in the early 1990s, becoming a nationwide phenomenon. In 1995, the business was bought by another […]

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Bluebells of Ireland

              Bluebells of Ireland from Glenariff (Glen of the Plough), one of the Nine Glens of Antrim.

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Boston, Massachusetts?

    No, Boston, Ireland: The village of Boston (Irish: Moinin na gCloigeann) is located in north County Clare near the border with County Galway. The village is situated in the parish of Kilkeedy. The ruins of Cluain Dubhain Castle & Skaghard Castle can be found nearby at Lough Bunny.  

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As seen in Pennsylvania

Irish America-Pennsylvania

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County Antrim’s Giant’s Causeway: Located on the Causeway Coast between Portrush and Ballycastle, this World Heritage Site defies the imagination. Over 37,000 basalt columns, most hexagonal and 12 inches across create patterns that are quite similar, but unique formations like the Chimney Stacks, the Wishing Chair, Organ Pipes and Aird’s Snout will intrigue the visitor. […]

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