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An Ancient Celtic Feast

Mike McCormack looks at Halloween's ancient Irish origins.Read More

Toasting Halloween

Margaret Johnson shares her traditional autumn barmbrack recipe.Read More

Westmeath Emigrants to Argentina

Professional genealogist Helen Kelly explores a most interesting link.Read More

Irish Cookbook Challenge

A fun members-only competition for 'foodies.' Read More

The Irish National Land League

This and other tidbits in 'This Week in the History of the Irish.' Read More

Blog Posts

10 Interesting Facts About Tory Island

Posted by The Irish Store on October 23, 2014 at 5:30am 3 Comments

Found in the seas off the coast of …


The Storm

Posted by John Anthony Brennan on October 22, 2014 at 5:00pm 0 Comments

We were expecting her unwelcome visit thanks to the ingenious invention of Radar, which had been developed during the dark, frightful years of World War II. All we could do was prepare for her inevitable…


Toasting Halloween with Traditional Irish Barmbrack

Posted by Margaret M. Johnson on October 21, 2014 at 1:00pm 0 Comments

The word "Halloween" owes its origin to the ancient Celtic harvest feast called Samhain, which occurred on the eve of the Celtic New Year, November 1. Several foods are traditionally eaten…


The Apparition

Posted by John Anthony Brennan on October 19, 2014 at 6:00am 0 Comments

It was Samhain, the eve of the Celtic New Year -- the night when the veil between worlds was parted. The night when the spirits could commune with earthly mortals. As a child, he had often heard the stories told around the fireside but as he grew older he dismissed them as harmless ghost stories.



Westmeath Emigrants to Argentina

Posted by Helen Kelly Genealogy on October 21, 2014 at 4:30am 0 Comments

A game of hurling in Mercedes, Argentina (1917)…


How and Where to Win a Free Tour in Ireland!

Posted by Wild West Irish Tours on October 18, 2014 at 9:30am 0 Comments

We are delighted to be Heritage Partners with The Wild Geese!  We are just home in the USA after a few months providing small group tours in the Wild West of Ireland. We thought we would get the…


'Come On Back, Boys! Give 'Em Hell, God Damn 'Em! We'll Make Coffee Out Of Cedar Creek Tonight!'

Posted by Robert A Mosher on October 16, 2014 at 6:00pm 9 Comments

In a sense (of history), I have a personal recollection of General Phil Sheridan and his arrival at the battlefield at …


Joseph I.C. Clarke's Poem of 1898

Posted by David Wood on October 16, 2014 at 7:00am 2 Comments

I was idling around in a used book shop some years ago in Durban, South Africa and chanced upon a book, an anthology of Irish culture, history and geography, edited by Frank O’Connor. It was…


Halloween: It's a Celtic Feast

Posted by Mike McCormack on October 14, 2014 at 2:00pm 4 Comments

May I respectfully add my take on the feast of Halloween?  Like their economy which was based on planting, growing and harvesting, the Celtic…


Caring for the Injured in Brehon Law

Posted by Catherine Duggan on October 13, 2014 at 7:00pm 0 Comments

Brehon Law had some special and unusual requirements for the care of an injured person.  The victim was entitled to peace…



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