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Christmas Dinner Irish Style: Great Holiday Recipes Inspired by Ireland
Dec16

Christmas Dinner Irish Style: Great Holiday Recipes Inspired by Ireland

People like to eat different things at Christmas time, foods that we don’t get the rest of the year. Not that the traditional turkey, ham, and mashed potatoes aren’t welcomed, but often our taste goes international. We at the Irish Fireside of course crave Irish dishes. But no use recommending the dishes we already know about. What about something different? Flavored Mash Adding something to your traditional mashed potatoes can make...

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On the Trail of a Lesser Known Irish Saint

Following the Pilgrims   According to A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland by Samuel Lewis, 1837, Cranfield Point on the banks of Lough Neagh in County Antrim was the site of pilgrimage this time of year. There lies the remains of a 13th-century church, described by Lewis as “a noble pile of ruins.” And nearby a holy well said to be blessed with the healing powers of St. Olcan. This saint may not be well known today, but St....

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Ellis Island, Linking America and Ireland
May31

Ellis Island, Linking America and Ireland

If you’re Irish-American, you should know about Annie Moore. She’s the Irish teenager who came through Ellis Island when it opened in 1892, the very first person to be registered at the new immigration station. According to www.ellisisland.org, Annie was just fifteen when she came to New York from Queenstown (now Cobh) in County Cork with her two younger brothers, Anthony and Phillip. In fact, the day she arrived happened...

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Cook Up a Traditional Irish Christmas Feast
Dec10

Cook Up a Traditional Irish Christmas Feast

Who’s up for cooking a traditional Irish Christmas dinner? It will take some advanced planning, so here are some tips and recipes to get you going. Christmas dinners traditionally feature a roasted goose. Turkeys are a more recent substitution. Other dishes included three types of potato dishes: roasted, boiled, and mashed. You might also find roasted parsnips, cabbage, and brussels sprouts. For dessert you’d have plum pudding....

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Raising Children: The Path to Peace in Early Ireland
Jun12

Raising Children: The Path to Peace in Early Ireland

Fosterage today has a totally different implication than it did in the Middle Ages in Ireland. Today a child is put into foster care if his/her parents are not able to provide adequate care. But in ancient times fosterage was a positive thing that helped both the birth and foster families, not to mention the child. Why Fosterage Happened Fosterage was a common practice in pre-Christian Ireland. If you sent your child to live with a...

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