Sweet Irish History
Nov22

Sweet Irish History

The Tale of the Irish Bees The history of beekeeping is a long one in most cultures, and the Irish are no different. As mentioned in Early Medieval Ireland, 400-1200 by Dáibhí Ó Cróinín, honey was utilized as a sweetener in brewing ale and in making dairy spreads. The Bee Laws Bech Bretha (Bee Judgments) was a part of ancient Brehon Law. Ownership of hives was to be clearly determined. There were laws against stealing hives, and even...

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A Traditional Treat Served Warm For Halloween: Barmbrack Recipe
Oct29

A Traditional Treat Served Warm For Halloween: Barmbrack Recipe

Submitted by Kat Behling A traditional Halloween treat is the Barmbrack Cake (or “Bairin Breac”). The dense bread is served year-round, but the Halloween tradition inspires a fruitcake baked with a piece of rag, a gold ring and a silver coin that is shared by the family after dinner. Great interest is taken in the hidden trinkets and their ability to foretell the future. Beware if you get the slice with the rag, for your financial...

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Pick of Picnic Spots in Ireland
Jul16

Pick of Picnic Spots in Ireland

Grab some Irish cheese, bit of bread and a refreshing beverage and you’re ready for a picnic in Ireland. The Irish Times takes us around the Emerald Isle to share their favorite spots for picnics. Ireland’s Best Picnic Spots...

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Cork’s English Market
Jul16

Cork’s English Market

Hidden in plain sight, Cork’s indoor English Market offers a secret city within the center of town. After Ireland With Kids reminded us Don’t Miss the English Market in Cork and RTÉ Radio 1’s Documentary called Cork’s Hidden Village, I’m keen to return. My favorite line from the documentary came from a merchant who followed in her mother’s footsteps in the market, “My mother fed Cork.”...

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Oh Those Fresh Irish Oysters
Jun30

Oh Those Fresh Irish Oysters

My first time tasting Irish oysters! The were very… er…...

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Honeymooners Hunt for a Good Cup of Coffee in Ireland
Jun21

Honeymooners Hunt for a Good Cup of Coffee in Ireland

When Michael Brown and his wife spent their honeymoon in Ireland last month, they weren’t expecting sunshine, warm weather, and great coffee. Past travelers had warned them that all three were a rare find on the Emerald Isle. Fortunately, the predictions were wrong, and the couple got more out of their trip than they ever expected. Michael documented his quest for good coffee in Ireland at the Daily Shot of Coffee blog. Every...

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