Annie Moore: A Journey of Faith and Courage

Life was never easy for the mostly agricultural peoples of Ireland and then in the nineteenth century came the potato famine and times went from bad to very bad and even worse.

Red Hugh O’Donnell and The Long Walk

By C. A. Tremayne From the dawn of history there has been a strong streak of the rebel in the Celtic character and Scotland, Wales, and Ireland ring with heroic tales, both ancient and modern,...

Unique Tours programme showcases the Lake County

“For decades, we’ve watched visitors stop off briefly in Mullingar, before travelling further west, passing through this county, unaware of its many attractions. This area has much more to offer than many other...

Pear & blackberry crumbles

Pear & blackberry crumbles You’ll need: • 700g (or 4 large) ripe English pear, peeled and cubed • 100g golden granulated sugar • 250g blackberry • 200g plain flour • 100g unsalted butter, cold, cut into small pieces • 85g...

Robert Mizzell – From Rhinestone Cowboy to wood carver

By Rico Biriah Lots of start-up companies will fail, as will the careers of so many budding music artists and musicians. A degree can’t guarantee your business idea will turn into the next Google. Just...

Hearty Fish & Leek Pie

You will need For the mash topping • 1 ½kg Rooster potatoes, peeled • 200ml double cream • 50ml milk • 50g grated cheddar • 50g grated parmesan For the fish pie mix • 100g butter butter • 3 leeks, thinly sliced • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg • 1½ tbsp wholegrain mustard • 200ml double cream • ½...

Breakfast Booster Banana & Oat Smoothie

You’ll need: 15g/1 tablespoon Porridge Oats 1 large Banana 300ml / ½pt Skimmed Milk (ice cold) 2 Ice Cubes or Frozen Strawberries Additional fruit, if desired 1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blitz for about a minute until smooth. 2. Pour...

Eye on Mayo – There’s nothing “Quiet” like it!

Known worldwide for the village of Cong of ‘The Quiet Man’ fame, its Croagh Patrick Pilgrimage and Knock Shrine, Westport House, stunning views and not forgetting Grace O’Malley, Connacht’s second-biggest county has lots more...

Perfect Pancakes this Shrove Tuesday

Ingredients • 100g plain flour • 2 eggs • 300ml semi-skimmed milk • Sunflower Oil • Pinch of salt In a large mixing bowl put 100g plain flour and a pinch of salt. Make a well in the middle and crack 2...

Castle and 500 acres has endless possibilites!

Fancy yourself living like Sir Winston Churchill did in this Midlands castle in the rolling countryside? Well if you have €5M it could be yours! Knockdrin Castle is one of the finest picturesque castellated...

Sligo – Land of Heart’s Desire

By Aidan Wall On my first day in the Yeats country of Co Sligo, I visited the seaside resort of Strandhill, on the south side of Sligo Bay, which lies beneath the great bulk of...

How Cúchulainn became Teddy Roosevelt’s favourite bedtime story

By Kenneth McNally Once upon a time.......well yes, it happened many years ago; but this is no whimsical fairy tale, rather the little-known story of how Ireland’s great legendary warrior inspired an American President and...

Michael Darragh MacAuley: A Concerned Citizen

By John Scally Dublin star Michael Darragh MacAuley follows the advice of Oscar Wilde: “Be yourself. Everyone else is taken.” The 2013 Footballer of the Year, is a man with a strong social conscience. He...

Murder of a Cork Fenian in Chicago

By Pauline Murphy Philip Henry Cronin was born on August 7th, 1846, in Buttevant, Co. Cork but An Gorta Mór (The Great Fame) was sweeping the land at the time and while still an infant,...

A Cork village buys back a piece of its past!

By Paulin Murphy During the summer of 2019, a shillelagh used in an infamous County Cork faction fight went under the hammer at Foinse Mealy Auction Rooms in Kilkenny. It was described in the auction...

My World War I Ghost

By Martin Malone The helmet has been with me for 43 years, give or take some relatively short separations. For a while, it hung on a ceiling beam in my brother’s pub in Castlebar, alongside...

Female Politicians

By Aileen Atcheson Charles Stewart Parnell was President of the Land League and Home Rule MP during the 1870s and 1880s. Fanny and Anna were his younger sisters. They came from a Protestant background and...

The Rocky Road to Somewhere

By Peter P Dobbing For far too many years, relationships across the Irish Sea were a trifle fraught as they say, not necessarily between the people but between the politicians. Thankfully, things are much better...

Lessons I Happily Learned at Primary School

By Tom Ryan Were my schooldays the happiest days of my life? Maybe not all of them but I do have many pleasant memories of days at Scoil Ailbhe, the Thurles CBS Primary School, now...

The Days of the Greyfort Races

Recalled by James Reddiough Jack ‘John’ McGloin was born in Greyfort House, Currower, Attymass in 1889 and he died there on 31 October, 1968. Attymass is located in the Balllina District of north Mayo...

Dublin in the ‘Good Old Days!’

By Cheryl Devaney Henrietta Street, in Dublin’s north inner city, dates from the 1720s and represents the best collection of early to mid eighteenth century aristocratic townhouses in Ireland. Number 14’s first inhabitants were...

Bloomers and Booze Worth More Than Art?

By Shaun Ivory While the 1916 Rising undoubtedly changed the course of Irish history, it also produced an unexpected side effect, i.e., one of the country's largest mass-compensation claims. Details have just emerged from the...

Larry Cummins – A man who transformed the lives of so many people

By John Fitzgerald In January 2019, north Kilkenny said goodbye to a very special man: The great Larry Cummins, whose mission in life had been to bring healing to his fellow human beings and urge...

Nun who Founded Addiction & Rehabilitation Centres is Honoured with Oireachtas Award

By Sean Ryan A Mercy nun who founded vital addiction and rehabilitation centres, that still treat thousands of people for over half a century, has been awarded the fifth Oireachtas Human Dignity Award. Sr Consilio Fitzgerald...

The Bard’s Siblings and an Irish Connection

By Marie MacSweeney The spirit and songs of Robbie Burns are fondly remembered and celebrated throughout the world, and especially in Ireland, but few know of the other connection between the Burns family and this...

Niall Tóibín: The Man of Many Accents

By Brian McCabe Lovers of drama and comedy in Ireland will have noted, with sadness, the passing of that much loved actor Niall Tóibín. Tóibín was born in 1929 on the southside of Cork city in...

The ‘Mud Hut’ and the ‘Mansion’

By Joseph Kelly Coyle's Cottage is situated in Co. Tyrone, on the western shore of Lough Neagh and is estimated to be at least 300 years old. Many generations of the family lived there until quite...

Ireland’s Mysterious Stones

By Michael Hannon Stones seem to have a strange fascination for very many people. I suppose the reason may be that we are ever curious to find out something of our past, and strangely enough...

Horse Doctors – The old and the new

By Carmel Kelly-Palmer Stephen Croghan has spent his life as a blacksmith and farrier. The very mention of the words brings a smile to his face, a certain wistful look in his eyes. As he...

The Rusted Iron Cross

By Martin Malone Some stories run beyond the reach of legend, are fact, but their detail has been lost and become hazy in the wheel of time. History was marked by a simple iron cross...