The 411 on Saint Patrick, 3-17 and a wee More!

While much of St. Patrick’s life is clouded by legend, there are some generally agreed-upon facts. Most historians agree that he was born in Scotland or Wales around 370 A.D and died on March 17, 461. So, our celebration of Patrick is on the day that he died. His, birth name was Maewyn Succat, born…

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Bailey’s Donegal Oatmeal Cream

This is a traditional, lightly sweetened Irish pudding which calls for “pinhead oats” also known as “Irish or steel-cut oats.” Do not substitute rolled oats in this recipe! This simple cream has a mousse-like texture and is slightly reminiscent of tapioca pudding with a twist! It’s a bit time-consuming due to the “two day” process….

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Is There Really a Pot of Gold at the End of the Rainbow?

Picture of Sedona Rainbow Dating back to Old Ireland, the legend of the pot of gold is claimed eagerly by the Irish. They’ll tell you tales of fairies putting gold there and that leprechauns guard it from us humans. The leprechauns decided that humans could not have the gold because of what our greed would…

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Traditional Irish Soda Bread

In the wake of the recent post of my Americanized version of this conventional soda bread, I wanted to add the traditional recipe for comparison’s sake. This recipe makes a fairly dense, rustic loaf of Irish-inspired, yeast-free bread that is full of flavor and extremely quick and easy!  Unlike my Americanized version, this bread is…

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Leap Castle of Ireland: The MOST Haunted in the World!

Perhaps the most haunted castle in Ireland is “Leap Castle” and according to legend was built on a Druidic site. The O’Carroll family once lived here, and they were vicious murderers, who would throw the bodies of their victims down a hole in the wall called an “oubilette.” There is a small windowless room below…

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Who are the “Wee Folk” or Leprechauns of Ireland?

As part of Irish mythology and folklore the Leprechauns are part of Ireland’s faerie folk, called by some as the “wee folk”. As a cousin of the clurichaun they are known to have inhabited Ireland well before the arrival of the Celts. Small enough for one to sit comfortable on your shoulder they are very…

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“Red Jacket” Colcannon

Colcannon is a customary Irish potato dish that is not only rich in flavor, but folklore and history as well. It’s also a perfect recipe to make with the kids while sharing its interesting history! Contrary to popular belief that this is a St. Patrick’s Day dish, by tradition, it’s actually made on All Saints Day…

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A Tale of Ireland Sure to Warm the Cockles of Your Heart

This is a true personal account drawn from the memory of my dear British friend, Jackson Stones. We thank you, Jackson for your time, warmth and generous contribution. “It was a few years ago now, but I remember it well. Galway, is a tiny city in the far west of Ireland. A small university town…

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Chocolate Stout or Gunness Float

This remarkable velvety brew will make you dream of the return of St. Patrick’s Day, everyday! Creamy, sweet, chocolaty, semi-bitter edged, frothy, buttery…heaven! In the past, I have always used Guinness, but ever since discovering the “chocolate stout,” I have never looked back. Having said the latter, “both” ales are marvelous—especially in this delectable frothy…

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