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Mother’s Day: Irish Treats for Your Best Gal

In Ireland Mother’s Day, or Mothering Day is celebrated on the fourth Sunday of Lent. Much like the US, mothers are treated to breakfast in bed, given cards, flowers and gifts or taken for special lunches or outings. Irish Mother’s day originally started out as a way to honor the Virgin Mary, traditionally people would visit
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Highland Romance: or why Outlander Makes us Swoon

Scotland is just plain romantic. The churches, the mountains, the castles, and of course…MEN IN KILTS (swoon). This is probably why Diana Gabaldon chose to set her epic love story, Outlander, in Scotland. The story, for those not in the know, centers around Claire, an army nurse during World War 2 who travels back in
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Irish Whiskey on the Rise, Hurray!

Whiskey…the magical elixir that is sunshine in a glass. Is it any wonder the Irish, whose island is notoriously damp and grey, created their own sunshine? They have, in fact, become one of the world leaders in whiskey production, exports of Irish whiskey have increased 220% since 2003. The Irish import to 77 countries, and
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Scotch: Water of Life

Scotch is one of the most desired libations in the world. Its smooth, peaty taste is bold and stimulating to the palate, full of complex flavors and rich variety. What differentiates Scotch from most whiskies is that the entire process from mashing, malting, fermentation and maturation must take place in Scotland. It’s made with malted barley, and
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To E or Not to E…The Ultimate Whiskey Question

Is it whiskey or whisky? Two different spellings? What gives? Whiskey is a spirit distilled from a mash of fermented grains. So whiskey/whisky is part of a major food group (grains are on the food pyramid, so clearly whiskey/whisky is good for you ). But I digress…the different spellings depend on what variety you are drinking.
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To Kilt or not to Kilt? The Kiltman Manifesto

MANIFESTO Seeking a manifesto, we sought out Kiltman, who lives in the border area between propriety and recklessness, a harder place to find than you might think. We located him and told him we needed a manifesto, to describe what makes a man. He replied brusquely, “Wearing one of my kilts won’t make you a
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Wild Irish Horses: Equestrian Ireland

Horses are important in ancient cultures throughout the world. China, Japan, Great Britain, and of course Ireland and other Celtic cultures have revered the horse for its beauty, grace and usefulness in farming as well as battle. There are several gods and goddesses associated with horses in Celtic religions, Epona, (Gaulish for mare),was a mother
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The Easter Rising: 100 years later Part 2

The Easter Rising (also known as The Easter Rebellion) began on April 24, 1916 and has remained a controversial part of Irish history for the last century. The politics behind it are complicated, and emotions still run high among the Irish and the British. The Easter Rising is one of the most important and bloodiest parts
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The Easter Rising: 100 years later

The Easter Rising (also known as The Easter Rebellion) began on April 24, 1916 and has remained a controversial part of Irish history for the last century. The politics behind it are complicated, and emotions still run high among the Irish and the British. The short version: Many Irish people had felt that Britain paid no
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Snug as a Bug in a Pub

What is snug? According to Merriam-Webster online some synonyms are:   comfortable, cozy, snug, easy, restful, enjoying or providing a position of contentment and security. comfortable applies to anything that encourages serenity, well-being, or complacency as well as physical ease <started feeling comfortable in our new surroundings>. cozy suggests warmth, shelter, assured ease, and friendliness <a cozy
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