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Home Churned Butter

City raised folks like myself harvest our cream and butter in the refrigerated section of the local market. The cream is easy to find since it’s always next to the milk. However, the butter could be anywhere – perhaps next … Continue reading

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Blackberries

Some gardeners insist on weeding or digging in mulch and other such nonsense. I have even observed neighbours working so hard in their gardens that moisture has risen upon their foreheads. Clearly, these folks are raising the wrong crop. My … Continue reading

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The Best Invention of All Time

The best invention of all time? That would hands down be the bicycle – personal freedom on two wheels. And they’re fun! How many of you remember exploring the neighbourhood when you were young? Suddenly, you could end up miles … Continue reading

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The Bronze Age Solution

Our retired politicians can thank their lucky stars they’re not living in bronze age Ireland. Thousands of years ago they knew who to blame when total disaster reared. The Gods were angry and the king was probably the cause of … Continue reading

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1802

  Times are hard and look to be getting harder. A little over a year ago, the government voted to give control of the country to foreigners. The political party deemed responsible has been voted out. And the year is … Continue reading

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Munster Fleadh… Fleed… Fled…

What’s a fleadh? For those of us who don’t speak Irish, the first question is how to pronounce it. Is it flee-ad? fleed? The unlikely answer is flah, as in open your mouth and say ahhhh…. Silent ‘e’. Silent ‘d’. … Continue reading

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Found – Ireland’s Missing Town

The fifth biggest town in Ireland cannot be found on any map of the island. It is bigger than Waterford and Dungarvan put together, but you’ll look in vain for its location on Google maps or Wikipedia. This place is … Continue reading

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The First Quiz

The very first quiz featured a husband and wife team. The prize was a paradisiacal home and so much wealth that they’d never have to work a day in their lives. The format adopted for this precedent setting event was … Continue reading

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Irish Christmas

When does the Christmas Season begin? Before Halloween, if the profusion of red and green packaging in the stores is a guide. But, officially? It seems to take a big holiday to get the ball rolling. Thanksgiving turkeys in America … Continue reading

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Halloween in Ireland

Halloween in Ireland used to amount to spring cleaning. In some neighbourhoods, folks contributed their old tires, off cuts of lumber, rags, old mattresses and assorted garage detritus to a large central stockpile. The whole was liberally doused with gasoline … Continue reading

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