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Its Friday the 13th!

Its Friday the 13th! Friday the 13th has been considered an unlucky day for thousands of years. People who suffer from friggatriskaidekaphobia (or a fear of Friday the 13th) avoid leaving their house, driving their car or boarding a plane today in case they have an accident. Hotels and hospitals often... 

A Guide to St. Patrick’s Events 2015

A Guide to St. Patrick’s Events 2015 Cork (Paddy’s Night Fleadh 17th March, Cork Opera House) A new addition to Cork’s Festival is the Paddy’s Night Fleadh, taking place in Cork Opera House including guest appearances from John Spillane, Jimmy Crowley, Karen Ceisy, Anna Mitchell and many more. (Street... 

Big On Japan!

Big On Japan! Recently back from a trip around Japan’s Eastern Coast, Emma Lynch tells us the most sees in this quickly emerging Irish tourist destination. Osaka Osaka is the third biggest city in Japan. The people pride themselves on being warm, friendly and more outgoing compared to their Tokyo... 

Irish Whiskey Museum – Tour Review

Irish Whiskey Museum – Tour Review Last Saturday, I decided to try one of Dublin’s latest attractions, the recently opened “Irish Whiskey Museum”. Neatly hidden away down an alleyway on College Green (beside the famous Peterson’s Tobacconist), you’ll find the modern, while charming,... 

Christmas makes its mark in St Stephen’s Green

Christmas makes its mark in St Stephen’s Green Well it’s that time of the year again, and I know we’re all going to complain about the things we secretly look forward to every year.   So today, I want to talk about something I discovered a couple of years ago, something that took me right... 

Farewell to the Hill – 7th November 2014

Farewell to the Hill 7th November 2014  The seventies were a joy for me As I worked upon the Hill In a bar’s of double identities One with an upper class grill The other bar was for locals True working class city folk An honest bunch of customers That enjoyed a laugh and joke Some were Dockers others... 

Over the Bar for a Pint

Over the Bar for a Pint Cross over the Liffey’s waters Across the Ha’penny Bridge And ponder as you look down At its water’s like a fridge For its winter time in Ireland As you head for Temple Bar It’s the liveliest place in Dublin With the entertainment well on par In some quarters there’s... 

Dance to different tunes

Dance to different tunes A few months ago this correspondent was transported back to the late eighties/ early nineties during a visit to a night-spot on Portobello Bridge called ‘Rain’. What carried your correspondent back two-plus-generations that night was not a spin to the venue in a Deloren... 

Cooking with the Fountain Plum Jam & Oriental Pork

Cooking with the Fountain Plum Jam & Oriental Pork Plum Jam Ingredients: ————- 1.4 kg Washed Ripe plums 1.4 kg. Granulated Sugar 450 ml Water 15 g Butter Method: ———- Put plums and water in saucepan and bring to boil. Reduce heat, cover saucepan and simmer... 

Let the Good Times Rock n’ Roll – Thomas House

Now as I’ve mentioned before I’m a big fan of the traditional Irish Pub but every now and again don’t we all just want something a little bit different?  If I were to say to you “let’s go for a pint in the Thomas House on Thomas Street” you may have an image of a certain kind... 

Who’s at the door?

Mummy won’t get out of bed. There’s ice inside the kitchen window. The curtains are closed. I soaked some crusts of bread and old biscuits in the last of the lumpy milk. It softened them. Kitty cried while she ate it. She said it made her feel sick. She said it smelled like cat pee and old socks.... 

A Dublin Man’s Nectar (Guinness)

  I have wobbled away To the tune of black stout And I’ve stopped here and there To release its yeast out I have staggered the bars Talking a load of codswallop As I ordered quite clearly Another pint of that gollop It came black as night With a head oh so creamy And it left me all floppy And... 

A Change in Life by Tony Gorman

To overcome adversity is the hardest thing of all Trying not to slip back in those ways that at first had made you fall Each day when you get out of bed you focus on positive ways Averting all those troublesome things that gave you worrisome days And in time your new path in life will give you peace... 

A Great Weekend for Community Rock Acts by Alan Finn.

Some Great Acts at the CRY show A Great Weekend for Community Rock Acts                                           by Alan Finn. C.R.Y.  Fundraiser   I’d like to start my weekend review with the C.R.Y. fundraiser in Lillys’s’ Bordello. You may have remembered... 

The Adventures of Diego (the dog who travelled Dublin 8)

This is Diego, a cheeky little Cavalier King Charles Spaniel that snook past his poor owner and travelled down James’ Street and back to Echlin Street where he ran into our offices.  Whilst on my way to the post office, I saw the portly (obviously used to getting his own way) chap who stood and stared... 

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

This is a delicious home recipe for Roasted Butternut Squash Soup, give it a go, you won’t regret it!   Ingredients: 1 tbsp of olive oil 1 Butternut Squash 600ml of vegetable stock 1 piece of ginger (roughly 1 inch) peal and finely chopped 4-5 shallots peeled and quartered Pinch of salt Black... 

Spaghetti Bolognese Home Made Recipe!

Spaghetti Bolognese Recipe Serves 4 Ingredients: 1 tbsp olive oil 1 large white onion finely chopped 500g Mince meat Two jars of tomato and herb sauce 4-5 cloves garlic crushed Half dried chorizo chopped 1 Tsp Mixed herbs 4 tbsp white/red wine vinegar Pinch of salt Pinch of sugar Tablespoon ketchup   Serve... 

Simnel Cake History and Recipe

Simnel Cake, in these times, is associated with Easter but this was not always the case. During Medieval times, it was used to celebrate Mothering Sunday. Young girls, working in service, and living in their workplace, were allowed to visit their mothers on this special day. A moist fruit cake was... 

Chicken Provencal Recipe

Ingredients: 2 Kg. of  Chicken Fillets 50g Flour seasoned with salt and pepper 50 ml. Cooking Oil 2 Garlic Cloves (crushed) 1 400 g. Can of Chopped Tomatoes 2 teaspoons of Chopped Fresh Basil 1/2 teaspoon of Grated Lemon Rind 12 Stoneless Green Olives (optional)   Method: Cut chicken into serving... 

Film Review Captain America – The Winter Soldier

  Director:  Anthony Russo, Joe Russo and Joss Whedon Writers: Christopher Markus, Stephen Mc Freely and Ed Brubank Cast: Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Redford, Sebastian Stan and Anthony Mackie The latest offering from “The Avengers” franchise sees their out of... 
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