Irish heritage extends to the kitchen, too

Although not necessarily known for its cuisine, Ireland does boast many delicious dishes that have withstood the test of time. Sampling some of these hearty and delicious dishes may not require a trip overseas, especially for people who live in communities with a heavy Irish influence. Many eateries and chefs are rediscovering Ireland’s culinary heritage. Here’s what you might find on the menu. · Irish stew: Irish stew is the ultimate in one-pot cooking. Traditionally made with mutton, Irish stew is stewed for hours until tender. Potatoes, onions and carrots…

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Explaining the Mythical Leprechaun

Celtic culture is ripe with legends and myths that help to entertain and explain the mysteries of life. Among such lore are leprechauns, which are mythological figures that continue to impart whimsy into St. Patrick’s Day celebrations even now. The word “leprechaun” is derived from the Irish lu chorpain, meaning “small body.” Various attributes have been used to describe leprechauns. While the origins and the history surrounding leprechauns differ, one common thread is that these creatures are surrounded in magic. Some believed leprechauns were descendents of the Goddess Danu and…

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Movie Night – Issue 74

BICYCLE THIEVES (LADRI DI BICICLETTE)- (1949) Perhaps one of the best films to come out of Italy and no doubt one of the most acclaimed . It was awarded a special Academy Award for “most outstanding foreign film” seven years before the category officially existed. Written by neorealist Cesare Zavattini and directed by Vittorio DeSica, Bicycle Thieves is a uncomplicated film that highlights the life of Antonio (played by Lamberto Maggiorani) and the circumstances around his bicycle which gets stolen on the first day of a new job. He employs…

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