A Canadian Leprechroon and Irish Superstitions

My maternal great grandparents were both born in Dublin. As was the case with many Irish at the time, not long after they married in the 1880s they emigrated to England. But of course, the bloodline remains. I’ve come to the conclusion that this makes me a Leprechroon. Yep, not an octoroon, nor a quadroon,Continue reading “A Canadian Leprechroon and Irish Superstitions”

Mayonnaise Ranked Number One Condiment. Was There Ever a Doubt?

I have nothing against vegans or their food, but if it’s so good, why not call the product “Yellow Pea Spread” instead of trying to fool consumers with the word “Mayo” on the label? Well what do you know? A recent piece on NBCNEWS.com confirms what we mayonnaise lovers have known all along: mayo isContinue reading “Mayonnaise Ranked Number One Condiment. Was There Ever a Doubt?”

Happy St. Patrick’s Day/lá sona st Pádraig

Saint Patrick was a gentleman, he came from decent people, In Dublin town he built a church and on it put a steeple His father was a Callahan, his mother was a Grady, His aunt was O’Shaughnessy and uncle he was Brady Chorus: Success to bold Saint Patrick’s fist, He was a Saint so clever,Continue reading “Happy St. Patrick’s Day/lá sona st Pádraig”

Celtic dourness; Irish and Scottish

As we enter the period of solemn preparation – no not Lent, that started weeks ago – the week leading up to St. Patrick’s day, there’s a great piece in the New York Times by playwright John Patrick Shanley. The Darkness of an Irish Morning recalls the author’s trip to Ireland with his aging father to visit relatives andContinue reading “Celtic dourness; Irish and Scottish”