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Letter to Ireland Answered -- 28 Years Later

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 05.05.2013 | Weird News
Megan Smolenyak

Not long ago, I received a response to a letter I wrote to a stranger in Ireland -- in 1984. Making the experience more peculiar still is the fact that the gentleman I contacted had passed away in 1990. Perhaps I should explain.

St. Patrick's Day Recipe For Real Irish Soda Bread

Shelley Miller | Posted 05.05.2013 | Taste
Shelley Miller

Buttermilk, I thought to myself, how will that taste in a bread recipe?

Irish Oatcakes For Healthy New Year Baking

Loren Brill | Posted 01.14.2013 | Taste
Loren Brill

Dig in to healthier baking and a healthier new year with the Irish! Irish Oatcakes are a terrific, hearty cracker-bisquit made from oats and flour. They are light and nutty with a just-baked crispness that works well with savory or sweet accompaniments.

How I Met A Living Cousin In Ireland

Craig Kanalley | Posted 01.19.2013 | Travel
Craig Kanalley

My last name is Irish and I've long been curious about my roots, particularly my Irish heritage, as I never knew my paternal grandfather. When my Dad found a great deal on a trip for one to Ireland, I felt it was tailor-made for me.

Musician Glen Hansard on Busking, Relationships and the Creative Process

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 12.12.2012 | Arts
Elysabeth Alfano

2012-10-12-Screenshot20121012at1.18.24PM.jpgTruly unaffected by fame and recognition, Glen remains most motivated by his pure love of musical expression and the importance of connecting with his audience.

What Are Some Common Stereotypes About Irish People That Are Largely Untrue?

Quora | Posted 12.10.2012 | World

This question originally appeared on Quora. By Domhnall O'Huigin, 96% human Unfortunately, as regards the most common stereotypes, I must challeng...

One Irish Pub Closes Every Day In Ireland

The Huffington Post | Drew Guarini | Posted 09.25.2012 | Small Business

The Irish economy is so bad, even the country's famed pubs are hurting. One pub closes every day in Ireland, according to a new report in USA Toda...

Irish Isle's Designs on Venetian Isles

John Lee | Posted 11.07.2012 | Arts
John Lee

Regular as the tides, another cultural acqua alta is washing over Venice now in the form of the Biennale Architetttura 2012.

OurLand Gives Ireland Cross Cultural Spin in Free NYC Fest

John Lee | Posted 09.24.2012 | New York
John Lee

Emanating from multiple stages around Lincoln Center this Sunday, OurLand Festival will celebrate the artistic, literary and musical heritage of Ireland, the mark it made on America and the cross-cultural ties that bind the two countries.

Joe Biden's Irish Roots

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 09.01.2012 | Politics
Megan Smolenyak

I've recently received a flurry of inquiries regarding Joe Biden's Irish heritage, so thought that it might be interesting to share research I did in 2008 during the last election cycle.

Who's a Hooligan?

Robert E. Murphy | Posted 08.21.2012 | Media
Robert E. Murphy

It is remarkably ironic that this old anti-Hibernian slur -- 'hooligan' -- is applied primarily to soccer fans, for accounts that I have read describe the advocates of Ireland's team to be the most cordial and well-behaved in Europe.

Starbucks Twitter Fail: Company Forgets Irish Independence

The Huffington Post | Tara Kelly | Posted 06.06.2012 | Business

While Irish and British relations have clearly improved over the past decade, confusing an Irishman for a Brit probably isn't the best way to win busi...

Julie Feeney a Weird and Wonderful Irish Import

John Lee | Posted 07.01.2012 | Home
John Lee

With vibrant traditional styles embraced worldwide, Irish music is a strong brand. Extending that brand in weird and wonderful ways is Julie Feeney, an innovative singer, songwriter, poet and performer who is halfway through a ten-night New York stand.

The Irish Irish vs. The Irish Americans... in San Francisco

Terence Clarke | Posted 06.05.2012 | Home
Terence Clarke

As any real Irishman who has met one of his American counterparts will tell you, the Americans are different. The American Irish seldom use their accent to elaborate a story or to make it pleasing.

Anti-Catholicism On The 'Mean Streets' Of New York

Kerry Weber | Posted 05.22.2012 | Religion
Kerry Weber

Long before Chinatown, Little Italy, and SoHo became some of New York City's most popular neighborhoods, at the heart of them all sat St. Patrick's Old Cathedral.

Sober St. Patrick's: Drunken Past, Sparkling Future

Gerit Quealy | Posted 05.19.2012 | Home
Gerit Quealy

I had to ask. How did the Irish get the reputation for being such heavy drinkers? Even my own father is derisive about it, and he's where my Irish heritage comes from. Malachy McCourt has a theory. (I knew he would.)

Which Post 50s Celebrities Have Irish Roots?

Posted 05.23.2012 | Fifty

Have you ever wondered which of your favorite celebrities have a wee bit (or even a whole lot) of Irish in them? Actors Liam Neeson and Kenneth Bra...

7 Health Lessons From The Irish

The Huffington Post | Laura Schocker | Posted 03.16.2012 | Healthy Living

Tomorrow is St. Patrick's Day, a holiday that's earned itself an unhealthy rap by encouraging binge drinking and over-eating. But at the root of the M...

Sister Mary's Soda Bread

Laura Kumin | Posted 08.31.2012 | Taste
Laura Kumin

I'm no fan of green cupcakes or green beer. And the only green eggs I like are the Dr. Seuss kind -- in a book. I prefer my corned beef without cabbage. 

It's Easy Being Green! Food For St. Patty's

Big Girls, Small Kitchen | Posted 08.31.2012 | Taste
Big Girls, Small Kitchen

There are a lot of ways to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, and drinking yourself under the table is only one of them.

PHOTOS: Celebrating St. Paddy's Day Close To Home

Travelzoo | Posted 05.15.2012 | Travel

If a trip to Ireland is not on the agenda this year, it's still possible to get a taste of the Emerald Isle here in the States.

The Real Irish American Story Not Taught in Schools

Bill Bigelow | Posted 05.14.2012 | Education
Bill Bigelow

First, does anyone really think that students will remember anything from the books' dull and lifeless paragraphs? Today's textbooks contain no stories of actual people. We meet no one, learn nothing of anyone's life, encounter no injustice, no resistance. This is a curriculum bound for boredom.

Unexpected Irish

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 05.13.2012 | Celebrity
Megan Smolenyak

It's been said that on St. Patrick's Day we're all a wee bit Irish, but here are a few celebrities who truly are, though they probably wouldn't be the first you'd guess.

PHOTOS: Urban Outfitters Sells Disputed St. Patrick's Day Clothing

The Huffington Post | Michelle Manetti | Posted 03.01.2012 | Style

Urban Outfitters has done it again: offended a cultural group through derogatory clothing. The fashion store recently started selling clothing targ...

Asians and Latinos Question Scott Brown's Irish Immigration Bill

Erwin de Leon | Posted 04.25.2012 | Politics
Erwin de Leon

The measure, dubbed the Irish immigration bill, would qualify Ireland for the E-3 visa program increasing the number of work visas allocated to the Irish by 10,500 per year. But why should the Irish get a special bill?