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Pete Lane, now in his 80s, who went to Ballindereen national school, spent most of his busy working life ‘on his knees thinning beet’. He had a friend Tommy Staunton from Lough Cutra, who had fought in World War I. Before Tommy went ‘over the top’ he was delighted when each soldier was handed a ‘little glass of brandy’. After which, Tommy claimed, you had no fear in the world. One day they were fighting the Germans, and managed to drive them out of their trenches. There they found a boiler of tea. It was still warm. The men settled down for a good cuppa but the officer warned them that the tea might be poisoned. Nobody cared if it was poisoned or not. ‘We were so exhausted an killed out’ that they enjoyed the break while the fighting continued.
There is a great story behind every McCafe Coffee at McDonald's.
Two decades on for Mocha Beans as the café, roastery and Galway favourite turns twenty
As the Christmas holiday season approaches, we often have guests calling to visit and it can be hard to think of healthy recipe alternatives to offer. Mince pies are always a crowd pleaser but the store-bought options generally come loaded with butter, sugar, and fat. Preparing your own healthier alternative is easier to do than you may think. These gluten free mince pies store well in an air tight container too, meaning you will always be ready for unexpected guests to arrive.
We are living on an island, and although we have the best beef in Europe, we sometimes tend to neglect the wonderful seafood on our local shores. This week I have decided to share a few easy recipes with you, give them a go….
Café Temple on Augustine St is not your average café. In some places where you sit down to relax and have a cup of coffee, you will feel like you are being rushed, just another customer on the conveyor belt, ready to be replaced by the next one. This is not the case at Café Temple.
PoppySeed Gourmet Cafés joined together the staff, suppliers, friends, and family who have helped it achieve 10 successful years in business this month at a birthday party held at its Clarinbridge daytime café-restaurant.
Ultra Nourishing Oil. Containing 10 plant oils, its velvety texture leaves a satiny sheen on the skin. The formula is infused with omega 6 and 9 and includes vitamins A, E, F and K to intensely soften and hydrate the skin.
The success of the early linen industry in Mayo is often overlooked, especially in terms of the numbers it brought into regular employment. The growing of flax in Ireland for the production of linen was encouraged by English monarchs from the 17th century in order to reduce the Irish woollen industry which was competing with its English counterpart. The Crown's chief governors in Ireland supplied flax seed, sold looms at cost to farmers and employed linen experts from the continent to instruct the Irish in how to get the most from their flax harvest. The industry exploded as a result, and by the end of the 1700s, linen accounted for almost half of Ireland's total exports. Mayo benefited greatly from the linen boom. The Binghams of Castlebar and Brownes of Westport developed massive linen markets in both towns. Castlebar catered for all linen trading from the south of the county. By 1834, 30,000 people were employed in the linen industry in Mayo. That equated to over eight per cent of the county's population which had increased in tandem with the growth of the linen trade.
Lamb is great any time, but this time of the year it is lovely. The weather is usual for our summer, raining one minute, sunny the next and it is hard to eat a proper meal in the heat.