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Combine Sea Scallops with Summer Produce
by Irish-American Margaret Johnson

A visit to your local fish market is worth a trip to combine summer produce with meaty sea scallops. The key to buying the best scallops is to ask for "dry" scallops that will release very little liquid while cooking and result in a crusty sear. Cook scallops in a hot pan large enough to hold them in a single layer. They are best prepared simply with one of these light sauces. Serve them with Champ, a buttery mix of mashed potato and scallions or chives.

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VIDEO: MINI Tour around Ireland
Starting in Cork, four guys from Cork took a MINI on a four-day test drive around Ireland. This spectaular promotional video for Keary's MINI was a collaboration between Dog Day Media and Instamedia and has already clocked up over 100,000 views on YouTube. Travelling over 1300 kilometres around Ireland, they stopped in as many places as they could.

Irish backpacker in Australia charged with hiding newborn death
A 25 year old Irish backpacker has been charged by Western Australian police with hiding the birth of her child that may died before or after birth.

by Soapy Suds
What am I doing? I've got enough to do with writing my Wordpress blog! This will have to be small stories. 
A hare has taken up residence in our front yard. We have 3 huge blue spruce trees, with branches sweeping to the ground, that I refuse to cut off as most people do. They give the wildlife some shelter/hiding places...

Bonnets from America's Heart
by Hart Momsen 
In 2013, I saw a display of 2000 bonnets on the floor of the Kilmainham Gaol in Dublin called Swept Under the Carpet®. It was only part of a larger work which honors the sacrifice and suffering, as well as the contributions of exiled women convicts to the settling of Australia.

Drinan Famiy Reunion August 10th
by Eileen McGough
Drinan Clan will gather in Tracton County Cork in August- if you are a Drinan, or related in some way- be there!

Another one of those moments that take your breath away
by Linda Davis
The gypsy shoes woke me up yesterday, clanking around. They have woken from their long rest after a wonderful trip to Alaska in May. I decided it was time for them to see the light of day again but not going to write about that upcoming trip just yet.

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Register your Irish Family name or Surname >>
or share information if your name is already listed
This family register is where people can find and share information about their family name or ancestors.

Some surnames added/requested this week:
McCrary, Furlong, Blair

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Irish Citizenship by Descent
Did you know that if one of your grandparents was born in Ireland, you may be able to obtain Irish citizenship? The Republic of Ireland does grant citizenship to applicants who can prove their descent from a grandparent born in Ireland.

Making a Research Trip To Ireland
If you plan to visit Ireland, I would encourage you to consider making a genealogical odyssey part of your experience of this beautiful and historical island.

More expert Irish Genealogy Advice

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Cupids Crusade
by Annette Counihan

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St Paddy's Day 2014
by Cole McLister

dublin st patrick's day 2014

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