The Bronx Irish News Stand is a pretty impressive newsstand in Woodlawn, the Bronx. It is actually the largest retailer of Irish newspapers and magazines in America, and they have been at the service of the Irish community for almost 25 years. They not only offer hundreds of magazines and newspapers, they also run thousands of original Irish products.

The neighborhood of Woodlawn is home to New York’s largest Irish community and this shop is the largest Irish deli around. They carry tens of thousands of genuine Irish products such as Irish crisps, candies, jams, cookies, CD’s,or chocolates. Let’s first take a closer look at the particular area where we’re located.

Little Ireland, Woodlawn, The Bronx

Woodlawn is a lower-middle class Irish American neighborhood in the northern portions of the Bronx, just north of  cemetery that bears the same name. McLean Avenue is the north boundary (New York City-Westchester County line), and to the east, the Bronx River defines its territory that is to the south determined by Woodlawn Cemetery to the south, and to the west by Van Cortlandt Park.

This is the neighborhood of Little Ireland of New York City. The Woodlawn Heights neighborhood (or simply: Woodlawn as the people here know it) has always been one of the best known destination for exodus of the Irish to New York City.

Woodlawn was initially populated with many German immigrants, but now this part of the Bronx is predominantly Irish, although you can find small pockets of Italian-Americans as well. This is the area where you can find the greatest abundance of insignia’s with four-leaf clover on storefronts of all places within New York City.

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St. Patrick’s Day Fun Family Activities

Tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day! I’m one of those moms that love tradition and creating family memories.  It’s so cool to watch the kids as their faces light up when they see that we’re about to do something fun for an upcoming holiday. And now that my kids are getting a bit older, I think it’s a good time to start finding some great family-friendly St. Patrick’s Day activities. Age appropriate, of course.

Now I have some traditions from my childhood that I carry forward to my own family, but in the grand scheme of things, there really aren’t that many to choose from. Maybe that’s why I’m so adamant about having those special traditions or activities in place for my own children to enjoy.

So when it comes to finding ideas for new family traditions and fun, I tend to be an internet junkie. I could surf the web for hours looking for free coloring sheets, various printable crafts, decoration ideas, fun holiday recipes, and other great ways to get my children excited and into the spirit of pretty much any holiday.

After some light planning, here are some of the fun things I’ve come up with for my family to enjoy this week.

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A Christmas Tale to End the Season

For our family Christmas party this year (the one involving my Mom and siblings—one family Christmas party of many), we conducted a neighborhood food drive to benefit the Pennsylvania Food Bank. We were aiming for a repeat of the year the homeless person crashed our party. Not a repeat of the event, of course, but of the mood and the lesson. It didn’t quite work out that way.

Two days before the party we distributed fliers in the neighborhood, telling people what we were doing and inviting them to leave donations in bags on their porches. That project was our first hint that the thing wasn’t going to go as planned.

Boy 12 was pissy the whole time as we walked from door to door spreading Christmas good will with our fliers. Because of our Irish ancestry, we decided to explain to our kids a little bit about Christmas being a 2-day feast in some countries.

“Why do we have to do this?” he asked.

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The Irish Isle Restaurant and Bridget’s Pub in Middletown, VA

The Irish Isle Restaurant and Bridget’s Pub
7843 Main Street
Middletown, Virginia 22645
Phone: (540) 868-9877
“A Taste of Ireland in the Shenandoah Valley”

The Irish Isle is located in historic Middletown, Virginia on Route 11 (Main Street) just 1/2 mile from the I-81 exit. They are one block north of the popular Wayside Theatre.

The owners, Brian, Philomena, and Tara Coughlan, are very pleased to be here in Middletown and to be able to preserve this beautiful historic building.  This was originally the Middletown State Bank that was built in 1890. You will notice that the bank vault on the main level is now used as a server station with the original safe still in use inside.

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Cycle Touring Ireland

The Emerald Isle: a fitting name for a place that gets nearly 55-inches of rain per year, just shy of the 68+ inches that would classify it as a rainforest.  Although we came expecting rain and were content with a little moisture falling on our trip, the weather as a whole wasn’t too bad.  Highs around 65, lows around 55; pretty ideal temperatures for biking considering most of the U.S. was pushing triple digits. It seemed that this year was actually one of the driest they’ve had for a long time. Bad for agriculture, but pretty nice for us.

In fact, if you can get over the rain, Ireland is set up perfectly for bike touring.  In general, the topography is mild (although we did curse a few of the steep hills), the back roads have little to no traffic, the locals are extremely friendly and very bike conscious while driving (although most still think you’re mad for cycling around the country).

Compared to the U.S., the towns are located fairly close to each other and the entire country can be biked in a few weeks fairly easily.  And most importantly, EVERY community has a pub, even if they don’t have a single place that serves food.  If you’re looking for something new to do, bike touring in Ireland will not disappoint.

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How To Play Irish Traditional Music

Start playing Irish traditional music now

The easiest way to begin is with a tin whistle. All you need is 6 fingers and a tin whistle. A lot of musicians start out playing tin whistle and some choose to explore other instruments such as flute, fiddle, uilleann pipes, button accordions, concertina, bodhrán, banjo, mandolin, guitar, or bouzouki. The tin whistle is small, portable, and it a good foundation for those who want to start learning Irish music.

We recommend that you begin with a tin whistle in the key of D. This is the ‘D’ above middle C on the piano. You will find other keys available and are divided into high and low whistles. The low whistles are in lower octaves. If you are a complete beginner you will find it easier to start with a high D whistle rather than a Low D whistle.

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Some Favorite Irish Recipes Of Irish-Americans

Irish Pork Sausages


8 ounces of Pork Fat (Without Gristle)
1 1/2 pounds of Lean Pork
1 Teaspoon of Salt
1/2 Teaspoon of Allspice
1 ounce of White Breadcrumbs (Optional Extra)
Freshly Ground Pepper
Dried Sage (Just a Pinch)
Ground Ginger / Nutmeg


1)  Thoroughly mince the meat and fat a couple of times, mix well and then season lightly.

2)  Add the herbs, as many as you like.

3)  Throw in breadcrumbs if you want them as well as the spices. (Both are optional)

4)  Use full skins.

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A Few Good Reasons to Visit Limerick

Thinking about visiting Ireland? Well, don’t forget to check out Limerick, a great historic city that boasts great rugby legends, which offers sizzling food, and comes with interesting street art.

There’s always something going on in Limerick. The town’s riverside walks, revamped quays, and casual dining food scenes will steal your heart, that’s for sure!

Here are a few good reasons to visit Limerick:
Limerick’s Georgian grid
When you think of Georgian architecture in Ireland, you’d probably think of Dublin, but the country has more to offer. The Georgian grid of Limerick (referred to as Newtown Pery) looks unfortunately for the larger part still like a crumbling wreck, but if you look a little deeper, you’ll come aware of its historic relevance, the quality, and its mouthwatering potential. Even the roughest corners echo the city’s heritage.

Come to Limerick and marvel at the dilapidated fanlights and iron balconies around Mallow Street, and set-pieces like the Crescent on O’Connell Street. Outside of Dublin, Limerick boasts the largest Irish collection of Georgian townhouses. Newtown Pery was founded by the First Viscount Pery in Limerick’s old medieval quarter around the end of the 18th century, and though its demise is obvious, it’s definitely worth a visit.

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Irish American and the 10 things I learned from a Mom Conference

Many Irish people are trying to speak with an American accent

There have been many times that the Irish poked a bit of fun at folks from across the Atlantic who tried, but miserably failed, to put up a convincingly sounding Irish accent. This has particularly been true when some Hollywood star was put in some Irish film role and was apparently unable to even get some basic accents right, despite all the classes they went through for building up their acting skills.

Today, the tables may have turned slightly, however, as is shown in a new YouTube video that is showing some Irish people who do their utmost to copy a few North American accents. Don’t be surprised, they’re faring just as shockingly….

While most people on our side of the big pond are quite capable of identifying one American accent from the other, would most Irish people not be able to tell a California accent from a Boston one, or even a Canadian from a New Yorker. Things get a bit funny the moment the video begins, and we can hear one lady say that she’s really afraid she’s going to offend all Americans, and probably the Canadians as well….


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The Philadelphia Irish Center-Commodore Barry Club History

Many of us claim Irish heritage, but also those who don’t are welcome at the Commodore John Barry Arts & Cultural Center. Feel free to enjoy the vibrant and warm Irish culture and benefit from the center’s facilities such as the elegant and spacious ballroom.

The Commodore John Barry Arts and Cultural Center—formerly known as the Philadelphia Irish Center/Commodore Barry Club—has had a long and storied history. Here are some of the highlights.

The Pelham Auto Club is Built

“It was Pelham’s social institution, with billiards, a bowling alley, a dining room, a ballroom, card rooms, and a garage with a full-time mechanic.”

28 Sep 1936
Pelham Club Becomes First Home of Germantown Jewish Centre

The Centre leased the auditorium for $200 a month. “It was the largest auditorium in the city at that time and for many years after. It had a seating capacity of 750 at tables and 1,200 in chairs for lectures. This was the space we rented as our first home.”

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The Irish In America

b822bae4110dbb2590c8d626600d0129When people think about the Irish in America, often the first things that come to mind are the St. Patrick’s Day Parades, JFK, or Irish pride, and we also have the same attitude towards our paycheck. We love to count our cents, and the hourly paycheck online calculator (very popular in the States) was originally introduced from Ireland.

But let’s be honest, Irish-American ties are running far deeper than you would maybe expect at first glance. Do you, for example, know that the first man who stepped off Columbus’ ship, and as first European set foot on American soil, was an Irishman?

And do you know that the first U.S. woman who walked in space was Irish-American? Well, let’s dig a little deeper and show you a few some Irish accomplishments in the U.S. Just check out these interesting and sometimes maybe surprising facts about the Irish in America.

Do you know how many U.S. Presidents have Irish ancestry?
In general, it is believed that more than 40% of all presidents of the United States have Irish heritage, but of 22 of these important individuals, we know that they have confirmed Irish ancestry. The presidents that are known to be ‘most Irish’ are James Buchanan and Andrew Jackson who both have parents that were all born in Ireland.

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