"She wheeled her wheelbarrow through streets broad and narrow, crying "cockles and mussels, alive alive o." The Irish have been eating shellfish since humans first set foot on the Emerald Isle. Huge shell piles called middens have been found at every seaside archaeological site, which proves that shellfish was a dietary mainstay for Ireland’s Mesolithic hunter-gatherers. … [Read more...] about Cockles & Mussels, Alive, Alive-o!
Dublin as depicted in the song “Molly Malone,” and the fever that took her. Molly Malone “died of the fever” on June 13, 1699, according to the Dublin Millennium Commission, and there’s a statue on Suffolk Street to prove it. "In Dublin's fair city" The city wasn’t so fair in the 18th, 19th and first half of the 20th century. In common with other capital cities of … [Read more...] about She Died Of The Fever
Gabriel Before He Was Famous Legendary Irish actor Gabriel Byrne continues to make headlines – on the page and screen. Byrne’s new memoir – Walking With Ghosts – explores in sometimes painful detail the abuse he suffered at the hands of a priest when he was growing up, as well as an episode he described as a kind of revenge. Byrne – who can currently be seen in the 2020 … [Read more...] about Hibernia: Arts
Dublin's iconic Molly Malone statue Lately, I’ve been craving oysters, crab, and mussels. I could write it off to the fact that I keep seeing rafts of the succulent treats on shopping forays. Like many things I’ve written of, however, I’m sure the shellfish love affair that began in my childhood with clams, oysters, shrimp and crab, was my father’s doing. During summer … [Read more...] about Slainte! Alive, Alive-Oh!