Commentary: Ireland’s Mother and Baby Homes

By: Sophie Boulter, Staff Writer As I rummaged through my pockets for three euro to pay for the day’s newspaper, I paused to have a look at the headline. I had only arrived in Ireland a week prior to study at University College Cork, and due to quarantine rules, reading newspapers was essentially all I could do.   The newspaper’s headline, “Taoiseach Apologises Over Mother and Baby Homes,” gave me a curious feeling of shock without surprise. The unholy trinity of social conservatism, misogyny and abuse that the Catholic Church allowed to continue has led to scandal after scandal.  Ireland’s Mother … Continue reading Commentary: Ireland’s Mother and Baby Homes

St. Patty’s Day

How to make Irish Soda Bread with Raisins: You Need: Nonstick vegetable oil spray 2 cups all purpose flour 5 tablespoons sugar, divided 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon salt 3/4 teaspoon baking soda 3 tablespoons butter, chilled, cut into cubes 1 cup buttermilk 2/3 cup raisins *Option to add 1/2 cup of sour cream* Fun Facts: There are 34.7 million U.S. residents with Irish ancestry. New York City and Boston have the largest celebrations in the United States. The first parade took place in 1762 when Irish soldiers marched through NYC. There are approximately 144,588 people in America … Continue reading St. Patty’s Day