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St. Patrick’s Day

by Gary Hoffman


“A hundred-thousand bucks is a lot of dough, boss,” Dave, the sales manager from Hollyhock Ford, said.
“Yeah, but we’ll never have to pay it. And look at the free advertising. I mean who’s going to bring in a real leprechaun?

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by Sandra Murphy



It’s October, 1934. Things are starting to look a bit better, at least compared to what it’s been lately. There’s still a long way to go. The small town of Darling, has to find encouragement where it can.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


St. Patrick’s Day is almost upon us so I thought I’d share just of the few St. Patrick’s Day/Irish things going on in the area for your St. Patrick’s Day fun.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Carlene O’Connor


Siobhan O’Sullivan has helped a bit with past murders in the village of Kilbane, in County Cork and that gave her the idea of becoming a Garda (police officer) herself. Now she’s graduated after two years of study. Her friend, and almost more, Macdara Flannery has moved to Dublin although he still has jurisdiction over Kilbane when needed.

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by Kathleen Costa


So many complain that there isn’t anything good on television, but I have found the “pot of gold” with the best programming through Acorn-TV’s online streaming: news & reviews, mysteries, dramas, comedies, documentaries, foreign language, feature films, and some programs only available on or original to Acorn-TV.

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by Gail Farrelly


The sign on the door of a pub in County Cavan reads “A Thousand Welcomes,” but a bull who stopped there for a pint after a long day of grazing claims it’s false advertising.

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The Leprechaun Show and Tell

IN THE March 11 ISSUE

FROM THE 2017 Articles,
andFood Fun
SECTIONS

by Janet Elizabeth Lynn


I grew up on Long Island, New York. I’m half Irish and half Italian, the two big I’s of the world!
In honor of my Irish heritage, the Italian side of my family celebrated St. Patrick’s Day for my father. Every, and I mean every, St. Paddy’s Day we had corned beef and cabbage, boiled potatoes and Potato Seedy Cake.

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by Will Zeilinger


The last thing I needed was to wake up to a yapping dog. Not on the morning after St. Patrick’s Day. I hadn’t thrown a party like that since my college days and the hangover I had was a killer. I managed to get both eyes open and drag my sorry ass out of bed to find out what was getting Lardass worked up.

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by Sharon Tucker


St. Patrick’s Day approaches on March 17 and those of us of Irish descent can justifiably dance a little, drink Guinness, Jameson, or Bushmills, and dance some more. Happily too, this year I discovered the Sister Fidelma novels of Peter Tremayne (a.k.a. Peter Bradford Ellis) so will enjoy reading all the series and probably Tremayne’s Irish history works as well.

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by Sharon Tucker


It can be most comforting to sit back in your easy chair with a hot beverage and buttered scones as late winter changes to early spring, picking up a St Patrick’s Day mystery to welcome the season. Sr. Carol Anne O’Marie’s Murder at the Monk’s Table, Leslie Meier’s St. Patrick’s Day Murder and Isis Crawford’s A Catered St. Patrick’s Day will all nicely fit the bill for just that.

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by Gail Farrelly


We’re not talking human snakes. There are sure to be some of them in the parade too, but we’re talking about snakes of the reptile variety, and they will not only be in the parade, but they’ll be honored guests.

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by Diana Bulls



Now that I am retired and on the proverbial fixed income, I am paying more attention to the grocery store sale ads. This week, I noticed cabbage was on sale. Cooked cabbage is not a favorite with my family (except in bierocks and that’s because they don’t realize its cabbage), but every St. Patrick’s Day I put on the green and serve up corned beef and cabbage for dinner along with a spicy honey mustard sauce. I tell them we are celebrating our Irish heritage (17% on Jim’s side, 20% on my side).

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by Isis Crawford


This week we have recipes from mystery novel A Catered St. Patrick’s Day by Isis Crawford, perfect for your St. Patrick’s Day celebration. At the end of this post are details on how to win a copy of the book & a link to purchase it!

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The Pub, A Reedley Icon Reopens

IN THE March 14 ISSUE

FROM THE 2015 Articles,
andFood Fun,
andLorie Lewis Ham
SECTIONS

by Lorie Lewis Ham



This January a Reedley icon reopened in downtown Reedley, The Pub. The Pub had been a staple of Reedley for years, but then suddenly was gone. Now it has reopened with new owners and a redesign, but the same familiar feel people love. Michael Boss and his family are the ones who have reopened the Pub, and we took a moment to chat with him about the “new” Pub.

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