New Year’s Day Swim on Achill Island

The short article that caught my attention was entitled “New Year’s Day Swim”. I discovered it while flipping through The Mayo News. Its first sentence read: “The annual charity swim in aid of the Achill Island Lifeboat will take place on New Year’s Day at the Blue Flag Silver Strand Beach, Dugort at 1 pm.” I had often heard about this special event and knew immediately that I would take part this year.

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Irish Tea Brack

St. Patrick’s Day is but a week away and the days are getting longer. Those two things alone would put a bounce in your step as we look forward to the weather becoming warmer. The leaves and plants are starting to grow again and flowers are beginning to appear. The reprieve that warm spring days offer from the bitter cold days of winter is a cause for celebration. And what better way to celebrate than by baking and eating a cake. And what better cake to bake around St. Patrick’s Day but an Irish tea brack.

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Irish Pancakes

From Achill Island to Munich

My Nana made these pancakes on the spur of the moment when guests would arrive at her Bervie guesthouse on Achill Island. Homemade scones and jam were always available but these delicious pancakes were Nana’s specialty. My Mum also used to delight us with these pancakes as children and still does when we come home for a visit. Today, I’m living in Munich, in the district of Pasing, and bake the same pancakes for my family.

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