A Weary Traveler, a Pint of Guinness and a Pot of Stew

Hotel Doolin
“Doolin Ale”
“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” –J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings*

We arrived at the little inn in the tiny village of Doolin*, near the Cliffs of Moher, in the thick darkness of late evening, weary and hungry from traveling all day in the cold, rainy winds of an Irish November. With few options for replenishment, we stumbled back into the darkness, down the narrow road and entered into McGann’s, the local pub whose cozy warmth and Irish hospitality would keep us returning for the following two nights.

With the luck of the Irish on our side, we arrived just before the kitchen closed, sitting down at a table side fire and enjoying a magical, memorable evening of nourishing food (the best Guinness Beef Stew we’ve had), thirst-quenching pints of “Doolin Ale” and soulful live Irish music that one can only expect in a town that has been deemed the traditional music capital of Ireland.

In the spirit of All Things Irish, we share three recipes below to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

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Cooking, Baking & Riverdancing to Traditional Irish Tunes

best irish musicIn celebration of St. Patrick’s Day 2015, ATG is exploring “All Things Irish.” Below is a small sampling of some great Irish music to play (and dance to!) while cooking Shepherd’s Pie for dinner or baking Irish scones and cookies for teatime.  

A few of our favorite Irish songs: Patriots Game, Galway Bay, Irish Rover, Red is the Rose, Fields of Athenry, Shipping up to Boston (Dropkick Murphy’s), Carrickfergus, Mountain Dew, Finnegan’s Wake, Voyage (by Johnny Dunhan) and Toora-Loora-Looral (Irish Lullaby). You can also listen to other traditional Irish music. Read more

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

We’ll be wrapping up our feature of “All Things Irish” this week…stay tuned for a few more Irish “treats”!

St. Patrick's Day HistoryYour guide to “All Things Irish”:

 What one Irish American thinks about St. Patrick’s Day

 How we can use the “luck of the Irish” in our everyday lives

 Why the Irish just can’t help their “fighting irish” instincts

 What traditional Irish songs you’d likely hear in a bar in Dublin

 Why you should watch the Irish movie “Some Mother’s Son

Delicious Irish dishes you’ll want to try

Irish songs to sing, bake and riverdance to (with recipes)

A classic Irish american novel by Alice McDermott

And a little bit of that classic Irish humor…

Irish humor