04/17/19 2:00pm

Ms. Dempsey explores sparkling wines of the North Fork.

When traveling with my gallant groom, we enjoy sampling the local cuisine, but we also make a point of asking the natives where they like to eat. So it was that we found ourselves, while in Dublin last week, visiting a wine bar called “The French Paradox.”

The name refers to the concept that the French seem able to enjoy a diet rich in cheeses and foie gras, supposedly offset by the healthy effect of wine.

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11/01/15 3:00pm
COURTESY PHOTO | Mary-Faith Westervelt (left) and Cathy Driscoll hoist a Guinness.

COURTESY PHOTO | Mary-Faith Westervelt (left) and Cathy Driscoll hoist a Guinness.

Load ’em up, move ’em out. No, it’s not “Rawhide” but a bus tour around the Emerald Isle. Accompanied by days of sunshine and 46 strangers, our group of 14 Islanders started on a 10-day tour to verify all the different shades of green and to see that the quality of a pint of Guinness remained the same throughout the pubs in Ireland. It did!

Getting onboard the bus, we were joined by several Aussies. Boy, do they get around. They had been on the road for weeks. They get six weeks’ vacation and they put it to good use wherever they land. And land they do, after 21 hours of flying. Their travels sounded like around-the-world in 60 seconds. (more…)

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05/13/15 4:30pm
JO ANN KIRKLAND PHOTO Lions Club Citizen of the Year Jack Monaghan relaxing on ‘his’ bench outside Dr. Frank Kestler’s office on North Ferry Road.

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Lions Club Citizen of the Year Jack Monaghan relaxing on ‘his’ bench outside Dr. Frank Kestler’s office on North Ferry Road.

Jack Monaghan is a man who can’t say no.

That’s why he’s involved in so many volunteer efforts and why the Lions Club has named him its Citizen of the Year, an award he’ll receive at a dinner in his honor at the Pridwin Hotel on Thursday, May 21. (more…)

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06/12/14 4:30pm
P.A.T. Hunt Photo |  Harriet O’Halloran on the Camino de Santiago in a photo taken by her travelling companion, P.A.T. Hunt.

P.A.T. Hunt Photo |
Harriet O’Halloran on the Camino de Santiago in a photo taken by her travelling companion, P.A.T. Hunt.

Five hundred miles on foot over 40 days.

Those stark figures only begin to sum up two Islanders’ walk across northern Spain from the end of March into May. It was a trek decades in the making to participate in the ancient pilgrimage of Camino de Santiago. (more…)