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2 pounds of chuck roast cut into 1 inch

1 lrg. sweet onion medium diced

3 cups of chopped celery

3 cups of chopped carrots

8 medium sized Yukon potatoes quartered 4 bay leaves

8 sprigs of thyme

1 tbls of white pepper

1 tbls Black pepper

12 cloves of garlic crushed or more

In a large roasting pan, one with a thick bottom we don’t want to scorch are deliciousness!

Add a quarter cup of canola oil only after the pan is hot and now sear the beef add onion carrot celery garlic peppers and herbs. Stirring and opening up the oils in the ingredients. Now add 3 large cans of Guinness mix and stir the bottom of the pan saving one can of

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By Deseret News - Andrew Kirk

The role of the Irish and their descendants in building the nation gets an annual nod every March 17, but for Utah's Irish, this historically has been the only recognition they get.

Over the years, several books have been written on Utah's ethnic groups and almost none recognize the Irish as a distinct group.

The most famous, Helen Papanikolas' "The Peoples of Utah," includes the Irish with the British,

Welsh and Scots — an obvious mistake to anyone who knows the history.

There are many possible reasons for the snub, said Irish historian Gerald McDonough: The Irish immigrants were mostly Catholic in a predominantly LDS state, they didn't congregate to a single community as did the Swiss in Midway, Often, they were in the Army and in mining towns, both of which were disliked by LDS leaders. And because they were white and English-speaking, the Irish often were overlooked as a minority.

"Initially the Irish came as outsiders. They came with groups that were sent to put down the 'Mormon rebellion' or with mines and the railroad," McDonough said. "They've often been viewed as invaders ... much like the way people view Hispanics today."

That said, all one must do to recognize the tremendous contributions the Irish have made to the state is to walk around downtown Salt Lake City. The Keith O'Brien Building, Gallivan Plaza, Kearns Building, Judge and even Hogle (the family name was originally Gilmore). Many of the names on the oldest banks and law firms are Irish. More recently, Jack Dempsey, Ron McBride, Frank Layden and the Moran Eye Institute all prove that Irish names are still important in Utah.

"Just look at the phone book," McDonough said.

That large number of residents of Irish descent have made the Utah Hibernian Society's annual St. Patrick's Day Parade and other events successful for more than 30 years. Father Patrick Carley of St. Joseph the Worker Parrish in West Jordan helped organize the society and parade after he noticed that there was no umbrella organization to coordinate a major community event.

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"The first thing on our agenda was a parade. It was developed as a point of access for Irish culture, for those of Irish background," he said.

Father Carley, who is president of the Hibernian Society, said he has no idea why something like it wasn't started earlier, but from its inception, community response has been incredible in supporting Irish music, dance, language and poetry.

"For a very small number, we've achieved a great deal," he said.

Today, Irish heritage is alive and strong in Utah. Irish dancing has also become a popular hobby, supporting almost a dozen companies, including four that have been licensed by the official board in Dublin. Clare Duignan, 22, is an Open Championship dancer, the equivalent of a black belt in Irish dance. She said Irish dance performances can be found two or three times a month in the area — more during March. Her company, The Crawford School of Irish Dance, has been open since the 1980s, and its dancers are in high demand for meetings and festivals.

John Welch, society president-elect, said that he's lived all across the country and has found Utah to be as supportive and interested in Irish culture as anywhere else. But even though it was a long time ago, he believes the discrimination experienced by the Irish explains why so many descendants are interested in promoting the culture today.

"The Irish have a particular need because of all the antagonism and hard times they went through with leaving their homes because of the potato famine, and the poor treatment and abuse they experienced from the British, like having their language forbidden," he said.

Vincent Cheng, professor of English at the University of Utah, is an expert on Irish literature and said that the presidency of John F. Kennedy was the first time many Irish-Americans felt like equal citizens. Similar to discrimination because of skin color, many employers refused to hire Irish in the 19th and early 20th centuries. A few specious "scientific" arguments were even proposed as to why they weren't white racially and were closer to African-Americans than Europeans.

The first St. Patrick's Day Parade was held in Sandy in 1864, said McDonough, who has made a documentary about Utah's Irish for public television. They were held every year until the 1920s when they fell out of favor. The 1916 Easter Rebellion, Ireland's neutrality during World War I and the "Americanization" of Utah all made expressions of Irish pride less popular.

Whatever the reasons, when Utah's Irish are acknowledged in histories, it's often done stereotypically and in association with mining. But since mountain man days, Irish-Americans have been important in every aspect of the territory. Trapper Thomas Fitzpatrick was with Jim Bridger when he discovered the pass into the valley. Elizabeth Steel, the first white baby born in Utah, was Irish, as was the first white person to die (a member of the Donner-Reed Party). In fact, many in the Donner Party were Irish, including leader James Reed. Around 40 percent of the soldiers that won Utah from Mexico were Irish, and some of the most notable Mormon pioneers were as well.

Personal journals and gravestones indicate that much of Johnston's Army was Irish, as was the father of Utah mining, Col. Patrick Edward Connor, and most of his California Volunteers. Connor was sent to Utah during the Civil War to protect mail routes and establish Fort Douglas. He and his men also perpetrated the infamous Bear River Massacre against Utah American Indians. To keep his men from becoming idle, he encouraged them to prospect in the local hills. Many of the veins they mapped out became the famous silver and copper mines their countrymen dug later.

Contrary to popular belief, McDonough said, the Irish were part of the transcontinental railroad from both the east and the west. They laid track alongside the Chinese from California. Once railroad work was done, they moved to the mining towns, helping to establish Park City, Bingham and Silver Reef. Irish miners were also some of the first skiers in Park City.

Howard Egan set up some of the first post offices in the territory, including Pony Express stations. It is believed that he carried the first mail from the Pony Express into Salt Lake City. Irishmen also aided in the surveying and erection of the transcontinental telegraph lines that put the Pony Express out of business.

James Dwyer opened Utah's first bookstore in Salt Lake City, and the reading room has been called the first library west of the Missouri River.

The Irish were instrumental in establishing Utah's Catholic community. Many of the early clergy were Irish, and donations from Irish miners helped build St. Mary's of the Assumption in Park City, one of the oldest Catholic churches in Utah. Donations from wealthy Irish also made the Cathedral of the Madeleine possible, which, according to historian Frederick S. Buchanan, was a major architectural feat for such a numerically small diocese. Even today, several of the valley's clergy were born in Ireland, including Father Carley.

These stories are important to remember, Welch said, because their sacrifices created the life and faith that Irish Americans enjoy today. While many members of the Hibernian Society are Catholic, membership is open to everyone, and it was intentionally founded as a nonsectarian group, Father Carley said.


Late August, given heavy rain and sun

For a full week, the blackberries would ripen.

At first, just one, a glossy purple clot

Among others, red, green, hard as a knot.

You ate that first one and its flesh was sweet

Like thickened wine: summer's blood was in it

Leaving stains upon the tongue and lust for

Picking. Then red ones inked up and that hunger

Sent us out with milk cans, pea tins, jam-pots

Where briars scratched and wet grass bleached our boots.

Round hayfields, cornfields and potato-drills

We trekked and picked until the cans were full,

Until the tinkling bottom had been covered

With green ones, and on top big dark blobs burned

Like a plate of eyes. Our hands were peppered

With thorn pricks, our palms sticky as Bluebeard's.

We hoarded the fresh berries in the byre.

But when the bath was filled we found a fur,

A rat-grey fungus, glutting on our cache.

The juice was stinking too. Once off the bush

The fruit fermented, the sweet flesh would turn sour.

I always felt like crying. It wasn't fair

That all the lovely canfuls smelt of rot.

Each year I hoped they'd keep, knew they would not.



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