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Molly Maguires Irish Beef Stew

Molly Maguires Irish Beef Stew has always been a favorite of mine during the annual Saint Patrick's Day celebration. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.


Irish Stew
  • 2 lbs. beef chuck, cubed
  • 3 Tbs. all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1 lb. carrots, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 6 med. potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1 onion, cut into chunks
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups beef broth                                               
  • 1 (6 oz.) can tomato paste
  • 1 (12 oz.) can Irish stout beer
  • 1 Tbs. corn starch
  • 3 Tbs. cold water


  1. heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat
  2. dredge beef chunks in the all-purpose flour until they are well coated
  3. fry in the hot oil until browned
  4. put carrots, potatoes, onions and garlic in a large slow cooker
  5. layer the browned meat on top of the vegetables
  6. mix together the beef broth and tomato paste
  7. pour into the slow cooker along with the beer
  8. cover and cook on high for 6 hours or on low for 8 hours
  9. during the last hour of cooking (before serving), dissolve the cornstarch in the cold water and stir it into the broth to thicken the stew.
Makes 6 - 8 servings.

Irish Punch
Irish Whiskey Punch  (borrowed from: (World's Best Bars)

This is the genuine Irish beverage. It is generally made with one-third pure whiskey, two-thirds boiling water, in which the sugar has been dissolved. If lemon punch, the rind is rubbed on the sugar, and a small proportion of juice added before the whiskey is poured in.

69th Regiment Punch

Recipe: (In earthen mug.)

1/2 wine-glass of Irish whiskey.
1/2 do. do. Scotch do.
1 tea-spoonful of sugar.
1 piece of lemon.
2 wine-glasses of hot water.

This is a capital punch for a cold night.

In his 1863 book, Cups and their Customs, George Edwin Roberts paid a loving tribute to Whiskey Punch when he wrote: “This is said to be the most fascinating tipple ever invented; and, to quote the words of Basil Hall, ‘It brightens a man's hopes, crumbles down his difficulties, softens the hostilities of his enemies, and, in fact, induces him for the time being to think generously of all mankind, at the tiptop of which it naturally and good-naturedly places his own dear self.’”

While virtually every recipe book that mentioned Irish whiskey contained Irish Whiskey Punch, during the early 1800s variations had already cropped up. Oxford Night Caps, first published in the 1820s, and considered the first book devoted entirely to drinks, included this Leander Punch:

And, for those of us who would like to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in style here are a couple ways to do it: Waterford Irish Lace 10-Inch Bowl  and Godinger Dublin 6-Piece Crystal Whiskey Decanter Set.

Who remembers the 1970 film "The Molly Maguires" starring Sean Connery and Richard Harris? Here is the movie trailer.

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