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Ultan Mashup writes:





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25 grams of salted butter, 3 Tbsp of brown sugar, 1/2 tsp of ground pepper. 100mls hot water.
60ml of Tullamore Dew whiskey
Heat the butter in a pan until melted and add the sugar, stir until its frothy and bubbling. Add the pepper and let it cook for a few seconds. Then stir in the hot water.
Leave to bubble for a minute and then take it off the heat and stir in the whiskey.
Serves two large shots.

For the week that’s in it.

Dublin Bartender and  bar instructor Mary Mac writes:

I’ve recently been researching the ancient Irish drink called ‘Scaltheen’.

Let me tell you its absolutely delicious and considering the season that;s in it I wanted to share it with my fellow Irish men and women and thought Broadsheet was the way to do it – I’ve shared cocktails through you guys before!

I had never heard of Scaltheen since a friend of my dad’s told me about it during a discussion about Eggnog (of which i might add he is the king).

The conversation reminded me of old Irish saying that goes, “A drop of whiskey and butter cures all that ails you” and up until I heard of Scaltheen I never really considered that, but after hearing about the drink which mixed up butter, whiskey, and pepper I was intrigued enough to do some research.

Scaltheen means ‘A little Scald’ which of course comes from the Irish word ‘Scall’ for to burn. It has made its way into the common vocabulary of Dubliners who use it to describe a hot drink – ‘A cup o scald’.

In the olden days most pubs, on the main Irish roads, would keep a pot of Scaltheen on the fire to serve weary travellers and aid against illness.

In those days when fire was the only “hob” available it was often burnt, so word of a good Scaltheen maker in a pub would bring folk from far and wide. I

t was taken, according to legend, boiling hot, in the establishment known as Connolly’s Hunting Lodge aka the Hellfire Club. Members would gulp the boiling Scaltheen and sometimes dropped dead from doing so!

To make Scaltheen you need a pot on a medium heat into which you will mix Butter, sugar, pepper and water, adding whiskey of course at the end.

A whiskey like Tullamore Dew would really work here as it’s smooth and mellow. It was really delicious and had the same effect on my cold as a curry, relieving my blocked nose for a few hours – so the old saying is true!

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9030736190307349From top: Katy French’s sister Jill (right) and her mother Janet arrive at Trim Courthouse for the inquest into the model’s death this morning; Keiron Ducie (above) and Ann Corocran, who were with Ms French at the time of her death

Open Verdict Returned in Katy French Inquest (RTE)

(Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland)


The Touring Tama by artist Miriam McConnon

Up for two days last month for the EU presidency, then damaged by vandals.

Shielding the treetops at Merrion Square park, Dublin, this afternoon.

Previously: Gulliver’s Hanky 


Ex-Monaghan United manager Roddy Collins

On why it’s more than a game.

Cormac Hargaden writes:

I know sport is rarely your bag but we have a football series with a difference running on Setanta Ireland at the moment called Return Of The Rod Squad.
Next Monday night at 10pm the fourth and final episode airs – and among other things, it gearshifts from comedy to tragedy as one of Ireland’s most colourful and toughest men sees his club go bust and his players left without a job.

.Some lighter clips from the programme and full episodes of the original IFTA winning prequel The Rod Squad here.


Lorna writes:

On my cycle to work this morning, I passed a set of car keys on the ground at Leesons St Upper [Dublin]. Figuring a fellow cyclist has lost them, I went back to pick them up. I’m now trying to see if I can locate the owner! They’re for a Peugeot and have the owner’s bike lock key & house key on it! Can you ask your broadsheet viewers if they’ve lost their keys this morning?


Turkey9_68128758_12junecopyScenes from the last 12 hours. After two weeks of protest in Taksim Square, Istanbul, Turkey, riot police used tear gas and water cannons to move thousands of anti-government protesters from the square.  The BBC report an uneasy calm in the city today

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Saturday Night In The Suburbs 

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