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Féile na Neantóg - Beltaine ~ May Day

Posted by Bit Devine on April 30, 2013 at 4:30pm 1 Comment

A Blessed Nettlemas to all our members here.

Nettlemas, the name the Irish gave to the eve prior to Féile na Neantóg or May 1. On Nettlemas night, boys walked in the streets stinging one another with nettles. We can for go that custom, I am thinking.…


Jews Who Fought in Famed Irish Brigade's 28th Massachusetts

Posted by Robert A Mosher on April 28, 2016 at 5:00pm 0 Comments

In my research on the history of the 28th Massachusetts Volunteers, a Boston Irish regiment raised to be a part of Thomas Meagher’s Irish Brigade, the most surprising find was the identification of three Jewish soldiers who served in its ranks.  The three were…


'Have Ye No Homes To Go To? The History Of the Irish Pub'

Posted by Kevin Martin on April 25, 2016 at 6:00am 0 Comments

Perhaps some contributors may find this new book of interest:

"Have Ye No Homes To Go To? The History Of the Irish Pub"

By Kevin Martin

Release date: 15 May

Publisher: The Collins Press

Available to pre-order on Amazon…


W. T. Cosgrave, The Quintessentially Pragmatic Republican

Posted by That's Just How It Was on March 26, 2016 at 12:30pm 2 Comments

William Thomas (Liam) Cosgrave was not one of the iconic figures of the early 1900s, nor indeed was he a man who had any real status of leadership in the 1916 Rising, although he was a chief adviser to Eamonn Ceannt during the 1916 Rising at South…


How The Nuns of Kylemore Abbey Saved My Father's Life

Posted by Friends of Kylemore Abbey on April 26, 2016 at 8:00pm 0 Comments

This story took place between 1920 when the Benedict Nuns arrived at Kylemore and 1922, when the Black and Tans left Galway after the signing of the Anglo-Irish Peace Treaty in December 1921.

Patrick Carney, my father, was born in Cornamona, County Galway, in 1900. He was one of several young men in the area who championed the cause of Irish independence and joined a group of friends to do what they could to free Ireland.…


Searching For My Great Grandmother's House in Donegal

Posted by Eoin Mac Lochlainn on April 25, 2016 at 6:30pm 2 Comments

oil painting of old deserted fireplace by Eoin Mac Lochlainn entitled: Tinteán Tréigthe no.19, oil on canvas, 2016

Tinteán Tréigthe no.19, oil on canvas, 2016

Now if you’re searching for your great grandmother’s cottage in the country, you can follow the map to a certain extent, but, in the end, you just have to ask someone. So, after driving a crooked mile up a crooked mucky roadeen, searching for the dot beside the ‘S’ of…


Introducing Contemporary Irish Jeweller Tracy Gilbert

Posted by Totally Irish Gifts on April 24, 2016 at 3:00am 0 Comments

Introductory Offer on our website  - 30% discount until 1st May, while stocks last

Introducing the amazing Tracy Gilbert, contemporary Dublin-based jewellery designer, whose work we now…


This Week in Irish History - April 24 - April 30

Posted by The Wild Geese on April 23, 2016 at 3:00pm 0 Comments

DOMHNAIGH -- April 24, 1916, Easter Monday, was one of the most critical days in the history of Ireland. On that day, Irish Volunteer units and the Irish Citizen Army, led by Patrick Pearse and James Connolly, began their famous…


Story of Ireland's Jews: A Chat With Valerie Lapin Ganley

Posted by The Wild Geese on August 8, 2013 at 1:30pm 9 Comments

The following is a transcript of the LIVE members' chat hosted here at on Monday with Producer and Director Valerie Lapin Ganley.  Some editing has been applied for clarity.…



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