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'Hell Town': 'Whites' Battle Over Irish Orphans in Arizona

Posted by Bit Devine on September 1, 2015 at 11:00am 1 Comment

I was just reading through some articles on another site regarding the dark history of the Orphan Trains and their arrival in Arizona. In doing further research, I came across this amazing article written by Margaret Regan.…



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'Just Pure Drama' -- Islands of the Wild Atlantic Way

Posted by Wild Atlantic Way on September 2, 2015 at 7:30am 1 Comment

Among the many islands that scatter the coastline of Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way, you'll find traditions and cultures proudly being kept alive. Explore just some of these incredible stories!…

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'Nigh Comeragh's Rugged Hills': Ambush at Burgery, Part 1

Posted by Joe Gannon on August 27, 2015 at 9:00am 0 Comments

When silence overcomes me

My dreams they seem to fill

Of my dear native happy home

Nigh Comeragh's rugged hills

 -- From a poem by Pat Keating

My…

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The Irishman Who Ushered In the Atomic Age

Posted by John Anthony Brennan on August 22, 2015 at 10:00pm 1 Comment

A widely respected, much admired, modest, unassuming Irishman played a major role in the development of atomic energy. It could be argued that this man’s role in the development of nuclear physics was so groundbreaking and historic that several years later it led directly…

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Going Solo on The Wild Atlantic Way in October

Posted by Wild Atlantic Way on August 24, 2015 at 4:30am 1 Comment

"My favourite adventures on the Wild Atlantic Way happened to be in the worst weather." While the sun doesn't always shine in Ireland, you can always have fun on the #WildAtlanticWay.…

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This Week in the History of the Irish: August 30 - September 5

Posted by The Wild Geese on August 29, 2015 at 10:30am 0 Comments

The Hanging of Henry Joy McCracken by John Carey (1896). Ulster Museum.)

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Exploring 'Jimmy's Hall' With Actor Barry Ward (Jimmy Gralton)

Posted by The Wild Geese on August 29, 2015 at 12:30pm 0 Comments

The following Q&A with Dublin-born actor Barry Ward (Jimmy Gralton in Sixteen Films' biopic "Jimmy's Hall") is part of the studio's Production Notes for the film, shot in the story's actual locales in County Leitrim. The notes, assembled for the…

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Cork-Born MD a Hero, Patron for Buffalo's Laborers, Clergy

Posted by William J. Donohue on August 25, 2015 at 10:00am 4 Comments

I ran across a man and his daughter lost in the 19th century history of Buffalo, Dr. John Cronyn (pictured) and Juliana Cronyn. They were extraordinary people by any stretch of the imagination.

John Cronyn was born in Blackrock, a suburb of Cork City, in 1825 and moved with his parents to Toronto. He finished first in his medical…

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The Long Journey 'Home': The Art of The Irish Wake

Posted by That's Just How It Was on August 24, 2015 at 3:00pm 9 Comments

The Irish custom of “waking the dead” has long been thought off as a purely Irish tradition, and many would argue that this is, indeed, the case. However, if we look at paganism, spiritualism and other religions, it is not too hard to…

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County Roscommon Genealogy Research on Facebook

Posted by Marie Higgins Ippolito on August 26, 2015 at 6:00am 0 Comments

On July 22, 2013 I formed this group to honor my Roscommon heritage.  We now have over 1,500 members worldwide who are focused on researching their Roscommon heritage as well as helping others with  Roscommon research.  There is…

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