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The Wake That Woke the Dead

Posted by Colm Herron on October 24, 2016 at 8:00am 0 Comments

(Names of people and places have been changed to protect the guilty)

I’ve heard of life imitating art…


This Week in the History of the Irish: October 23 - October 29

Posted by The Wild Geese on October 22, 2016 at 10:30am 0 Comments

DOMHNAIGH -- On October 23, 1641, implementing a plan by Rory O'More and led by Phelim O'Neill (left), the Irish rose up…


The Precursor to a Daydream

Posted by Nicole Samantha Fishkind on October 19, 2016 at 9:30pm 5 Comments

“As for believing things, I can believe anything, provided that it is quite incredible.” –…


Digging Up Graves at Duffy's Cut

Posted by The Wild Geese on October 22, 2016 at 10:00pm 2 Comments

(We would ordinarily would not reprint an entire article from another publication, but I'm sure our friends at the Irish American News won't object to us doing it in this case. Please if you can, help this cause. These ancestors call out for the support of every Irishman and Irish-American from across the…


Totally Irish Gifts 4th Anniversary -- Free Shipping Offer

Posted by Totally Irish Gifts on October 22, 2016 at 2:30pm 0 Comments

Wow, Totally Irish Gifts is four-years-old -- how time flies when you are having fun!

Our anniversary gift to you is world-wide free…


Viking Women in Ireland

Posted by Belinda Evangelista on October 17, 2016 at 8:00pm 4 Comments

What can the artifacts found buried with Viking women in Ireland tell us about their lives? Maeve Sikora, assistant keeper at the National Museum of Ireland, focuses on everyday objects excavated at burial sites and what they tell us about the…


Baking Season Elicits a Hearty Bravo!

Posted by Margaret M. Johnson on October 17, 2016 at 10:00am 1 Comment

There’s something about mid-October that I love — the weather, the thought that Halloween (and Thanksgiving) is right around the corner, and baking breads like this “brack,” a fruity loaf from the Quay House, in Clifden, County Galway. Dating from…


Oliver Plunkett, Tomás Ó Fiaich and The Bard of Armagh

Posted by John Anthony Brennan on October 14, 2016 at 10:30pm 2 Comments

Oliver Plunkett was born on the 1st of November 1625 in Loughcrew, County Meath, Ireland, to well-to-do parents with Hiberno-Norman ancestors. As an aspirant to the priesthood he set out for Rome in 1647, under the care of Father Pierfrancesco Scarampi of…


Facebook Competition (Best Picture of a Cillin)

Posted by Belinda Evangelista on October 16, 2016 at 6:30am 6 Comments

Our thanks to Colm of for his donation (the first) of a prize for our ongoing "Best Photo of a Cillin" competition -- cillin…


The Battle of Cúl Dreimhne (Battle of the Book)

Posted by John Anthony Brennan on September 20, 2016 at 8:30pm 4 Comments

(Author's Note: In early Christian Ireland, the old Druidic tradition collapsed due to the spread of the Christian faith. The study and learning of Latin, coupled with the new Christian theology in monasteries, flourished.)

On a frigid, mist shrouded morning in 563 AD, a battered, wave tossed Curragh came to rest on the rocky shore of the isle of Hermits, just below the ruins of an old, iron age fort. The…



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