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The Kilmeena Ambush, May 19, 1921: Seeds of Victory in a Defeat

Posted by Joe Gannon on May 18, 2016 at 9:00pm 5 Comments

In the early part of the Irish War of Independence there had not been any major ambushes of Crown forces in County Mayo, unlike several other counties, notably County Cork. However, in May 1921, the Irish Volunteers began to…

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Taste of the Season: Rhubarb Returns

Posted by Margaret M. Johnson on May 17, 2017 at 7:46am 0 Comments

 

      If it hasn’t made its official appearance yet where you live, you can expect rhubarb to be showing up shortly. One of the earliest spring vegetables — yes, it’s a perennial vegetable — it’s generally used as a fruit in desserts and jams. Since rhubarb is almost too tart to be served on…

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This Week in the History of the Irish: May 14 - May 20

Posted by Joe Gannon on May 13, 2017 at 10:00am 3 Comments

MÁIRT -- On May 15, 1847, The Syria, the first ship to arrive during what Quebecois would call the 'Summer of Sorrow,' landed at the Canadian quarantine station in the St. Lawrence River, just north of Quebec. The French had called…

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Favorite Irish Blessings for Mother's Day

Posted by Mairead Geary on May 8, 2015 at 8:00am 1 Comment

Here are some Irish blessings which are perfect for Mother's Day:

“May embers from the hearth warm your hands,

May sunshine from an Irish sky warm your face,…

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Treat Mom to Breakfast

Posted by Margaret M. Johnson on May 8, 2017 at 1:30pm 0 Comments

With only a few days to go before we celebrate Mother’s Day, you might want to think about giving her a real treat — breakfast in bed!  Sure, you can take her out to brunch, but breakfast in bed creates a real Hallmark moment — “you care enough to cook…

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Ballinalee, County Longford: The Village of Generals

Posted by David Lawlor on May 7, 2017 at 4:30am 2 Comments

To outsiders, the village of Ballinalee, in County Longford, might seem like no great shakes, just a bump in the road, a blink-and-you-miss-it spot that you’re through before you even notice. Were they to consult a map of the county, the seemingly inconsequential…

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The Incomparable Madge Herron

Posted by Colm Herron on May 3, 2017 at 7:30pm 3 Comments

In April 2004 I was launching my first novel at the Irish cultural centre in Hammersmith, London, when a lady came over to me and shook my hand.

“I think I may be your cousin,” she said. “My name is Ethna Herron. You…

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The St. Patrick's Day Champ: Clare's 'Bold Mike' McTigue

Posted by Joe Gannon on May 9, 2017 at 9:30pm 7 Comments

The exhausted Irish boxer stood in the middle of the makeshift boxing ring in the smoke-filled La Scala opera house in Dublin. Sweat was trickling down his face, tinged scarlett with a bit of blood oozing from a cut above his left eye. His chest was…

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Leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising: James Connolly

Posted by That's Just How It Was on March 22, 2015 at 9:00am 3 Comments

James Connolly (Séamas Ó Conghaile) is one of the handful of men who share the dubious honour of being placed in the iconic status categories in the Irish history books based on his involvement in the Easter Rising 1916 as well as his role in…

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1981 Hunger Strikes: On the Threshold of Another Trembling World

Posted by Joe Gannon on May 5, 2017 at 8:00pm 5 Comments

Among the most powerless men in the world are those in prisons. Your body no longer belongs to you; it belongs to the state. Every day you are told when to get up, when to go to bed, when you can exercise, when you can see your family, and also, when you…

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