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Making of 'Jimmy's Hall': Part 2, 'Ah .. He Was a Free Man'

Posted by The Wild Geese on July 31, 2015 at 5:49pm 0 Comments

Read Part 1: 'Long Distant Ripple from Nicaragua'

In the following three-part series, Sixteen Films' screenwriter Paul Laverty writes about the genesis of…


100 Years Ago, From the Ashes of Rossa Rise the Phoenix of 1916

Posted by Neil F. Cosgrove on August 1, 2015 at 10:30am 0 Comments

Jeremiah O'Donovan Rossa was born Jeremiah O'Donovan in Reenascreena, County Cork, on 10 September 1831. While he was the son of tenant farmers, the family could trace their ancestry back to nobler days when, before the English confiscation of Irish land, they had held…


The Miami Showband Massacre: The Day The Music Was Silenced

Posted by John Anthony Brennan on July 31, 2015 at 8:30pm 0 Comments


Today, July 31st marks the 40th anniversary of the massacre, on a lonely stretch of road in 1975, of members of the Miami Showband. Surviving band member Des Lee on Friday returned to the spot at Buskhill, on the road between…


'Jimmy's Hall' Now Screening at Tara (and 27 Other Venues!)

Posted by The Wild Geese on July 27, 2015 at 5:00pm 0 Comments


'Gone With the Wind'? The good news is, well, no!

But "Jimmy's Hall" is now screening at Tara, that is, United Artists' Tara Cinema 4, in Atlanta. This weekend marks the debut in sweet Georgia for this quintessentially Irish, and slightly subversive,…


Podcasting the Dot-Irish Experience Worldwide

Posted by Gerry Regan on July 31, 2015 at 12:00pm 0 Comments

We have no doubt that the word "Irish" in anyone's domain name, particularly as a TLD (top level domain, that is, 'behind' the dot) helps a marketer (and any devotee of the Irish experience)…


Boyer: How 'Jimmy's Hall' Created a Place to Debate -- and Dance

Posted by Sandy Boyer on July 26, 2015 at 12:30pm 0 Comments

Sandy Boyer, co-host of Radio Free Eireann on New York City's WBAI, reviews a new movie by socialist filmmaker Ken Loach set in 1930s Ireland.

Suppose you could go to the movie theater and see a film about working people, struggling against…


Hay Foot, Straw Foot

Posted by Mairead Geary on July 28, 2015 at 9:30pm 3 Comments

While hiking with my American-born kids I found myself repeating the words “hay foot, straw foot” trying to motivate them to keep going as they were getting tired. I reflected on how I first learned the phrase from my West Cork granny, and decided to investigate the term a little further.  I grew intrigued to learn this phrase is shared between Ireland and America.

“Hay-foot, straw-foot” was a term my late granny…


Banter in a Spiddal Pub

Posted by Claire Fullerton on July 26, 2015 at 11:00am 8 Comments

Once upon a time, I spent a year living on the western coast of Ireland. From my American frame of reference, it took a bit of adjustment to become accustom to the Gaeltacht of Connemara’s shores. My acclimation to the culture came in curious increments…


The Ottoman Empire and The Great Hunger

Posted by Des Wade on July 25, 2015 at 6:30pm 1 Comment

During the Great Hunger in Ireland the Ottoman Empire sent £1,000 sterling (about $1,500,000 today) and three shiploads of food to Drogheda, Ireland.

The Ottoman ruler at that time -- Sultan Khaleefah Abdul-Majid – wanted to send…


This Week in the History of the Irish: July 26 - August 1

Posted by The Wild Geese on July 25, 2015 at 1:19pm 0 Comments

DOMHNAIGH -- On July 26, 1739, George Clinton (right), soldier, first governor of New York, and vice president of the United States, was born in Little Britain, N.Y., of Irish Protestant parents. Clinton served in his father's New York state militia unit during…



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