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Ancient Irish Chess

Learn about the fascinating game of fidchell.Read More

Patrick Pearse and the Easter Rising

Mary Thorpe continues her series on the leaders of 1916.Read More

John the Philosopher

The story behind the old Irish five pound note.Read More

Irish Counties Quiz

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The Corkman Who Liberated Greece

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From the Battle of Stono Ferry to the Battle of Yorktown - First Degree of Separation

Posted by Robert A Mosher on March 30, 2015 at 2:30pm 0 Comments

Just over 200 years ago this past January came a climactic moment in military history with numerous surprising Irish connections.  The battle fought by…


Irish Keys

Posted by Claire Fullerton on March 30, 2015 at 7:00pm 2 Comments

I’ve had many people ask about the picture on my author page where I’m standing against a gray stone wall on a windswept day in the middle of an Irish field with what are obviously the ruins of a monastery behind…


Faugh a Ballagh (’Clear the Way’) for TheWildGeese.IRISH

Posted by The Wild Geese on March 28, 2015 at 3:30pm 0 Comments


With the push of an aul’ button or two, The Wild Geese Irish Social Network, aka, has been reborn, becoming TheWildGeese.Irish. (Try typing it in your browser. It works!)

Finally, we have digitally married The Wild Geese to the Irish…


Film Review: 'Run All Night'

Posted by Sarah Nagle on March 25, 2015 at 10:00pm 2 Comments

There is a certain type of Irishman who looms large in fiction: The "haunted man," the "angry man," the "tortured man," the "violent man," the "quiet man." He is a cliche ... but a cliche born of so much…


Irish Signer of the Declaration of Independence

Posted by Dee Notaro on March 25, 2015 at 5:30am 0 Comments

James Smith was born in Ireland's province of Ulster in 1719 and went to the American colonies as a boy. A member of the Continental Congress 1776-1778,  he  served in the war of independence as a Colonel of the Pennsylvania Militia from 1775-1776. Smith died on 11 July 1806. He was also a…


John the Philosopher

Posted by John Anthony Brennan on March 24, 2015 at 3:30pm 5 Comments

If you look closely at the portrait on the front face of the Irish five pound note, known colloquially as the ‘orange’ fiver, you will observe a rather austere looking gentleman, gazing. soft eyed, toward some…


Leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising: James Connolly

Posted by That's Just How It Was on March 22, 2015 at 9:00am 1 Comment

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…


Here's to Shanachie, Weavers of Rhythm and Rhyme

Posted by Bit Devine on March 23, 2015 at 1:00pm 1 Comment

Growing up I was told, "Listen to the Story tellers, the weavers of dreams and history, legends and traditions. The Seanchaí will take you places you may only touch or see through the…


Leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising: Patrick Pearse

Posted by That's Just How It Was on March 15, 2015 at 5:30pm 2 Comments

Pádraig Pearse (Patrick Henry Pearse) is one only a handful of men who have  enjoyed the dubious honour of becoming an iconic status in Irish History  books based on his role in the 1916 Easter Rising.  He…


Fidchell - The Ancient Celtic Chess Game

Posted by Totally Irish Gifts on March 20, 2015 at 3:30pm 2 Comments

Legend has it that the ancient Irish game of Fidchell (literally translated as ‘Wood Wisdom’) was invented in the 9th century by Lugh, the Irish god of light, master druid and warrior – predating the game of chess as we know it by c300 years!  Fidchell would have played…



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