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American Saga of Wexford-Born Immigrant Loftus Crosier Gray

Posted by Don Gray on January 30, 2016 at 8:30am 0 Comments

The above is a picture of Loftus and Mary Gray, my great-great grandparents. Jack Holt, the husband of Mrs. Billie Jo Holt (who provided the above photo) is also a descendant of Loftus Gray. Jack's maternal grandfather was Walter Gray. The…

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The Story of The House of Monaghan

Posted by House of Monaghan on February 3, 2016 at 5:00pm 3 Comments

Want to learn more about House of Monaghan -- Custom Coffee Roasters?

You can check out our story on our website under the OUR…

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The Sessiun

Posted by Claire Fullerton on February 2, 2016 at 10:30am 4 Comments

It was nine o’clock on a Sunday night when Johnny Og came to collect me, and it was raining—not one of those misty, soft rains, as is often the case on the west coast of Ireland, but one of those howling, unforgiving, relentless downpours that comes…

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From the Easter Rising to the Hollywood Hills

Posted by David Lawlor on February 1, 2016 at 11:30am 5 Comments

When the actor Arthur Shields strode towards the Abbey Theatre on Easter Monday, 1916, it was with one intent -- not to rehearse or act in a play, but to collect his rifle and take part in the greater drama that was about to shake the streets of Dublin.

Pictured, Arthur Shields

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Now Comes the Spring -- 'Anois Teacht An Earraigh'

Posted by Brian Nolan on February 1, 2016 at 5:00am 1 Comment

Once St. Brigid's Day has passed, our thoughts turn to the arrival of Spring . . .

I was reminded of what little credit I give sometimes Ireland's forgotten writers and poets, especially those who wrote in…

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Recalling the Inextinguishable Fire of Saint Brigid

Posted by Susan O'Dea Boland on February 1, 2016 at 1:00am 1 Comment

On the first day of February, somewhere in Ireland, a ewe is born and peacefully nestles at its mother’s side, warmed by her body, nourished by her milk. This is a pleasing sign of spring, as are the days which are visibly lengthening. In Ireland, the first day of…

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This Week in the History of the Irish: January 31 - February 6

Posted by The Wild Geese on January 30, 2016 at 1:00pm 0 Comments

LUAIN -- On February 1, 1702, the Irish Brigade of France added to its growing reputation as elements of the Brigade fought at the battle of Cremona during the War of Spanish Succession. With the city nearly…

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Facing British Reprisals -- Part 7: Trauma at The Burgery

Posted by Ivan Lennon on December 28, 2015 at 7:00pm 0 Comments

Prior to the firing squad death of Hickey, there appear to have been few reprisals for I.R.A. ambushes -- with the notable exception of the Hampshires running amok in Youghal after the November 1920 Piltown Cross…

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Irish-Born James Barry, UK's First Transgender Physician

Posted by That's Just How It Was on December 2, 2015 at 8:30am 0 Comments

Dr. James Miranda Stuart Barry was born Margaret Ann Bulkley. Her parents were thought to be Jeremiah and Mary-Ann Bulkley. However, there is some speculation about the biological father. Barry's place of birth is usually given as Cork, and Barry's…

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