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Memorial Day: Recalling Those Who Gave Their Last Full Measure

Posted by The Wild Geese on May 23, 2015 at 2:30pm 1 Comment

Memorial Day, originally titled Decoration Day, has a somewhat murky origin. But what is clear is that on May 30, 1868, 146 years ago today, 5,000 gathered at Arlington National Cemetery to commemorate the 20,000 fallen warriors buried there, with the help…

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Semmes and the San Patricios: 'Dishonored and Dishonorable'?

Posted by Joe Gannon on May 16, 2018 at 3:30pm 0 Comments

In November of 1846, as the war between Mexico and the United States raged, an unusual unit of the Mexican army was formed by General Santa Anna, it was called the San Patricios or St. Patrick's Company. Commanded by John Riley, a deserter from Company K of the 5th…

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'Out of the Ice: Ireland Then and Now'

Posted by John Anthony Brennan on May 8, 2018 at 11:30am 3 Comments

Irish author and poet John Anthony Brennan has previously written a…

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The Irish Rebels Who Fought for Israel

Posted by David Lawlor on May 11, 2018 at 8:30am 0 Comments

It was 1948, and as the military half-track drove through the Beit Netofa Valley, at the village of Madna in Galilee, shots rang out. One Israeli soldier was killed and another was hit in the head. A sniper had zeroed in on the men and was…

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This Week in the History of the Irish: May 20 - May 26

Posted by The Wild Geese on May 19, 2018 at 10:00pm 0 Comments

LUAIN --  On May 21, 1745, Count Daniel O'Connell, the uncle of the 'Liberator,' and an officer in the Irish Brigade of France, was born in Derrynane, Co. Kerry. Young Daniel became a cadet with the French army in 1761. He served in Clare's Regiment of the…

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Crumble Pots for Dessert

Posted by Margaret M. Johnson on May 16, 2018 at 8:00am 0 Comments

MIXED BERRY CRUMBLE POTS

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The recipe for these little pots of fruit with a crumble topping originated with a friend from Wexford, the sunny southeast corner of Ireland noted for its…

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Once Upon a Time, Maureen O'Hara Might Have Been My Mom

Posted by Gerry Regan on May 2, 2018 at 3:30pm 5 Comments

I once held the conceit that Maureen O'Hara was my mother. So it came as both a surprise and a delight to come across a picture of the deservedly famous Irish redhead standing alongside my father.

In the photo above, Dad is standing,…

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Titanic Hero Hugh McElroy: 'Sand For Breakfast Tomorrow'

Posted by Joe Gannon on April 5, 2018 at 10:00am 11 Comments

It was a little after 2 am on April 15, 1912. The deck of the R.M.S. Titanic was now tilted over 6 degrees toward the sinking bow. As 17-year-old Jack Thayer and 30-year-old Milton Long moved toward one of the last remaining lifeboats on the boat deck,…

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Mayo's Tourmakeady Ambush: Shrouded By 'Fog of War'

Posted by Joe Gannon on April 30, 2018 at 7:30pm 3 Comments

Tuesday, May 3, 1921 was a beautiful, sunny day in the nearly treeless Partry Mountains above the town of Tourmakeady, County Mayo, but Tom Maguire was in no condition to enjoy the weather. Maguire, the C/O of the South Mayo Flying Column,…

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The Bonfires of Beltaine (May Eve)

Posted by John Anthony Brennan on May 1, 2018 at 9:00am 2 Comments

On the Hill of Uisneach, in a portion of land taken from the province of Connaught, a…

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