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Ballinalee, County Longford: The Village of Generals

Posted 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…

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Walking to Work Through a Battle Zone

Posted on May 28, 2016 at 4:00am 7 Comments

There are two routes I can take to my office when I leave the train station to go to work. They both pass a large 18th century building of Palladian, neoclassical design, which I used to admire as a child, long before I knew of its connection to my own family.

Now, as I pass it by, I…

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The Night the Nazis Bombed Dublin

Posted on May 28, 2016 at 4:00am 14 Comments

Noel Brady was standing with his father at the hall  door of their family home on St. Ignatius Road in Dublin’s North Strand area when they heard the drone of a Nazi Luftwaffe bomber flying overhead.

“I…

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How I Learned That Grandad Executed Erskine Childers

Posted on April 22, 2016 at 4:30am 7 Comments

Do you know where you’ll be on April 24? Maybe not, but chances are you might just find yourself huddled over a form, answering innumerable questions about your personal life. Filling in the census may not be the most exciting of pastimes, but it sure is important. Without all those statistics it generates,…

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Comment Wall (2 comments)

At 9:14am on May 20, 2015, Sarah Nagle said…

A very warm welcome from the San Francisco Bay Area...

At 10:08am on May 20, 2015, Sarah Nagle said…

Emperor Norton? Oh yes, only one of the many colorful characters of San Francisco. I grew up around the Bay & somewhere along the way collected a degree in history… I've heard a lot of stories about the old days in the City of Fire & Gold...

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