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The Carrowkennedy Ambush: Revenge Is a Dish Best Served Cold

Posted on May 20, 2017 at 9:00pm 7 Comments

It was late afternoon of a warm day…

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This Week in the History of the Irish: May 14 - May 20

Posted on May 13, 2017 at 10:00am 3 Comments

MÁIRT -- On May 15, 1847, The Syria, the first ship to arrive during what Quebecois would call the 'Summer of Sorrow,' landed at the Canadian quarantine station in the St. Lawrence River, just north of Quebec. The French had called…

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The St. Patrick's Day Champ: Clare's 'Bold Mike' McTigue

Posted on May 9, 2017 at 9:30pm 7 Comments

The exhausted Irish boxer stood in the middle of the makeshift boxing ring in the smoke-filled La Scala opera house in Dublin. Sweat was trickling down his face, tinged scarlett with a bit of blood oozing from a cut above his left eye. His chest was…

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1981 Hunger Strikes: On the Threshold of Another Trembling World

Posted on May 5, 2017 at 8:00pm 5 Comments

Among the most powerless men in the world are those in prisons. Your body no longer belongs to you; it belongs to the state. Every day you are told when to get up, when to go to bed, when you can exercise, when you can see your family, and also, when you…

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Confederate Hero, Dick Dowling: Miracle at Sabine Pass

Posted on April 23, 2017 at 4:00pm 3 Comments

He stands in bronze and he stands on granite,

Facing the river where the fleet turned tail;

The stone lists the Davis Guards upon it,

Names that rhyme in the songs of the Gael.*

Around 3:30…

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Mountain Man Thomas Fitzpatrick: Legendary 'Broken Hand'

Posted on April 12, 2017 at 9:30pm 8 Comments

On a crisp, clear afternoon in what is now southwest Montana, in January 1836, a thin bearded man in his mid-30s, dressed in buckskin, was racing across the valley of the meandering Yellowstone River on the back of a very fast horse. Ahead of him in the…

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John Paul Jones and His Irish Marines

Posted on April 8, 2017 at 2:30pm 2 Comments

As John Paul Jones, captain of the Bonhomme Richard, prepared to face two British…

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The Lispole Ambush -- Averting Disaster on the Dingle Peninsula

Posted on March 20, 2017 at 1:30pm 13 Comments

If you ever drive down the south side of the beautiful and scenic Dingle Peninsula in Co. Kerry, as I did with my wife, brother and sister-in-law last June (and everyone should, at least one in their lives), you will pass through the small village of Lispole…

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The Carrowkennedy Ambush: Revenge Is a Dish Best Served Cold

It was late afternoon of a warm day in June in Carrowkennedy, County Mayo. Irish Volunteer Jimmy O’Flaherty (right) heard the warning cry, “HERE THEY COME!”…See More
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The Carrowkennedy Ambush, June 2, 1921

Posted my latest addition to our Irish War of Independence articles the other day. The ambush at Carrowkennedy was carried out by Michael Kilroy and the Volunteers of his West Mayo Active Service Unit, sometimes called the “A.S.U.” but usually described as a “flying column.” It was two weeks to the day since they had suffered a …See More
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"The Lee-Enfield .303, which was standard infantry rifle of the British army at the time of the Irish War of Independence. It was used all over Ireland by the British and by IRA Flying Columns when they could get them."
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"Welcome to The Wild Geese, David. Are you by any chance related to the famous trad fiddler, Paddy Glackin?"
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"Thanks, Kevin. I just posted an article on the following battle in Carrowkennedy that I mentioned in the Kilmeena article,  that would probably interest you.  The Carrowkennedy Ambush, June 2, 1921: Revenge is a Dish Best Served Cold"
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At 10:19am on September 21, 2011, Gerry Regan said…
Joe, glad you found your way here. And again, happy birthday!
At 9:35pm on April 29, 2013,
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Jane Sherry Gardner
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Nice photos, Joe!

At 11:29am on May 4, 2013, Ryan O'Rourke said…

Joe, where in Ireland do your people come from?

At 12:05pm on May 4, 2013, The Wild Geese said…

I have a McLaughlin line on my mother's side that we know was from Co. Cavan, but left way back in the 1830s. Gannon is a Mayo name, but we can only trace that side of the family back to a great-grandfather who was born in England, where they must of gone for work.

At 12:32pm on May 4, 2013, Ryan O'Rourke said…

I ask because we have good friends in Connemara here who are Gannons.  There is a significant pocket of them in Leitir Móir, which is where our friends are from.

At 4:46pm on July 11, 2013, michael hogan said…

Glad to be aboard, Joe. Here is the site for the Irish Soldiers of Mexico. We have over 3,000 visitors who share information about the San Patricios and the Irish Mexican connection. Lots of photos, historical conversations, videos and more. Hope you'll all pay us a visit.

http://www.facebook.com/IrishMex

 

At 3:02am on July 27, 2014, Denise McDunn said…

Thanks for friending, Joe :) 

At 2:26pm on September 10, 2015, Ivan Lennon said…

Drop me a line Joe   navilenn65@gmail.com  or call 585 288 0636

Thanks  for getting the word our re Burgery ambushes - Shades of GUESTS OF THE NATION  is it not?

Ivan Lennon

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