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“The Scourge of Tralee”: Stalking the “The Major”

Posted on December 3, 2017 at 9:30pm 4 Comments

Late on Christmas night 1920, Irish Volunteers John Leen (24) and Maurice Reidy (25) stealthily made their way to the home of John Byrne, the creamery manager in Ballymacelligott, County Kerry. The cottage had been raided…

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The Dromkeen Ambush: Down Into the Mire in County Limerick

Posted on November 13, 2017 at 10:00am 5 Comments

On the cool, pleasant night of St. Stephens day, December 26, 1920, over two hundred men and women were dancing, eating and enjoying themselves at Caherguillamore House, three miles northeast of Bruff, in County Limerick. The Martin brothers from Bruff were…

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From Dunkirk to Nagasaki, The Long War of Dr. Aidan MacCarthy

Posted on October 13, 2017 at 10:30pm 5 Comments

Aidan MacCarthy crouched low in the air raid shelter he and the other prisoners of war had dug themselves. They had seen two American B-29 bombers flying toward the city of Nagasaki before they went into the shelter. A few POWs had stayed outside, though, wanting…

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The Confederate Monument Issue: Is It Pride or Prejudice?

Posted on September 26, 2017 at 9:00pm 4 Comments

They have called us Rebels and Traitors,

But themselves have thrown off that name of late;

They were called it by the English Invaders,

At home—in the year of "Ninety-Eight ..."

-- from "Kelly’s Irish Brigade"…

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The Rineen Ambush: Hell Comes to County Clare

Posted on September 2, 2017 at 8:30pm 12 Comments

Come all you gallant Irishmen, come listen for a while

I’ll sing to you the praises of the sons of Erin’s Isle

’Tis of an awful, awful ambush I’d have you to beware

That happened in Rineen, in a spot in County Clare.…

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Valentine Trant McGillycuddy: Crazy Horse's Friend

Posted on August 7, 2017 at 11:00pm 7 Comments

On a hot September day in 1877 on the Pine Ridge reservation in the Dakota Territory (now South Dakota), a large group of angry Sioux were crowded around the guard house. Writhing in pain on the ground before them, bleeding profusely from his abdomen, lay…

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'Peg-Leg' Shannon: 'Lost Boy' of the Lewis & Clark Expedition

Posted on June 21, 2017 at 10:30pm 6 Comments

(“Lewis and Clark at Celilo Falls, Columbia River” from a mural by Frank H. Schwarz)

Nineteen-year-old George Shannon nervously trotted his horse across the flat…

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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…

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Late on Christmas night 1920, Irish Volunteers John Leen (24) and Maurice Reidy (25) stealthily made their way to the home of John Byrne, the creamery manager in Ballymacelligott, County Kerry. The cottage had been raided often, because Byrne was a well-known Republican who had been jailed for a time after the Easter Rising. Byrne…See More
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John Allister Mackinnon was a true son of the British Empire. He was born in 1892 in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh, India, where his Scottish father managed a factory. When he joined the Auxiliary Division of the RIC after serving in the British Army in WWI, he proved to be a vicious and dangerous enemy of the Republican movement. The…See More
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“The Scourge of Tralee”: Stalking the “The Major”

Late on Christmas night 1920, Irish Volunteers John Leen (24) and Maurice Reidy (25) stealthily made their way to the home of John Byrne, the creamery manager in Ballymacelligott, County Kerry. The cottage had been raided often, because Byrne was a well-known Republican who had been jailed for a time after the Easter Rising. Byrne…See More
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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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