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Draft Riot anniversary

Started Jun 29, 2013 0 Replies

THE DRAFT RIOTSby Mike McCormack, AOH National HistorianAs National Historian for the Ancient Order of Hibernians in America, I am concerned that the 150th Anniversary of the 1863 Draft Riots in New…Continue

Duffy's Cut

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gerry Regan Apr 6, 2013. 3 Replies

In 2009, a 10-year search for the bodies of 57 Irish immigrants at Duffy's Cut in the woods of Malvern, PA uncovered remains of only seven of them. They had been killed by vigilantes due to…Continue


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Jean Sullivan Cardinal liked Mike McCormack's blog post The Irish in Labor
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John Anthony Brennan commented on Mike McCormack's blog post The Irish Christmas Wreath
"Marvelous slice of Irish History Mike."
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Sean Michael O'Neill commented on Mike McCormack's blog post The Irish Christmas Wreath
"Great article Mike!  Thanks for writing such great articles!   Nollaig Shona Duit!"
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Nov 24, 2017
Mike McCormack's blog post was featured

The True Story of Thanksgiving

History, as written, is not always accurate. Revised versions of past events are often presented to support conclusions already reached - political or otherwise. Sadly, many of these revised versions are presented as fact in our school books like the discovery and conquest of America which is slanted to…See More
Nov 20, 2017
Mike McCormack commented on John Anthony Brennan's blog post An Gorta Mor: The Great Hunger
"JAB: Thanks for the reminder, 2017 is indeed the 170th anniversary of Black '47 - the worst year of the Hunger itself which began in 1845.  You are closer than most with your notation that:. more than half of the 8 million population…"
Oct 30, 2017
Mike McCormack commented on Joe Gannon's blog post The Rineen Ambush: Hell Comes to County Clare
"Outstanding account Joe.  I've been on that road many times, but now I am looking forward to doing it again with a different view.  You wrote almost as if you were there.  I knew of the Mid-Clare Brigade, and heard of the Rineen…"
Oct 3, 2017
Mike McCormack commented on The Wild Geese's blog post This Week in the History of the Irish: September 17 - September 23
"Well done history, but allow me to provide a clarification to the DOMHNAIGH segment.  The memorial was, in fact, erected by the Irish Culture Foundation (ICF), but that foundation was formed by the Washington D.C Ancient Order of Hibernians…"
Sep 21, 2017
Mike McCormack's blog post was featured

The Irish in Labor

by Mike McCormack, AOH National HistorianIn 1913, William Martin Murphy fired all his employees who had joined the Irish Transport and General Worker's Union led by James Larkin and James Connolly and urged other Dublin employers to follow suit.  Larkin and Connolly knew this lockout was a death threat against the Union, so they…See More
Sep 4, 2017
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Jul 4, 2017
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America's Birthday and the Irish

At the dawn of what was to become an age of rebellion, Thomas Jefferson said, Rebellion is a medicine necessary for the sound health of government. The American revolution of 1775 to 1781 was the inspiration for rebellions across the world from France in 1789 to Ireland in 1798, again in Ireland in 1803, to Canada in 1837, to India…See More
Jun 30, 2017
Mike McCormack commented on David Lawlor's blog post Ballinalee, County Longford: The Village of Generals
"Well done Dave, I have always been an admirer of the Blacksmith.  The story of how he held off the Brits who wanted to burn his town as they had done to so many others is a profile in courage, patriotism and down-right determination in spite of…"
May 16, 2017

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It's a Celtic Feast

Posted on October 30, 2016 at 11:30am 1 Comment

Like their economy, which was based on planting, growing and harvesting, the Celtic calendar was centered around the Sun and agriculture and determined by a lunar calendar. The four major feasts were…


A Sincere Reply Regarding 'America's Birthday and the Irish'

Posted on August 4, 2016 at 4:30pm 2 Comments

It been a while since anyone held my feet to the fire over what I wrote, but Patrick O'Toole questioned some of the facts in my 7/5/16 blog America's Birthday and the…


Bridie Halpin: Irish Patriot

Posted on March 5, 2015 at 12:30pm 6 Comments

Fifteen days before Christmas 1988, "Aunt" Bridie Halpin died. At 85, she had lived a good life, but it was still sad for the Halpin family for their Bridie was the beloved…


The Women of Erin

Posted on February 28, 2015 at 1:30pm 0 Comments

During a 1986 interview with 1916 patriot Sam O’Reilly for the Irish Echo newspaper, Sam excused himself to retrieve some notes.  At that point, his wife Mary whispered, "Mike, would you ever tell our story?"  I said,…


Comment Wall (4 comments)

At 2:01pm on April 3, 2013, Gerry Regan said…

Fàilte, Mike, to The Wild Geese. Got your call and will be calling you this afternoon. We appreciate your support, and all you've done to explore, preserve, promote and celebrate the epic heritage of the Irish, particularly their role in making the United States the great nation that it is today.

At 4:12pm on June 29, 2013, Gerry Regan said…

Nice to see you back in our pages, Mike. It seemed you were away for some time. BTW, Ned McGinley is now a member of The Wild Geese, as well. Perhaps you guys can team up and set up a Friends of the AOH group here. That'd be awesome.

At 11:23am on February 21, 2015, HermitsOf St-John said…
Have you read my comment to your article "St Valentine in Ireland"? Please do so.
At 3:41pm on January 22, 2017, John Anthony Brennan said…

Mike McCormack

Re my blog about the Spanish Armada in Ireland.

I amended the description regarding the gold and silver that was looted from the wrecks. It now reads,

"Amid the shattered remnants of the wreckage of several wooden ships, the contents of smashed war chests, gold, silver and jewels, were looted and carried off by bands of scavenging, local inhabitants."

Thanks for pointing it out, and I believe that the story reads better now.

Again, thanks for the input.

John A

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