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This Week in the History of the Irish: July 23 - July 29

CÉADAOIN -- On July 26, 1739, George Clinton, soldier, first governor of New York, and vice president of the United States, was born in Little Britain, N.Y., of…

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Added by The Wild Geese on July 22, 2017 at 11:03am — No Comments

A New Adventure: The Wild West Atlantic Way...

Good morning/afternoon to you all! Hope the week is treating you well so far.

We at Wild West Irish Tours just wanted to take a moment to say thanks - and to introduce the special event kicking off tonight: the launching of the brand new, exclusive Wild West Atlantic Way Tour!

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Yep – you heard it here first (or possibly second; if you follow us elsewhere), folks – we’re gearing up to do…

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Added by Wild West Irish Tours on July 18, 2017 at 10:00am — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: July 16 - July 22

MÁIRT -- On July 18, 1874, Irish revolutionary Cathal Brugha was born Charles William St. John Burgess on Richmond Avenue in Dublin. Cathal joined the Gaelic League in…

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Added by The Wild Geese on July 15, 2017 at 11:00am — No Comments

The movie that still leaves Psycho standing



Hell, not just Psycho. It’s better than The Innocents, The Evil Dead, Paranormal Activity and The House of the Devil. It’s even better than The Exorcist, Let the Right One In and The…

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Added by Colm Herron on July 14, 2017 at 7:30pm — No Comments

My Genealogy Journey

I began researching my family tree a little over three years ago, and two years ago I shared some of my journey in this post:…

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Added by Honora Wright Weaver on July 11, 2017 at 5:30pm — No Comments

New Take On Summer Seafood

I found this summery dish of cod and tomatoes at Encore Brasserie in Derry’s Millennium Forum. I love the simplicity of roasted fish combined with the sophistication of Spanish ham and two kinds of tomatoes.

PAN-SEARED COD WITH SERRANO…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on July 11, 2017 at 10:00am — No Comments

Book Review: 'Girl on the Leeside' by Kathleen Anne Kenney

Because I once lived in a small town in Connemara, at the gateway of the Irish-speaking area called the Gaeltacht, I look for those novels that depict the region as it is, for once one has spent significant time there, its ways and means register in the…

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Added by Claire Fullerton on July 9, 2017 at 1:00pm — 8 Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: July 9 - July 15

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DOMHNAIGH -- On July 9, 1750, John Philpot Curran, lawyer and nationalist, was born in Newmarket, Co. Cork. Curran, a Protestant, first gained fame by winning a judgment for a Catholic priest who had been horsewhipped by Lord Doneraile. A colleague…

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Added by The Wild Geese on July 8, 2017 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Oliver Plunkett, Tomás Ó Fiaich and The Bard of Armagh

Remembering Oliver Plunkett this month.

On July 1, 1681 at Tyburn Gallows, London, Irishman Oliver Plunkett, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland was hung, drawn and quartered, the last Catholic victim martyred as a direct result…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on July 2, 2017 at 5:30pm — 6 Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: July 2 - July 8

DEARDAOIN -- On July 2, 1779, on the West Indies isle of Grenada, whose name would be famous again in the 1980s, Colonel Arthur Dillon and his regiment…

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Added by The Wild Geese on July 1, 2017 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Strawberry Season Nears Finish

Once June rolls into July, the strawberry season in most parts of the country comes to a halt. I can never get enough of them though, and I love this tasty combination of sliced fresh berries topped with strawberry purée. The elderflower…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on June 28, 2017 at 2:30pm — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: June 25 - July 1

DOMHNAIGH -- On June 25, 1870, …

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Added by The Wild Geese on June 25, 2017 at 12:30am — No Comments


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

(“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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Added by Joe Gannon on June 21, 2017 at 10:30pm — 7 Comments

Book Review: 'The Dead House' by Billy O'Callaghan

I’ve been following author Billy O’Callaghan’s career with rapt enthusiasm, since I fortuitously came across him online, last year. That he is Irish caught my attention, and as I delved further, I discovered he is the author of three short…

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Added by Claire Fullerton on June 21, 2017 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

Welcome to Summer!

As most of you probably know, the astronomical summer season begins Wednesday, June 21. Called summer solstice, it’s the day when the North Pole is most inclined towards the sun, allowing residents of the Northern Hemisphere to enjoy the longest day of…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on June 19, 2017 at 11:00am — No Comments

Press Release for 'Turn Out The Light'

If music be the food of love, play on,

give me excess of it that surfeiting, the

appetite may sicken, and so die.”…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on June 17, 2017 at 6:00pm — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: June 18 - June 24

MÁIRT -- On June 20, 1763, one of the most famous revolutionary leaders in Irish history, Theobald Wolfe Tone, was born at 44 Stafford St., now called Wolfe Tone St., in Dublin. Tone…

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Added by The Wild Geese on June 17, 2017 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Who Are the Fairies of Western Ireland?

Come Fairies, take me out of this dull world, for I would ride with you upon the wind and dance upon the mountains like a flame! -- W.B.…

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Added by Wild West Irish Tours on June 15, 2017 at 1:30pm — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: June 11 - June 17

MÁIRT -- On June…

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Added by The Wild Geese on June 10, 2017 at 1:00pm — No Comments

John Boyle O'Reilly: Fenian Rebel, Convict and Poet

*This week in June 1876, John Boyle O'Reilly received news of the successful escape of six Fenian prisoners from Australia on board the ship Catalpa. O'Reilly had played a major part in the escape plans. (JAB)

On October 12, 1867, after…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on June 8, 2017 at 6:13pm — 7 Comments

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