January 2013 Blog Posts (191)

'The Fighting 69th' at 150: A Brief History Part 2

'The Fighting 69th' at 150: A Brief History

Two world wars brought more battle streamers to the regiment, which, though Irish at heart, has in recent years become as diverse as the city it calls home.

PART 2 IN A TWO-PART SERIES

By Lt.…

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Recalling the 155th New York Volunteer Infantry 'Corcoran's Irish Legion' 1862-1865

By Kevin O'Beirne

MICHAEL CORCORAN was the commander of the 69th New York State Militia regiment, which fought at the battle of 1st Bull Run in July of 1861. Corcoran was captured by the rebels at that battle and was held prisoner for 13 months, until his exchange in August '62. One hundred and thirty-five…

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A Brief History of the 16th 'Irish' Division

By Kieron Punch

John Redmond addressing a recruiting meeting in Wexford. Above his head was a banner reading "Ireland a…
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Edmund Burke: The Conscience of a Nation

By Joseph E. Gannon

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."

-- Edmund Burke

Edmund Burke was one of the most famous political thinkers of the 18th…

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'The Fighting 69th' Part 1

 

'The Fighting 69th'

The regiment that Robert E. Lee christened is going strong at 150

PART 1 IN A TWO-PART SERIES

By Lt. Col. Kenneth H. Powers, NYARNG (Ret.)…

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Engaging the Enemy Part 2 of 3 of 'The Pope's Irish Battalion'

* Part 1 of 3: A Call to Arms

In 1860, 1,400 Irishmen travelled to Italy, responding to Pope Pius IX's call for help thwarting Italian efforts to seize Papal lands. Robert Doyle relates the saga in this 3-part series.

By Robert Doyle…

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A Brief History of the O'Bannon Clan

More on the O'Bannons:

'To the Shores of Tripoli': The Presley O'Bannon Story

By Joseph E. Gannon

WGT Managing Editor…

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The Pope's Irish Battalion Part 1 of 3: A Call to Arms



In 1860, 1,400 Irishmen traveled to Italy, responding to Pope Pius IX's call for help thwarting Italian efforts to seize Papal lands. Robert Doyle relates the saga in this 3-part series.

By Robert Doyle

Up to the mid-19th century, Italy was a…

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Remember Cremona: France's Irish Brigade Saves the King's Army

National Museum of Ireland

The flag of Dillon's Regiment, Irish Brigade of France.

By Joseph E. Gannon Managing…

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The Forgotten Ten: Kevin Barry: 'Just a Lad of 18 Summers'



18 year-old Kevin Barry, soon to martyred in Ireland's cause. Courtesy of Kilmainham Jail Museum.…
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The Devil's Own Mutineers

In June of 1920, as Ireland was ravaged by the excesses of the infamous "Black and Tans," a group of Irishmen far from home agonized over the harsh treatment their families were being subjected to back in Ireland. These men, Irishmen serving as soldiers in Englands' 88th Foot, the Connaught Rangers, sometimes know as…

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Australia: How Did The Irish Get There?

As that prison ship sailed out against the sky

Sure she'll wait and hope and pray

For her love in Botany Bay

It's so lonely round the fields of Athenry

- From "Fields…

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A 1631 Raid on West Cork: When Barbary Pirates Came To Prey - Part 3 of 3: Aftermath

By James Doherty

A British sailing ship of the "Welp" type.

A deeply unhappy king ordered an inquiry with high-ranking admiralty officials blaming the captain of the ill-fated Fifth Whelp with incompetency. The captain in turn blamed officials for corruption. The public and the government…

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The Pope Who Gave Ireland to the English

On Dec. 3, 1154, the day after the death of Pope Anastasius IV, the freshly gathered conclave of cardinals unanimously elected the Bishop of Albano as Anastasius' successor. The bishop of this Italian see, 25 miles southwest of Rome, was not…

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A 1631 Raid on West Cork: When Barbary Pirates Came To Prey - Part 2 of 3: The Raid

By James Doherty

Photo by James Doherty 

The cove where the pirates landed. Click on the image for a larger view.

On the 20th of June 1631, Morat Rais led his mixed force…

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