Featured Blog Posts – January 2016 Archive (18)

American Saga of Wexford-Born Immigrant Loftus Crosier Gray

The above is a picture of Loftus and Mary Gray, my great-great grandparents. Jack Holt, the husband of Mrs. Billie Jo Holt (who provided the above photo) is also a descendant of Loftus Gray. Jack's maternal grandfather was Walter Gray. The…

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Added by Don Gray on January 30, 2016 at 8:30am — No Comments

Great Great Grandad John Doherty's Pension

I live in County Clare, Ireland. All my family originate from the West Of Ireland, My GGGrandad John Doherty was a pensioner in 1866. The only way he could have a pension is from the military. Does anybody know how to find this out? I know that most Irish fought for the Irish Brigade.

Regards Ray (Doherty)

Added by Raymond Patrick Doherty on January 25, 2016 at 8:30am — 17 Comments

Graphic Novel About The Great Hunger

Hello again, I know I am posting another great piece. This is about the Great Hunger in Ireland but its done in a totally new way - a graphic novel. I am hoping to get a copy for myself and give it a read.…

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Added by Catherine White on January 25, 2016 at 2:00am — No Comments

Epilogue -- The War Continues: Part 8, Trauma at The Burgery

Two months after the ambush at the Burgery, on the 18th of May, the body of Pat Keating was disinterred for burial in Kilrossanty, at the request of his family.

Above: In the front, left to…

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Added by Ivan Lennon on January 24, 2016 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

Colin Farrell Narrates '16 Rising Guided Tour

I wasn't sure if this had been posted yet, but I saw it online and thought it would be of interest to the members. I have watched it, and it is amazing to see the different places associated with the 1916 Easter Rising. Here's the …

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Added by Catherine White on January 23, 2016 at 4:30pm — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: January 24 - January 30

DEARDAOIN -- On January 24, 1862, Miles Byrne, United Irishman and officer in Napoleon's Irish Legion, died in Paris. He was active in the 1798 Rising in Wexford and fought all its major…

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Added by The Wild Geese on January 23, 2016 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Like the Frontier, 'Revenant' Is Brutal, Beautiful, Without Romance

The West, the American West, is the place in our souls where romance and reality meet head-on. Ironically it is also the place where reality and romance have always met head-on. Ever since “the West” was that…

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Added by Sarah Nagle on January 21, 2016 at 5:30pm — 7 Comments

Roots: Clashmore, Waterford

In 2011, I explored the farming area of Ardsallagh in the Clashmore parish of Waterford. My Hogan ancestors farmed in this area, which overlooks the Blackwater River. We enjoyed crossing the bridge to Youghal in County Cork and doing research in the Waterford library…

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Added by John hogan on January 21, 2016 at 3:30pm — 3 Comments


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Easter Rising the Focus of Irish Cultural Society Writing Contest

The Irish Cultural Society has announced its annual writing contest for students in the 9th through 12th grades in Nassau County (NY) high schools.  The materials describing the contest have been mailed to the English Departments…

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Added by John M. Walsh on January 16, 2016 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment


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John Gregory Bourke: Part 2 - Warrior, Author, Humanitarian

(Above: Captain Bourke saving bugler Elmer Snow in "Battle of the Rosebud" by Andy…

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Added by Joe Gannon on January 16, 2016 at 2:00pm — 6 Comments


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A Short History of Michael Collins, Ireland's 'Big Fellow'

One of the most iconic figures that emerged out of the Easter Rising was Michael Collins. Born in 1890, he was the third son in a family of eight children. Some sources would suggest that the Collins family were part of a very ancient clan who…

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Added by That's Just How It Was on January 16, 2016 at 8:00am — 19 Comments


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John Gregory Bourke: Part 1 - Warrior Anthropologist

Not many people in the United States or the world today know who Irish-American John Gregory Bourke was, and that is unfortunate. Few historical figures have ever had his rare combination of heroism in a major war; chronicling and participating…

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Added by Joe Gannon on January 15, 2016 at 9:30pm — 5 Comments

The Iron Man

I'm not hugely into sports. I watch the big soccer and rugby games when Ireland plays. I appreciate the skill in a good boxing bout and I sit in awe whenever the Olympics is on and I can watch those jaw-dropping displays the gymnasts put on. Other than that, I’m not that pushed. However, my…

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Added by David Lawlor on January 14, 2016 at 6:00am — 4 Comments

A Banter That Sings

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The streets of Galway were gray that night. Everywhere I looked, gray buildings, gray sidewalks, gray sky, beneath a mist that floated inward from the Atlantic and hovered ominously, casting contrasting coronas of light upon the sidewalk from the interior lights…

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Added by Claire Fullerton on January 12, 2016 at 5:30pm — 19 Comments


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'Himself': A Sweeping Saga of One Irish Immigrant's Experience

Himself: A Civil War Veteran's Struggles with Rebels, Brits and Devils.  By William J. Donohue 319 pp., 2014 Buffalo Heritage Press www.BuffaloHeritage.com, softcover $19.99…

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Added by Kevin P Gorman on January 7, 2016 at 7:30pm — 3 Comments

The Easter Rising, America's Civil War, and 'The Minstrel Boy'

In early 1916, a young Irishman was making secret plans to travel from England to Dublin to take up arms in an insurrection to achieve Irish independence. This was Liam Parr, a singer and bagpiper who was sometimes known as the ‘The Minstrel…

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Added by Robin stocks on January 7, 2016 at 5:30am — 10 Comments

For the Harried, Fáilte 'Nollaig na mBan'

“Nollaig na mBan,” or “Little Women’s Christmas,” is an old custom that’s still celebrated by women all over Ireland. It goes back to the days when large families were the norm. Men never lifted a finger in the house to help, and were…

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Added by Brían Hoban on January 4, 2016 at 6:00am — 5 Comments

An American Girl in Ireland in the Summer of '65

In 1965, my father, at the age of 60, decided it was time to find his Irish roots. The only problem was that one of his daughters was to be married late that summer. My mother declared he could go, but to give her some relief, he would have to take their youngest…

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Added by Susan O'Dea Boland on January 2, 2016 at 10:00am — 8 Comments

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