Featured Blog Posts – February 2016 Archive (27)

'Cásca'16' -- Birth of a Nation?

May 27th, sees the opening night of Cásca '16' -- a musical drama based on the events of the Easter Rising of 1916.

The production, penned by myself will be held at the South Birmingham College, For further information you'll find me on

Cásca'16 web…

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Added by Risteárd Sinclair on February 29, 2016 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

Easter Rising to Irish Civil War Archive Available Online

The Modern Records Centre at the University of Warwick Library has digitised a selection of photographs, booklets, postcards and reports relating to the Easter Rising, Irish War for Independence and Irish Civil War. The collection is free to view …

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Added by Kieron Punch on February 28, 2016 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Is Ireland Still There?

Pete Hamill, a prolific writer residing in New York City, was born and raised by parents who had emigrated from Belfast, Ireland. Writing about his first trip to Ireland – a journey not taken till he was a grown man -- he talks about boarding…

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Added by Susan O'Dea Boland on February 28, 2016 at 11:30am — 9 Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: February 28 - March 5

MÁIRT -- On March 1, 1776, Irish-born Andrew Lewis was appointed a brigadier general in the…

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Added by The Wild Geese on February 27, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments


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George Thomas: The Irishman Who Would Be King - Part 2

Unfortunately Thomas’ new employer, like so many of chiefs in the region, was dishonorable and motivated by greed and little else. Still, as had been the case with The Begum, Thomas was an honorable man in a dishonorable world. He…

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Added by Joe Gannon on February 26, 2016 at 9:30am — 5 Comments

The Lark -- A Magazine For Children

The Lark is a magazine for children containing stories, poems, artworks, riddles plays and more!

It is an independent ad-free publication with a strong focus on engaging young…

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Added by Anna O'Faolan on February 25, 2016 at 12:30am — No Comments


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Commemorating the Martyrs of 1916

Following the surrender of the Easter Rising, the  Rebel leaders were tried, court-martialed and executed by firing squad in the former stonebreakers yard at Kilmainham Prison, Dublin, from May 3rd to May 12th 1916, with Roger Casement being court-martialed and hanged in the U.K. on 3rd August 1916.

General Sir John Grenfell…

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Added by Totally Irish Gifts on February 24, 2016 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment


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Pearse's Footprints

There is an exciting buzz in the build-up to the centenary 1916 Easter Rising celebrations that are going on around the country at the moment.  Here in Ros Muc the community is in full swing preparing for all the different events that will be held throughout the year.…

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Added by Bernie Joyce on February 21, 2016 at 7:00pm — 8 Comments

Is Irish Pride on the Wane?

In the 2010 census over 38 million acknowledged their Irish ancestry. Recently IrishCentral.com pegged the number at 36 million.

I believe the decline occurred because Irish-Americans in general don't understand what our…

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Added by James Francis Smith on February 19, 2016 at 7:30pm — 1 Comment

'The Wolf and the Shield': A Boy in 5th Century Ireland

I'm new to the Wild Geese flock so I thought I'd post about a few things. But the spirit of St. Patrick carries through all of them. 

The Wolf and the Shield: An Adventure with Saint Patrick

For those of you who know children…

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Added by Sherry Weaver Smith on February 19, 2016 at 5:00pm — 5 Comments

The Goat

Her name was Gray, which I found fitting because her eyes were that stormy blue-gray you seldom see, and when the sky was overcast, you had to squint to bring what little blue they had into focus. She had an arresting face and a delicate manner, but she dressed…

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Added by Claire Fullerton on February 17, 2016 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

Irish Pilgrim Paths Day and the Irish Pilgrim Tag™

National Pilgrim Paths Day is a new Easter Festival based on Ireland’s dense network of medieval pilgrim walking routes. This new heritage themed event is organised by the local communities adjacent to each of…

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Added by Thomas R. on February 16, 2016 at 2:30am — No Comments

My Granny, the Looter -- One of Many During Easter Week

To have a relative who was ‘out’ in 1916 – that is, someone who took part in that mad assault on the British Empire known as the Easter Rising – is something to be treasured.

Of course, there were plenty of other…

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Added by David Lawlor on February 16, 2016 at 2:30am — 9 Comments

Ceoldrama 'Last Torch' at The Fringe: Tight Budget, Haunting Story

This is the first act of the new ceoldrama "The Last Torch," which we produced as part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival in October 2014. We accomplished this in six weeks, with the intention of seeing what needed to be changed, fixed, etc. It was such a difficult process that I…

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Added by The Last Torch on February 15, 2016 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Researchers Sequence First Genomes From Ancient Irish Humans

Large-scale migration of large groups of people as a source of the changes in language and culture in Ireland over the last 10,000 years has long been a hotly discussed topic.

Above, …

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Added by james lawrence dore on February 10, 2016 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

A Peak at the Disappearing Supermac

I did not eat out very much on my 2015 visit to Ireland. For most of the time I had cooking facilities available for my exclusive use. It was practical as I was being fiscally prudent. I…

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Added by P.J. Francis on February 10, 2016 at 4:30pm — 4 Comments

Not-So-Welcome Change Comes to Irish Postal Delivery

  

“But I don’t live in Galway,” a County Clare man said to me regarding his new postal address.

His mail is sorted in Galway City.

Ireland has introduced postal codes for the first time to increase the efficiency of the letter / parcel…

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Added by P.J. Francis on February 10, 2016 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment


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About the 1916 Irish Proclamation and Signatories

The Irish Proclamation 1916

In preparing this blog, I realise how little I know about the 1916 Proclamation, the Signatories and the Easter Rising. While this blog only touches the tip of the story of the Proclamation I hope it is of…

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Added by Totally Irish Gifts on February 6, 2016 at 12:30pm — 8 Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: February 7 - February 13

DOMHNAIGH -- On February 7, 1877, John O'Mahony (left: from the 'Atlas and Cyclopedia of Ireland), founder of the Fenian Brotherhood in the United States, died in New York. O'Mahony was a member of the Young Ireland…

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Added by The Wild Geese on February 6, 2016 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

Workers and Rebels: Jacob's Factory 1913-16

The story of one of the lesser known battle sites of the 1916 Rising in Dublin -- jacobs1916.com…

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Added by Fiachra Mangan on February 6, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

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