March 2016 Blog Posts (36)

Last Opportunity

Irish March Ends at midnight.

So will the free Kindle book The Irish-American Chronicle

and the discounted The Last of the Fenians…

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Added by James Francis Smith on March 31, 2016 at 11:07am — No Comments

Mars, Bars and Scars

Have you ever been to Mars?” I was asked one morning at 2am as I made my way up east 81st. street in Manhattan. I was returning home from a night out at Manny’s Car Wash, a favorite blues bar on 2nd avenue. I stopped and heard it again, louder this time, “Have you…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on March 30, 2016 at 10:30pm — 7 Comments

Trilogy Celebrates a Special Irish Ancestor

Hi everyone,

I have written a trilogy based on my Irish ancestor from County Mayo. My first book, which begins in 1847, is called "A Woman Undefeated." Maggie emigrated to the Irish settlement in Chester, England. It is a gripping tale and has received good reviews.

The sequel is called "…

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Added by Vivienne Dockerty on March 30, 2016 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

Bruton: Commemorations Reveal What We Believe Today

Speech by John Bruton, former Taoiseach, at 11 a.m., Monday 28th March, in Iveagh House, Dublin, as part of RTE's “Reflecting the Rising” series.

President John Kennedy once said that a “nation reveals itself “ by the events and people it chooses to commemorate.

This state is…

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Added by The Wild Geese on March 30, 2016 at 10:30am — 4 Comments

Free Kindle edition - The Irish-American Chronicle

Hi. I'm James Francis Smith - author of the Irish-American series - consisting of 7 historical novels which place characters in real-life scenarios ranging from the ancient Celts through the American Revolution, America's Civil War, WWI, and the Irish-Anglo…

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Added by James Francis Smith on March 28, 2016 at 6:00pm — No Comments

'Calla's Waltz' -- and Other Irish Banjo Stories!

My friends kid me about one of the websites I frequent, a place called Banjo Hangout (dot Org). It’s a place where banjo geeks like me go and talk about strings and rings, and pots and picks, and necks and woods and, well, banjo makers! And occasionally…

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Added by Jed Marum on March 28, 2016 at 1:30pm — 5 Comments

Do You Really Know Irish-American History? Free book!

In remembrance of the 1916 Easter Rising, the Kindle edition of James Francis Smith's The Irish-American Chronicle, will be free starting March 28th through Thursday, March 31st.

The 44-pages dedicated to Kennedy's assassination and funeral…

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Added by James Francis Smith on March 27, 2016 at 1:30pm — No Comments


Heritage Partner
W. T. Cosgrave, The Quintessentially Pragmatic Republican

William Thomas (Liam) Cosgrave was not one of the iconic figures of the early 1900s, nor indeed was he a man who had any real status of leadership in the 1916 Rising, although he was a chief adviser to Eamonn Ceannt during the 1916 Rising at South…

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Added by That's Just How It Was on March 26, 2016 at 12:30pm — 6 Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: March 27 - April 2

DOMHNAIGH-- On March 27, 1872, Mary MacSwiney (Maire Nic Shuibhne), republican activist, was born in Surrey, England, of an Irish father and an English mother.

(Left: National Library of Ireland: …

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Added by The Wild Geese on March 26, 2016 at 11:00am — No Comments

Ruttledge Sings 'James Connnolly'

Mayo born singer songwriter Seamus Ruttledge has recorded a new version of 'James Connolly' to mark the centenary of the 1916 Easter rising.

Ruttledge has adapted, arranged, and…

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Added by Seamus Ruttledge on March 25, 2016 at 6:30pm — 3 Comments

The Easter Rising's Forgotten Battle

The GPO, Mount Street Bridge, The South Dublin Union -- these are names that resonate when it comes to Easter 1916 as the battlegrounds for what became Padraig Pearse’s ‘glorious failure.’ However, for some quirk of history, the success that took place in…

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Added by David Lawlor on March 25, 2016 at 3:30am — 15 Comments

Free Download of Historical Novel This Easter Weekend

I have  arranged for my novel "Part an Irishman" to be available via a free download from Amazon over the Easter weekend. This is to say thanks for all of the marvelous support and good will that I have received from my friends.

In 1820, Lieutenant John Turner Flinn R.N stood in the…

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Added by T.S.Flynn on March 23, 2016 at 5:30pm — 4 Comments

The Irish Families of Elmhurst, NYC

When I entered the University of Notre Dame in 1965, the first thing I had to do was make some close friends. Notre Dame has no social fraternities and in 1965 no women. So one had to fish around your residence halls and classes to…

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Added by Michael H.J. Kane on March 22, 2016 at 2:30pm — 5 Comments

Wild West Irish Tours Celebrating With Rising Focus, $400 Off

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Added by Wild West Irish Tours on March 22, 2016 at 11:00am — No Comments

Hawkins' 'Own Native Land' a Merry Journey of Stories, Songs

Invite a seanchaí into your home . . . you will be glad that you did. With Jim Hawkins new CD, My Own Native Land: Stories and Songs of Ireland, that has never been easier. Hawkins’ debut album will carry you across the miles, over the waters and…

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Added by Bit Devine on March 21, 2016 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Tallying the Irish in Britain Over the Past Two Centuries

Although the first census of the United Kingdom was held in 1801, it was not until the 1841 census that respondents were asked to state their country of birth, thereby enabling us to see the size of the Irish population in Britain. We cannot, therefore, accurately judge…

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Added by Kieron Punch on March 21, 2016 at 1:00pm — 3 Comments

Don't Miss Your Official Irish Harp Pin™

Dont miss your classic Official Irish Harp Pin™ at:

Buy your classic official Irish Harp Pin under this link…

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Added by Thomas R. on March 19, 2016 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

This Week in the History of the Irish: March 20 - March 26

DOMHNAIGH -- On March 20, 1780, Miles Byrne, United Irishman and officer in Napoleon's Irish Legion, was born in Co. Wexford. He was active in the 1798 Rising in Wexford and fought all its major battles, right through the rebels' climactic defeat at…

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Added by The Wild Geese on March 19, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments


Founding Member
Saint Patrick's Breastplate (Also Known as The Deer's Cry)

Photo of window at St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin, courtesy of George R. Doyle, 2014…

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Added by Liam Murphy on March 17, 2016 at 9:30am — 3 Comments

Green With Envy . . .

In the next few hours a large chunk of the world will go green – not out of a love for the environment, but because that’s what you do on March 17.

Forget about any sense of style, every shade of green you can envisage will be flown, painted, worn and waved on…

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Added by David Lawlor on March 16, 2016 at 5:00pm — 6 Comments

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