Featured Blog Posts – March 2016 Archive (22)

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

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

'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


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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 Dublin…

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

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

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


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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

The Thing About Galway

Even on the best of days, when the weather is temperate and the sky soft and cloudless, Galway City has a worn, secondhand feel to it: an historic, pensive, erudite quality everywhere you roam down its serpentine streets. But there’s also an energetic…

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Added by Claire Fullerton on March 16, 2016 at 12:00pm — 21 Comments

Easter Rising Commemoration

Irishmen everywhere celebrate the

1916 Easter Risings 100-Year Anniversary

Where was Irish Patriot Tom Barry during the Easter…

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Added by James Francis Smith on March 13, 2016 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Injustice in Hell's Kitchen? -- The Story of Tom and ‘Yerkie’ Irwin

"Brother Pleads Guilt to Free Jailed 'Twin' " reads the headline in the July 30, 1931, edition of The New York Times.

The story refers to two of my grandmother’s first cousins, Tom and John Irwin. Tom stood accused with two other men -- and…

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Added by Gerry Regan on March 11, 2016 at 10:00am — 3 Comments


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Winner Still Kvelling About Experience in 'Wild West of Ireland'

Our esteemed Irish Heritage Partner Wild West Irish Tours has kindly supplied us with some new photos of last year's successful ‘Wild West of Ireland: You Won’t Forget Your First Time’…

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Added by Fran Reddy on March 9, 2016 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

In This Silent Land

In this silent land

Say nothing

And keep saying it

In this silent land.

Men draped in cassocks

Possess a Nation’s secrets

To barter for souls over open graves

And we stay silent

In…

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Added by Seamus Ruttledge on March 8, 2016 at 7:30pm — 7 Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: March 6 - March 12

DOMHNAIGH -- On March 6, 1831, Philip Sheridan, one of the greatest Union generals on the American Civil War, was born. We know he was the son of Irish immigrants, but his place of birth is…

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Added by The Wild Geese on March 5, 2016 at 1:30pm — No Comments

'The Wolf and the Shield' -- What Does Your Heart Hunt For?



“The Wolf and the Shield: An Adventure with Saint Patrick” by Sherry Weaver Smith, reads like a heartwarming parable. Although it is ostensibly a children’s story, ideal for ages seven through twelve, this lovely book hit all the requisite high notes to hold my rapt attention: that it is set in…

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Added by Claire Fullerton on March 3, 2016 at 4:00pm — 3 Comments

'Dancing to an Irish Reel': Novel Brings Connemara To Vivid Life

While reading Dancing to an Irish Reel by Claire Fullerton, I felt as if I had joined a dance myself, part of a song beyond the ordinary world I’d left behind. The setting, Connemara on the West Coast of Ireland, lives on every page—the…

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Added by Sherry Weaver Smith on March 3, 2016 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

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