March 2017 Blog Posts (21)

This Week in the History of the Irish: March 26 - April 1

LUAIN -- 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…

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Added by The Wild Geese on March 25, 2017 at 12:30pm — No Comments

The Healing Beauty of Ireland's Wild West

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By Wild West Irish Tours | Sponsored Content By Samantha Nicole Fishkind | March 13th, 2017 "Like the joy of the sea coming home to shore, May the relief of laughter rinse through your soul." – John O’Donohue

To stand on the lush landscape encapsulated in God’s greenhouse, overlooking wild seas and rolling fields gridlocked by ancient stones, there is a sense of nirvana no amount of urban meditation could possibly hope to achieve. Place your hopes and your feet on…

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Added by Wild West Irish Tours on March 23, 2017 at 4:30pm — No Comments

The Healing Beauty of Ireland's Wild West!

Sam Nicole Fishkind came on a Wild West Irish Tour as a result of her entry into the Wild Geese "You won't forget your first time" contest. Here is a beautiful essay she wrote about her time in BOOMER Magazine:…

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Added by Wild West Irish Tours on March 22, 2017 at 11:30am — No Comments

Bust of Thomas Francis Meagher Destined for Brooklyn

Hello All,

Thank you for letting me join up. I am currently working on a sculpture bust of Thomas Francis Meagher, destined for Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn this summer.

Here is a blog that talks about the project: …

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Added by Michael Keropian on March 20, 2017 at 3:00pm — No Comments


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Irish War of Independence: The Lispole Ambush, Avoiding Disaster on the Dingle Peninsula

If you ever drive down the south side of the beautiful and scenic Dingle Peninsula in Co. Kerry, as I did with my wife, brother and sister-in-law last June (and everyone should, at least one in their lives), you will pass through the small village of Lispole…

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Added by Joe Gannon on March 20, 2017 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

Carrot Soup with Bacon Bread Crumbs Ushers In Spring

While carrots have a long growing season in Ireland, I generally think of them as a springtime vegetable since they’re obligatory with a St. Patrick’s Day meal of bacon and cabbage and, of course, as the favorite food of Easter bunnies! As we welcome…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on March 20, 2017 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

'Himself' Underscores All Our Ancestors' Journeys

The more presentations I make of my book, HIMSELF, A CIVIL WAR VETERAN'S STRUGGLES WITH REBELS, BRITS, AND DEVILS, the more readers and commentators lead me to read further and think deeper. If I were to rewrite this historical novel, I would include episodes depicting how poorly received were Northern veterans upon returning home, how much they were forced to turn to one…

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Added by William J. Donohue on March 20, 2017 at 8:30am — No Comments

The Equinox: Sunrise in the Bru Na Boinne

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An equinox is an astronomical event in which the Earth's equator passes through the center of the Sun.…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on March 19, 2017 at 10:00pm — 2 Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: March 19 - March 25

DOMHNAIGH - On March 19, 1921 Tom Barry and the West Cork Flying Column ambushed crown forces at Crossbarry, County Cork during the Irish War of Independence. The British had learned that …

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Added by The Wild Geese on March 18, 2017 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Patricius the Roman

Could I have come to Ireland without thought of God, merely in my own interest? Who was it made me come? For here I am a prisoner of the Spirit so that I may not see any of my family. Can it be out of the kindness of my heart that I carry out such…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on March 16, 2017 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Childhood Memories, a Poem by Anna Kelly

A clean “Memory Slate,” brought to this earth,

Shining and new on the day of our birth.

A special place to chronicle and store,

Experiences formative, new and enticing.

Many of them significant…

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Added by Anna Kelly on March 15, 2017 at 11:00am — No Comments

Free Access to Irish Family History Resources

To celebrate St. Patrick's Day, the New England Historic Genealogical Society is allowing free access to its online Irish family history resources from 15-22 March. Sign up for access via the NEHGS's American Ancestors database at the following:…

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Added by Kieron Punch on March 15, 2017 at 10:30am — No Comments


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Westward, Ho! John J. Healy, Montana Pioneer

(Above: "When Wagon Trails Were Dim," Charles Russell's depiction of a wagon train in the American west.)

Many men and women with Irish roots participated in the “winning” of…

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Added by Joe Gannon on March 14, 2017 at 10:30pm — 1 Comment

Warming Shepherd’s Pie for St. Patrick's Day

In a land where sheep were traditionally a primary food supply, it’s not surprising that lamb is the foundation for many farmhouse dishes. Shepherd’s Pie, a long-time favorite, was originally created as an economical way to use leftover lamb and was always…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on March 13, 2017 at 9:30am — No Comments

Francis Stuart: Nazi Sympathizer? Man Of Integrity? Or Fool?

In 1961 a great Irish writer called Francis Stuart wrote a novel the like of which had not been seen before. It was entitled Black List Section H, and it didn’t find a publisher for eight years because Stuart had been banished from the literary world. In 1939, shortly…

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Added by Colm Herron on March 12, 2017 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: March 12 - March 18

DEARDAOIN -- On March 16, 1828, Patrick Cleburne, one of the finest generals produced by either side during America's long, bloody civil war was born at Bride Park Cottage in Ovens Township, Co. Cork, just outside…

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Added by The Wild Geese on March 11, 2017 at 11:00am — No Comments

The Great Assembly at Tara (Part 3)

In the Great Hall, the attendees had begun to arrive and take their seats. King Laoghaire, already seated in his royal chair in the middle of the hall, was surrounded by his ten hand-picked individuals who attended him at all times and included a “high…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on March 9, 2017 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Níl Aon Tinteán Mar Do Thinteán Féin

Painting by Eoin Mac Lochlainn of empty fireplace, Fanad, Donegal

"Tinteán Tréigthe no.32", 42 x 42cm, oil painting on canvas by Eoin Mac Lochlainn, 2017

It’s Irish Language Week in Ireland this week so I've written my post in Irish. But please scroll down to read the English translation down below, if you wish. 

Tá scéailín deas agam daoibh faoin bpictiúr seo ag barr.…

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Added by Eoin Mac Lochlainn on March 5, 2017 at 11:00am — 4 Comments

New Assignment -- New Country -- And Not A Parade In Sight

I've managed to get myself to a country where there is no St. Patrick's Day Parade -- not even an Irish embassy, just an honorary consulate. I suspect March 17 will be a little quieter than I'm used to. 

I am alive and well and enjoying Amman -- and so…

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Added by Fr. John R. Sheehan, SJ on March 5, 2017 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: March 5 - March 11

DOMHNAIGH -- On March 5, 1921 during the Irish War of Independence, an ambush by the Irish Volunteers at Clonbanin, Co. Cork killed British General Hanway Cumming and twelve other British soldiers. Seán…

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Added by The Wild Geese on March 4, 2017 at 2:00pm — 3 Comments

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