Featured Blog Posts – April 2016 Archive (16)

Jews Who Fought in Famed Irish Brigade's 28th Massachusetts

In my research on the history of the 28th Massachusetts Volunteers, a Boston Irish regiment raised to be a part of Thomas Meagher’s Irish Brigade, the most surprising find was the identification of three Jewish soldiers who served in its ranks.  The three were…

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Added by Robert A Mosher on April 28, 2016 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment


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Ireland's Tithe War: Income for Protestant Clergy With Steep Price

"There are many noble traits in the Irish character, mixed with failings which have always raised obstacles to their own well-being; but an innate love of justice, and an indomitable hatred of oppression, is like a gem upon the front of our nation which no…

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Added by Joe Gannon on April 27, 2016 at 9:00pm — 5 Comments

How The Nuns of Kylemore Abbey Saved My Father's Life

This story took place between 1920, when the Benedict Nuns arrived at Kylemore, and 1922, when the Black and Tans left Galway after the signing of the Anglo-Irish Peace Treaty in December 1921.

Patrick Carney, my father, was born in Cornamona, County Galway, in 1900. He was one of several…

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Added by Friends of Kylemore Abbey on April 26, 2016 at 8:00pm — 4 Comments

Searching For My Great Grandmother's House in Donegal

oil painting of old deserted fireplace by Eoin Mac Lochlainn entitled: Tinteán Tréigthe no.19, oil on canvas, 2016

Tinteán Tréigthe no.19, oil on canvas, 2016

Now if you’re searching for your great grandmother’s cottage in the country, you can follow the map to a certain extent, but, in the end, you just have to ask someone. So, after driving a crooked mile up a crooked mucky roadeen, searching for the dot beside the ‘S’ of…

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Added by Eoin Mac Lochlainn on April 25, 2016 at 6:30pm — 4 Comments

'Have Ye No Homes To Go To? The History Of the Irish Pub'

Perhaps some contributors may find this new book of interest:

"Have Ye No Homes To Go To? The History Of the Irish Pub"

By Kevin Martin

Release date: 15 May

Publisher: The Collins Press

Available to pre-order on Amazon…

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Added by Kevin Martin on April 25, 2016 at 6:00am — No Comments


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Introducing Contemporary Irish Jeweller Tracy Gilbert

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Introducing the amazing Tracy Gilbert, contemporary Dublin-based jewellery designer, whose work we now…

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Added by Totally Irish Gifts on April 24, 2016 at 3:00am — 1 Comment

How I Learned That Grandad Executed Erskine Childers

Do you know where you’ll be on April 24? Maybe not, but chances are you might just find yourself huddled over a form, answering innumerable questions about your personal life. Filling in the census may not be the most exciting of pastimes, but it sure is important. Without all those statistics it generates,…

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Added by David Lawlor on April 22, 2016 at 4:30am — 7 Comments

After the Easter Rebellion, Justice Turned Her Back on Ireland

Dublin Castle was the seat of British rule in Ireland for over 700 years.  On top of the gate to the courtyard of the castle is a statue depicting Justice.  The statue is unusual for several reasons. The figure of Justice faces inward not outward as would…

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Added by Neil F. Cosgrove on April 18, 2016 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment


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Remembering the Great Hunger Commemoration at Grosse île

In 1997, during the 150th anniversary of "Black '47," the worst year of the Great Hunger, many commemorations were held all around Ireland and the Irish Diaspora. I attended one of them on Grosse île and wrote the following about that experience.…

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Added by Joe Gannon on April 17, 2016 at 9:00pm — 2 Comments

For Malachy McAllister, 50 Years Under the Gun

TheWildGeese.irish published the following interview with beleaguered and much-respected Irish immigrant Malachy McAllister in 2006, and we are astounded at how relevant -- and urgent -- the concerns the Irish-American community expressed about his plight then remain today. The account we reprise here dramatically underscores how precarious Malachy's hold on the American dream has remained for the past…

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Added by The Wild Geese on April 16, 2016 at 7:30pm — No Comments


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How a 22-Year-Old Firebrand Became 'Meagher of the Sword'

The very subtlest eloquence

That injured men can show,


Is the pathos of a pike-head,

And the logic of a blow.

Hopes built upon fine talking

Are like castles built on sand

But the pleading of cold iron

Not a tyrant can…

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Added by Joe Gannon on April 12, 2016 at 8:00am — 1 Comment


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Easter Week 1916: Seachtain na Cásca

Easter is the principal feast day of the Christian religion, and, like the Jewish feast of Passover – which immediately preceded the first Easter, it is rooted in an actual event. Like Passover, it represents a passage from darkness to light, from death to life. The…

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Added by Liam Murphy on April 6, 2016 at 4:00pm — No Comments


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Nellie Bly: Circling the World and Changing It - Part Two

Nellie was able to fool the doctors at Bellevue into believing she was mentally incompetent and was transported out to Blackwell’s Island (in a 19th century illustration, above). After ten harrowing days there, the paper managed to get her out, but she…

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Added by Joe Gannon on April 3, 2016 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

Altan -- Projecting Irish Bonhomie To The World

Carmel, California -- Before I get to the acclaimed Irish traditional musicians from Donegal who comprise the band, Altan, I’m going to editorialize to put the show I saw the other night into context. When I lived on the western…

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Added by Claire Fullerton on April 1, 2016 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

Remembering Patrick Pearse at Easter 2016 in Ros Muc

photo of Furze bushes at Ros Muc by Eoin Mac Lochlainn

(Scroll down to read the English translation of this post.)

Bhuel, bhí sé go h-iontach a bheith i láthair i Ros Muc i mbliana le hÉirí amach na Cásca a chomóradh, céad bhliain níos déanaí.  Bhí brat na hÉireann ag foluain i ngach gáirdín agus cuma álainn ar an cheantar ar fad.  Bhí gach sórt…

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Added by Eoin Mac Lochlainn on April 1, 2016 at 6:00am — 3 Comments

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