Featured Blog Posts – May 2016 Archive (18)


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Tom Barry: 'We May Have Great Men, But We’ll Never Have Better'

When it came to the grand plan of how the Irish, with their meager resources, could defeat the forces of the greatest empire on earth in the Irish War of Independence, Michael Collins was the great architect who drew up the “flying column” blue print. But…

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Added by Joe Gannon on May 31, 2016 at 10:00pm — 12 Comments


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Added by Totally Irish Gifts on May 31, 2016 at 12:30am — 4 Comments

The Perfect Place

Roger Cohen recently wrote in The New York Times about a Savoy Hotel located in Germany which, for him, is the perfect place in that he sees this hotel as untouched by time. For an example of what he is…

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Added by Susan O'Dea Boland on May 29, 2016 at 2:30pm — 4 Comments

Young Irish Immigrant Awaits Recognition for His Heroism in Vietnam

Patrick Gallagher was born in Derrintogher, County Mayo, Ireland on February 2, 1944. At the age of 18, Patrick immigrated to the United States for the promise of a new life, one filled with opportunity. He quickly started on the immigrant dream: studying law while…

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Added by Neil F. Cosgrove on May 28, 2016 at 7:00pm — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: May 29 - June 4

Maj. C. Donohue and D. Egan, 1869

Depicted somewhat imaginatively, O'Neill's soldiers launch their assault at Ridgeway. Above the harp on the Fenians' flag are the…

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Added by The Wild Geese on May 28, 2016 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Walking to Work Through a Battle Zone

There are two routes I can take to my office when I leave the train station to go to work. They both pass a large 18th century building of Palladian, neoclassical design, which I used to admire as a child, long before I knew of its connection to my own family.

Now, as I pass it by, I study its…

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Added by David Lawlor on May 28, 2016 at 4:00am — 7 Comments

The Night the Nazis Bombed Dublin

Noel Brady was standing with his father at the hall  door of their family home on St. Ignatius Road in Dublin’s North Strand area when they heard the drone of a Nazi Luftwaffe bomber flying overhead.

“I…

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Added by David Lawlor on May 28, 2016 at 4:00am — 14 Comments

Love Letter to The West of Ireland -- 'Put Some Mayo on That'

Writing about the country she loves, Susan Boland delivers a love letter to the ancestral homeland she triumphantly returned to: Ireland. This gifted storyteller, scripting one of the world's most beautiful coastlines, the Coast Road of Clew Bay, with her perceptive cultural insights and warm sense of humor, has delivered a landmark in travel writing.…

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Added by Susan O'Dea Boland on May 27, 2016 at 3:00pm — No Comments


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Winfield Scott: Defender of Irish Rights ... Once

Winfield Scott is well known as the hero of the Mexican War and as the over all commander of Federal forces during the beginning of the Civil War. Few have heard much about his experiences in the War of 1812, however. One…

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Added by Joe Gannon on May 26, 2016 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments


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Irish Gifts for the Dad(s) In Your Life

Get ready for Father's Day...

Sunday, June 19th

This week's HOT DEALS are on a selection of gifts for Father's…

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Added by Totally Irish Gifts on May 22, 2016 at 5:00pm — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: May 22 - May 28

DOMHNAIGH -- On May 22, 1805, Young Irelander Michael Doheny (right) was born in Fethard, Co. Tipperary. Doheny joined O'Connell's Repeal Association in the 1830s and wrote for the Young Irelanders' publication, The Nation, under the name Eiranach.…

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Added by The Wild Geese on May 21, 2016 at 11:30am — No Comments


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The Kilmeena Ambush, May 19, 1921: Seeds of Victory in a Defeat

In the early part of the Irish War of Independence there had not been any major ambushes of Crown forces in County Mayo, unlike several other counties, notably County Cork. However, in May 1921, the Irish Volunteers began to…

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Added by Joe Gannon on May 18, 2016 at 9:00pm — 3 Comments

Breandán Breathnach's 'Folk Music and Dances of Ireland'

Growing up on Long Island with two Irish-American parents was not a particularly Irish experience. Carmel Quinn records played on our stereo and were appreciated by all. My father regularly annoyed my mother by listening to bagpipe music. The truth was…

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Added by james lawrence dore on May 16, 2016 at 7:30pm — 2 Comments

The Journey

I’m partial to the west coast of Ireland for its myriad wonders, which appear in small towns that are hidden like gemstones in neat grids of logic separated by rambling, idle roads. There are worlds within worlds in these Irish small towns: history and…

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Added by Claire Fullerton on May 16, 2016 at 6:00pm — 7 Comments


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Blessed William Tirry: Priest & Martyr

In the centuries after Christianity came to Ireland, when the only Christian Church was the Roman Catholic Church, it thrived there. In the Dark Ages it was monks from Ireland, "the island of saints and scholars," studying in Ireland and then moving out around Europe…

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Added by Joe Gannon on May 12, 2016 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

An Irish Republican Mother

This is my late mother, Margaret McGuinness Kelly, who was an assistant…

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Added by philip kelly on May 6, 2016 at 4:30pm — 8 Comments

'98 Rising Marked Pinnacle for Antrim Native Honored in New York

By Charlie Laverty

Just a few minutes drive from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., lies the modest village of Salisbury Mills. But its remembrance of the deeds of its men at war is far from modest: At the junction of two…

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Added by The Wild Geese on May 4, 2016 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment


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Mary Brady: Angel of the Battlefield

There are perhaps no participants in war who see more of the agony and despair that it brings to humanity than the doctors and nurses who tend to its physically and mentally broken combatants. During the American Civil War, many women with no medical background took up…

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Added by Joe Gannon on May 3, 2016 at 9:00pm — No Comments

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