May 2017 Blog Posts (14)


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Authentic Medieval Experience At The Black Castle!

Tullaun Castle now has one room up and runningairbnb link read more on it's preservation journey from the below article in 2013.…

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Added by Nollaig 2016 on May 30, 2017 at 5:00pm — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: May 28 - June 3

DOMHNAIGH -- On May 28, 1779, poet and songwriter…

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Added by The Wild Geese on May 27, 2017 at 5:30pm — No Comments

The Forgotten Women of 1916

When President Michael D. Higgins gave the keynote address on International Women’s Day in Ireland this year, he spoke of the “diverse and often boundary breaking roles played by women in the Uprising of 1916, as well as the impact of the role of women in the…

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Added by Jim Hawkins on May 25, 2017 at 2:30pm — No Comments


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The Carrowkennedy Ambush: Revenge Is a Dish Best Served Cold

It was late afternoon of a…

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Added by Joe Gannon on May 20, 2017 at 9:00pm — 7 Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: May 21 - May 27

DOMHNAIGH --  On May 21, 1745, the uncle of the 'Liberator,' and an officer in the Irish Brigade of France, was born in Derrynane, Co. Kerry. Young Daniel became a cadet with the French army in 1761. He served in Clare's…

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Added by The Wild Geese on May 20, 2017 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Taste of the Season: Rhubarb Returns

If it hasn’t made its official appearance yet where you live, you can expect rhubarb to be showing up shortly. One of the earliest spring vegetables — yes, it’s a perennial vegetable — it’s generally used as a fruit in desserts and jams. Since rhubarb is almost too…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on May 17, 2017 at 7:30am — No Comments


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This Week in the History of the Irish: May 14 - May 20

MÁIRT -- On May 15, 1847, The Syria, the first ship to arrive during what Quebecois would call the 'Summer of Sorrow,' landed at the Canadian quarantine station in the St. Lawrence River, just north of Quebec. The French had called…

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Added by Joe Gannon on May 13, 2017 at 10:00am — 3 Comments


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The St. Patrick's Day Champ: Clare's 'Bold Mike' McTigue

The exhausted Irish boxer stood in the middle of the makeshift boxing ring in the smoke-filled La Scala opera house in Dublin. Sweat was trickling down his face, tinged scarlett with a bit of blood oozing from a cut above his left eye. His chest was…

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Added by Joe Gannon on May 9, 2017 at 9:30pm — 7 Comments

Treat Mom to Breakfast

With only a few days to go before we celebrate Mother’s Day, you might want to think about giving her a real treat — breakfast in bed!  Sure, you can take her out to brunch, but breakfast in bed creates a real Hallmark moment — “you care enough to cook…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on May 8, 2017 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Ballinalee, County Longford: The Village of Generals

To outsiders, the village of Ballinalee, in County Longford, might seem like no great shakes, just a bump in the road, a blink-and-you-miss-it spot that you’re through before you even notice. Were they to consult a map of the county, the seemingly inconsequential…

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Added by David Lawlor on May 7, 2017 at 4:30am — 2 Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: May 7 - May 13

DOMHNAIGH -- On May 7, 1915, the English passenger ship Lusitania was sunk near Old Head, Co. Cork, off the southern Irish coast. The liner had left New York bound for Liverpool on May 1. German intelligence believed, and most historians now…

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Added by The Wild Geese on May 6, 2017 at 1:00pm — No Comments


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1981 Hunger Strikes: On the Threshold of Another Trembling World

Among the most powerless men in the world are those in prisons. Your body no longer belongs to you; it belongs to the state. Every day you are told when to get up, when to go to bed, when you can exercise, when you can see your family, and also, when you…

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Added by Joe Gannon on May 5, 2017 at 8:00pm — 5 Comments

Requiem for Bobby

This is a humble tribute to a kindred spirit, poet, musician, soldier and far, far braver man than I could ever hope to be. While adhering to the ancient Gaelic ‘Brehon Law of Fasting,’ Bobby took no food or water for sixty-six days in pursuit of his quest…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on May 4, 2017 at 8:00pm — 11 Comments

The Incomparable Madge Herron

In April 2004 I was launching my first novel at the Irish cultural centre in Hammersmith, London, when a lady came over to me and shook my hand.

“I think I may be your cousin,” she said. “My name is Ethna Herron. You…

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Added by Colm Herron on May 3, 2017 at 7:30pm — 3 Comments

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