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Ireland is Calling and I Must Go

Ireland has been calling to me for many years and last month I finally answered.  My sister, Gloria, our life long friend, Valerie and my newphew Chris and his girlfriend, Morgan, spent nine days (not nearly enough time) visiting Dublin and Northern Ireland and we even made a day trip to Glasgow and Edingburgh, Scotland.

We arrived at 7:00am and the sun would not be up for another hour so my first glimpse of the island was scattered lights in the darkness.  We had spent nearly twenty…

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Added by Honora Wright Weaver on February 22, 2018 at 7:07pm — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: February 18-24

DOMHNAIGH -- On February 18, 1817, Walter Paye Lane, Confederate general in the American Civil War, was born in County Cork. He emigrated to the United States with his parents when he was only 4 years old. Lane grew up in Ohio but traveled to Texas at 18.…

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Added by The Wild Geese on February 18, 2018 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Chapter Six from 'A Good Girl, The Walsh Family Leaves Galway'

Trading Fate

Fourteen-year-old Patricia Walsh, her mother, father, and six siblings, scratched out a living in the stone fields of County Galway, Ireland. Colum Walsh supported the family as a stonemason building estate structures and repairing the fences of an…

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Added by Johnnie Bernhard on February 15, 2018 at 5:30am — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: February 11 - February 17

MÁIRT -- On February 13, 1782, Dillon's regiment of the Irish Brigade…

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Added by The Wild Geese on February 10, 2018 at 12:30pm — No Comments

The Sheas, Three Generations of Olympic Greatness

Since the ancient past, societies have honored athletes.  Athletic competition may have developed out of pragmatic concerns such as training warriors, but it was soon realized that certain individuals were gifted with exceptional talents.  In the…

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Added by Neil F. Cosgrove on February 8, 2018 at 7:30pm — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: February 4 - February 10

DOMHNAIGH -- On February 4, 1860, Spanish General Don Leopoldo O'Donnell y Jorris, 1st Duke of Tétuan, 1st Count of Lucena, 1st Viscount of Aliaga, won the battle of Tétuan in Spain's war against Morocco. Leopoldo…

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Added by The Wild Geese on February 4, 2018 at 10:00am — No Comments

Slaughter in South Armagh.

The period between November 1974 and January 1976 was a particularly dark and frightening time around South Armagh. I remember vividly the fear and shock being felt around the area at that time and when McArdles Bar in Crossmaglen was bombed in Nov. 74, leaving one dead and several seriously injured,…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on February 2, 2018 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Festival of Imbolc and the Two Brigids

Back in the mists of time, long before the Milesians arrived from Egypt, and even longer before the Celtic tribes came and settled, another ancient tribe inhabited the island of Ireland. The ‘Tuatha De Dannan,’ translated as ‘people of the Goddess…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on January 30, 2018 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Everything Changed for Ireland After King Charles I's Execution

This poem was penned after the death of King Charles I, who was beheaded outside Whitehall Palace in London on the afternoon of January 30th, 1649, exactly 368 years ago, today. 

"He nothing common did or…

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Added by Brian Nolan on January 30, 2018 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

'What's Up, Doc!': National Carrot Cake Day Is February 3

Who doesn’t love carrot cake? I sure do, and when I learned there was actually a day devoted to celebrating it, I couldn’t wait to make one in its honor. For the record, food historians suggest modern carrot cake probably descended from carrot…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on January 30, 2018 at 8:30am — 3 Comments

The British Question (And How They Kept Disgracing Themselves)

I had decided not to go on the Bloody Sunday march in Derry, my home town, because I was too frightened. I felt I had good cause. Word was that British parachute regiment was to be on duty here that day and I knew they had gone on a…

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Added by Colm Herron on January 28, 2018 at 10:00am — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: January 28 - February 3

DOMHNAIGH -- On January 28, 1967 , Helena Moloney, republican and trade unionist, died in Dublin. Moloney was born in Dublin in 1884. While only at teen-ager Moloney heard Maud Gonne give a pro-nationalist speech near the Customs…

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Added by The Wild Geese on January 27, 2018 at 12:30pm — No Comments

O'Reilly: Fenian Rebel, Convict and Poet

This month in January 1868, after a voyage of 89 days, an infamous convict-ship docked for the last time in Freemantle harbor, Western Australia.

On October 12, 1867,…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on January 25, 2018 at 8:00am — 7 Comments

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

DOMHNAIGH -- On January 21, 1876, James "Big Jim" Larkin one of the greatest labor leaders of the 20th century, was born in Liverpool, England, the second son of a poor Irish couple. At 5 he was sent back to Newry, County Down, to…

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Added by The Wild Geese on January 20, 2018 at 10:00am — No Comments


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Cataclysm in Cork: The Battle of Clonmult

On top of roof and window,

Those boys stood up to fight,

‘Til the burning of the cottage

And no escape in sight.…

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Added by Joe Gannon on January 19, 2018 at 5:30pm — 2 Comments

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

LUAIN -- On January 15, 1861, Young Irelander Terence Bellew MacManus died in San Francisco. MacManus was born in County Fermanagh in 1811. He later moved to Liverpool, England, where he began a successful shipping agency. In…

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Added by The Wild Geese on January 14, 2018 at 9:30am — No Comments

Recipe Worth Repeating

If you’re a loyal follower of my recipe posts (if I actually have any “followers”), this recipe might ring familiar. I posted it back in March suggesting that the soup would make a lovely “spring” dish, but since I’ve made it again recently to…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on January 8, 2018 at 8:30am — No Comments

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

SATHAIRN -- On Jan. 7, 1945 Major Thomas McGuire Jr., the second highest scoring US ace of WWII, and …

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Added by The Wild Geese on January 7, 2018 at 9:00am — No Comments

Oliver Plunkett, Tomás Ó Fiaich and The Bard of Armagh

Three hundred and forty-four years ago, on a bleak, frigid night in January 1674, Bishop Oliver Plunkett and his close friend John Brennan, Bishop of Cashel, were forced to flee the town of Drogheda and run for their lives. Wearing long, hooded cloaks and…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on December 31, 2017 at 6:00pm — 6 Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: December 31 - January 6

DOMHNAIGH -- On December 31, 1602, Dónall O'Sullivan Beare and his clan began their epic march to Ulster. O'Sullivan had supported…

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Added by The Wild Geese on December 30, 2017 at 9:30am — No Comments

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