Featured Blog Posts – July 2014 Archive (39)

The Irishman Who Was a Major Player in Chilean Independence

Bernardo O'Higgins (1778–1842) was born in Chile -- not Ireland.  However, his father,…

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Added by John Edward Murphy on July 31, 2014 at 6:30pm — No Comments

The Irishman Who was the Spanish Governor of Louisiana

Who was "General O'Reilly," and how did a man with such an Irish name become the "Spanish Governor of Louisiana?"

While on a consulting assignment in August of 2000, I was bicycling through the streets of New Orleans and randomly came across a historic marker that read: "Fort St. Charles On Oct. 25, 1769, under Gen. O'Reilly, Spanish governor of…

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Added by John Edward Murphy on July 30, 2014 at 7:00pm — 2 Comments

Those Wonderful, Intelligent Irish Genes - Thank You, Ireland

General John Alexander McClernand, born May 30, 1812, Kentucky, self- educated lawyer at age 20 and private in Blackhawk War with Abraham Lincoln as his Captain. Son of Dr. John, immigrant from…

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Added by Dee Notaro on July 30, 2014 at 1:00pm — 6 Comments

Irish Stick-Fighter Making Film About His Father

I have been researching the history of Irish martial arts - styles of wrestling, boxing and stick-fighting - for about 30 years now. To the best of my knowledge, Glen Doyle of Newfoundland, Canada is the only person on earth who still practices a living style (not one recreated through books or manuals) of Irish stick-fighting. He learned and inherited…

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Added by John W. Hurley on July 29, 2014 at 7:00pm — 7 Comments


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Wexford's Diehard Revolutionary Father

As we were heading north on R-702 in Kiltealy, County Wexford during our recent vacation to the southeast of Ireland, my eye caught sight of some sort of plaque on the wall along a driveway to the right. There…

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Added by Joe Gannon on July 28, 2014 at 11:30pm — 2 Comments

Birding Ireland

Did you know that Ireland is a fly through for millions of migrating birds en route to North Africa and other parts of the Middle East?…

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Added by Ann V Quinlan on July 27, 2014 at 11:00am — 1 Comment


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10 Irish Food and Drink Products to Buy for Christmas

We cannot believe that Christmas is a mere 5 months away and so for this post we asked our Founder, Lisa…

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Added by ISLE magazine on July 27, 2014 at 3:00am — 6 Comments

The Irish Survivor of Hiroshima

We’re marking the 69th anniversary of the atomic bomb attack on Hiroshima. And yes, an Irish national --- Julia Canny a.k.a. Sister Mary of Saint Isaac Jogues --- was present and survived. My story together with the accompanying photographs (reproduced…

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Added by John Edward Murphy on July 26, 2014 at 7:00pm — 14 Comments

Guillermo (William or Liam) Brown

So who the **** was Guillermo (William or Liam) Brown?

Guillermo (William or Liam) Brown (1777 - 1857) was an Irishman acknowledged as the “father of the Argentine Navy.” That’s right, an Irishman founded…

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Added by John Edward Murphy on July 26, 2014 at 4:00pm — 8 Comments

Review: 'The Great Shame: And the Triumph of the Irish In the English-Speaking World'

The Great Shame: And the Triumph of the Irish In the English-Speaking World

By Thomas Keneally (of "Schindler’s List" fame)

Reviewed by John Edward (Ed) Murphy

Overall a good book and a very scholarly work. Great Shame…

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Added by John Edward Murphy on July 26, 2014 at 3:00pm — 8 Comments

Passing for White: Race, Religion, and the Healy Family (1820-1920)

The Healy family is an interesting Irish-American and and African-American family.  I did the following book review a couple of years back:

Passing for White: Race, Religion, and the Healy Family, 1820-1920

by James M. O’Toole

Reviewed by John Edward “Ed”…

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Added by John Edward Murphy on July 25, 2014 at 7:00pm — 9 Comments

Tipperary, an Overlooked Irish Charmer



If you’re concerned that modernity has caused the Emerald Isle will lose its rural charm, set your compass to…

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Added by Michael Quane on July 24, 2014 at 1:30pm — 15 Comments

Auditions for 'The Last Torch'

It was a very exciting weekend auditioning for "The Last Torch." Both tiring and exhilarating. Casting has been a very tough job, but we have our cast -- all except Brian O'Rourke, but he will appear!

BUAGH!…

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Added by The Last Torch on July 24, 2014 at 5:30am — No Comments


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Searching for Your Irish Ancestors, Part 3 – The Roman Catholic Parish Registers

This is part four in a series of articles on "Searching for Your Irish Ancestors" written by Ireland-based professional genealogist Nicola Morris of…

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Added by Timeline Genealogy on July 23, 2014 at 8:30am — 2 Comments

'Dysphasia,' 'Rory O'Shea': Irish Films With Heart, Hard Heads

Long Island City, N.Y. – How we try, and often fail to communicate, and how we ultimately and triumphantly can bridge that chasm came across as the focus of two extraordinary and allegorical films that screened Saturday night in Queens at New York Irish Center's…

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Added by Gerry Regan on July 21, 2014 at 2:00pm — No Comments


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Trim Castle, County Meath

Trim Castle
Trim, Co Meath,…
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Added by Celtic Tours World Vacations on July 21, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments

Are You an Irish 'Hostler'?

If your great grandfather listed his occupation as a hostler – what did he do?

The word is spelled "hostler" in American English, but "ostler" in British English. It traces to c.1386,…

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Added by Dee Notaro on July 19, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments

Keeping Faith With the Benedictines of Kylemore

Sometimes you go in circles with a career before it feels right. I had owned an ad agency for eleven years before changing careers in 2001 and going into fundraising. I can now say that I feel like I…

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Added by Mary Reed on July 18, 2014 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment


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Adare Castle, County Limerick, Ireland

Adare Castle…

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Added by Celtic Tours World Vacations on July 18, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments

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