Featured Blog Posts – July 2015 Archive (24)

The Miami Showband Massacre: The Day The Music Was Silenced

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Today, July 31st marks the 40th anniversary of the massacre, on a lonely stretch of road in 1975, of members of the Miami Showband. Surviving band member Des Lee on Friday returned to the spot at Buskhill, on the road between…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on July 31, 2015 at 8:30pm — 14 Comments

Podcasting the Dot-Irish Experience Worldwide

We have no doubt that the word "Irish" in anyone's domain name, particularly as a TLD (top level domain, that is, 'behind' the dot) helps a marketer (and any devotee of the Irish experience)…

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Added by Gerry Regan on July 31, 2015 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

Roscommon Poet Becomes Bard for 100,000 Aussie Workers

Songs of the Snowy Mountains: The Settlers (Editor: Shannon O’Boyle)

Reviewer: J.A. O’Brien

Summary: Songs of the Snowy Mountains: The Settlers represents an important new contribution to the history of Australian…

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Added by James O'Brien on July 31, 2015 at 5:00am — 1 Comment


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Elizabeth O'Farrell: Nurse and Rebel -- Airbrushed From Irish History

Elizabeth O’Farrell was born in 1884 at 33 City Quay, Dublin, to Christopher and Margaret O’Farrell [nee Kenneah]. Her father died when she was a small child, so this left her family not only bereft but financially insecure. Not born with a…

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Added by That's Just How It Was on July 30, 2015 at 12:00pm — 15 Comments

Hay Foot, Straw Foot

While hiking with my American-born kids I found myself repeating the words “hay foot, straw foot” trying to motivate them to keep going as they were getting tired. I reflected on how I first learned the phrase from my West Cork granny, and decided to investigate the term a little further.  I grew intrigued to learn this phrase is shared between Ireland and America.



“Hay-foot, straw-foot” was a term my late granny…

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Added by Mairead Geary on July 28, 2015 at 9:30pm — 3 Comments

A Sailor in Wartime Dixie: Startled by Catholic Apartheid

And then when we got to Miami, the Gesu Church, which is a beautiful Catholic church, an old church in the heart of Miami, they had big signs posted as you entered, ‘Colored seat from the rear.’…

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Added by Gerry Regan on July 27, 2015 at 5:32pm — 2 Comments

Review: How 'Jimmy's Hall' Created a Place to Debate -- and Dance

Suppose you could go to the movie theater and see a film about working people, struggling against great odds to enrich the quality of their lives. And suppose that instead of relying on a great individual leader, they made their own decisions and fought their own…

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Added by Sandy Boyer on July 26, 2015 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Banter in a Spiddal Pub

Once upon a time, I spent a year living on the western coast of Ireland. From my American frame of reference, it took a bit of adjustment to become accustom to the Gaeltacht of Connemara’s shores. My acclimation to the culture came in curious increments…

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Added by Claire Fullerton on July 26, 2015 at 11:00am — 12 Comments

The Ottoman Empire and The Great Hunger

During the Great Hunger in Ireland the Ottoman Empire sent £1,000 sterling (about $1,500,000 today) and three shiploads of food to Drogheda, Ireland.

The Ottoman ruler at that time -- Sultan Khaleefah Abdul-Majid – wanted to send…

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Added by Des Wade on July 25, 2015 at 6:30pm — 6 Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: July 26 - August 1

DOMHNAIGH -- On July 26, 1739, George Clinton (right), soldier, first governor of New York, and vice president of the United States, was born in Little Britain, N.Y., of Irish Protestant parents. Clinton served in his father's New York state militia unit during…

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Added by The Wild Geese on July 25, 2015 at 1:19pm — No Comments


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In the Footsteps of Bridget: A Titanic Connection

In 2013 our annual trek to the Ireland brought us to a pleasant small cottage…

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Added by Joe Gannon on July 24, 2015 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

Making of 'Jimmy's Hall': Part 1, 'Long Distant Ripple from Nicaragua'

In the following three-part series, Sixteen Films' screenwriter Paul Laverty writes about the genesis of "Jimmy's Hall." His observations were first published in Sixteen Films' Production Notes, and are reproduced here with permission. Production Photos see here…

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Added by The Wild Geese on July 24, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments

The Choctaw Nation and The Great Hunger

A sculpture of nine eagle feathers by Alex Pentek has been installed in Midleton, County Cork, to thank the Choctaw Indians for their …

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Added by Des Wade on July 24, 2015 at 6:00am — 11 Comments


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Ireland's Timeless Connemara Marble -- Special Offer for Members

The region of Connemara is the very edge of Europe on the west coast of Ireland, spanning the majestic Twelve Bens mountains, embracing lakes and pre-historic bogs, bounded on the west, south and north by the Atlantic Ocean. This beautiful region is the essence of Ireland, with unspoilt and ever changing invigorating…

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Added by Totally Irish Gifts on July 19, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments

Michael Collins Scene From 'A Time of Traitors'

Michael Collins sat hunched over the small office desk,…

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Added by David Lawlor on July 19, 2015 at 4:30am — 16 Comments

Indicting Ireland's 'Masters,' 'Pastors': Q&A With Director Ken Loach

Sandy Boyer (SB) interviews via telephone …
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Added by The Wild Geese on July 14, 2015 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

‘Days of Brave Music’: Dark Clouds Over 'Jimmy's Hall'

The real Jimmy Gralton in 1944

By Donal Ó Drisceoil

Jimmy Gralton returned to Leitrim from New York in June 1921, just as the…

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Added by The Wild Geese on July 14, 2015 at 5:30pm — 8 Comments

Comic Grace Ethel Cecile Rosalie Allen: July 26,1895

Gracie Allen was born to George Allen and Molly Darragh, who were of Irish Catholic extraction. The Darraghs are listed as being from County Antrim with Gracie’s father, Patrick, born in 1833 and married Margaret Peggy McKillip from Ballymoney, County Antrim. The Darraghs were from County Antrim. Gracie’s father, Patrick, born in…

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Added by Dee Notaro on July 12, 2015 at 5:00am — No Comments

'A Dirty Mind,' Mr. Joyce? -- A Tale of Repression and Redemption

“A nice thing to find in one of the largest bookshops in the city. And in one of the main streets of Dublin, no less.”

Dan slammed the book on the manager’s desk.

Mr. Molloy looked at the book. “My good man, there is no way we would have that book for sale,” he said.

“It was with the Greek literature.  Any young student could have…

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Added by James O'Brien on July 11, 2015 at 9:00pm — 3 Comments


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Chillin' in Tipp's Nearly 900-Year-Old Kilcooley Abbey

One day during our just completed two-week vacation to Ireland my wife, Lindy, and I had another of those thoroughly enjoyable “only in Ireland” experiences that make traveling there such a joy. We…

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Added by Joe Gannon on July 8, 2015 at 9:00pm — 4 Comments

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