Featured Blog Posts – August 2014 Archive (37)

The Irish in Labor

by Mike McCormack, AOH National Historian

In 1913, William Martin Murphy fired all his employees who had joined the Irish Transport and General Worker's Union…

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Added by Mike McCormack on August 30, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

Mystical Newgrange is a 5,000-Year-Old Irish Gem

It's older than the pyramids of Egypt and England's Stonehenge, and it's an astronomical wonder as well. Yet the passage grave at Newgrange, in Ireland's County Meath, is often ignored in…

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Added by Michael Quane on August 29, 2014 at 8:30pm — 6 Comments

Meet the Faces of IrishFireside.com

If you haven't had the chance to get to know New Wild Geese members Corey & Liam, drop on over and say…

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Added by Bit Devine on August 28, 2014 at 4:00pm — 4 Comments

100 Years Ago ... The Lost Opportunity of a Peaceful Path to Irish Independence

A response to some critics of a commemoration of the centenary of the Home Rule act

By John Bruton

Ronan…

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Added by The Wild Geese on August 27, 2014 at 10:00pm — 14 Comments

Countdown to Christmas - Sale Extended

As the generous, realistic Irish woman that I am, I've decided to extend the 25% discount on the sale of my "Christmas Flavors of Ireland" cookbook to September 17, or the fabulous pseudo-holday known as "Halfway to St. Patrick's Day." With that in mind, please enjoy one of my favorite…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on August 27, 2014 at 4:30pm — No Comments

'Listening' - A Poem to W.B. Yeats

I wrote this poem after months of studying Yeats' work and life for my undergrad thesis. One night, I found a BBC recording of him reading "The Lake Isle of Innisfree." I finally got to hear the voice I had been reading for so long and the moment took my breath away. This poem resulted…

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Added by Jill Fuller on August 24, 2014 at 1:00pm — 6 Comments

For Irish in NYC, September Brings Focus on 1916, 'The Alt,' Fibin, Baseball

Up and Coming: We're delighted to put the spotlight on a growing number of intriguing events in metro New York in September. Here's a sketch of each along with links for more information: 

(BTW, don't hesitate to reach out to fellow…

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Added by The Wild Geese on August 23, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Freedom From Fear

The massive blasts of the four homemade, two-hundred-pound mortars, launched from the rear of a commandeered, flatbed truck, reverberated and shook the buildings throughout the town as they hit their target with deadly…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on August 22, 2014 at 4:00pm — 6 Comments

To Commemorate or Not

One hundred years ago was a great time to be in Ireland to paraphrase Thomas J. Clarke who had been sent by Clan na Gael leader John Devoy to revitalize the dormant IRB.  Clarke was, of…

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Added by Mike McCormack on August 21, 2014 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

Building a Foundation for Understanding Irish Gaelic

Without a doubt, one of the most challenging parts of learning Irish is understanding Irish speakers in person, on TV, or on radio. This can be especially hard for those who live outside of Ireland. However, there…

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Added by David Joyce on August 21, 2014 at 2:30pm — 9 Comments


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'The Alt' at Irish Arts Center

The Alt

A unique blend of traditional Irish, Scottish, English & Americana music

Exciting new musical…

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Added by Irish Arts Center on August 20, 2014 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Learning Gaeilge: The First Steps

It is often said that learning Irish Gaelic is difficult, and there is some truth to this. However, I’m a strong advocate in the belief that it can be simplified with the proper study methods. 10 years ago I began…

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Added by David Joyce on August 19, 2014 at 7:00pm — 4 Comments


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Searching for Your Irish Ancestors, Part 4 – Records for Other Religious Denominations

This is part four in a series of articles on "Searching for Your Irish Ancestors" written by Ireland-based professional genealogist Nicola Morris of Timeline Genealogy. You can find the other installments of this series…

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Added by Timeline Genealogy on August 19, 2014 at 6:30am — No Comments

Ed Moloney Explains the Orange Marches

Unionists Increasing Calculated Pressure on the Agreement

John McDonagh (JM) and Sandy Boyer (SB) interview via telephone journalist Ed Moloney, (EM) who authored the book "A Secret History of the IRA" and…

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Added by Sandy Boyer on August 18, 2014 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

The First One

Ireland emerged slowly…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on August 17, 2014 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Red Hair - Where Does It Come From?

Where does red hair come from?  There is a lengthy and complex discussion of the red hair genetics here. Be…

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Added by Dee Notaro on August 16, 2014 at 6:00am — 12 Comments

The Fate of Fort Patrick Kelly

Ladies and Gents,

Good day to you all. Late joiner to the party here but none-the-less hopefully bringing an important message to you all. 

Fort Patrick Kelly is named for the famed leader of the Irish Brigade,…

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Added by Patrick Kelly on August 14, 2014 at 1:00pm — 4 Comments

'The Quiet Man' Cottage: On the Brink of Extinction

On the afternoon of Wednesday, 6 August, 2014, our own Ryan O'Rourke had the opportunity to visit the site of the old White O'Morn Cottage in Tiernakill, Maumm, County Galway.  This old site, which…

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Added by The Wild Geese on August 12, 2014 at 4:30pm — 9 Comments


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Iveagh Gardens

Iveagh Gardens

Clonmel Street, Dublin 2, Ireland



The Iveagh Gardens are amoung the finest and least known of Dublin's parks and gardens. They were designed by Ninian Niven, in 1865, as an intermediate design between the 'French Formal' and the 'English Landscape' styles. They demonstrated the artisitc skills of the landscape architect of the mid 19th century and display…

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Added by Celtic Tours World Vacations on August 11, 2014 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

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