Featured Blog Posts – August 2015 Archive (22)


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Echoes of The Rising: Robert Briscoe Becomes a Courier

With the approach of the 1916 Irish Easter Rising Centennial, there’s been renewed interest in "Shalom Ireland," a documentary film I made about Ireland’s remarkable, yet little known, Jewish community (…

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Added by Valerie Lapin Ganley on August 31, 2015 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment


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'Nigh Comeragh's Rugged Hills': Ambush at The Burgery

When silence overcomes me

My dreams they seem to fill

Of my dear native happy home

Nigh Comeragh's rugged hills

 -- From a poem by Pat Keating

My…

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Added by Joe Gannon on August 27, 2015 at 9:00am — 16 Comments

County Roscommon Genealogy Research on Facebook

On July 22, 2013 I formed this group to honor my Roscommon heritage.  We now have over 1,500 members worldwide who are focused on researching their Roscommon heritage as well as helping others with  Roscommon research.  There is…

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Added by Marie Higgins Ippolito on August 26, 2015 at 6:00am — No Comments

Cork-Born MD a Hero, Patron for Buffalo's Laborers, Clergy

I ran across a man and his daughter lost in the 19th century history of Buffalo, Dr. John Cronyn (pictured) and Juliana Cronyn. They were extraordinary people by any stretch of the imagination.

John Cronyn was born in Blackrock, a suburb of Cork City, in 1825 and moved with his parents to Toronto. He finished first in his medical…

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Added by William J. Donohue on August 25, 2015 at 10:00am — 5 Comments


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The Long Journey 'Home': The Art of The Irish Wake

The Irish custom of “waking the dead” has long been thought off as a purely Irish tradition, and many would argue that this is, indeed, the case. However, if we look at paganism, spiritualism and other religions, it is not too hard to…

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Added by That's Just How It Was on August 24, 2015 at 3:00pm — 9 Comments


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Going Solo on The Wild Atlantic Way in October

"My favourite adventures on the Wild Atlantic Way happened to be in the worst weather." While the sun doesn't always shine in Ireland, you can always have fun on the #WildAtlanticWay.…

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Added by Wild Atlantic Way on August 24, 2015 at 4:30am — 3 Comments


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'Jimmy’s Hall' Gralton in Long Line of Irish Working-Class Heroes

As I watched Ken Loach's newest film, “Jimmy’s Hall,” I was struck by how, as had also been true in “The Wind That Shakes the Barley,” Paul Laverty’s writing and Loach’s directing of that writing is free of pretension.

Loach (pictured, foreground) doesn’t need…

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Added by Joe Gannon on August 20, 2015 at 4:30pm — No Comments

The Irishman, The Inca and The Jaguar

The Inca civilization arose from the highlands of Peru sometime in the early 13th century. Unfortunately, their last stronghold was conquered by the Spanish in 1572. From 1438 to 1533, they used a variety of methods that included conquest and peaceful…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on August 16, 2015 at 9:30pm — 10 Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: August 16-22

Bernardo O'Higgins

LUAIN -- On August 17, 1778,…

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Added by The Wild Geese on August 15, 2015 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Sinking Into Oblivion

The captain was on the bridge of the ship when he saw the track of the torpedo about 300 feet away, but by then it was too late.

Pictured, the SS Arabic sinking (Image: Illustrated London…

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Added by David Lawlor on August 14, 2015 at 8:30pm — 19 Comments

The Way They Went -- How the Irish Got About In 1850

The Irish, while extremely fond of their horses, tended to walk everywhere, most of them not having the means nor the land to support a horse. Public transport was inefficient, to say the least. The…

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Added by Brian Nolan on August 14, 2015 at 7:30pm — 7 Comments

Director Ken Loach: Irish Landscape Stars in 'Jimmy's Hall'

The following Q&A with Sixteen Films Director Ken Loach, in two parts, is part of Sixteen Films' Production Notes for its biopic "Jimmy's Hall." The notes, assembled for the produceers by Benji Wilson, were presented to the entertainment…

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Added by The Wild Geese on August 14, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments


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Catch the Waves (and Greens) at Wild Atlantic Way's Seaside Resorts

Having a famous golf course (voted best in the world and a favourite of Bill Clinton's) would be enough for some towns, but the seaside resort of Ballybunion in Kerry has much more to offer. 16th century castles, seaweed baths and clean, sandy beaches make this a family favourite every year. [Pic via Destination Ballybunion] …

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Added by Wild Atlantic Way on August 13, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments


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How I Got To Belfast and Why I Am Here

If you don’t defend human rights lawyers, who will defend human rights? --  Rosemary Nelson                                                                                    …

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Added by Ed Shevlin on August 13, 2015 at 10:30am — 6 Comments


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Meet Sammy the Seal - Wicklow Town Legend!

Wicklow town has a cute celeb who we discovered on a walk-about in the town during our trip last week - Sammy is a young male seal who has been visiting the south quay of Wicklow town harbour since June 2013. Initially Sammy followed the local fishing boats into the harbour so he could feast on the throw offs from…

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Added by Totally Irish Gifts on August 12, 2015 at 6:00am — 7 Comments

Suburban New York County Plans Memorial to 1916 Rising

A coalition of Irish American groups in New York's Suffolk County have joined in a campaign to raise funds for a memorial to the 1916 Easter Rising.

Members of the local chapter of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, the Emerald Societies of…

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Added by Michael Quane on August 11, 2015 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment


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Wild Atlantic Way - 15 Breathtaking Moments

Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way features fifteen distinct Signature Points, each telling unique stories about this rich landscape, the people and its cultures. Discover these points below. …

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Added by Wild Atlantic Way on August 10, 2015 at 5:30am — No Comments


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Winnie Carney, 'Typist With the Webley' and Connolly Confidante

Marie Winifred Carney was born into a large family of seven children to Alfred / Sarah Cassidy Carney ; in Bangor, County Down – her parents were…

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Added by That's Just How It Was on August 9, 2015 at 10:00am — 5 Comments

Two Elizas: The Irish Courtesans Who Set the World Alight

Lola Montez

Lola Montez

Her name was Lola, she was a showgirl… so far, so true (and with thanks to Barry Manilow), but this particular Lola  also happened to be one of Europe’s most beautiful and talked-about women, who married several times and who…

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Added by David Lawlor on August 9, 2015 at 5:00am — 8 Comments


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Jennie Wyse-Power: Entrepreneur, Revolutionary, Treaty Supporter

Jane [Jennie] Wyse-Power nee O'Toole was born in Baltinglass, County Wicklow, in 1856 to Edward And Mary O’Toole [nee Norton]. Her father owned his own business and before she was two years of age her father had sold his business and moved the family to Dublin. Some sources say she attended attended Warrenmount National School or the Loreto Day School Dublin.

Pictured, 'Liberty Girls,' with Wyse-Power in the…

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Added by That's Just How It Was on August 5, 2015 at 8:00am — 5 Comments

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