August 2016 Blog Posts (31)

The Rock

It looked sad and forlorn sitting by the side of the Creamery road as though it knew that it had long been abandoned. I first noticed it one rainy afternoon when I was almost seven years old and I can still vividly recall the…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on August 31, 2016 at 9:00pm — 2 Comments

Monaghan Born John Robert Gregg: Triumph Against all Odds.

One morning, in late summer, a young boy set off eagerly, on his journey of life. Brimming with excitement, his eyes shone with innocent anticipation. He was going to school for the first time! He was going to learn new and wondrous things! The boy had dreamt and…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on August 30, 2016 at 2:30pm — 10 Comments

The Man from Derry

His name was Eoghan, and I never did catch his last name. A solid year spent with the desultory coming and going of this enigmatic man through the door of The Galway Music Center, and I came to accept him as Kieran’s friend from Derry. Kieran rarely…

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Added by Claire Fullerton on August 30, 2016 at 12:30pm — 11 Comments

The Belfastman Who Challenged Einstein

I was lying on the couch one lazy Sunday evening ‘channel surfing,’ and doing my utmost to avoid the news channels. I find that watching the news these days only deepens my brooding sense of melancholia and re-awakens the…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on August 28, 2016 at 5:00pm — 3 Comments

'Do Not Be Afraid!' -- Seamus Heaney: An Appreciation

Seamus Heaney, considered by many to be the greatest Irish poet since William B. Yeats, texted his wife Marie a few hours before his death: “Do not be afraid!” How comforting these words were to her I do not know. They seem, however, appropriate words for a man…

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Added by Jim Hawkins on August 27, 2016 at 2:00pm — 4 Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: August 28 - September 3

LUAIN -- On August 29, 1803, Samuel Neilson, one of the founders of the United Irishmen, died in Poughkeepsie, New York. The son of a Presbyterian minister, Neilson had made a fortune in business by 1790, then he dedicated himself to Irish…

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Added by The Wild Geese on August 27, 2016 at 9:00am — No Comments

She: A Dedication to the Muse

Within the written she resides 

in quiet assurance of her place. 

Lithe and languid, with regal mien, 

she glides from the page bearing gifts.

The mantle, flowing through the…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on August 26, 2016 at 8:30pm — 8 Comments

Every Writer Thrives and Survives on Memories

On a July day nearly 130 years ago, an unknown and homesick young Irish writer trudged along a busy London street. He stopped suddenly and stood still, for he thought he could hear the tinkling of water in the midst of the bustling thoroughfare.…

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Added by Colm Herron on August 25, 2016 at 7:30pm — 10 Comments

Celebrating Blackberry Time!

BLACKBERRY TIME

Late August, given heavy rain and sun

For a full week, the blackberries would ripen,

At first, just one, a glossy purple clot

Among others, red, green, hard…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on August 22, 2016 at 5:00am — 1 Comment

GPO Dublin 1916

My Grandfather was John Joseph Scollan, Commandant, Hibernian Rifles.

He was at The GPO in Easter 1916 with James Connolly and Michael Collins and the seven signatories to the 1916 proclamation of The Irish Republic. I am presently researching his life, having just returned from Dublin.

Photo: The General…

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Added by John Scollan on August 21, 2016 at 2:30pm — 3 Comments

The Catalpa Rescue video

On August 19, 1876, 140 years ago , the whaling ship Catalpa  was given a tumultuous…

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Added by The Wild Geese on August 20, 2016 at 1:30pm — No Comments

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

LUAIN -- On August 22, 1846 Fenian poet John Keegan Casey (right) was born at Mount Dalton, Co. Westmeath. While only in his teens Casey began writing poetry for The Nation. After teaching in Cleraun and Keenagh,…

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Added by The Wild Geese on August 20, 2016 at 11:30am — No Comments

The Journey: A Nomad Reflects

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Author John A. Brennan's Psalms of a Traveling Man

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on August 16, 2016 at 2:30pm — 4 Comments

Can You Hear me Now: A Trans-Atlantic Connection.

The next time you make a trans-Atlantic phone call, raise a glass, smile and tip your hat to an ingenious Irishman; a man that Charles Darwin once described as being “like an odious specter.”…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on August 15, 2016 at 9:30pm — No Comments

The Irish Beet Scene

In my last post, I confessed to my love of cheese and my nearly non-stop indulgence in it while traveling through Ireland in May. On quite a few occasions, I found cheese, especially goat’s cheese, paired with beets in a sweet-tangy combination…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on August 15, 2016 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Sir David Goodall: Irish Genealogist

David Goodall was born in 1931. One side of his family had Wexford ancestors who were on both sides of the 1798 Rising. Though he had no professional involvement in Anglo-Irish relations until 1982, Goodall had a lifelong scholarly…

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Added by Don Gray on August 14, 2016 at 11:00pm — No Comments

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

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Added by The Wild Geese on August 13, 2016 at 11:30am — No Comments

The Meadow Ballet

 

The ‘oul man could handle a scythe.

Swing it with the easy grace of a matador in a bullring in Barcelona.

Could turn and pivot, sure of foot, like a lithe ballerina on the stage

at the Bolshoi.…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on August 12, 2016 at 10:00pm — No Comments


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Lillie Connolly -- Mother And Rebel, Widow of James Connolly



Racing fruitlessly after a tram that was speeding away from him, a young British soldier spotted a shy young woman, out for a stroll in Dublin City, on her day off from working as a governess in Merrion Square. Lillie Reynolds, a softly spoken young woman…

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Added by That's Just How It Was on August 12, 2016 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments


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General Phil Kearny: 'The One-Armed Devil'

Unlike most other Irish and Irish-Americans who fought in the American Civil War, Philip Kearny was born in to a prominent and affluent family in New York City on June 1, 1815. The Kearny name, quite appropriately, came from the Gaelic "O Catharnaigh,"…

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Added by Joe Gannon on August 11, 2016 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

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