Featured Blog Posts – August 2016 Archive (22)

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

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

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


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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

The Piquant Power of Irish Cheese

I really love cheese, and ever since I was introduced to Irish-made cheese — from the great selection of Kerrygold cheeses like Dubliner, Blarney Castle, and Swiss to harder-to-find ones like Cashel Blue, Ardrahan, or St. Tola — I enjoy it as often as I can.…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on August 8, 2016 at 3:30pm — No Comments

The Poet's Glen and Creggan Vale

Three of Ireland’s well-loved 18th century Gaelic poets lie at rest in the graveyard of Creggan Church, near to my hometown of Crossmaglen, County Armagh. The poets, Filid Art Mc Cooey, Padraig MacAliondain and the rapparee poet…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on August 7, 2016 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

Gullion: Mountain of Steep Slopes

I am Gullion, old as time itself, older than the pre-dawn of life, forged in the crucible of a ring of fire, before man existed. Up here the air is pure and fresh and crisp as the frost of winter’s breath. I’ve seen it all from up here, here by the bottomless…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on August 6, 2016 at 10:30pm — 10 Comments

An Epic Olympian, Tipp Immigrant Becomes 'The Prince of Whales'

There once was a time when Irish giants roamed the earth, their feats of strength and courage becoming legendary. However, these were not the mythical Cuchulain, or Finn McCool; they were real men who pushed the boundary of what was thought to be humanly possible. They were known as “the Irish Whales” for their size and strength and they dominated the strength events of the Olympics for the first part of the 20th century.…

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Added by Neil F. Cosgrove on August 6, 2016 at 12:00pm — 4 Comments

Reliving the 'Magic' at Pearse's Cottage in Connemara

photo of Piaras F. Mac Lochlainn at Rosmuc

My mother (God rest her) must have taken this photo. It was in Connemara and they were on their honeymoon… It was a long time ago, but we still had a copy in a dusty old photo album at home in Ranelagh. It was lovely to see it projected onto the gable end of Pearse’s Cottage in Ros Muc last weekend.

It’s a long story. But maybe today, I’ll just tell you about the short film that I produced as part of my artist’s…

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Added by Eoin Mac Lochlainn on August 5, 2016 at 6:30am — No Comments

A Sincere Reply Regarding 'America's Birthday and the Irish'

It been a while since anyone held my feet to the fire over what I wrote, but Patrick O'Toole questioned some of the facts in my 7/5/16 blog America's Birthday and the…

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Added by Mike McCormack on August 4, 2016 at 4:30pm — 2 Comments

The Irish Workshop Trots its Stuff at the Dublin Horse Show

Calling all horse enthusiasts:

The Irish Workshop had the honor of attending the 2016 Dublin Horse Show, and we must say we were absolutely tickled pink with the experience!…

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Added by The Irish Workshop on August 4, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

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