Featured Blog Posts – September 2015 Archive (26)

Beaufort: The Navan Native Who Charted the Oceans

In France, during the reign of King Henry IV (1589-1610), a series of recurring religious conflicts erupted and grew so violent they became known as the…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on September 30, 2015 at 7:00pm — 11 Comments

A Warm Irish Welcome in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada

There are many Irish pubs around the globe, but some of them, while they have the trappings -- Irish prints on the walls, an Irish-themed menu and Guinness available -- are missing the most important thing: the warm atmosphere you expect in Ireland. That…

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Added by Michael Quane on September 30, 2015 at 6:30pm — 3 Comments

Enjoying Timeless Glories of Bunratty Castle -- and Mead

My last night in the homeland was spent at Bunratty Castle, a 15th-century tower house in County Clare, on the Ratty river. Caisleán Bhun Raithe meaning Castle at the Mouth of the Ratty. On the grounds of the castle is a folk park, which is just lovely. I…

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Added by The Last Torch on September 29, 2015 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

Prayer to the Archangels -- An Ancient Irish Poem

May Gabriel be with me on Sundays, and the power of the King of heaven.

May Gabriel be with me always that evil may not come to me nor injury.

Michael…

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Added by Gerry Regan on September 29, 2015 at 9:00am — 10 Comments


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Meet the Dysfunctional Family: Leprechauns and Clurichauns

 

It seems a good time to assess the evasive Leprechaun and his dyspeptic cousin, the Clurichaun.

Some sources would suggest that the ‘wee folk,” commonly known as the Leprechaun or Clurichaun, have inhabited Ireland since well before…

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Added by That's Just How It Was on September 28, 2015 at 12:30pm — 9 Comments

'Wild For Ireland': Sharing a Passion for a Place

It's not easy to follow your passion. It's a terrifying thing to take that step, to put yourself out there, to make yourself vulnerable. But it's liberating too.

For my whole life, my first love has been Ireland- her history, her culture. I've traveled there and filled my bookshelves with books that take me back to a place I…

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Added by Jill Fuller on September 27, 2015 at 8:30pm — 6 Comments

The R.I.C. In An Untenable Position, Part 1: Trauma at The Burgery

Domnail O’Faolain, son of West Waterford Brigade Commanding Officer (O/C) Pax Whelan, noted in a 1966 lecture the difficulty in getting members of Oglaigh na hEireann (I.R.A.) in the Deise area of County Waterford to talk of the War of Independence…

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Added by Ivan Lennon on September 26, 2015 at 6:30pm — 3 Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: September 27 - October 3

DOMHNAIGH -- On Sept. 27, 1847, Civil War veteran and middleweight champion 'Professor' Mike Donovan (pictured) was born in Chicago to Irish-born parents. The first of many memorable events in Donovan's life came when he fought for the…

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Added by The Wild Geese on September 26, 2015 at 12:00pm — No Comments

An Homage to Ann O'Connor, Acolyte of Dorothy Day

'In these times when social concerns are so important, I cannot fail to mention the Servant of God Dorothy Day, who founded the Catholic Worker Movement. Her social activism, her passion for justice and for the cause of…

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Added by Gerry Regan on September 25, 2015 at 12:00pm — 5 Comments

Keeping Score for 'Jimmy's Hall,' Master Composer George Fenton

The following Q&A with award-winning composer George Fenton is part of Sixteen Films' Production Notes for its biopic "Jimmy's Hall," largely filmed in the story's actual settings in County Leitrim. Fenton has composed music…

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Added by The Wild Geese on September 25, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments

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Conveying Your Brand’s Irish Story ... 'Wherever Green Is Worn'

Every brand has a story, and Irish brands…

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

Soldier Jennie Hodgers: Irish Woman Fought in America's Civil War

The life and times of Private Albert D.J. Cashier are one of those historic anomalies that make you scratch your head and wonder, ‘How the hell could that happen?’

Private Cashier served in the ranks of the 95th Illinois for three years – from their muster-in on September 4, 1862, until the regiment…

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Added by David Lawlor on September 24, 2015 at 2:30am — 8 Comments


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Pals to the End: A War Dog and His Irish-American Doughboy

" It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog.” 

                                                                          - Mark Twain

On April 25th of 1919 in…

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Added by Joe Gannon on September 22, 2015 at 10:30pm — 13 Comments

Great Irish Pubs of Indian Summer (And Year Round)

With its sunny weather, vacation time, and, for the lucky, a shorter work-week, summer is a great time to catch up on hobbies, whether parasailing, mountain biking, or in my case, visiting new or favorite Irish pubs.



After much exhaustive research, with summer now nearly behind, I share herein a list of some pubs near (for me) and far…

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Added by Michael Quane on September 21, 2015 at 10:30pm — 2 Comments

'I Sleep Every Night Almost at the Muzzle of the British Cannons' -- 1812's Battle of Queenston Heights

In 1812, in the first summer of America's 'second War of…

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Added by Don Gray on September 17, 2015 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

A Bone-Deep Affinity with Ireland ... An Inner Knowing

I would have known I am Irish had I been adopted at birth by a family with a different nationality. Sooner or later, I would have woken up to the fact by simply paying attention to the way I am wired. It’s the…

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Added by Claire Fullerton on September 13, 2015 at 1:00pm — 18 Comments


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The Banshee -- Not Exactly 'Too Ra Loo Ra Loo Ra'

Many cultures throughout the world lay claim to having heard or seen the Banshee. Many stories of the Banshee can found in America; the most prevalent of these sightings are said to have happened during the 18th century and came near Tar River, in…

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Added by That's Just How It Was on September 11, 2015 at 12:00pm — 15 Comments


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Traditional Celtic Symbols and Their Meanings in Jewelry

Shamrock

The shamrock is the traditional symbol or Ireland. The shamrock forms a triad and the Celts believed three was a mystical number. Saint Patrick used the shamrock to explain the holy Trinity to the Celts. If good things come in threes then this silver 3-leafed shamrock pendant in beautiful…

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Added by The Irish Jewelry Company on September 10, 2015 at 10:24pm — 1 Comment

'Jimmy’s Hall': Why This Remarkable History -- and Film -- Matter

It's almost like looking in the mirror.

High unemployment, mass emigration of the young and problems affecting health and education services are as current today as they were in the first decade of Irish independence, the period that informs the narrative of Ken Loach's newest film, "Jimmy's…

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Added by James O'Brien on September 10, 2015 at 7:00pm — 3 Comments


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Ongoing Effort To Identify War Memorials Throughout Ireland

I found this website a while back and was able to note the location of several interesting monuments and find them while I was in Ireland in June. This is by no means all the war memorials in Ireland, far…

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Added by Joe Gannon on September 10, 2015 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

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