September 2016 Blog Posts (28)

Th Ottoman Empire and The Great Hunger

Thanks, Michael. Propaganda is the device used to persuade us that other people are not as 'human' as we are. Most people want peace; most people want a reasonably good life to bring up their children and families free of pain and poverty; most people are exactly like us and want what we want. There is more that unites humanity than divides it, but unfortunately this is not as obvious to most people as it should be.

Added by Des Wade on September 28, 2016 at 8:53pm — No Comments

Tracking the Prince: Kanturk Castle

My new blog series covers sites in Ireland I researched for my latest novel, The Prince of Glencurragh, starting with Kanturk Castle.

Added by Nancy Blanton on September 28, 2016 at 6:00am — No Comments

Bring on the Crisps and Crumbles

 Last week we officially welcomed the first full day of autumn, so you know what that means — crisps, crumbles, and pies made with apples, with fall’s favorite fruit. From a culinary standpoint, there’s little difference in an apple crisp and an apple…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on September 26, 2016 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

This Week in the History of the Irish: September 25 - October 1

DOMHNAIGH -- On Sept. 25, 1917, republican leader Thomas Ashe died on hunger strike. Trained as a teacher, Ashe was the principal of the Corduff National School, in Lusk, County Dublin, from 1908-16. A member of the Gaelic League and the Irish…

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Added by The Wild Geese on September 24, 2016 at 10:00am — 2 Comments


Heritage Partner
Nora Connolly O’Brien -- Prodigy, Rebel, Politician, Connolly's Daughter

Nora Connolly was born into a family that knew hardship from birth. The second child of James Connolly and Lillie Connolly (nee Reynolds), she would forge her way through life based on the knowledge and learning that was instilled into her by both of her…

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Added by That's Just How It Was on September 23, 2016 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

Nods From Jim Sheridan, Malachy McCourt, and Olympia Dukakis

Jim Sheridan, Malachy McCourt, and Olympia Dukakis have all enjoyed my New  Prose with Queen V being published this month.

ArtsPRunlimited, Inc., presents On Fri. 9/30, my Irish long-poem will debut at the GainVille Café Reading Series, in Red Wheelbarrow # 9. The GainVille Café: 17 Ames Av, in Rutherford, NJ at 7 PM.

Wed. Oct 5, 2016: My 3rd play Queen V, an American Phantasmagoria is set for publication by Local Knowledge…

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Added by Daniel P Quinn on September 19, 2016 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Irish Revolution Premiere This Fall, 1916-2016

September Update: Making a Difference

Our book signings at the Landmark Tavern, and Kilkenny's went well as a whole. We just received a Matching Gift from Marion O'Neill our newest Patron @ PSEG. See www.fracturedatlas.org

Mark your calendar's for a William Carlos Williams event In Rutherford, NJ on 9/17/16. WCW Poetry Symposium event…

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Added by Daniel P Quinn on September 19, 2016 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Enter the Vikings: The Assault of Lambay Island

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Toward the end of the 8th Century A.D., Ireland was almost completely Gaelic and Christian. It was a rural society, with no towns or cities, and…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on September 19, 2016 at 1:30pm — 14 Comments

Perfect Autumn Hors D’Oeuvres

You’ll love this Irish cheese-inspired dip for the slightly Mediterranean taste it gets from the marinated artichokes, the color it gets from the spinach, and the creamy texture from Kerrygold’s Dubliner and cream cheese. Perfect for autumn…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on September 19, 2016 at 7:00am — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: September 18 - September 24

CÉADAOIN -- On Sept. 21, 1827, Michael Corcoran (right), a brigadier general in the Federal Army during America's Civil War, was born in Carrowkeel, County Sligo. Corcoran served as a policeman in the…

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Added by The Wild Geese on September 17, 2016 at 11:00am — No Comments

The Destruction of the Kingdom of Brega

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Ask most people who they believe were the first group of foreigners to launch highly organized, violent raids in Ireland, and more often than not, they will say it was…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on September 14, 2016 at 7:30pm — 6 Comments

The Disappearing Ireland





Both of my parents were from County Donegal here in Ireland, and there can’t be many areas more deprived and remote…

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Added by Colm Herron on September 13, 2016 at 10:00pm — 16 Comments

A Brief History of Poetry in Ireland

And there are among them composers of verses whom they call Bards; these singing to instruments similar to a lyre, applaud some, while they vituperate others. -- Diodorus Siculus, 8 BCE

All poets have the uncanny…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on September 12, 2016 at 6:00pm — 4 Comments

Nearly There! Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day

Next Saturday marks one of the most celebrated days on the Irish calendar, the day the optimists call “Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day.” It’s a great excuse for a trip to an Irish pub, or at least a good reason to serve some foods with the name “Irish” in them —…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on September 12, 2016 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

Nothing But Old Glory - Remembering 9-11

New York picks up the pieces

PART 4 OF A 4-PART SERIES -- THURSDAY -- DAY 3 [Sept. 13] (continued)

Barbara [Vic's wife] works at Baruch College -- a not quite completed $320 million complex right across from the 69th. They forgot to install a flagpole so I go over and to get American Flags -- to hang in the windows of her office and one for the 2nd Floor of the 69th -- for all to see as they climb up to the second floor.…

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Added by The Wild Geese on September 10, 2016 at 11:00pm — No Comments

The Forlorn Hope - Remembering 9-11

The families of the missing arrive at the Armory

PART 3 OF 4

69th New York veteran Vic Olney, the volunteer manager of the 69th armory's Officers Club, observed the battalion's soldiers last week as they return from duty in and near "The Pit." What he saw and heard both inspired and saddened him.

THURSDAY -- DAY 3 [Sept. 13]

Garryowen and Glory from NYC,…

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Added by The Wild Geese on September 10, 2016 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Looking for Miracles - Remembering 9-11

The 69th is called into action after the World Trade Center attack

PART 2 IN A 4-PART SERIES

69th New York veteran Vic Olney, the volunteer manager of the 69th armory's Officers Club, observed the battalion's soldiers last week as they return from duty in and near "The Pit." What he saw and heard both inspired and saddened him.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT (Sept. 12)

Garryowen and Glory from NYC,

It is now 11 PM on…

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Added by The Wild Geese on September 10, 2016 at 10:30pm — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: September 11 - September 17

MÁIRT -- On September 13, 1803, John Barry (left), of Ballysampson, Co.Wexford, considered by many to be the 'Father of the U.S. Navy,' died in Philadelphia. At a young age, Barry went to sea as a fisherman;…

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Added by The Wild Geese on September 10, 2016 at 12:30pm — 3 Comments

A Tribute to Father Mychal Judge

New York's Irish pack a chapel to recall beloved FDNY chaplain, friend (first publish in October, 2001)

Mychal Judge may be happily 'working the door' at St.Peter's Gate, and heaven would be the fuller for it. But for those many lives he touched on earth, there is an…

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Added by The Wild Geese on September 9, 2016 at 10:30pm — 2 Comments

Remembering 9/11 on the 16th Anniversary

It was fifteen years ago that the United States and the world held their breath as the worst terrorist attack in history took the lives of nearly 3,000 people. The attack was in the U.S. but many of the victims were from other countries around the…

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Added by The Wild Geese on September 9, 2016 at 9:30pm — 1 Comment

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