Featured Blog Posts – October 2013 Archive (16)

Daring IRA Helicopter Escape, Halloween 1973

On 31 October (Halloween), 1973, the IRA used a hijacked helicopter to free three of its members from Mountjoy Jail in Dublin.  Below is a video clip from RTÉ's archives which shows the footage from the aftermath of this daring escape:

Added by Ryan O'Rourke on October 31, 2013 at 11:39am — 1 Comment

Decade of Commemorations

As any Irish history enthusiast will know, 2013 marks the centenary of a very significant year in the Irish fight for independence - and the next ten years will provide many more milestones to commemorate. The years 1913-23 in Ireland saw the Dublin Lockout, the 1916 Rising, the War of Independence, and the Civil War. By the end of this tumultuous decade, Ireland would be a fledgling Free State, and the…

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Added by Mercier Press on October 31, 2013 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

Loftus Hall - The Most Haunted House in Ireland!

 

The Halloween 'Legend of Loftus Hall Experience Tour for Adults Only'  has been sold out for months! Having a wine and tapas bar and reserved table for after the tour had added to the value of this creative endeavour of the Hall's new owners.  

Near the end of my recent trip to Ireland, Wexford…

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Added by Alannah Ryane on October 31, 2013 at 9:00am — 3 Comments

‘Philomena’: Review of Stephen Frears' Oscar-Nominated Film

  In  the light of all…

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Added by DJ Kelly on October 30, 2013 at 7:00am — 13 Comments

'Green Blood is For France': A Tense Political Thriller Reviewed

'Green Blood Is For France'

A Timothy O’Mahony Novel by John J. Gaynard

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 23, 2012)

Available From…

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Added by DJ Kelly on October 30, 2013 at 3:30am — 5 Comments

From Ireland to America, Part 2: The Kennedy Homestead

On my last day in Ireland, before taking an early flight out of Dublin, fellow Wild Geese member and Irish-American Wexford farmer Oisin O'Connell offered to…

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Added by Alannah Ryane on October 26, 2013 at 1:30pm — 3 Comments

'Dublin Time' in Galway City

This is a postcard of William Street in Galway City, circa 1930. The keen eye will see "DUBLIN TIME" underneath the clock at Dillon's Jewellers (the building on the right of the photo with the striped awning). In the past, Galway, like other Irish towns, operated according to local time,…

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Added by Irish Homeland Photography on October 19, 2013 at 12:16pm — 2 Comments


Founding Member
Tribute to Seamus Heaney at Irish Cultural Society Meeting

She even calls her puppy Seamus. 

Linda Opyr began her tribute to Seamus Heaney with the story of her naming her new dog after the recently deceased Seamus Heaney, the Noble Prize Laureate in Literature in 1995, a native of Derry.  Dr. Linda Opyr presented her tribute to Heaney at the October 16…

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Added by John M. Walsh on October 18, 2013 at 7:00pm — 2 Comments

'Lebor na gCeart' - The 'Book of Rights'

 

Lebor na gCeart, the "Book of Rights", details the rents and taxes paid by the King of Cashel to various others in Ireland.  The original manuscripts date to the 11th or 12th century, and it contains a treasure trove of references to the customs and practices of Irish nobility in…

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Added by Ryan O'Rourke on October 18, 2013 at 5:00am — 2 Comments

Geo-Genealogy of Irish Surnames

I wanted to share this very nice (and potentially useful) map created by Kingston University, London.  The Irish surnames plotted on this map have either historic or numeric importance to the counties of Ireland.  Of numeric importance are the birth counts from the 1891 census.…

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Added by Ryan O'Rourke on October 17, 2013 at 6:00am — 7 Comments

Priceless Collection of Recordings of Irish Speakers now Online

The Doegen Records Web Project (Tionscadal Gréasáin Cheirníní Doegen) has made available a treasure trove of audio recordings from the 17 counties of Ireland, mostly concentrated in the northwest.  This multi-media archive is a project of the Royal Irish Academy Library in…

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Added by Ryan O'Rourke on October 16, 2013 at 12:30pm — No Comments

The History of Ireland in Six Minutes



C
heck out this absolutely brilliant…

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Added by Ryan O'Rourke on October 15, 2013 at 3:00am — 8 Comments

On the Set of Ken Loach's 'Jimmy's Hall'

Jimmy's Hall screenwriter, and former human rights lawyer Paul Laverty is certainly no stranger to controversy -- you only have to look at the comments on…

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Added by Alannah Ryane on October 10, 2013 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments


Heritage Partner
Welcome To The Irish National Caucus and Irish Peace Foundation

CEAD MILE FAILTE — Hundred thousand welcomes! Thank you for visiting the Irish National Caucus profile here within…

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Added by Fr. Sean McManus on October 9, 2013 at 3:47pm — No Comments

What's an 'Ubh'?

Sometimes, my husband has these crazy ideas:

"Let’s move to Ireland!” 

“Okaaaaay ...”

“It would be cool to get some chickens!” 

“Really?”

“I bet you could decorate these egg shells somehow.”  

“Umm ... I think I could!”



Sometimes, my…

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Added by Kelly O'Rourke on October 5, 2013 at 11:56am — 9 Comments

The Irish of Laurel Hill (Part Two)

We might have been called “narrow-backs” or “Micks” or “Donkeys” but the Irish of Laurel Hill were joined together as a community. My dad was in the Holy Name Society. He read the Epistles at Mass in St. Theresa’s. We would travel to Gaelic Park to watch Uncle “Mick” or Uncle Martin beat…

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Added by Kevin Gleeson on October 2, 2013 at 7:00am — 11 Comments

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