Featured Blog Posts – October 2015 Archive (32)

Dodging Traffic on the Wild Atlantic Way

I broke my own rule. I never go on vacation or take a trip (yes, they are different) during holiday season. I would rather stay at home and catch up on repairs and maintenance. Circumstances dictated I visit Ireland in August in 2015. It seemed the entire population of the world had the same idea.

The Wild Atlantic Way has been receiving a great deal of media attention. It is the world's longest defined…

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Added by P.J. Francis on October 28, 2015 at 1:30pm — 5 Comments

Helping Ballyvaughan's Permanent Residents Rest Easier

While in Ireland during what laughingly passed as a summer in 2015 I spent time doing maintenance at a graveyard. Three of us spent a few hours mowing and strimming Rath Graveyard near Ballyvaughan in County Clare. Well, I did the mowing and my…

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Added by P.J. Francis on October 28, 2015 at 12:30pm — No Comments


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Ireland's Holy Wells

Holy wells can be found all over Ireland -- and evoked in our minds, as well. As children, we would pick the daisies and buttercups, and place them by a well. Or, if we happened to be playing in someone’s garden, we would dig a well, and pour water into…

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Added by That's Just How It Was on October 27, 2015 at 9:00am — 15 Comments

On an Irish Bus

He would have stood out anywhere, and standing in front of the entrance to a boutique hotel in Spiddal, wielding a black walking cane with an ivory handle two paces before him made him glaringly incongruous to everything I’d come to know…

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Added by Claire Fullerton on October 25, 2015 at 2:30pm — 11 Comments

Back from the Wars: Excerpt From 'The Lockwoods of Clonakilty'

Hello all:

I am usually hesitant to read a book unless I know a bit about it. Assuming many of you have a similar habit, I post here a few lines from the first chapter of…

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Added by Mark Bois on October 25, 2015 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

This Week in the History of the Irish: October 24 - October 31

LUAIN -- On Oct. 26, 1771John (Juan) MacKenna  (left),…

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Added by The Wild Geese on October 24, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments

Seeking Info on Irish Activist John Boyle O'Reilly in Boston

I'm seeking some background on John Boyle O'Reilly and his life in Boston,…

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Added by Jarlath MacNamara on October 24, 2015 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

'We Let Them All Go, Except the Policeman' -- Part 3: Trauma at the Burgery

Having taken John Murphy into custody, the Black and Tans headed back to Dungarvan, via Cloncoskoran, with a Ford motorcar preceding the tender transporting the soldiers and the prisoner.

Read Part 2, …

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Added by Ivan Lennon on October 23, 2015 at 7:00pm — 4 Comments


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'That's Just How It Was' a Paean To Granny, Irish Indomitability

PRESTON, England – Bridget Nolan was born on September 12, 1884 in Ireland. During her lifetime, she battled poverty, found love and witnessed the births of several grandchildren, including author Mary Thorpe. Thorpe pays tribute to her grandmother and immortalizes her grandmother’s lifetime in her book, “That’s Just How it Was” (AuthorHouse,…

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Added by That's Just How It Was on October 22, 2015 at 5:30am — No Comments

Dubliner Samuel Geoghegan: Guinness Brewery Engineer

Picture courtesy of Guinness Archives: Left to right, back row J. Brigden, S. Geoghegan, F.West, J.Parr, L.Witz, P. Fleisher, G.H.Sayer, Swanson, G.S.…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on October 22, 2015 at 5:30am — 9 Comments

'The Last Torch' - A New Musical

The Last Torch is set in 16th century Ireland, where survivors of a shipwreck from the…

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Added by The Last Torch on October 22, 2015 at 3:00am — 2 Comments


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Bulmer Hobson, 'The Most Dangerous Man in Ireland'



Bulmer Hobson did not enjoy iconic status in the Irish history books, nor did he enjoy any real recognition in the Free State Government -- he has in fact, quite literally been confined to the margins of Irish history. Yet on all aspects of early 20th…

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Added by That's Just How It Was on October 21, 2015 at 10:00am — 9 Comments

The Burning of Bridget Cleary -- 'The Irish Changeling'

Are you a witch, or are you a fairy

Or are you the wife of Michael Cleary?

So went a popular children’s rhyme in Ireland at the turn of the 20th century. I can hear the echo of those words spilling…

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Added by David Lawlor on October 21, 2015 at 4:30am — 14 Comments


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Monastic Round Tower & Offer for TheWildGeese.Irish Members

Born in the land of Saints and Scholars, our Irish monastic settlements are a very important part of our Irish heritage.

New in stock, this beautiful '…

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Added by Totally Irish Gifts on October 19, 2015 at 3:00pm — 4 Comments

Recalling Fair Days in Ireland

O! farmer, strong farmer!

You can spend at the fair

But your face you must turn

To your crops and your care.

And the crowds at the fair,

The herds loosened and…

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Added by Brian Nolan on October 18, 2015 at 6:30pm — 7 Comments

'Why Keep Irish Alive?' Douglas Hyde Responds, Takes Action

It is well known that Douglas Hyde (January 17, 1860-July 12, 1949) was the first president of the Irish Republic. What may not be as well known is that he was a fluent speaker of the Irish language, a wonderful poet and an avid collector of Irish…

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Added by Jim Hawkins on October 17, 2015 at 4:30pm — 3 Comments

Fringe Finale: Mystery Breakfast Roll, Songs ... Magic

It’s now the third and final day for me at the festival.

The Sunday morning after the night before with all its festivities was tricky. I was so tired I managed to sleep through a giant party in the pub downstairs. Anytime I did stir, I listened to the…

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Added by The Last Torch on October 15, 2015 at 4:00am — 2 Comments

County Clare's John Phillip Holland and The Fenian Ram

The Battle of Hampton Roads, often referred to as either the Battle of the Monitor and Merrimack (or Virginia) or the Battle of Ironclads, was the most noted and arguably most important naval battle of the American Civil War from the standpoint of the…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on October 14, 2015 at 2:30am — 2 Comments

Swans, Armada, and Taphophilia Grab Me in Sligo

It was Monday morning and I was having trouble packing. I woke with a brass band in my head, as Jim says.  After sitting in the shower for a while, I took a panadol, drank some water and went back to sleep. I woke an hour later and slowly started to get ready to…

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Added by The Last Torch on October 14, 2015 at 2:00am — 3 Comments

The Volunteers, 'For It Is My Sad Fate' -- Pt. 2: Trauma at The Burgery

Irish Volunteer, athlete and poet Pat Keating (pictured) of Comeragh, according to younger sister Lena, "had a simple and homely manner that endeared him to all ... and was a great favourite wherever he went."  

My father, George Lennon, related an incident in…

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Added by Ivan Lennon on October 11, 2015 at 12:30pm — 5 Comments

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