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Remember Cremona: France's Irish Brigade Saves the King's Army

National Museum of Ireland

The flag of Dillon's Regiment, Irish Brigade of France.

By Joseph E. Gannon Managing…

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The Forgotten Ten: Kevin Barry: 'Just a Lad of 18 Summers'

Ten IRA volunteers, fighting for their fledgling nation, met their fate more than 80 years ago at the end of a British noose, and until this month lay buried in Mountjoy Prison. Kieron Punch relates each of their stories, starting with 18-year-old Kevin Barry.

In Prison we are the jailers

On trial their judges…

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The Devil's Own Mutineers

In June of 1920, as Ireland was ravaged by the excesses of the infamous "Black and Tans," a group of Irishmen far from home agonized over the harsh treatment their families were being subjected to back in Ireland. These men, Irishmen serving as soldiers in Englands' 88th Foot, the Connaught Rangers, sometimes know as…

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Australia: How Did The Irish Get There?

As that prison ship sailed out against the sky

Sure she'll wait and hope and pray

For her love in Botany Bay

It's so lonely round the fields of Athenry

- From "Fields…

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A 1631 Raid on West Cork: When Barbary Pirates Came To Prey - Part 3 of 3: Aftermath

By James Doherty

A British sailing ship of the "Welp" type.

A deeply unhappy king ordered an inquiry with high-ranking admiralty officials blaming the captain of the ill-fated Fifth Whelp with incompetency. The captain in turn blamed officials for corruption. The public and the government…

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The Pope Who Gave Ireland to the English

On Dec. 3, 1154, the day after the death of Pope Anastasius IV, the freshly gathered conclave of cardinals unanimously elected the Bishop of Albano as Anastasius' successor. The bishop of this Italian see, 25 miles southwest of Rome, was not…

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A 1631 Raid on West Cork: When Barbary Pirates Came To Prey - Part 2 of 3: The Raid

By James Doherty

Photo by James Doherty 

The cove where the pirates landed. Click on the image for a larger view.

On the 20th of June 1631, Morat Rais led his mixed force…

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Niece's Biography Brings Pathos To 'Patrick Moran Story'

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A Review By Kieron C. Punch

On Sunday,…

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The Irish Brigades'S Fifth Regiment

THE IRISH BRIGADE'S FIFTH REGIMENT:

THE 116TH PENNSYLVANIA VOLUNTEER INFANTRY

By David Kincaid

In the spring of 1862, a call was made by the Federal government for more troops. The Civil War had been in progress for more than a year, and the 116th Pennsylvania, recruited principally from Philadelphia, was one of the regiments then authorized. Tipperary-born Dennis Heenan, …

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Custer's Last Irishmen: The Irish Who Fought at the Battle of Little Bighorn Part 3: The Road to 'Fiddler's Green'

The Seventh on the march in "The Valley of the Shadow" Michael Schreck

By Robert…

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Custer's Last Irishmen: The Irish Who Fought at the Battle of Little Bighorn Part 4: 'Big Village. Be Quick. Bring Packs'

Giovanni Martini prepares to depart with Custer's last message to Benteen in "PS, Bring Pacs" by Michael…
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Custer's Last Irishmen: The Irish Who Fought at the Battle of Little Bighorn Part 2: For 'Garryowen' and Glory

(Above: "The Silenced War Whoop" by Charles Schreyvogel)

By Robert Doyle

As the men of the 7th Cavalry rode toward their destiny in June 1876 and into the pages of…

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Custer's Last Irishmen: The Irish who fought at the Battle of the Little Bighorn

(Above: F. Otto Becker's colorful 1896 lithograph of "Custer's Last Fight.")

Part 1: The 'Greening' of the 7th…

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The Anglo-Irish Treaty: Seed of 'The Troubles'

By Joseph Gannon

My country men awake! arise! our work begins anew!

Your mingled voices rend the skies, your hearts are firm and true,

You've bravely marched and nobly met, our little green isle through;…

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Saluting Ireland's Tommies

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