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This Week in the History of the Irish: April 22 - April 28

LUAIN -- On April 23, 1014 the Battle of Clontarf, one of the most famous and important battles in Irish history, was fought just north of Dublin. It was a bloody stand-up battle, fought mainly with ax and sword, with Brian Boru's men prevailing. This…

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Added by The Wild Geese on April 21, 2018 at 7:04pm — No Comments

WHEN LIFE SENDS YOU LEMONS, MAKE LEMON BREAD

Lemon desserts seem to be more delicious on a spring day, but you’ll want to keep this one on a year-round basis to have with a cup of tea. Technically, it fits into the “quick bread” baking category, but…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on April 17, 2018 at 7:30am — No Comments

My article on Irish musical instruments

Here is an article I wrote on my blog about traditional Irish musical instruments.  I hope you like it.

There are many instruments used today in Traditional Irish Music. Many have evolved over centuries; some are ancient, while some are much…

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Added by ADRIAN McGRATH on April 16, 2018 at 12:00pm — No Comments


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Titanic Hero Hugh McElroy: “Sand For Breakfast Tomorrow”

It was a little after 2 am on April 15, 1912. The deck of the R.M.S. Titanic was now tilted over 6 degrees toward the sinking bow. As 17-year-old Jack Thayer and 30 year-old Milton Long moved toward one of the last remaining lifeboats on the boat deck,…

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Added by Joe Gannon on April 5, 2018 at 10:00am — 5 Comments


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In the Footsteps of Bridget: A Titanic Connection

In 2013 our annual trek to the Ireland brought us to a pleasant small cottage in the…

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Added by Joe Gannon on July 24, 2015 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments


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The Headford Ambush: Time Runs Out in Kerry

Now rise up DJ Allman, arise and tell me true

Who fought at Headford Station that day along with you?

Who stood out on that platform board, who fired that signal gun?

Who fought to free old Ireland with you my darling son?

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Added by Joe Gannon on March 13, 2018 at 11:30pm — 6 Comments


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Easter Week 1916: Seachtain na Cásca

Easter is the principal feast day of the Christian religion, and, like the Jewish feast of Passover – which immediately preceded the first Easter, it is rooted in an actual event. Like Passover, it represents a passage from darkness to light, from death to life. The…

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Added by Liam Murphy on April 6, 2016 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

Easter Eggs -- A County Galway Tale

With nine million chocolate Easter eggs being eaten in Ireland over Easter, I wondered if our children have any idea what life was like for our parents and grand-parents.

My grandfather,…

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Added by Brian Nolan on April 22, 2014 at 5:30am — 1 Comment

Happy Easter, Happy Chocolate

Chocolate is definitely the flavor-of-the-month when Easter rolls around, so you might want to add just one more recipe — like this creamy cheesecake — to your dessert basket. You’ll find this and other springtime desserts in my cookbook,…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on March 26, 2018 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

Michael Collins: A Young Captain in the 1916 Easter Rising

Michael Collins was the youngest son of a farmer, born in the west of the County of  Cork, Ireland, in 1890. The Collins were relatively prosperous, as poor farmers go: his…

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Added by S M Sigerson on March 13, 2015 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Hitting the Road To Trace The Easter Rising

By Robert A. Mosher…

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Added by The Wild Geese on August 16, 2013 at 9:30pm — No Comments

'A Terrible Beauty': A Gift for the History Lover in Your Life



Some of the Wild Geese will already be aware of this film having seen it on one of our recent U.S. screening tour dates, but for those who aren't you might be interested in this unique docudrama about the 1916 Easter Rising. You can view the trailer and some behind the scenes footage at…

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Added by Colin Farrell on December 1, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments


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Leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising: Eámonn Ceannt

Éamonn Ceannt is a little-known leader of the 1916 Easter Rising. Born in Ballymoe in County Galway, he was one of nine children. His father was an RIC Officer…

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Added by That's Just How It Was on January 26, 2015 at 12:30pm — 17 Comments


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First Casualties of the Easter Rising Were in Kerry

On Good Friday, April 21st, 1916, a very young and excited Colm Ó Lochlainn, a captain in the Irish Volunteers, set out that morning in Dublin on his bike, knowing that he would be leading a group of men to complete a mission that…

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Added by That's Just How It Was on November 18, 2015 at 10:30am — 54 Comments

Colin Farrell Narrates '16 Rising Guided Tour

I wasn't sure if this had been posted yet, but I saw it online and thought it would be of interest to the members. I have watched it, and it is amazing to see the different places associated with the 1916 Easter Rising. Here's the …

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Added by Catherine White on January 23, 2016 at 4:30pm — No Comments

The Church, the Tooth, and St. Patrick

What comes to mind for you when you hear the words “St. Patrick’s Day”? Green, I’d imagine; probably spirits, soda bread, and so on – but have you ever thought about…teeth?

Most people associate the loss of teeth with things…

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Added by Wild West Irish Tours on March 11, 2018 at 10:00am — No Comments

Glory Be To Guinness, A Baker's Best Friend

When it comes time to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, soda bread, bacon and cabbage, and Guinness probably rise to the top of the holiday menu. And why not? These iconic dishes are among the most popular for the Irish worldwide, and one more…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on March 2, 2018 at 9:00am — No Comments


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The O’Sullivan Beare Clan: Taking the Fight to America

When the rebels in Britain’s American colonies rose up against British rule in 1776, some of the most stalwart supporters of the cause of independence were the same Irish clans that had fought against the English / British rule of their own island for…

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Added by Joe Gannon on February 25, 2018 at 1:00pm — 6 Comments

Ireland Is Calling And I Must Go

Ireland has been calling to me for many years and last month I finally answered.  My sister, Gloria, our life long friend, Valerie and my newphew Chris and his girlfriend, Morgan, spent nine days (not nearly enough time) visiting Dublin and Northern…

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Added by Honora Wright Weaver on February 22, 2018 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

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