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This Week in the History of the Irish: October 14 - October 20

DOMHNAIGH -- On Oct. 14, 1814, Thomas Osborne Davis, the poet laureate of the Young Ireland party and one of its founders, was born in Mallow, Co. Cork. Like many other revolutionary Irish leaders, Davis was of an Anglo-Irish…

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Added by The Wild Geese on October 14, 2018 at 10:00am — No Comments

The Human Computer from Donegal

The next time you power up your computer or go to the rifle range, take aim and set your sights on a target off in the distance, knowing that you will hit the target, raise a glass to a ground-breaking Irishwoman from Donegal named…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on October 6, 2018 at 3:30pm — No Comments


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Totally Irish Gifts celebrates their 6th Anniversary!

As we celebrate our 6th Anniversary this October 2018, we really do feel honored to be part of our customers' gift giving for so many special occasions. These are mainly happy occasions, but we are also mindful that gifts are often purchased for loved ones who need a special thought when life gets tough. We love to hear from customers on…

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Added by Totally Irish Gifts on October 7, 2018 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Nicholas Gray: Seeking 'Liberty To Recruit a Regiment of Irish'

In 1798, the new Oaths issued by the Wexford Council had good effect. As Crown forces gathered on Wexford’s borders for the showdown, Nicholas Gray, Secretary of the Council, wrote on 16 June to Fr. Philip Roche, the new commander‑in‑chief. Gray was…

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Added by Don Gray on September 28, 2018 at 7:00am — No Comments


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WWII Hero Edwin O’Hara: The Honor, But Not the Medal

(Edwin O'Hara, loading the 4 inch gun on the SS Stephen Hopkins. By W.M. Wilson, on display at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.)

For them there are no big parades, 

No heroes' welcome…

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Added by Joe Gannon on September 23, 2018 at 7:00pm — 4 Comments

The Twists and Turns of My Search for Kinney Ancestors

A quick intro on research for my Irish roots:

As a child, my mother always told me that her father said his mother was from Ireland; he (my grandfather) never told my mom her name, birthplace in Ireland, age or anything else: All he told…

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Added by Randy Bruyere on October 3, 2018 at 5:30am — No Comments

The Last Peaches of Summer (With Apologies to Tom Moore)

With peaches still available at local farm stands, you’ll love this recipe for baked peaches filled with ground almonds and amaretti cookies. Top them with vanilla ice cream, crème fraîche, or mascarpone cheese. You’ll find recipes like this in my…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on September 26, 2018 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Bake This Delicious, Free-Form Apple Tart in Minutes

Who says making a fresh apple dessert takes hours? You can assemble this delicious free-form apple tart in minutes and pop it into the oven while you’re having dinner. Apple pie (or tart) with ice cream is a classic dessert, but you…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on September 9, 2018 at 11:30am — No Comments

The Great Famine of 1315



Five hundred and thirty years before the death and devastation caused in 1847 by An Gorta Mor (The Great Hunger), Ireland suffered an equally horrific event that begun in 1315 and was the first in a series of large-scale disasters that devastated Europe in the 14th century. A continent-wide famine began with…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on August 27, 2018 at 7:00pm — No Comments


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Mountain Man John Colter: Surviving 'Naked and Afraid'

John Colter’s leg muscles were burning and his lungs were aching, but he kept his legs moving. As he glanced over his shoulder he could see that most of the Blackfoot warriors chasing him were far behind now, but there was one far ahead of the others,…

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Added by Joe Gannon on August 15, 2018 at 3:00pm — 3 Comments

Slán to Ireland: Dispatches from The Wild West, Day 9

A quiet thread of melancholy hovered over me as I made my way to breakfast on the last morning of my…

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Added by Wild West Irish Tours on July 8, 2018 at 9:00am — No Comments

'Coffin Ships' and The Great Irish Famine

This is an article I wrote for my site about Coffin Ships and the Potato Famine:…

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Added by ADRIAN McGRATH on August 23, 2018 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

The History Behind Lughnasa

At the Ould Lammas Fair boys were you ever there

Were you ever…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on August 1, 2017 at 6:30pm — 3 Comments

Celebrating Fraughan Sunday (AKA Lughnasa)

The festival of Lughnasadh or Lughnasa (pronounced LOO-na-se) marks the beginning of the harvest season that was historically observed throughout Ireland and other Celtic…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on July 25, 2016 at 9:30am — No Comments

A Day of History and Reflection: Dispatches from The Wild West, Day 8

The final day of my Wild West Clare-Connemara-Galway Tour was a quiet wrap-up to a week of history, myth, legend, song and breathtaking sights.

But quiet…

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Added by Wild West Irish Tours on July 5, 2018 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Chillin' With An Al Fresco Brunch: Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

With the recent stretch of warm — make that HOT — weather in Ireland and elsewhere, everyone wants to dine al fresco. I know I’ve been eating three meals a day in the great outdoors, especially brunch on weekends when I’ve been serving these…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on August 3, 2018 at 10:00am — No Comments

A Place To Call Home: Dispatches from The Wild West, Day 7

I have discovered Heaven.

Another beautiful, sunny day on the…

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Added by Wild West Irish Tours on July 1, 2018 at 9:30am — No Comments


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Understanding the Significance of Celtic Symbols

These Framed Tiny Tiles are new in stock, and I just love them. The colour combination is a beautiful variety of green and brown colours, which have been inspired by the typical shades of an Irish forest. The different Celtic designs intrigue me, and as there are a few Celtic symbols in this frame that I…

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Added by Totally Irish Gifts on July 26, 2018 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

In the Realm of Spirit: Psalms from a Mountain







In the Realm of Spirit: Psalms from a Mountain

John A. Brennan

Escribe Publishing Inc.

ISBN: 9781722290641 Price: $14.95

https://www.amazon.com/author/johnabrennan

The man sitting in the back row of the…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on July 22, 2018 at 9:30pm — No Comments

On Top of the World: Dispatches from The Wild West, Day 6

A heat wave has hit Ireland this week, and I’ve managed to acquire a bit of a sunburn…and I’m having the time of my life!

Today I realized a long-held dream. I took a journey to…

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Added by Wild West Irish Tours on June 28, 2018 at 11:30am — No Comments

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