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The Kilmeena Ambush, May 19, 1921: Seeds of Victory in a Defeat

In the early part of the Irish War of Independence there had not been any major ambushes of Crown forces in County Mayo, unlike several other counties, notably County Cork. However, in May 1921, the Irish Volunteers began to…

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Added by Joe Gannon on May 18, 2016 at 9:00pm — 5 Comments

Taste of the Season: Rhubarb Returns

 

      If it hasn’t made its official appearance yet where you live, you can expect rhubarb to be showing up shortly. One of the earliest spring vegetables — yes, it’s a perennial vegetable — it’s generally used as a fruit in desserts and jams. Since rhubarb is almost too tart to be served on…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on May 17, 2017 at 7:46am — No Comments


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

MÁIRT -- On May 15, 1847, The Syria, the first ship to arrive during what Quebecois would call the 'Summer of Sorrow,' landed at the Canadian quarantine station in the St. Lawrence River, just north of Quebec. The French had called…

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Added by Joe Gannon on May 13, 2017 at 10:00am — 3 Comments

Favorite Irish Blessings for Mother's Day

Here are some Irish blessings which are perfect for Mother's Day:

“May embers from the hearth warm your hands,

May sunshine from an Irish sky warm your face,…

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Added by Mairead Geary on May 8, 2015 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

Treat Mom to Breakfast

With only a few days to go before we celebrate Mother’s Day, you might want to think about giving her a real treat — breakfast in bed!  Sure, you can take her out to brunch, but breakfast in bed creates a real Hallmark moment — “you care enough to cook…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on May 8, 2017 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Ballinalee, County Longford: The Village of Generals

To outsiders, the village of Ballinalee, in County Longford, might seem like no great shakes, just a bump in the road, a blink-and-you-miss-it spot that you’re through before you even notice. Were they to consult a map of the county, the seemingly inconsequential…

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Added by David Lawlor on May 7, 2017 at 4:30am — 2 Comments

The Incomparable Madge Herron

In April 2004 I was launching my first novel at the Irish cultural centre in Hammersmith, London, when a lady came over to me and shook my hand.

“I think I may be your cousin,” she said. “My name is Ethna Herron. You…

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Added by Colm Herron on May 3, 2017 at 7:30pm — 3 Comments


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The St. Patrick's Day Champ: Clare's 'Bold Mike' McTigue

The exhausted Irish boxer stood in the middle of the makeshift boxing ring in the smoke-filled La Scala opera house in Dublin. Sweat was trickling down his face, tinged scarlett with a bit of blood oozing from a cut above his left eye. His chest was…

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Added by Joe Gannon on May 9, 2017 at 9:30pm — 7 Comments


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Leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising: James Connolly

James Connolly (Séamas Ó Conghaile) is one of the handful of men who share the dubious honour of being placed in the iconic status categories in the Irish history books based on his involvement in the Easter Rising 1916 as well as his role in…

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Added by That's Just How It Was on March 22, 2015 at 9:00am — 3 Comments


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1981 Hunger Strikes: On the Threshold of Another Trembling World

Among the most powerless men in the world are those in prisons. Your body no longer belongs to you; it belongs to the state. Every day you are told when to get up, when to go to bed, when you can exercise, when you can see your family, and also, when you…

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Added by Joe Gannon on May 5, 2017 at 8:00pm — 5 Comments

Requiem for Bobby

This is a humble tribute to a kindred spirit, poet, musician, soldier and far, far braver man than I could ever hope to be. While adhering to the ancient Gaelic ‘Brehon Law of Fasting,’ Bobby took no food or water for sixty-six days in pursuit of his quest…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on May 4, 2017 at 8:00pm — 11 Comments

Great Irish Romances: Joseph Plunkett and Grace Gifford

Of all the great men and women of that era, was there a more gallant figure than Joseph Mary Plunkett, or a more hopeless love that that of Plunkett and Grace Gifford? They were to be married in a…

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Added by Susan McWilliams Lev-Yadun on February 7, 2014 at 3:00am — 2 Comments

Mary Harris Jones: One Tough 'Mother' - Part 1 of 3: The Genesis of a Radical

By Joseph E. Gannon

Mary Harris "Mother" Jones was not your typical senior-citizen. At age 100, already well-established as one of the greatest labor leaders in American history, she was still giving…

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Added by The Wild Geese on January 19, 2013 at 4:00pm — No Comments

This Week in Irish History - April 30 - May 6

DEARDAOIN -- From April 29 through May 4, 1863, the 6th Louisiana Infantry, a largely Irish Confederate regiment, fought at the 2nd battle of…

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Added by The Wild Geese on April 29, 2017 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Dan Daly, 'The Fightinest Marine'

In the over 150 year history of the Congressional Medal of Honor, the United States Highest award for…

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Added by Neil F. Cosgrove on November 10, 2014 at 7:30pm — 4 Comments

Loving Irish Oats

I usually try to tie my posts to seasonal recipes or ingredients — Easter chocolate, Mother’s Day, Christmas cakes, etc. — but I deviate this week with this recipe for granola. Why? Because I love it, and yesterday I made a fresh batch to keep on hand to sprinkle on fruit and yogurt or muesli, one of my new…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on April 25, 2017 at 4:30pm — No Comments


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Confederate Hero, Dick Dowling: Miracle at Sabine Pass

He stands in bronze and he stands on granite,

Facing the river where the fleet turned tail;

The stone lists the Davis Guards upon it,

Names that rhyme in the songs of the Gael.*

Around 3:30…

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Added by Joe Gannon on April 23, 2017 at 4:00pm — 3 Comments

This Week in Irish History - April 23 - April 29

DOMHNAIGH -- 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…

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Added by The Wild Geese on April 22, 2017 at 10:00pm — No Comments


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The Harp -- The Oldest Emblem of Ireland

The oldest harp on which the ‘official’ national emblem of  Ireland is based is housed in the Long Room at Trinity College, Dublin. Two other medieval harps that have also been preserved from that era, are housed in The Museum of Scotland: The Queen Mary Harp 15th century - and the Lamont Harp [date being…

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Added by That's Just How It Was on April 6, 2017 at 10:00am — 4 Comments

The Poet

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This is a personal tribute to a handful of dreamers, the brave men and women of Ireland, the poet and the grocer, the tobacconist and the piper, the…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on April 15, 2017 at 6:30pm — 12 Comments

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