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'Would You Ever Think of Coming Home?'

I am surely not the first Irish emigrant to have heard these words from their heartbroken mother. Guilt at the impact of my decision to leave Ireland and grief at the loss of my beloved mother are…

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Added by Anne Casey on July 25, 2017 at 4:00am — 6 Comments

Jeepers Creepers! The Movie That Still Leaves 'Psycho' Standing

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Added by Colm Herron on July 14, 2017 at 7:30pm — No Comments

A New Adventure: The Wild West Atlantic Way . . .

Good morning (afternoon) to you all! Hope the week is treating you well so far.

We at Wild West Irish Tours just wanted to take a moment to say thanks - and to introduce the special event kicking off tonight: the launching of the brand new, exclusive Wild West Atlantic Way Tour!

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Yep – you heard it here first (or possibly second; if you follow us elsewhere), folks – we’re gearing up to do…

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Added by Wild West Irish Tours on July 18, 2017 at 10:00am — No Comments

New Take On Summer Seafood

I found this summery dish of cod and tomatoes at Encore Brasserie in Derry’s Millennium Forum. I love the simplicity of roasted fish combined with the sophistication of Spanish ham and two kinds of tomatoes.

PAN-SEARED COD WITH SERRANO…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on July 11, 2017 at 10:00am — 3 Comments

My Genealogy Journey

I began researching my family tree a little over three years ago, and two years ago I shared some of my journey in this post:…

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Added by Honora Wright Weaver on July 11, 2017 at 5:30pm — 2 Comments

Book Review: 'Girl on the Leeside' by Kathleen Anne Kenney

Because I once lived in a small town in Connemara, at the gateway of the Irish-speaking area called the Gaeltacht, I look for those novels that depict the region as it is, for once one has spent significant time there, its ways and means register in the…

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Added by Claire Fullerton on July 9, 2017 at 1:00pm — 8 Comments


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'Peg-Leg' Shannon: 'Lost Boy' of the Lewis & Clark Expedition

(“Lewis and Clark at Celilo Falls, Columbia River” from a mural by Frank H. Schwarz)

Nineteen-year-old George Shannon nervously trotted his horse across the flat…

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Added by Joe Gannon on June 21, 2017 at 10:30pm — 6 Comments

1872 World's Peace Jubilee July 4th Celebrations

A tale of two connected July 4th celebrations, 6 years apart

Patrick Sarsfield Gilmore (or P S Gilmore), from Ballygar, County Galway, was an emigrant like a million others fleeing the famine in…

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Added by Jarlath MacNamara on July 3, 2014 at 1:00pm — 5 Comments

America's Birthday and the Irish

At the dawn of what was to become an age of rebellion, Thomas Jefferson said, Rebellion is a medicine necessary for the sound health of government. The American revolution of 1775 to 1781 was the inspiration for rebellions…

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Added by Mike McCormack on July 4, 2014 at 9:00am — 6 Comments

Press Release for 'Turn Out The Light'

If music be the food of love, play on,

give me excess of it that surfeiting, the

appetite may sicken, and so die.”…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on June 17, 2017 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Book Review: 'The Dead House' by Billy O'Callaghan

I’ve been following author Billy O’Callaghan’s career with rapt enthusiasm, since I fortuitously came across him online, last year. That he is Irish caught my attention, and as I delved further, I discovered he is the author of three short…

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Added by Claire Fullerton on June 21, 2017 at 10:30am — 7 Comments

Who Are the Fairies of Western Ireland?

Come Fairies, take me out of this dull world, for I would ride with you upon the wind and dance upon the mountains like a flame! -- W.B.…

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Added by Wild West Irish Tours on June 15, 2017 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Wexford's Thomas Gray: Rebellion of 1641's Siege of Fort Duncannon

Irish loyalties in the Rebellion of 1641 were intertwined between religion and the destabilization of English politics. "The Catholic  landowners desire to recover their lost land was one main reason for the rebellion. The…

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Added by Don Gray on June 2, 2017 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

Paddy the Navvy

"In eighteen hundred and forty-four

I landed on the Liverpool shore

Me belly was empty me hands were raw

With working on the railway, the railway

I'm weary of the railway

Poor paddy works on the railway"

(from Poor Paddy on the Railway by The Dubliners…

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Added by Kieron Punch on June 2, 2017 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

The Mass Rock

One May afternoon a few years ago my wife asked me to come for a walk in the woodland just outside Carndonagh, the Donegal town where she was born. She wanted to show me where she and her friends had played when they were children. By the time we reached the…

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Added by Colm Herron on June 3, 2017 at 11:00pm — No Comments


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Authentic Medieval Experience At The Black Castle!

Tullaun Castle now has one room up and runningairbnb link read more on it's preservation journey from the below article in 2013.…

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Added by Nollaig 2016 on May 30, 2017 at 5:00pm — No Comments

The Forgotten Women of 1916

When President Michael D. Higgins gave the keynote address on International Women’s Day in Ireland this year, he spoke of the “diverse and often boundary breaking roles played by women in the Uprising of 1916, as well as the impact of the role of women in the…

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Added by Jim Hawkins on May 25, 2017 at 2:30pm — No Comments

The 28 Irish GIs Who Died in Korea (July 2006)



Left, Marine Pfc. John Patrick White, born in Caherdaniel, County Kerry.

Five of the 28 Irish-born GIs who perished in the Korean War were born in County Kerry, including Marine Pfc. John Patrick White (left). Four were born in Cork, Roscommon and Limerick.…

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Added by The Wild Geese on January 19, 2013 at 4:30am — No Comments

Young Irish Immigrant Awaits Recognition for His Heroism in Vietnam

Patrick Gallagher was born in Derrintogher, County Mayo, Ireland on February 2, 1944. At the age of 18, Patrick immigrated to the United States for the promise of a new life, one filled with opportunity. He quickly started on the immigrant dream: studying law while…

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Added by Neil F. Cosgrove on May 28, 2016 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Memorial Day: Recalling Those Irish-Americans Who Gave Their Last Full Measure

Memorial Day, originally titled Decoration Day, has a somewhat murky origin. But what is clear is that on May 30, 1868, 146 years ago today, 5,000 gathered at Arlington National Cemetery to commemorate the 20,000 fallen warriors buried there, with the help of remarks by General and future President…

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Added by The Wild Geese on May 23, 2015 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

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