All Blog Posts Tagged 'History' (65)

The Great Assembly at Tara (Part 4 of 4)

In the last week of July 431 A.D., Patricius left his residence at Ard Mhacha and traveled with his retinue south toward the kingdom of Midhe. He had been summoned, by royal decree, to a meeting with the reigning monarch, king Laoghaire…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on April 1, 2017 at 9:00pm — 10 Comments

Irish Capes and Shawls and the Charm of Heritage Fashion



Irish Fashion

Customs & Traditions…

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Added by Blarney Woollen Mills on January 10, 2017 at 6:00am — 3 Comments

The Slaughter at Magh Cru (Field of Blood)

The following story tells of a seminal event that took place in Ireland during the latter half of the first century A.D., and which set in motion a chain of events that would influence and forever change the political and economic landscapes of Ireland,…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on December 10, 2016 at 5:00pm — 6 Comments

The Gunpowder Plot ... Remember, Remember

'Remember, remember the fifth of November, the Gunpowder treason and plot.

I know of no reason why the Gunpowder treason should ever be forgot.'

The…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on November 4, 2016 at 7:00pm — 10 Comments

Oliver Plunkett, Tomás Ó Fiaich and The Bard of Armagh

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On January 18 1674, Bishop Oliver Plunkett and his close friend John Brennan, Bishop of Cashel, were forced to flee the town of Drogheda and run for their lives. Wearing long, hooded cloaks and veils, and with a price on their heads and the dreaded Priest Hunters snarling at their heels, they crossed the Boyne valley and fled north toward the sanctuary of South Armagh. In a gale driven, blinding snowstorm…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on October 14, 2016 at 10:30pm — 2 Comments

A Brief History of Poetry in Ireland

And there are among them composers of verses whom they call Bards; these singing to instruments similar to a lyre, applaud some, while they vituperate others. -- Diodorus Siculus, 8 BCE

All poets have the uncanny…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on September 12, 2016 at 6:00pm — 4 Comments

Monaghan Born John Robert Gregg: Triumph Against all Odds.

One morning, in late summer, a young boy set off eagerly, on his journey of life. Brimming with excitement, his eyes shone with innocent anticipation. He was going to school for the first time! He was going to learn new and wondrous things! The boy had dreamt and…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on August 30, 2016 at 2:30pm — 10 Comments

The Journey: A Nomad Reflects

Press Release - Oct 22, 2015 15:36 EDT

Author John A. Brennan's Psalms of a Traveling Man

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on August 16, 2016 at 2:30pm — 4 Comments

The Meadow Ballet

 

The ‘oul man could handle a scythe.

Swing it with the easy grace of a matador in a bullring in Barcelona.

Could turn and pivot, sure of foot, like a lithe ballerina on the stage

at the Bolshoi.…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on August 12, 2016 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Lamass and Lughnasa: Fáilte To Ireland's Great Festivals

At the Ould Lammas Fair boys were you ever there

Were you ever…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on July 29, 2016 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

The Memoirs of Thomas Francis

My father, Thomas Francis, was born in 1901. He lived his entire life on a farm situated in the townland of Muckinish West between Ballyvaughan and Bell Harbour in the Burren region of County Clare. He died in 1991. He left a copybook…

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Added by P.J. Francis on December 19, 2015 at 3:00pm — 5 Comments

Create Your Own Irish Culture

If you're reading this, you're probably proud of your Irish Heritage and rightly so. Honoring your family's roots is nothing to laugh at. There are several ways to do this, of course. Varying from studying the Irish…

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Added by David Joyce on December 7, 2015 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Thomas Addis Emmet: Twice a Rebel

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Attorneys, members of Irish historical and cultural societies, academics specializing in Irish history, and descendants gathered in Lower Manhattan in October 2016 to rededicate the nearly…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on December 1, 2015 at 6:00pm — 2 Comments

The Rise and Fall of Ireland's Hiring Fairs

Above, this map shows the spread of the 'Black Death.'

A silent, unseen killer, born on the arid plains of Central Asia, attached itself to the rampaging Mongol armies, and traveled with them purposefully, along the Silk Road,…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on November 17, 2015 at 9:00pm — 8 Comments

John Boyle O'Reilly: Fenian Rebel, Convict and Poet

On October 12, 1867, after picking up cargo from Sheerness and Plymouth harbors, a fully rigged, 875-ton frigate, cast off from her moorings at Portsmouth on the south coast of England. The vessel, bound for Western Australia, her hold full to overflowing…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on November 1, 2015 at 6:30pm — 7 Comments

Dubliner Samuel Geoghegan: Guinness Brewery Engineer

Picture courtesy of Guinness Archives: Left to right, back row J. Brigden, S. Geoghegan, F.West, J.Parr, L.Witz, P. Fleisher, G.H.Sayer, Swanson, G.S.…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on October 22, 2015 at 5:30am — 9 Comments

County Clare's John Phillip Holland and The Fenian Ram

The Battle of Hampton Roads, often referred to as either the Battle of the Monitor and Merrimack (or Virginia) or the Battle of Ironclads, was the most noted and arguably most important naval battle of the American Civil War from the standpoint of the…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on October 14, 2015 at 2:30am — 2 Comments

Mayo Man Louis Brennan: Inventor of the Guided Missile

An Irishman walking along the bank of a slow moving river near Castlebar, Co.…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on October 10, 2015 at 7:00pm — 7 Comments

Agnes Mary Clerke: From Skibbereen to The Woman in the Moon

The next time you look up at the full moon to make your wish, direct your gaze toward the southeast portion and locate the area known as the Mare Serenitatis (Sea of Serenity). There you will observe the valley where Apollo 17,…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on October 8, 2015 at 8:30pm — 6 Comments

Beaufort: The Navan Native Who Charted the Oceans

In France, during the reign of King Henry IV (1589-1610), a series of recurring religious conflicts erupted and grew so violent they became known as the…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on September 30, 2015 at 7:00pm — 11 Comments

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