All Blog Posts Tagged 'History of Ireland' (375)

This Week in the History of the Irish: September 16 - September 22

LUAIN -- On Sept. 17, 1860, units of the Irish Battalion of St. Patrick of the Papal army fought a Piedmontese army allied with Garibaldi at Spoleto.…

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Added by The Wild Geese on September 15, 2018 at 1:45pm — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: September 2 - September 8

LUAIN -- On September 3, 1842, John Devoy, (in a prison photo, left) one of the most devoted revolutionaries the world has ever seen, was born in Kill, County Kildare. John showed his…

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Added by The Wild Geese on September 1, 2018 at 9:44pm — 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

This Week in the History of the Irish: August 26- September 1

LUAIN -- On August 27, 1798, the combined force of Gen. Humbert's small French invasion unit and western Irish rebels won one of the most famous battles ever fought in Ireland at…

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Added by The Wild Geese on August 25, 2018 at 10:30pm — 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 — No Comments

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

DOMHNAIGH -- On July 22, 1864, the Irish 10th Tennessee of Hood's Confederate Army in Decatur, Georgia, was engaged…

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This Week in the History of the Irish: July 15 - July 21

CÉADAOIN -- On July 18, 1874, Irish revolutionary Cathal Brugha was born Charles William St. John Burgess on Richmond Avenue in Dublin. Cathal…

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Added by The Wild Geese on July 14, 2018 at 12:30pm — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: July 8 - July 14

DOMHNAIGH -- On July 8, 1770, Mary Ann McCracken -- patriot, philanthropist and sister of United Irish martyr Henry Joy McCracken -- was born in Belfast. Mary Ann was the fiercely independent daughter of a Presbyterian sea captain. With her sister,…

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Added by The Wild Geese on July 8, 2018 at 9:30am — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: June 3 - June 9

DOMHNAIGH -- On June 3, 1836, Dr. Barry O'Meara (left) died in London. Born in Ireland, O'Meara joined the British Navy in 1808, after he had been dismissed from the army for assisting in a duel. In July 1815 he was serving on the HMS Bellerophon when…

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Added by The Wild Geese on June 2, 2018 at 8:00pm — No Comments

'Out of the Ice: Ireland Then and Now'



Delighted to learn that my book “Out of…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on May 27, 2018 at 8:00pm — 5 Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: May 20 - May 26

LUAIN --  On May 21, 1745, Count Daniel O'Connell, the uncle of the 'Liberator,' and an officer in the Irish Brigade of France, was born in Derrynane, Co. Kerry. Young Daniel became a cadet with the French army in 1761. He served in Clare's Regiment of the…

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Added by The Wild Geese on May 19, 2018 at 10:00pm — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: May 13 - May 19

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 The Wild Geese on May 13, 2018 at 11:30am — No Comments

The Bonfires of Beltaine (May Eve)

On the Hill of Uisneach, in a portion of land taken from the province of Connaught, a…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on May 1, 2018 at 9:00am — 2 Comments


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Mayo's Tourmakeady Ambush: Shrouded By 'Fog of War'

Tuesday, May 3, 1921 was a beautiful, sunny day in the nearly treeless Partry Mountains above the town of Tourmakeady, County Mayo, but Tom Maguire was in no condition to enjoy the weather. Maguire, the C/O of the South Mayo Flying Column,…

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Added by Joe Gannon on April 30, 2018 at 7:30pm — 3 Comments

26 Common Popular Irish Sayings by The Irish Store

26 Common Irish Sayings

The following is a compiled list of 26 common Irish sayings with their translations below written by The Irish Store.

You may find these useful to save confusion & hassle when crossing paths with an Irish person.…

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Added by The Irish Store on April 26, 2018 at 9:57am — No Comments

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 7:00pm — No Comments

Irish Potato Famine Coffin Carrier

This original 19th century coffin carrier played a vital role during the Irish Potato Famine (1845 to 1852).

The body of a person who died in the workhouse was placed in a coffin and brought to their final resting place on the coffin…

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Added by Gerard McCarthy on April 19, 2018 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

This Week in the History of the Irish: April 1 - April 7

DOMHNAIGH -- On April 1, 1776, Irish-born Edward Hand (right) was appointed a brigadier general in the Continental Army. Hand first came to the colonies as a surgeon's mate and later an ensign in the 18th (Royal Irish) Regiment of the…

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Added by The Wild Geese on April 3, 2018 at 9:30am — No Comments

The Poet



On this day, April 24, 1916 one of the most important events in the long history of Ireland took place. 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 1, 2018 at 5:00pm — 12 Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: March 18 - March 24

LUAIN - On March 19, 1921 Tom Barry and the West Cork Flying Column ambushed crown forces at Crossbarry, County Cork during the Irish War of Independence. The British had learned that …

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Added by The Wild Geese on March 17, 2018 at 10:30am — No Comments

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