All Blog Posts Tagged 'IRA' (36)

3rd of July 1970: Day of Treachery

Shortly after the death of Martin McGuinness, I listened to a radio discussion about the Provisional IRA and its origins. Among the contributors was Ruth Dudley Edwards, the self-professed revisionist historian. At one stage in the programme, I heard her say, “I…

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Added by Colm Herron on April 7, 2017 at 1:00pm — 33 Comments


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The Lispole Ambush -- Averting Disaster on the Dingle Peninsula

If you ever drive down the south side of the beautiful and scenic Dingle Peninsula in Co. Kerry, as I did with my wife, brother and sister-in-law last June (and everyone should, at least one in their lives), you will pass through the small village of Lispole…

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Added by Joe Gannon on March 20, 2017 at 1:30pm — 13 Comments

An Irish Republican Mother

This is my late mother, Margaret McGuinness Kelly, who was an assistant…

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Added by philip kelly on May 6, 2016 at 4:30pm — 8 Comments

Epilogue -- The War Continues: Part 8, Trauma at The Burgery

Two months after the ambush at the Burgery, on the 18th of May, the body of Pat Keating was disinterred for burial in Kilrossanty, at the request of his family.

Above: In the front, left to…

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Added by Ivan Lennon on January 24, 2016 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

The Slain Become Pawns — Part 6: Trauma at the Burgery

The authorities took Hickey’s remains to the barracks of the Royal Irish Constabulary, in Dungarvan, where the body of Sean Fitzgerald lay. He was duly conveyed, on Tuesday the 22nd, to the new section of the cemetery at St.…

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Added by Ivan Lennon on December 16, 2015 at 7:30pm — 1 Comment

Across Fairground, Echoes of 75-Year-Old Unsolved Murders

Flushing, N.Y. -- One of today’s speakers called the July 4, 1940 bomb explosion at the New York World’s Fair a first act in the war that was coming to our shores. The bomb rocked the entire city with sensational banner headlines, if only for a brief time. By the time the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor 18 months later, the two deaths that resulted from the Fair bombing became even more difficult to sort from casualty lists that eventually numbered in the…

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Added by Gerry Regan on July 27, 2015 at 5:30pm — No Comments


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Leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising: Éamon de Valera

Éamon de Valera is a man that has enjoyed iconic status in the Irish history books for more reasons than being one of the Leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising. He was born in New York in 1882 to a Irish mother and a…

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Added by That's Just How It Was on March 30, 2015 at 8:30am — 2 Comments


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Leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising: Joseph Mary Plunkett

Joseph Mary Plunkett (Seosamh Máire Pluincéid) is one of the least known leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising.…

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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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Leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising: Patrick Pearse

Pádraig Pearse (Patrick Henry Pearse) is one only a handful of men who have  enjoyed the dubious honour of becoming an iconic status in Irish History  books based on his role in the 1916 Easter Rising.  He…

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Added by That's Just How It Was on March 15, 2015 at 5:30pm — 2 Comments


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Leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising: Michael Mallin

Michael Mallin was born in 1874 in the Liberty tenements Dublin.  He was a son of a carpenter, but his early days living in Dublin elude historians.  It is, therefore, his teenage…

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Added by That's Just How It Was on March 11, 2015 at 11:00am — 2 Comments


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Leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising: Sean Connolly

Sean Connolly was born in Sandymount, Dublin in 1883.  His family had been driven off their land during the Land League era.  Connolly and all his siblings were steeped in nationalism and all that…

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Added by That's Just How It Was on March 9, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments


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Leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising: Michael O'Hanrahan

Michael O'Hanrahan (Micheál Ó hAnnrachain, 1877 – 4 May 1916) is another one of the 1916 Leaders who is not universally  known.  He was born in New Ross, County Wexford to Richard and Mary O’Hanrahan (nee Williams).  He had a brother, Henry, and a sister, Eily.  His father was heavily involved in the 1867 Fenian Rising.  Michael's family moved to County Carlow when he was a young…

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Added by That's Just How It Was on March 4, 2015 at 9:30am — 2 Comments


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Leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising: Tomás Mac Donnchadha

Tomás Mac Donnchadha, or Thomas MacDonagh (1 February 1878 – 3 May 1916), was born in Cloughjordan, County Tipperary, to Joseph and Mary…

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Added by That's Just How It Was on February 28, 2015 at 12:30pm — No Comments


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Leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising: Edward 'Ned' Daly

Edward "Ned Daly" is one of the 1916 Easter Rising leaders less known for his role as Commandant in the Irish Military Brotherhood.  Out of a family of ten children, he was the…

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Added by That's Just How It Was on February 25, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments


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Leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising: Liam Mac Piarais

Liam Mac Piarais (William "Willie" Pearse) was born on the 15th of November in 1881 and was the younger brother Patrick Pearse, the well documented iconic figure of the 1916 Easter Rising.  It has…

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Added by That's Just How It Was on February 21, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments


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Leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising: Tomás Séamus Ó Cléirigh

Tomás Séamus Ó Cléirigh (Thomas James Clarke) was born on the 8th day of March in 1852.  He was  one of the oldest members of the 1916 Rising.  Clarke was also known as Henry Wilson, an alias he…

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Added by That's Just How It Was on February 18, 2015 at 8:00am — No Comments

Review: 'Belfast Days: A 1972 Teenage Diary'

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"Belfast Days: A 1972 Teenage Diary," by Eimear O’Callaghan

Merrion Press

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"Belfast Days: A 1972…

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Added by The Last Torch on February 16, 2015 at 12:30am — 8 Comments


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The Capuchin Friars and the Leaders of the Easter Rising

The heroes of the hour -- witnessing history as it unfolded. 

The Irish Order of the Capuchin Friars came to Ireland in 1615.  It was not until…

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Added by That's Just How It Was on February 15, 2015 at 11:00am — 12 Comments


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Leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising: Seán Mac Diarmada

Seán Mac Diarmada (Sean MacDermott) is yet another one of the 1916 Easter Rising leaders who has remained in the historical shadow of other prominent leaders who have enjoyed iconic status in the history…

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Added by That's Just How It Was on February 12, 2015 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

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