All Blog Posts Tagged 'Irish Freedom Struggle' (395)


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The Carrowkennedy Ambush, June 2, 1921: Revenge is a Dish Best Served Cold

It was late afternoon of a warm day in June in Carrowkennedy, Co. Mayo. Irish Volunteer Jimmy O’Flaherty (right) heard the…

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Added by Joe Gannon on May 20, 2017 at 9:00pm — 7 Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: May 21 - May 27

DOMHNAIGH --  On May 21, 1745, 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…

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Added by The Wild Geese on May 20, 2017 at 3:00pm — 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

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


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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

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

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

DOMHNAIGH -- On April 16, 1746, a battle was fought in Scotland that would have long-term implications for Ireland, as well as Scotland. It ended "Bonnie" Prince Charlie's Jacobite uprising, known in Scotland as simply, "The '45." It was the battle…

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Added by The Wild Geese on April 15, 2017 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Remembering the Easter Rising in Connemara

oil painting of Padraig Pearse by Eoin Mac Lochlainn

Quiet determination -- I think that's what he had.  He was passionate about the Irish language, Irish history and culture, the Irish way of life.

Above, oil painting of Patrick Pearse at Ros Muc, Connemara

He saw what the English education system was doing, trying to stamp…

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Added by Eoin Mac Lochlainn on April 13, 2017 at 9:00am — 4 Comments

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

Roger Casement and crew members stand in the tower of a German U-boat en route to Ireland.

DOMHNAIGH -- On the monrning…

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Added by The Wild Geese on April 8, 2017 at 2:00pm — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: March 26 - April 1

LUAIN -- On March 27, 1872, Mary MacSwiney (Maire Nic Shuibhne), republican activist, was born in Surrey, England, of an Irish father and an English mother.

(Left: National Library of…

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Added by The Wild Geese on March 25, 2017 at 12:30pm — No 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

This Week in the History of the Irish: March 19 - March 25

DOMHNAIGH - 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 18, 2017 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

This Week in the History of the Irish: March 12 - March 18

DEARDAOIN -- On March 16, 1828, Patrick Cleburne, one of the finest generals produced by either side during America's long, bloody civil war was born at Bride Park Cottage in Ovens Township, Co. Cork, just outside…

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Added by The Wild Geese on March 11, 2017 at 11:00am — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: March 5 - March 11

DOMHNAIGH -- On March 5, 1921 during the Irish War of Independence, an ambush by the Irish Volunteers at Clonbanin, Co. Cork killed British General Hanway Cumming and twelve other British soldiers. Seán…

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Added by The Wild Geese on March 4, 2017 at 2:00pm — 3 Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: Feb. 26 - March 4

LUAIN - On February 27, 1735, Thomas Conway, a soldier in French and U.S. armies, was born in Cloghane, County Kerry. Conway was taken to France at the age of six to be educated and, in 1749, he joined the…

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Added by The Wild Geese on February 25, 2017 at 11:30am — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: February 19-25

LUAIN -- On February 20, 1942 Lt. Edward "Butch" O'Hare became the first U.S. Navy ace of the war when he was credited with downing five Japanese bombers in a single day. O'Hare had an…

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Added by The Wild Geese on February 18, 2017 at 11:00am — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: February 12 - February 18

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An officer of Dillion's Regiment.…

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Added by The Wild Geese on February 11, 2017 at 11:00am — No Comments


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The Battle of Crossbarry: ... 'Who Piped Old Ireland Free'

They sought to wipe the column out,

From east to west, from north to south,

“Till at Crossbarry’s bloody rout

The woke from their day dreaming

Though ten to one they were that day

Our boys were…

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Added by Joe Gannon on February 10, 2017 at 10:30am — 9 Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: January 29 - February 4

LUAIN -- On January 30, 1879, Edme Patrice de MacMahon (right) retired…

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Added by The Wild Geese on January 28, 2017 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Production Team Moves From Easter Rising to 'Snow Falls'

One of the many events held during 2016 to honour those who took part in the Easter Rising 100 years before was a stage play From the Backbone Out, which told the story of Richard O’Carroll, a labour leader…

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Added by James O'Brien on January 22, 2017 at 7:30pm — No Comments

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