All Blog Posts Tagged 'Pennsylvania' (13)

Wexford-Born Signer of the U.S. Constitution

Thomas Fitzsimons was born at Ballikilty, County Wexford, Ireland in October of 1741 to Anthony Fitzsymons in the mid-1750s.  We know his mother's name was Jane, but we do not have a record of her maiden…

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Added by Dee Notaro on February 14, 2015 at 4:30am — 2 Comments

Pennsylvania's 'Molly Maguires': Irish Terrorists or Christian Martyrs?

In January 2015, Fordham University Press released "The Sons of Molly Maguire." Mark Bulik’s upcoming work is the latest in a line…

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Added by Anne Flaherty on December 19, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments

A Plea to Historians

Search for the Facts

Mark Bulik’s upcoming work, "The Sons of Molly Maguire," is the latest in a long line that characterizes Pennsylvania’s Ancient…

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Added by Anne Flaherty on December 3, 2014 at 2:00pm — No Comments

The True Story of Thanksgiving

History, as written, is not always accurate. Revised versions of past events are often presented to support conclusions already reached - political or otherwise. Sadly, many of these revised…

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Added by Mike McCormack on November 21, 2014 at 3:00pm — 10 Comments

Pennsylvania's Hibernians

Together, We Can Honor Their Extraordinary History

In Pennsylvania in the 1870s, tens of thousands of Irish Catholic men gathered together as members…

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Added by Anne Flaherty on November 12, 2014 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

A Day at the State Department - September 11, 2001

On September 11, 2001, I was at work in my newly remodeled office at the State Department.  Following my normal routine, I was at my desk looking at the morning newspaper for any…

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Added by Robert A Mosher on September 11, 2014 at 8:30pm — 2 Comments

Dennis O’Kane and the Philadelphia Brigade of the Pennsylvania 69th

Excerpts from James Francis Smith’s The Civil War’s Valiant Irish

The Begining

The Derry native nodded to his brigadier commander, Joshua Owen. Not expecting nor receiving a return greeting, he didn’t bother to salute. O’Kane crossed to the most distant campfire, where Duffy and Devereux joined him. His first question was a repeat of one he asked every night.

“Is that bastid Welshman drunk or sober?”

Tonight, Duffy responded. “He’s well on his way, but not there…

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Added by James Francis Smith on June 30, 2014 at 3:42pm — No Comments

'One Great Irish Spot': True Living History

The family homestead -- still in use and productive to this very day!

One of my most magnificent or poignant 'Great Irish Spots' would certainly have to be finding my 7 times Great-Grandfather's homestead where he settled in America after imigrating from Ireland.  In 1755, Robert Steen of The…

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Added by Danny Alexander on March 9, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

March 17, 1875: John Kehoe's Hibernians 'Stand Up to the Mark Like Men'

In 1875, St. Patrick's Day in Pennsylvania's Mahanoy City broke cold and clear. But conflict gripped the hard coal region. Festivities that honored Ireland’s patron saint would highlight a longstanding war between Irish priests under the authority of Archbishop James Frederick Wood and Irish Catholic men who marched under society banners

Long-buried accounts of those…

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Added by Anne Flaherty on March 2, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Color Sergeant Michael Brady: The Luckiest Irishman in America's Civil War

If you have seen seen the movie "Gettysburg," you might notice that during the climatic Pickett's Charge, behind the Union line at the Bloody Angle are two flags, the Regimental stars and stripes, and the state flag--green with a gold trim. This green flag was the only Pennsylvania flag not…

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Added by Michael H.J. Kane on February 21, 2014 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

For the Grace of a Happy Death

December 18, 2013, marked the 135th anniversary of the execution of John Kehoe at Pottsville, Pennsylvania. On that day in 1878,…

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Added by Anne Flaherty on December 18, 2013 at 2:30pm — 4 Comments

The Resurrection of Edward Hand

Irish-born soldier served the late Mike Flannery, George Washington and his adopted nation well

By 'Brigadier'

Reproduced by Anna…
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Added by The Wild Geese on July 4, 2013 at 12:36pm — No Comments

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