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The Harp -- The Oldest Emblem of Ireland

The oldest harp on which the ‘official’ national emblem of  Ireland is based is housed in the Long Room at Trinity College, Dublin. Two other medieval harps that have also been preserved from that era, are housed in The Museum of Scotland: The Queen Mary Harp 15th century - and the Lamont Harp [date being…

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Added by That's Just How It Was on April 6, 2017 at 10:00am — 4 Comments

Shamrock: The National Emblem of Ireland



The shamrock is thought by many Irish people globally, to be grown exclusively in Ireland, in…

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Added by That's Just How It Was on February 19, 2017 at 9:00am — 10 Comments

Romancing the Truth -- The Legendary 'Molly Malone'

Who was Molly Malone? . . . That is a very good question, a question that has had many historians baffled, and continues to be debated by experts in this field for many a decade. Stranger than fiction, an inspiration to many millions of people all over the world,…

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Added by That's Just How It Was on January 23, 2017 at 9:30am — 5 Comments

Writer, Activist Alice Milligan -- Prodigy, Visionary, Humanitarian

Alice Milligan (1866-1953) was born into a middle-class Methodist family, one of 11 children. (Some sources would suggest that there were 13 children.) Her father was Seaton Milligan, a writer, poet, antiquary, member of the Royal Irish Academy (RIA), and a businessman. Her…

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Added by That's Just How It Was on November 8, 2016 at 6:30am — 7 Comments

Nora Connolly O’Brien -- Prodigy, Rebel, Politician, Connolly's Daughter

Nora Connolly was born into a family that knew hardship from birth. The second child of James Connolly and Lillie Connolly (nee Reynolds), she would forge her way through life based on the knowledge and learning that was instilled into her by both of her…

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Added by That's Just How It Was on September 23, 2016 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

Lillie Connolly -- Mother And Rebel, Widow of James Connolly



Racing fruitlessly after a tram that was speeding away from him, a young British soldier spotted a shy young woman, out for a stroll in Dublin City, on her day off from working as a governess in Merrion Square. Lillie Reynolds, a softly spoken young woman…

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Added by That's Just How It Was on August 12, 2016 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

Dr. Kathleen Lynn -- Irish Rebel, Politician and Humanitarian

Kathleen Lynn has been described as one of the great Irish humanitarians of the 20th century. Her influence extended throughout Irish society with her work in hospital medicine, her fight against poverty and disease, her career as a politician…

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Added by That's Just How It Was on August 1, 2016 at 7:30am — 2 Comments

Caitlín Bean Uí Chléirigh [Kathleen, Mrs Clarke] Widow of Thomas Clarke - Mother, Entrepreneur, Politician and All Around Woman of Principle

-The following article will give many facts and details of this extraordinary woman, who, without much formal education, rose to the top of the most higher echelons of power in a Political Institution, in an era when women were supposed to be ‘seen but not heard’..She lived for fifty years after…

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Added by That's Just How It Was on June 30, 2016 at 7:00am — No Comments

Read Foreword and Excerpts From 'That's Just How It Was'

 

Within Bridget’s story, Mary is writing about an era of tough times, and she acknowledges ‘these roots’ as the make-up of her own resilient Irish…

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Added by That's Just How It Was on June 27, 2016 at 8:30am — 2 Comments

Indefatigable Irish Labour Leader 'Big' Jim Larkin: 'Let Us Rise'

James Connolly said of "Big" Jim Larkin, his colleague in the labour movement: "We have amongst us a man of genius, of splendid vitality, great in his conceptions, magnificent in his courage." George Bernard Shaw described him as "the…

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Added by That's Just How It Was on June 15, 2016 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

Arthur Griffiths, Rebel / Journalist / Founder of Sinn Fein; President of the Free State

A controversial figure from a very early age in Irish politics and journalism, Arthur Griffiths has been noted by some source’s in history, as a man who courted controversy.  While he was a great orator, and not a monarchist himself, he…

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Added by That's Just How It Was on May 7, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

W. T. Cosgrave, The Quintessentially Pragmatic Republican

William Thomas (Liam) Cosgrave was not one of the iconic figures of the early 1900s, nor indeed was he a man who had any real status of leadership in the 1916 Rising, although he was a chief adviser to Eamonn Ceannt during the 1916 Rising at South…

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Added by That's Just How It Was on March 26, 2016 at 12:30pm — 6 Comments

Ireland's History -- In Search of Unsung Heroes

The following comment to a recent post of mine, this by Richard R. Mc Gibbon Jr. , had me perplexed for a minute, as I do know that there…

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Added by That's Just How It Was on March 11, 2016 at 6:00am — 2 Comments

Erskine Childers: Author, Irish Gunrunner, Churchill's Bête Noire

Robert Erskine Childers {Erskine} 25th June 1870 – 24 Nov1922 -  was born in Mayfair…

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Added by That's Just How It Was on February 28, 2016 at 9:30am — No Comments

A Short History of Michael Collins, Ireland's 'Big Fellow'

One of the most iconic figures that emerged out of the Easter Rising was Michael Collins. Born in 1890, he was the third son in a family of eight children. Some sources would suggest that the Collins family were part of a very ancient clan who…

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Added by That's Just How It Was on January 16, 2016 at 8:00am — 19 Comments

Celebrating the Joys of Family at Christmas

When I lost my Mum and my husband within two days of each other, my whole life crumbled around me.  I very slowly learned how to live again, with the help of my then two teenage boys and my grandchildren. Since then, my…

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Added by That's Just How It Was on December 25, 2015 at 4:30pm — 2 Comments

Oh, The Days of My Youth in Bray

"Our past shapes us and makes us what we are" was a favorite adage of my late grand-mother. To qualify this, she would add, "My tough background gave me strength of character which enable me to cope with what life had in store for me…" For many, our…

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Added by That's Just How It Was on December 8, 2015 at 11:00am — 14 Comments

Irish-Born James Barry, UK's First Transgender Physician

Dr. James Miranda Stuart Barry was born Margaret Ann Bulkley. Her parents were thought to be Jeremiah and Mary-Ann Bulkley. However, there is some speculation about the biological father. Barry's place of birth is usually given as Cork, and Barry's…

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Added by That's Just How It Was on December 2, 2015 at 8:30am — No Comments

First Casualties of the Easter Rising Were in Kerry

On Good Friday, April 21st, 1916, a very young and excited Colm Ó Lochlainn, a captain in the Irish Volunteers, set out that morning in Dublin on his bike, knowing that he would be leading a group of men to complete a mission that…

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Added by That's Just How It Was on November 18, 2015 at 10:30am — 54 Comments

Spotlight on Father Flanagan, Founder of Boys Town

Edward Joseph Flanagan was born in 1886 in Leabeg, County Roscommon, to John and Honoria Flanagan, both fluent Irish speakers. He was the eighth child in a family of eleven children.

Pictured, above, a scene from the "Boys…

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Added by That's Just How It Was on November 7, 2015 at 8:30am — No Comments

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