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This Week in the History of the Irish: February 25 - March 2

Posted by The Wild Geese on February 24, 2024 at 10:30pm 0 Comments

DOMHNAIGH -- On February 25, 1891, Edward "Ned" Daly, one of the leaders of the Easter Rising, was born in a home on Frederick Street in Limerick city. Edward's family was staunchly republican. His…


Black with a Tinge of Green

Posted by James Francis Smith on February 27, 2013 at 4:30pm 0 Comments

As February’s Black History Month fades into memory and March’s Irish History Month begins its ascendancy, there’s a brief moment where the black takes on a tinge of green.

Few realize that these two ethnic groups, African-Americans and Irish-Americans, who together make up one-quarter of…


West Cork’s Hales Family: Giving All for Irish Freedom

Posted by Joe Gannon on February 1, 2024 at 12:00am 3 Comments

Seán Hales, a TD (member of the Dáil Éireann) from County Cork, and Padraig Ó Maile, a TD from County Mayo, emerged from the Ormond Hotel along the north bank of the Liffey River in Dublin at about 2:30 PM on December 7, 1922. Just the day before, the Free State had been formally established by…


An American Imbolc

Posted by Mike McCormack on January 31, 2024 at 2:00pm 0 Comments

(An 18th-century drawing of a Delaware River ferry boat)

February 1 is the Celtic feast of Imbolc, which signifies change or rebirth. In Luke’s Gospel, it is when Jesus was presented in the temple to begin his…


Hungry Trails

Posted by Máire Malone on January 11, 2024 at 10:30am 0 Comments

Julie Foley is sixteen when she and her family are evicted from their humble mountain dwelling in the Mayo town of Attymass. Their crime is rental arrears. It's 1847 and the potato famine has impoverished Ireland. Corpses of men, women and…


The Irish War of Independence and Civil War in Co. Roscommon

Posted by The Wild Geese on January 18, 2024 at 10:00pm 2 Comments

By Kathleen Hegarty Thorne

Ireland is a very small country in land mass. Compared to industrialized England, it is a poor cousin in the family of imperialists. Challenging the most…


Irish Rebels and the Baltimore Riots

Posted by Joe Gannon on May 3, 2015 at 10:00pm 0 Comments

Avenge the patriotic gore

That flecked the streets of Baltimore,

And be the battle queen of yore,

Maryland! My…


In Honor of Tea

Posted by Margaret M. Johnson on January 10, 2024 at 12:00pm 0 Comments

Serious tea drinkers and wellness enthusiasts celebrate “National Hot Tea Month” in January. During the month, many extol the virtues of tea drinking for health reasons, while others simply celebrate the culture and history of tea, its diverse…


Fruitcake Time!

Posted by Margaret M. Johnson on December 15, 2023 at 11:30am 0 Comments

Love it or hate it, fruitcake is one of Christmastime’s most iconic foods. I make no apologies for being one who loves it, and over the years I’ve amassed quite a collection of recipes from sources near and far. While we might…


Detective Steven McDonald: Earth Angel to the Americas

Posted by Daniel P. McLaughlin on December 10, 2023 at 10:30pm 0 Comments

The tragic and triumphant life of a New York City police officer’s spiritual journey continues to impact citizens of a city, state, nation, continent and yes, the world. This extraordinary life makes a compelling case for, if not (just yet) sainthood, then of a prophetic…



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