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

Posted by The Wild Geese on May 18, 2019 at 5:00pm 0 Comments

DOMHNAIGH -- On May 19, 1798, Lord Edward Fitzgerald , military…


Castlebar Honors Native Son, Inventor Extraordinaire

Posted by Brían Hoban on May 15, 2019 at 6:00pm 0 Comments

Louis Philip Brennan was born on Main Street, Castlebar, County Mayo, on January 28, 1852, the 10th child of Thomas Brennan, a hardware merchant in the town. 

After the death of at least five of his older siblings…


Review: 'The Labour Hercules' by Jeffrey Leddin

Posted by DJ Kelly on May 7, 2019 at 3:30am 0 Comments

THE LABOUR HERCULES: The Irish Citizen Army and Irish Republicanism 1913-1923

[Irish Academic Press ISBN: 9781788550741]

Jeffrey Leddin’s latest book charts the rise and activities of Irish Labour’s first urban working-class militia. The Irish…


Eugene Daly: Westmeath Piper Barely Survives Titanic's Sinking

Posted by Joe Gannon on May 3, 2019 at 9:00pm 5 Comments

It had been about a half hour since 29-year-old Eugene Daly had been startled awake from his bunk on the Titanic by the strange screeching noise. As he came up the stairway and emerged on the 3rd class well-deck near the bow, what he saw filled his heart with dread. He…


'Mad Mike' Hoare Turns 100 Years Old

Posted by Christopher Sean Hoare on April 12, 2019 at 8:30am 0 Comments

Mad Mike’ Hoare believed you get more out of life by living dangerously. And yet about 35 family and friends gathered in Durban, South Africa, on 17 March, St Patrick’s Day, to honour Mike as he turned 100 years old. Among them were five of the Wild Geese who fought with him in the Congo in the…


The Poet

Posted by John Anthony Brennan on April 21, 2019 at 5:00am 12 Comments

On Easter Monday 1916 one of the most important events in the long, tortuous history of Ireland took place. The event, so shocking and bold, is still debated and analysed until this very day. This is a personal tribute to that  handful of dreamers and visionaries, the…


‘Blood Upon The Rose’: Poet's Universal Easter Contemplation

Posted by Gerry Regan on April 20, 2019 at 10:30pm 0 Comments

I see his blood upon the rose

And in the stars the glory of his eyes,

His body gleams amid eternal snows,

His tears fall from the skies.…


Great Irish Romances: Joseph Plunkett and Grace Gifford

Posted by Susan McWilliams Lev-Yadun on February 7, 2014 at 3:00am 2 Comments

Of all the great men and women of that era, was there a more gallant figure than Joseph Mary Plunkett, or a more hopeless love than that of Plunkett and Grace Gifford? They were to be married in a church on St Stephen’s Green on April 23, Easter Sunday, 1916, but history…


'Eaton Mess' An Easy Springtime Dessert

Posted by Margaret M. Johnson on April 16, 2019 at 2:30pm 0 Comments

While locally grown berries are not quite in-season yet in most parts of the U.S., their wide availability makes them popular year-round. For a quick and delicious Easter dessert, you might want to serve this easy-to-assemble berries-and-cream dish known as Eton Mess. Despite its rather inelegant…


Fr. Sylvester Malone: Famed for Love of America and Ecumenicism

Posted by Geoffrey Cobb on April 7, 2019 at 8:30pm 0 Comments

When Fr. Sylvester Malone died Dec. 29, 1899, almost at the very end of the century, it signaled the end of an era not only for the Catholic community  in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, but also for the entire neighborhood. A beloved and respected figure among all local residents, Fr. Malone (pictured left) had…



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