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This Week in the History of the Irish: September 25 - October 1

Posted by The Wild Geese on September 24, 2022 at 3:50pm 0 Comments

DOMHNAIGH -- On Sept. 25, 1917, republican leader Thomas Ashe died on hunger strike. Trained as a teacher, Ashe was the principal of the Corduff National School, in Lusk, County Dublin, from 1908-16. A member of…


The Ballymahon Barracks Attack: Arming the Boys of Longford

Posted by Joe Gannon on August 11, 2022 at 9:00pm 8 Comments

Seán Connolly and Leo Carter pushed a table into the corner of the upstairs bedroom of the Lloyd family in Ballymahon, Co. Longford. Carter, who stood 6’ 3”, jumped on the table and began to hack at the roof with an ax. It was just past midnight in the early morning hours of August 20, 1920. Connolly and Carter were part of a group of Irish…


Very Berry Summer Cake

Posted by Margaret M. Johnson on August 13, 2022 at 9:52am 0 Comments

     This cornmeal cake is currently my go-to summer dessert. The original recipe suggested a fruit and wine syrupy topping, but it also works deliciously as an upside-down cake with summer berries on the bottom. Serve it for at teatime with whipped cream, a dollop of tangy crème fraiche, or a scoop…


Irish Surveyor Nicholas Gray Jr.: The California Gold Rush

Posted by Don Gray on August 5, 2022 at 9:30am 0 Comments

The Bear Flag Revolt, was from June to July in1846. American settlers in California rebelled against the Mexican government and proclaimed California an independent republic.  After the Bear Flag  was raised, the U.S. military began to occupy California. In…


August by Mike McCormack, AOH Historian

Posted by Mike McCormack on August 1, 2022 at 3:30pm 0 Comments

Welcome to August a significant month in Irish history. Here are a few examples, August 1 is the ancient feast of Lugnasad – the Gaelic festival marking the beginning of the harvest. Begun by the De Danann god, Lugh, in honor of his foster-mother Tailtiu, it included religious ceremonies, athletic contests, feasting and matchmaking. The…


A Strange Encounter in St. Stephen's Green

Posted by John Anthony Brennan on June 9, 2022 at 9:30am 1 Comment

During a nostalgic trip to Dublin City, Ireland in June 1971, I found myself in the delightful St. Stephen's Green, a welcome oasis in that bustling, cosmopolitan city. The park is sited not far from the Four Courts building, which sits on the north bank of the River Liffey, and the last bastion…


The Listowel Mutiny: “Shoot on Sight”

Posted by Joe Gannon on July 6, 2022 at 7:30pm 4 Comments

Seán Culhane stood across the street from the Cork & County Club Hotel, an Anglo-Irish social club in Cork City. Culhane, the Intelligence Officer, Cork 1 Brigade of the Irish Volunteers, was watching the door, waiting for a sign from his informer, waiter Ned “Bally” Fitzgerald. It was a little after 10 PM on that warm July 17, 1920 evening when…


Birth of a New Language: Triumph Against All Odds

Posted by John Anthony Brennan on June 16, 2022 at 8:30am 5 Comments

One morning, in late summer, a young boy set off eagerly, on his journey of life. Brimming with excitement, his eyes shone with innocent anticipation. He was going to school for the first time! He was going to learn new and wondrous things! The boy had dreamt and looked forward to this day for as long as he could remember, And…


Rhubarb's Here!

Posted by Margaret M. Johnson on June 18, 2022 at 6:58am 0 Comments


Rhubarb makes only a brief appearance each spring, but because of its tart, bitter flavor, it makes a big impression. Rarely eaten on its own, it’s generally paired with a sweet fruit, especially berries, to balance the flavor. Rhubarb wasn’t a popular ingredient until the eighteenth century,…


Irish in America's Military

Posted by Mike McCormack on May 28, 2022 at 12:30pm 1 Comment

Ireland's sons were outnumbered and outgunned in their native land by those who would impose the chains of bondage on them. Though Ireland meant much to them, freedom meant more and they fled their homeland for the far corners of the world bringing with them the traditions of a warrior race. Sadly, warfare has been part of Ireland's existence throughout…



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