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A Sailor in Wartime Dixie: Startled by Catholic Apartheid

Posted by Gerry Regan on July 27, 2015 at 5:32pm 2 Comments

And then when we got to Miami, the Gesu Church, which is a beautiful Catholic church, an old church in the heart of Miami, they had big signs posted as you entered, ‘Colored seat from the rear.’…

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The Confederate Monument Issue: Is It Pride or Prejudice?

Posted by Joe Gannon on September 26, 2017 at 9:00pm 4 Comments

They have called us Rebels and Traitors,

But themselves have thrown off that name of late;

They were called it by the English Invaders,

At home—in the year of "Ninety-Eight ..."

-- from "Kelly’s Irish Brigade"…

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Heroism at 'Selma': Were the Irish On The Right Side of History?

Posted by Gerry Regan on January 10, 2015 at 12:00pm 7 Comments

"Selma," a new film that just went wide to screens around the US, is an Interesting film, and for me as a student of the American, as well as the Irish, experiences, one well worth the investment to watch. The film narrates the epic events from…

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This Week in the History of the Irish: January 20 - January 26

Posted by The Wild Geese on January 20, 2019 at 10:00am 0 Comments

DOMHNAIGH -- On January 20, 1771, Don Hugo O'Conor was named…

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Geneva Barracks: Death Camp in Wexford.

Posted by John Anthony Brennan on January 9, 2019 at 8:30pm 0 Comments

In 1782, the ruling Protestant Ascendancy in Ireland were given country-wide self-rule by the British Parliament, greatly increasing the powers of the Irish Parliament, situated at College Green in Dublin. One of the first items addressed by the new Parliament was the Trade Agreement which…

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Soup's On: Add Guinness

Posted by Margaret M. Johnson on January 11, 2019 at 12:00pm 0 Comments

 Onion soup is a surefire hit on anyone’s winter menu. Instead of using only yellow onions, this soup uses three — yellow, red, and shallots — adds Guinness to flavor the broth, and tops it with hearty, thick-cut croutons with melted blue cheese — Cashel Blue preferred! You can make…

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The Croppies

Posted by John Anthony Brennan on January 5, 2019 at 6:30pm 0 Comments

There once was a particularly dark time in Ireland when the length of a man's hair determined his fate. If his hair was shorn close to the scalp as opposed to the longer hairstyles of most of Europe at that time, he ran the risk of arrest, interrogation and was often subjected to torture by…

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This Week in the History of the Irish: January 13 - January 19

Posted by The Wild Geese on January 13, 2019 at 10:00am 0 Comments

DOMHNAIGH -- On January 15, 1702 Thomas Arthur Lally, a renowned but tragic officer in the Irish Brigade in the service of France, was born in Romans, France. Lally was the son of Sir Gerard Lally of Tullynadala, County Galway, one of…

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The Tureengarriffe Ambush: Cork & Kerry Strike a Blow

Posted by Joe Gannon on January 1, 2019 at 2:30pm 4 Comments

Seán Moylan slowly moved his binoculars back and forth pointed to the west as he scanned the east Kerry countryside in the direction of Scartaglen. He was standing on some high ground in Thade Daly’s Glen in Tureengarriffe, along what is now the R-577 road. Moylan, commanding the Cork No. 2 (North)…

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A Maiden So Bewitching

Posted by Colm Herron on December 19, 2018 at 7:00am 0 Comments

Do you remember this old song?

Come single belle and beau, onto me pay attention -

Don't ever fall in love, it's the devil's own invention.

For once I fell in love with a maiden so bewitching

Miss Henrietta Bell out of Captain Kelly's kitchen -

With me toora loora la, toora loora…

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