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This Week in the History of the Irish: August 18 - August 24

Posted by The Wild Geese on August 17, 2019 at 11:00pm 0 Comments

LUAIN -- On August 19, 1504, the battle of Knockdoe was fought northeast of Galway by the forces of Gerald Fitzgerald, 'The Great Earl,' and his Anglo-Irish allies, against those of his son-in-law, Ulick de Burgh, or Burke of Clanrickard, husband of his daughter, Eustacia.…


An Uneasy Halfway -- Where Am I Really From?

Posted by Anne Casey on August 8, 2019 at 10:30pm 0 Comments

This year marks an uneasy halfway for me—I have been in Australia for as long as I lived in Ireland. So where does that leave me? The truth, I have come to realise, is somewhere in between. In Australia, I am regarded as Irish. My accent, parlance, even my ‘writing voice’ are often differentiated as such.…


I Will Arise and Go -- A Poem by Anne Casey

Posted by Anne Casey on August 8, 2019 at 10:30pm 0 Comments

I will arise and go

(After William Butler Yeats)

My people are a migrant clan

Prospering not by hook or crook or craft

But by diligent labour and an easy charm

Flung from one small corner

Across every wind-tossed sea

Mountaintop to valley floor

To lay a thousand roadways

Or stand on…


The Sword in Castletownbere

Posted by Joe Gannon on August 3, 2019 at 8:30pm 1 Comment

Back in October of 2017, I wrote an article titled “From Dunkirk to Nagasaki: The Long War of Dr. Aidan MacCarthy,” about a hero of WWII who had one of…


The History Behind Lughnasa

Posted by John Anthony Brennan on August 1, 2017 at 6:30pm 3 Comments

At the Ould Lammas Fair boys were you ever there

Were you ever at the Fair In Ballycastle-O?

Did you treat your Mary Ann

To some Dulse and Yellow Man

At the…


Women and Freedom

Posted by Colm Herron on July 28, 2019 at 9:30am 3 Comments

'The only position for women in the civil rights movements is prone.' 

     -- Stokely Carmichael, African American civil rights leader (1968)

'I have often said when Hillary Clinton…


The Tragedy of Tralibane Bridge

Posted by Ronan O'Driscoll on July 28, 2019 at 1:30pm 1 Comment

Tralibane Bridge, County Cork

Down the hill from Francis O'Neill's homeplace of Tralibane, County Cork, is an 18th century stone bridge. If you closely read O'Neill's work, Tralibane bridge turns out to be personally very important to him, as a place and a tune. He wrote about the spot a number of times, particularly the "Pattern Dances" the community held there. No doubt this experience at a…


Hot Off the Grill

Posted by Margaret M. Johnson on July 26, 2019 at 4:00pm 0 Comments

Move over hot dogs, hamburgers, and steaks; make room for a whiskey-enhanced grilled lamb and delicious grilled tomatoes to go with it. With tomatoes coming into season in a big way, I think you’ll enjoy these new recipes to add to your grilling agenda for August and beyond.…


Ireland: A Literary Treasure

Posted by Giles Kirkland on July 10, 2019 at 6:30am 0 Comments

From Bram Stoker to Oscar Wilde; Ireland boasts many names of great writers. As a big fan of Irish culture, I invite you to take…


The Kilmallock Barracks Attack: Burning Down the House

Posted by Joe Gannon on May 27, 2019 at 2:00am 3 Comments

Tomás Malone, aka Seán Forde, looked down at the gaping hole in the roof of the Royal Irish Constabulary barracks and hurled in another Mills bomb, hoping that this time he would see the roof explode in flames. They had thrown several gasoline-filled bottles into the gaping hole already from their…



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