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Chapter Six from 'A Good Girl, The Walsh Family Leaves Galway'

Posted by Johnnie Bernhard on February 15, 2018 at 5:30am 0 Comments

Trading Fate

Fourteen-year-old Patricia Walsh, her mother, father, and six siblings, scratched out a living in the stone fields of County Galway, Ireland. Colum Walsh supported the family as a stonemason building estate structures and repairing the fences of an…

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

Posted by The Wild Geese on February 18, 2018 at 1:30pm 0 Comments

DOMHNAIGH -- On February 18, 1817, Walter Paye Lane, Confederate general in the American Civil War, was born in County Cork. He emigrated to the United States with his parents when he was only 4 years old. Lane grew up in Ohio but traveled to Texas at 18.…

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The Sheas, Three Generations of Olympic Greatness

Posted by Neil F. Cosgrove on February 8, 2018 at 7:30pm 0 Comments

Since the ancient past, societies have honored athletes.  Athletic competition may have developed out of pragmatic concerns such as training warriors, but it was soon realized that certain individuals were gifted with exceptional talents.  In the…

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Everything Changed for Ireland After King Charles I's Execution

Posted by Brian Nolan on January 30, 2018 at 10:30am 1 Comment

This poem was penned after the death of King Charles I, who was beheaded outside Whitehall Palace in London on the afternoon of January 30th, 1649, exactly 368 years ago, today. 

"He nothing common did or…

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Brigit: The Goddess Who Became a Woman, and a Saint

Posted by Joe Gannon on February 19, 2013 at 8:30pm 1 Comment

In Part 3 of WG's 3-part series "When the Goddess Ruled," Ronnie Drew-Kopp explains why Brigit remains a uniquely Irish figurehead, with a legacy of both Goddess and Christian saint.

By Ronnie T. Stout-Kopp

Special to…

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Festival of Imbolc and the Two Brigids

Posted by John Anthony Brennan on January 30, 2018 at 6:30pm 0 Comments

Back in the mists of time, long before the Milesians arrived from Egypt, and even longer before the Celtic tribes came and settled, another ancient tribe inhabited the island of Ireland. The ‘Tuatha De Dannan,’ translated as ‘people of the Goddess…

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'What's Up, Doc!': National Carrot Cake Day Is February 3

Posted by Margaret M. Johnson on January 30, 2018 at 8:30am 3 Comments

Who doesn’t love carrot cake? I sure do, and when I learned there was actually a day devoted to celebrating it, I couldn’t wait to make one in its honor. For the record, food historians suggest modern carrot cake probably descended from carrot…

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The British Question (And How They Kept Disgracing Themselves)

Posted by Colm Herron on January 28, 2018 at 10:00am 0 Comments

I had decided not to go on the Bloody Sunday march in Derry, my home town, because I was too frightened. I felt I had good cause. Word was that British parachute regiment was to be on duty here that day and I knew they had gone on a…

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The Story of St. Valentine's Day: The Irish Link

Posted by Totally Irish Gifts on February 7, 2015 at 12:30pm 0 Comments

The shrine of St. Valentine is found at the beautiful Whitefriar Street Church, Dublin, Ireland.

Fr. John Spratt was an Irish Carmelite and a well-known preacher, who worked among the poor in the Liberties in Dublin, Ireland. He…

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Cataclysm in Cork: The Battle of Clonmult

Posted by Joe Gannon on January 19, 2018 at 5:30pm 2 Comments

On top of roof and window,

Those boys stood up to fight,

‘Til the burning of the cottage

And no escape in sight.…

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