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This Week in the History of the Irish: May 2 - May 8

Posted by The Wild Geese on May 1, 2021 at 3:00pm 0 Comments

DOMHNAIGH -- On May 2, 1870, Father Francis Duffy, World War I chaplain of the 69th New York, was born in Cobourg, Ontario. Francis moved to New York at age 22 to teach at St. Francis Xavier College but quit to enter the seminary. Father…

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The Real Titanic McCoys: Triumph and Tragedy

Posted by Joe Gannon on April 8, 2021 at 8:30am 5 Comments

Siblings Agnes (29), Alice (26), and Bernard McCoy (24) huddled together on the deck of the Titanic shivering in the cold. It was about 1:15 am on April 15, 1912. They were on the port side of the doomed ship, which now was decidedly tilted toward the bow, causing everyone to lean toward the…

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John Quinn, The Irish American Patron of Genius

Posted by Geoffrey Cobb on March 27, 2021 at 9:30pm 0 Comments

The life and accomplishments of John Quinn are so improbable that if they were fiction no one would believe them. The son of a baker from a small town in Ohio, Quinn, by the time of his untimely death in 1924 at the age of 54, had not only amassed the greatest collection of…

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Clontarf

Posted by John Anthony Brennan on April 23, 2021 at 12:30pm 0 Comments

Every April 23 we remember with great pride another in the long line of Irishmen who despite all the odds stacked against them, nevertheless decided to take a stand against an oppressive enemy. So set aside a little time today and read his fascinating full story at the link at the end of this…

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First Casualties

Posted by Liam McAlister on April 11, 2021 at 2:30am 0 Comments

Fort Sumter in Charleston harbour was fired on by Confederate forces in the early hours of April 12, 1861, the bombardment continuing well into the following day. Fortunately for Major Robert Anderson and his garrison, there were…

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Mini Desserts for Every Taste

Posted by Margaret M. Johnson on April 21, 2021 at 8:00am 0 Comments

You like cheesecake. Your mother likes carrot cake. Your son likes brownies. If you’ve ever faced a dessert dilemma — or just looking for a fresh idea for your next special occasion meal or afternoon tea — dessert in a jar is your solution. In addition to making an impressive presentation, these…

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The Pirates of Music

Posted by John Anthony Brennan on April 20, 2021 at 1:00pm 0 Comments

On 20 April 2020, we said farewell to a highly innovative Irishman who changed the world with his singular vision and desire to make the world a better place through the medium of music. His grandfather (The O'Rahilly) was an important figure in the quest for the independence of Ireland, a leader in the…

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

Posted by The Wild Geese on April 17, 2021 at 3:30pm 0 Comments

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LUAIN -- On April 18, 1690, five regiments of Irishmen set sail from Ireland for France. These soldiers, about 5,400 in all, would form the nucleus of…

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Kathleen Daly Clarke (1878- 1972): Dublin’s First Female Mayor

Posted by Geoffrey Cobb on March 2, 2021 at 10:00pm 2 Comments

Like many women deserving of greater recognition, Kathleen Daly Clarke is often overshadowed by her famous husband, Thomas, one of the men who proclaimed the Irish Republic and was shot by the British for their role in the Dublin Rising of 1916; however, without his wife, Thomas Clarke would never have…

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