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This Week in the History of the Irish: April 7 - April 13

Posted by The Wild Geese on April 6, 2024 at 3:28pm 0 Comments

DOMHNAIGH -- On April 7, 1865, …


‘Blood Upon The Rose’: Poet's Universal Easter Contemplation

Posted by Gerry Regan on April 20, 2019 at 10:30pm 0 Comments

I see his blood upon the rose

And in the stars the glory of his eyes,

His body gleams amid eternal snows,

His tears fall from the skies.…


Great Irish Romances: Joseph Plunkett and Grace Gifford

Posted by Susan McWilliams Lev-Yadun on February 7, 2014 at 3:00am 4 Comments

Of all the great men and women of that era, was there a more gallant figure than Joseph Mary Plunkett, or a more hopeless love than that of Plunkett and Grace Gifford? They were to be married in a church on St Stephen’s Green on April 23, Easter Sunday, 1916, but history…


'Our Communion': A Poem

Posted by Daniel P. McLaughlin on March 28, 2024 at 1:30pm 3 Comments

To bear His heir, perfection

No stain or fault, detection

This House of David's promised place

Her conception full of grace

Original sin, suspended

Eden's triumph, upended

I AM's ark of flesh and blood. 

Whose prophecy withstood



Easy Easter Sweet

Posted by Margaret M. Johnson on March 25, 2024 at 3:00pm 0 Comments

It’s a safe bet that you’ll find slices of this cake offered in tea rooms, coffee shops, home kitchens, and take-aways throughout the Emerald Isle. It’s a “standard” to which bakers often add a personal touch — think extra lemon (or orange) zest in the cake or fresh herbs in the drizzle — and it would be…


Exploring the Circumstances of Good Friday's Holocaust

Posted by Daniel P. McLaughlin on March 28, 2022 at 9:30am 0 Comments

Praise to the Lord in all His glory.

(Note: This was originally posted April 9th, 2020) 

Last week,…


WWI Pilot James McCudden: From Mechanic to Ace

Posted by Joe Gannon on March 15, 2024 at 8:30pm 5 Comments

It was two days before Christmas 1917, as James McCudden pulled gently back on the control stick of his British S.E. 5 biplane. He had spotted what appeared to be a German two-seat scout flying slightly higher, a little over 18,000 ft, to the west of him, over Peronne, about 90 miles north of Paris. As he got closer, he recognized it as a Rumpler.…


The Man Behind the Long Green Lines (and It's Not Patrick) - Part One

Posted by The Wild Geese on January 20, 2014 at 9:30pm 4 Comments

By James Doherty

Waterford City, Ireland - From his perch as rector of the Irish College of St. Isidore in Rome, Waterford-born Franciscan Friar Luke Wadding welcomed a steady stream of refugees from the land of his birth - men forced to leave Ireland to pursue their vocations. He came to understand then,…


West Cork’s Hales Family: Giving All for Irish Freedom

Posted by Joe Gannon on February 1, 2024 at 12:00am 3 Comments

Seán Hales, a TD (member of the Dáil Éireann) from County Cork, and Padraig Ó Maile, a TD from County Mayo, emerged from the Ormond Hotel along the north bank of the Liffey River in Dublin at about 2:30 PM on December 7, 1922. Just the day before, the Free State had been formally established by…


Hearty Fare for St. Patrick’s Day

Posted by Margaret M. Johnson on March 9, 2024 at 7:16am 0 Comments

            Nothing warms the heart on St. Patrick’s Day more than the mashed potato-topped casserole known as Shepherd’s Pie. In a land where sheep were traditionally a primary food supply, it’s not surprising that lamb is the foundation for many Irish farmhouse dishes, especially this…



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