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Meath Artist John Mulvany: Painting the "Last Stand"

Posted by Joe Gannon on March 20, 2023 at 12:00pm 2 Comments

Walt Whitman removed his wide-brimmed hat and wiped his brow with his handkerchief. The summer of 1881 was hot and humid in New York City, with 22 days hitting 80̈° or more. The 62-year-old had come downtown to see a massive work of art. It was causing a sensation in the few places it had…


This Week in the History of the Irish: March 26 - April 1

Posted by The Wild Geese on March 25, 2023 at 8:13pm 0 Comments

LUAIN -- On March 27, 1872, Mary MacSwiney (Maire Nic Shuibhne), republican activist, was born in Surrey, England, of an Irish father and an English mother.

(Right: National Library of Ireland: …


'One Great Irish Spot': Discovering the Sacred on Inishmurray Island

Posted by Jill Fuller on March 30, 2014 at 7:30am 7 Comments

You won’t find it listed in most Irish travel books and I have yet to see a travel website that mentions it. But in my book, Inishmurray Island is the greatest place in Ireland, perhaps on Earth. Because I always strive to be a traveler…


Lady Gregory and the Abbey Theatre

Posted by Mercier Press on March 25, 2014 at 10:30am 0 Comments

In the late 19th century and early 20th century, an Irish literary revival occurred as a means of establishing cultural nationalism, and Irish literary talent bloomed. As a result, culturally significant…


The Bard of Erin ... A Man of Many Parts

Posted by The Wild Geese on March 18, 2014 at 6:30pm 0 Comments

By John Bruton

I remember, as a child, playing over and over again our old 78-rpm records of John McCormack’s songs, which had been the property of my late grand uncle and namesake. Many of the songs…


Black with a Tinge of Green

Posted by James Francis Smith on February 27, 2013 at 4:30pm 0 Comments

As February’s Black History Month fades into memory and March’s Irish History Month begins its ascendancy, there’s a brief moment where the black takes on a tinge of green.

Few realize that these two ethnic groups, African-Americans and Irish-Americans, who together make up one-quarter of…


In March, It’s Great to be Irish!

Posted by Margaret M. Johnson on March 8, 2023 at 9:40am 0 Comments

In some parts of Ireland, the first snowdrops, daffodils and crocuses have already appeared, a sure sign that spring and St. Patrick’s Day are almost here! For tea lovers, it’s time to think about a springtime menu that might include recipes for soda bread (make a loaf or muffins) and for…


The Clonbanin Ambush: 'To Hell With Surrender!'

Posted by Joe Gannon on March 1, 2020 at 9:30pm 5 Comments

March 5, 1921, dawned bright and clear on the Mallow-Killarney Road (N-72 today) west of Clonbanin, Co. Cork. The men of Seán Moylan’s Cork No. 2 (North) Brigade and Thomas McEllistrim’s Kerry No. 2 (South) Brigade of the Irish Volunteers began to move into position on the north and south sides of…


Color Sergeant Michael Brady: The Luckiest Irishman in America's Civil War

Posted by Michael H.J. Kane on February 21, 2014 at 12:30pm 2 Comments

If you have seen seen the movie "Gettysburg," you might notice that during the climatic Pickett's Charge, behind the Union line at the Bloody Angle are two flags, the Regimental stars and stripes, and the state flag--green with a gold trim. This green flag was the only Pennsylvania flag not…


'The Blacksmith' Hammers the Auxies at Clonfin, Longford

Posted by Joe Gannon on January 27, 2023 at 10:30pm 3 Comments

Irish Volunteer Paddy "Bug" Callaghan and his two comrades stared up the road to the east as the cool, crisp air of February 2, 1921, caused their breath to fog the air around them. The three members of the North Longford Battalion of the Irish Volunteers were tasked with the most critical job of…



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