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This Week in the History of the Irish: May 26 - June 1

Posted by The Wild Geese on May 25, 2024 at 8:05pm 0 Comments

DOMHNAIGH -- On May 26, 1706, Col. Charles O'Brien, 5th Viscount Clare, died from wounds suffered at the …

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A 'Wild Goose' in the Mayan Kingdom

Posted by juan pablo torrebiarte on June 13, 2014 at 9:00pm 1 Comment

Our educated guess is that Dr. Theodore Thaddeus Dominic O’Kelly came to Guatemala around 1696. He might be a surgeon from the ranks of the Jacobite Army that fought in Aughrim. According to his account, he was an Ulsterman born in Loughgall (County Armagh) around 1658.

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Dynamite Johnny O'Brien: 'A Captain Unafraid'

Posted by Charles G O' Brien on May 11, 2014 at 7:00pm 2 Comments

Note Johnny with the Piratic Bandana

Have a read below to find out more about this captivating, mad, "Irish-American Maurader!" This is a blog post from my own "Ildaite…

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You Know You Love Them!

Posted by Margaret M. Johnson on April 28, 2024 at 7:43am 0 Comments

(Clockwise, from top): RUSH, Co. Fingal, Margaret M. Johnson; MINI POTATO CAKES, Sribaz/Dreamstime; TEMPLE BAR MARKET, Dublin, Margaret M. Johnson; MIDLETON FARMERS MARKET, Co. Cork, Margaret M. Johnson; GALWAY FARMERS MARKET, Galway,…

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‘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.…

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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…

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'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

Herod's…

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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…

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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,…

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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.…

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