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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, …

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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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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,…

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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…

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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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