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This Week in the History of the Irish: October 13- October 19

Posted by The Wild Geese on October 12, 2019 at 3:30pm 0 Comments

LUAIN -- On Oct. 14, 1814, Thomas Osborne Davis, the poet laureate of the Young Ireland party and one of its founders, was born in Mallow, Co. Cork. Like many other revolutionary Irish leaders, Davis was of an Anglo-Irish family; his father was a British army surgeon. He graduated from…


This Week in the History of the Irish: October 6 - October 12

Posted by The Wild Geese on October 5, 2019 at 6:30pm 0 Comments

DOMHNAIGH -- On October 6, 1649 Owen Roe O'Neill (left), nephew of Hugh O'Neill and an officer in the Spanish army, died at Cloughoughter Castle on an island in Lough Oughter in County Cavan. Owen is thought to have been born in 1585, probably near Loughgall in County Armagh. He left Ireland…


Colm Herron's 'Anna' -- Political History with Delightful Style

Posted by Jude ODell on August 10, 2019 at 5:00pm 0 Comments

Colm Herron knows all about The Troubles. He lived through them. Protested his way through them. Now he reveals a slice of the chaos that pitted friends and neighbors and family against each other. In his current book, activist Anna leads naive teacher Robert through local battles and through the joys and complexities of his first-time-ever love. As…


Shortening the Distance Between 'Sea and Plate' in Cork

Posted by Margaret M. Johnson on August 19, 2019 at 3:00pm 0 Comments

Driving around Ireland definitely makes you hungry — and sometimes forgetful — so after a day of touring around West Cork I arrived without a reservation at The Fish Kitchen, a smallish restaurant in Bantry situated, appropriately, above a fish market. Call it the luck of the Irish, but …


John F. Finerty: 'The Fighting Irish Pencil-Pusher'

Posted by Joe Gannon on September 1, 2019 at 11:30pm 2 Comments

Chicago Times correspondent John Finerty wiped his brow, drying the sweat from the hot July 7th afternoon, as he looked up to the top of the grassy knoll where scout Frank Grouard was scanning the horizon with his binoculars. They were near the valley of the Little Bighorn in what is…


The Day 'The Chief' Was Assassinated

Posted by Ronan O'Driscoll on August 19, 2019 at 4:00pm 0 Comments

“The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.”

In 1897, Mark Twain was reported to have made this famous statement upon being…


'A Bloody Dawn: The Irish at D-Day' by Dan Harvey

Posted by DJ Kelly on August 1, 2019 at 7:30am 2 Comments

This, the latest book by retired Lt Col Dan Harvey, represents an admirably huge amount of meticulous research and yet is highly readable. I had been aware that my own local regiment – The Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry – had long connections with Ireland and that they…


An Uneasy Halfway -- Where Am I Really From?

Posted by Anne Casey on August 8, 2019 at 10:30pm 0 Comments

This year marks an uneasy halfway for me—I have been in Australia for as long as I lived in Ireland. So where does that leave me? The truth, I have come to realise, is somewhere in between. In Australia, I am regarded as Irish. My accent, parlance, even my ‘writing voice’ are often differentiated as such.…


I Will Arise and Go -- A Poem by Anne Casey

Posted by Anne Casey on August 8, 2019 at 10:30pm 0 Comments

I will arise and go

(After William Butler Yeats)

My people are a migrant clan

Prospering not by hook or crook or craft

But by diligent labour and an easy charm

Flung from one small corner

Across every wind-tossed sea

Mountaintop to valley floor

To lay a thousand roadways

Or stand on…


The Sword in Castletownbere

Posted by Joe Gannon on August 3, 2019 at 8:30pm 2 Comments

Back in October of 2017, I wrote an article titled “From Dunkirk to Nagasaki: The Long War of Dr. Aidan MacCarthy,” about a hero of WWII who had one of…



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