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This Week in the History of the Irish: May 22 - May 28

Posted by The Wild Geese on May 21, 2022 at 12:30pm 0 Comments

DOMHNAIGH -- On May 22, 1805, Young Irelander Michael Doheny (right) was born in Fethard, Co. Tipperary. Doheny joined O'Connell's Repeal Association in the 1830s and wrote for the Young Irelanders' publication, The Nation, under the name Eiranach. He fled to the United…

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This Week in the History of the Irish: May 15 - May 21

Posted by The Wild Geese on May 14, 2022 at 1:00pm 0 Comments

DOMHNAIGH -- On May 15, 1847, Syria, the first ship to arrive during what Quebecois would call the 'Summer of Sorrow,' landed at the Canadian quarantine station in the St. Lawrence River, just north of Quebec. The French had called that…

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The Mass Rock

Posted by Mike McCormack on May 1, 2022 at 9:00am 1 Comment

Rocks and stones have always been special to the Irish. The Stone of Fal, reportedly brought to Ireland by the Tuatha de Dannan, was said to have the power to roar – but only when a man fit to rule Ireland stood upon it. The Rock of Doone, similarly only roared out under one fit to be a Chieftain of the…

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This Week in the History of the Irish: May 1 - May 7

Posted by The Wild Geese on April 30, 2022 at 7:30pm 0 Comments

LUAIN -- On May 2, 1870, Father Francis Duffy, World War I chaplain of the 69th New York, was born in Cobourg, Ontario. Francis moved to New York at age 22 to teach at St. Francis Xavier College but quit to enter the seminary. Father Duffy became well known around the town…

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John “Don Juan” O’Brien: An Irishman in South America

Posted by Joe Gannon on April 12, 2022 at 11:00pm 1 Comment

The hot summer sun beat down on 72-year-old John (Don Juan) O’Brien as he slowly mounted the wooden platform in the Plaza de Armas in Lima, Peru. The Cathedral of Lima (below-left) loomed above the plaza that 28th of July, 1858, just as it had on the same day in 1821. On that day,…

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CHOCOLATE + WHISKEY + CARAMEL = EASTER

Posted by Margaret M. Johnson on April 11, 2022 at 7:30am 0 Comments

     Irish whiskey is a popular ingredient in desserts, where its distinctive taste complements a wide range of flavors. The combination of whiskey and chocolate is especially delicious, and when caramel and nuts are added (you can substitute walnuts, if you wish), this tart simply screams “Easter.”…

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Detective Steven McDonald and the Lord's Prayer

Posted by Daniel P. McLaughlin on April 7, 2022 at 12:30pm 0 Comments

In the first of a 3 part speech given March 24 before the Detective Steven McDonald Men's Prayer Group in…

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The Navigator

Posted by John Anthony Brennan on April 3, 2022 at 7:00pm 2 Comments

One of the myriad of exceptional qualities that we Irish are blessed with is our ability to drop everything and sail out into the unknown completely unafraid. We have the uncanny ability to travel to the furthest reaches and, as they say, ‘become more native than the natives themselves.’ This ability has…

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Patricius the Roman

Posted by John Anthony Brennan on March 16, 2022 at 12:30pm 0 Comments

March is traditionally known as Irish Heritage month and this is highlighted on March 17th. with large parades in many towns and cities around the world. The parades are held in honor of a unique individual named Patricius, a Roman Briton, taken with his two sisters as hostages to Ireland by one of Ireland's greatest…

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Kathleen Daly Clarke

Posted by Mike McCormack on April 1, 2022 at 8:30am 0 Comments

On April 11, 1878, a baby girl was born to Edward and Catherine Daly in Limerick. They named her Kathleen; she was the third daughter in a family of nine girls and one boy. The boy, Edward junior (Ned), was born in 1890, five months after the death of his father, and his 12-year old sister helped raise her…

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