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This Week in the History of the Irish: June 20 - June 26

Posted by The Wild Geese on June 19, 2021 at 6:21pm 0 Comments

DOMHNAIGH -- On June 20, 1763, one of the most famous revolutionary leaders in Irish history, Theobald Wolfe Tone, was born at 44 Stafford St., now called Wolfe Tone St., in Dublin. Tone was educated at Trinity College, Dublin, and called to the…

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“Paddy” O’Brien and the Rathcoole ambush: Vengeance Is “Mine”

Posted by Joe Gannon on June 14, 2021 at 7:00pm 0 Comments

The sun was getting low in the western sky on a sweltering hot Thursday, June 16, 1921, near Rathcoole, County Cork. The Irish Volunteers of what had been the 2nd Cork Brigade, but was now the 4th Cork Brigade, listened and watched intently to their east. “Paddy” O’Brien, who was appointed commander of the new 4th…

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DECORATION DAY / MEMORIAL DAY

Posted by Jarlath MacNamara on May 31, 2021 at 4:30am 0 Comments

Up to 1971 Memorial Day was known as Decoration Day, and Decoration Day has been celebrated each year to remember the Fallen, officially from 1868 in Arlington Cemetery. In a speech that day on May 30, 1868, by future President James A.Garfield, a former General, addressing a crowd of 5000 he said - "Hither our children's children shall come to pay their…

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George Bernard Shaw

Posted by Kieron Punch on May 10, 2021 at 7:00am 0 Comments

On 10th May 1916, the "Daily News" posted a letter from the Irish playwright, George Bernard Shaw, in which he condemned the ongoing execution of the leaders of the Easter Rising: "My own view is that the men who were shot in cold blood, were prisoners of war, and that it was, therefore, entirely…

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Now's the Time for a Springtime Quiche

Posted by Margaret M. Johnson on May 22, 2021 at 8:00am 0 Comments

What’s not to love about spring vegetables!  Everyone welcomes asparagus, spinach, and pencil-thin spring onions for salads, soups and side dishes, but I love them in cheese-filled tarts and quiche. Make your own crust, use refrigerated or frozen pie crusts, prepared puff pastry, or make one…

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George “McIrish” McElroy: World War One Ace

Posted by Joe Gannon on May 10, 2021 at 10:30pm 5 Comments

Three thousand feet above Moreuil Wood, southeast of Amiens, in northern France, Captain George Edward Henry “McIrish” McElroy, peered down through a gap in the clouds. McElroy had already shot down two German Albatross fighter planes in his British S.E. 5a (Scout Experimental-5a) earlier, his…

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The Real Titanic McCoys: Triumph and Tragedy

Posted by Joe Gannon on April 8, 2021 at 8:30am 5 Comments

Siblings Agnes (29), Alice (26), and Bernard McCoy (24) huddled together on the deck of the Titanic shivering in the cold. It was about 1:15 am on April 15, 1912. They were on the port side of the doomed ship, which now was decidedly tilted toward the bow, causing everyone to lean toward the…

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John Quinn, The Irish American Patron of Genius

Posted by Geoffrey Cobb on March 27, 2021 at 9:30pm 0 Comments

The life and accomplishments of John Quinn are so improbable that if they were fiction no one would believe them. The son of a baker from a small town in Ohio, Quinn, by the time of his untimely death in 1924 at the age of 54, had not only amassed the greatest collection of…

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Clontarf

Posted by John Anthony Brennan on April 23, 2021 at 12:30pm 2 Comments

Every April 23 we remember with great pride another in the long line of Irishmen who despite all the odds stacked against them, nevertheless decided to take a stand against an oppressive enemy. So set aside a little time today and read his fascinating full story at the link at the end of this…

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