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This Week in the History of the Irish: November 26 - December 2

Posted by The Wild Geese on November 26, 2023 at 11:12am 0 Comments

DOMHNAIGH -- On the night of November 26, 1781, units of Dillon’s and Walshes regiments of the Irish Brigade of France were among a force of about 400 commanded by Marquis de Bouille that landed on the British-held West Indies island of St. Eustache (now…


Cranberry Bread: A Seasonal Favorite!

Posted by Margaret M. Johnson on November 17, 2023 at 1:40pm 0 Comments

     Cranberries take center stage this month in both sweet and savory dishes. One of my favorites is this quick bread, sweet enough for dessert but not-too-sweet for breakfast or afternoon tea. The versatile little berry is widely available in markets now, so buy a few bags to use for Thanksgiving…


"Their Stories, Our Heritage, Not Forgotten" Irish Heritage Week, 2020. “The Florence Nightingale of The Army of Northern Virginia”

Posted by Liam McAlister on August 18, 2020 at 1:00pm 0 Comments

Born on November 12, 1819, in Dublin, Mary Sophia Hill was the daughter of a physician, who, along with her twin brother, Samuel, spent part of their early lives living in England.

By late 1850, both Mary and her brother were living in New Orleans where she earned a living (and had an excellent reputation)…


The Irish Survivor of Hiroshima

Posted by John Edward Murphy on July 26, 2014 at 7:00pm 14 Comments

We’re marking the 75th anniversary of the atomic bomb attack on Hiroshima. And yes, an Irish national --- Julia Canny a.k.a. Sister Mary of Saint Isaac Jogues --- was present and survived. My story together with the accompanying photographs (reproduced below) appeared in the 11 August 1999 editions of two Irish newspapers:…


Ferguson: The 'Mad Mechanic' From the Mourne Mountains

Posted by John Anthony Brennan on November 3, 2013 at 5:00pm 2 Comments

Pictured Harry Ferguson and Henry Ford.

Repost in honor of his Birthday.

Henry George "Harry" Ferguson, 4 November 1884 – 25 October…


Grab Some Apples for Crisps & Crumbles

Posted by Margaret M. Johnson on October 19, 2023 at 3:22pm 0 Comments

From a culinary standpoint, there’s little difference between an apple crisp and an apple crumble, except for the topping: the former is generally made with a flour and brown sugar mix, the latter with an oat-based streusel (nuts are always welcome). The bonus feature of either dessert is that, in…


It's a Celtic Feast

Posted by Mike McCormack on October 30, 2016 at 11:30am 1 Comment

Like their economy, which was based on planting, growing and harvesting, the Celtic calendar was centered around the Sun and agriculture and determined by a lunar calendar. The four major feasts were…


Semper Et Ubique Fidelis: The Dillons and the Irish Brigade of France

Posted by Joe Gannon on October 6, 2023 at 7:00pm 10 Comments

Oh wild was their rush and exultant their shout,

When the signal to charge from the bugle rang out,—

The fire of their hearts seemed to temper each blade.



The Daughters of Count General Arthur Dillon

Posted by Joe Gannon on October 6, 2023 at 8:30pm 0 Comments

Arthur Dillon had quite an incredible, if short, life as an officer in the Irish Brigade of France and later victim of the "Reign of Terror.". He also…


Irish Rebel Maurice Meade: May You Live in Interesting Times

Posted by Joe Gannon on August 16, 2023 at 8:00pm 1 Comment

It was around mid-afternoon on February 3, 1921, as the Irish Volunteers of the Mid and East Limerick Brigades emerged onto the road near Dromkeen House in Co. Limerick. The firing at the Dromkeen Ambush had just ended, having only gone on for a few minutes, but the effect on the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) men in the ambushed convoy had been…



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