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This Week in the History of the Irish: July 14 - July 20

Posted by The Wild Geese on July 14, 2019 at 11:30am 0 Comments

DOMHNAIGH -- On July 14, 1798, brothers John (left) and Henry Sheares, who were both lawyers and United Irishmen, were hung,…


Ireland: A Literary Treasure

Posted by Giles Kirkland on July 10, 2019 at 6:30am 0 Comments

From Bram Stoker to Oscar Wilde; Ireland boasts many names of great writers. As a big fan of Irish culture, I invite you to take…


The Kilmallock Barracks Attack: Burning Down the House

Posted by Joe Gannon on May 27, 2019 at 2:00am 3 Comments

Tomás Malone, aka Seán Forde, looked down at the gaping hole in the roof of the Royal Irish Constabulary barracks and hurled in another Mills bomb, hoping that this time he would see the roof explode in flames. They had thrown several gasoline-filled bottles into the gaping hole already from their…


Hy Brasil, Songs of the Irish in Latin America

Posted by Charles G O' Brien on June 1, 2019 at 9:30am 0 Comments

I'm a musician by trade but have also worked a good bit in documentary film over the last few years. Hy Brasil, as well as being the title of my new album, is an island from Irish mythology. "That shadowy isle" appeared on maps until the 1860's until they realised that it wasn't there at all, as…


Marching the Queen's Highway: Battling 'The Pagans,' Part 1 of 2

Posted by The Wild Geese on January 19, 2013 at 5:30pm 1 Comment

Being on the twelfth day of…


Tale of Gilmore's Two Extraordinary July 4th Concerts

Posted by Jarlath MacNamara on July 3, 2014 at 1:00pm 5 Comments

A tale of two connected July 4th celebrations, 6 years apart

Patrick Sarsfield Gilmore (or P S Gilmore), from Ballygar, County Galway, was an emigrant like a million others fleeing the famine in 1849. By 1872, Gilmore was Ireland's best known face in America. Musician,…


The Irish-American Signers of the Declaration of Independence

Posted by Neil F. Cosgrove on July 3, 2014 at 1:00pm 11 Comments

As the July 4th holiday approaches, sadly as with many of our other holidays, the true meaning of the day is lost a midst ballgames, cookouts, and fireworks. We forget that on that hot July of 1776 fifty six men came together to pledge their “lives,…


Very Berry Scones

Posted by Margaret M. Johnson on June 20, 2019 at 8:30am 0 Comments

Strawberry season has just arrived where I live in the Northeast. The season is over almost as quickly as it arrives, so I grab as many as possible and eat, bake, or freeze them as fast as I can. As the Fourth of July approaches, they’re especially colorful in red, white and blue scones, treats you…


A Short History of Michael Collins, Ireland's 'Big Fellow'

Posted by That's Just How It Was on June 8, 2019 at 2:07pm 19 Comments

One of the most iconic figures that emerged out of the Easter Rising was Michael Collins. Born in 1890, he was the third son in a family of eight children. Some sources would suggest that the Collins family were part of a very ancient clan who were widely spread over County Cork. 

Collins' father did not marry…



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