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This Week in the History of the Irish: December 15 - December 22

Posted by The Wild Geese on December 14, 2019 at 3:45pm 0 Comments

LUAIN -- On Dec. 16, 1971, soldier and politician General Richard Mulcahy (left) died in Dublin. Mulcahy was born in Waterford. After being educated in the Christian Brothers schools, Richard went to work for the postal service, like his father before him. He was a member of the Gaelic League and joined…

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A Visit From Our Lady of Guadalupe Sets Stage for Christmas

Posted by Daniel P. McLaughlin on December 11, 2018 at 1:00pm 5 Comments

Does human nature translate divinely?

Have you ever had lunch with a Jewish mother? “Have I mentioned my son David graduated valedictorian from high school and is now on full scholarship to Johns Hopkins University? (About 14…

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Billy the Kid: The Wild Rapparee of Lincoln County

Posted by Joe Gannon on November 29, 2019 at 9:30pm 4 Comments

There's a stone covered grave on the wild mountainside.

There's a plain wooden cross on which this is inscribed:

Kneel down, dear stranger, say an Ave for me

I was sentenced to death being a wild rapparee

--…

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Love to Write? Want To Do It in Ireland? Read On. . .

Posted by Lonnie on December 2, 2019 at 11:30am 0 Comments

Dear Friends,

I attended a two-week writing workshop run by the Sancho Panza Literary Society at Trinity College in Dublin in June. It was a wonderful writing experience as well as an opportunity to explore historic Dublin and attend the…

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Fruitcake Ushers in Most Delicious Time of the Year

Posted by Margaret M. Johnson on November 9, 2019 at 3:30pm 2 Comments

I haven’t posted in a month and my Irish guilt is gnawing at me! So it’s back to business this week as “that time of year” is fast approaching. I’ve already started plumping my fruit for the several varieties of fruitcake that I make, but not for this one because the fruit is boiled! I’ve had the…

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George Lennon: Waterford Rebel

Posted by Ivan Lennon on November 26, 2019 at 12:30pm 0 Comments

Dungarvan’s George Gerard Lennon (1900-1991) of O’Connell Street, Western Terrace (circa 1915) and Mitchell Terrace (1936) had a noteworthy revolutionary career.

Lennon's tenure encompassed some 17 engagements against enemy forces in Waterford, Limerick and Cork: a 14 year old “adjutant” in the…

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The New Policeman

Posted by Ronan O'Driscoll on November 2, 2019 at 3:00pm 0 Comments

Francis O'Neill started as a policeman on August 17th, 1873. At that time, Chicago was still recovering from the devastation of the Great Fire a couple of years before. Francis had his own tragedies to contend with: he and his wife Anna lost their first child during that difficult time and he struggled to keep a steady job in the…

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George Lennon and The Piltown Cross Ambush

Posted by Joe Gannon on October 28, 2019 at 1:00pm 3 Comments

The night of November 1, 1920, All Souls Night, was extremely cold in the west of County Waterford. The members of the West Waterford Volunteers flying column huddled along the road at Piltown Cross were not only shivering because of the temperature. Most of them were also trembling slightly as…

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All Souls' Day

Posted by Gerry Regan on November 1, 2019 at 1:30pm 0 Comments

Death ends a life. But it does not end a relationship, which struggles on in the survivor's mind, toward some resolution, which it may never find. -- The character Gene Garrison in the film "I Never Cried for My Father"



My Dad appeared to me this morning, most…

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The Pumpkins Are Coming, The Pumpkins Are Coming!

Posted by Margaret M. Johnson on October 9, 2019 at 9:30am 0 Comments



Actually, they’re already here — and in great abundance I might add — in supermarkets, at farm stands, and on doorsteps everywhere. In the kitchen, their tasty orange flesh is used in all kinds of recipes, from morning muffins to delicious breads and loaves. I personally love to make pumpkin…

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