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This Week in the History of the Irish: June 26 - July 2

Posted by The Wild Geese on June 25, 2022 at 3:52pm 0 Comments

LUAIN -- On June 27, 1862, the Irish 9th Massachusetts Infantry regiment of the Union Army was heavily engaged at the battle of Gaines Mill, Virginia, during McClellan's Peninsula Campaign. Put into an exposed, forward position near the bridge over Powhite Creek, the regiment sustained heavy…


Birth of a New Language: Triumph Against all Odds.

Posted by John Anthony Brennan on June 16, 2022 at 8:30am 4 Comments

One morning, in late summer, a young boy set off eagerly, on his journey of life. Brimming with excitement, his eyes shone with innocent anticipation. He was going to school for the first time! He was going to learn new and wondrous things! The boy had dreamt and looked forward to this day for as long as he could remember, And…


Rhubarb's Here!

Posted by Margaret M. Johnson on June 18, 2022 at 6:58am 0 Comments


Rhubarb makes only a brief appearance each spring, but because of its tart, bitter flavor, it makes a big impression. Rarely eaten on its own, it’s generally paired with a sweet fruit, especially berries, to balance the flavor. Rhubarb wasn’t a popular ingredient until the eighteenth century,…


Irish in America's Military

Posted by Mike McCormack on May 28, 2022 at 12:30pm 0 Comments

Ireland's sons were outnumbered and outgunned in their native land by those who would impose the chains of bondage on them. Though Ireland meant much to them, freedom meant more and they fled their homeland for the far corners of the world bringing with them the traditions of a warrior race. Sadly, warfare has been part of Ireland's existence throughout…


The Ballymacandy Ambush: 'I Would Not Turn Off My Road For Any Shinner'

Posted by Joe Gannon on May 26, 2022 at 11:30pm 5 Comments

It was shortly after 5 pm on the hot afternoon of June 1, 1921, in Milltown, County Kerry when the sharp ringing of the phone shattered the still air of the doctor’s office. Thirty-eight-year-old Dr. Daniel Sheehan, whom many of the…


Strawberry Season Has Arrived

Posted by Margaret M. Johnson on May 23, 2022 at 8:04am 0 Comments


         Once upon a time in Ireland — at least at the time I made my first trip in 1984, and even a decade later — a salad was not a salad as we know it today: think a few leaves of iceberg and a slice or two of tomato. Perfectly acceptable at…


Memorial Day: Recalling Those Who Gave Their Last Full Measure

Posted by The Wild Geese on May 23, 2015 at 2:30pm 2 Comments

Memorial Day, originally titled Decoration Day, has a somewhat murky origin. But what is clear is that on May 30, 1868, 146 years ago today, 5,000 gathered at Arlington National Cemetery to commemorate the 20,000 fallen warriors buried there, with the help of remarks by General and future President James…


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…


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,…



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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