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“Every Cause But Our Own”: William “Whack” Ryan, Martyr to Cuban Freedom

Posted by Joe Gannon on February 14, 2019 at 6:56pm 1 Comment

As the brilliant rays of the morning sun began to flash off the white washed adobe wall in Santiago, Cuba, 30-year-old William Albert Charles Ryan reflected that it would be yet another beautiful day on the tropical island he had come to love. He could hear the sweet songs of a…

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This Week in the History of the Irish: February 17 - February 23

Posted by The Wild Geese on February 17, 2019 at 12:30pm 0 Comments

LUAIN -- On February 18, 1817, Walter Paye Lane, Confederate general in the American Civil War, was born in County Cork. He emigrated to the United States with his parents when he was only 4 years old. Lane grew up in Ohio but traveled to…

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Great Irish Romances: Robert Emmet and Sarah Curran

Posted by Mike McCormack on January 28, 2014 at 3:00pm 0 Comments

by AOH Historian Mike McCormack

The bold Robert…

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Great Irish Romances: Joseph Plunkett and Grace Gifford

Posted by Susan McWilliams Lev-Yadun on February 7, 2014 at 3:00am 2 Comments

Of all the great men and women of that era, was there a more gallant figure than Joseph Mary Plunkett, or a more hopeless love that that of Plunkett and Grace Gifford? They were to be married in a…

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Love and Chocolate

Posted by Margaret M. Johnson on February 10, 2019 at 12:00pm 0 Comments

It’s that time of year again when thoughts turn to love — love AND Champagne, hearts, flowers and, of course, chocolate. Try this yummy Irish cream-laced chocolate cheesecake for a delicious Valentine’s Day treat. You’ll find other recipes like this in my Favorite Flavors of…

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Watch Award Winning Irish Short Film "The Pigman"

Posted by Rik Gordon on February 7, 2019 at 12:30pm 0 Comments

The Pigman, an award winning Irish short film by Rik Gordon has been recently released online. The short film follows a lonely creature who is shunned by society. When the time calls for it he performs a brave act, but will it change the locals perception of him?…

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The Tureengarriffe Ambush: Cork and Kerry Strike a Blow

Posted by Joe Gannon on January 1, 2019 at 2:30pm 5 Comments

Seán Moylan slowly moved his binoculars back and forth pointed to the west as he scanned the east Kerry countryside in the direction of Scartaglen. He was standing on some high ground in Thade Daly’s Glen in Tureengarriffe, along what is now the R-577 road. Moylan, commanding the Cork No. 2 (North)…

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Make Your Own Brotchán Foltchep (Leek and Potato Soup)

Posted by Margaret M. Johnson on January 24, 2019 at 9:30am 3 Comments

Leek and potato soup, also known as brotchán foltchep (from the Irish words meaning “broth” and “leeks”), is one of Ireland’s most popular soups. Once thickened with oatmeal, today’s leek broth is thickened with potatoes and then buttermilk or…

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St. Brigid: The Second Patron Saint of Ireland

Posted by Totally Irish Gifts on January 30, 2015 at 1:30am 11 Comments

St. Brigid is the second patron saint of Ireland, whose feast day is her birthday -- the first day of spring, 1st February (Lá Fhéile Bhride). Brigid is also known as Muire na…

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Recalling the Inextinguishable Fire of Saint Brigid

Posted by Susan O'Dea Boland on February 1, 2016 at 1:00am 8 Comments

On the first day of February, somewhere in Ireland, a ewe is born and peacefully nestles at…

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