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This Week in the History of the Irish: August 9 - August 15

Posted by The Wild Geese on August 8, 2020 at 4:00pm 0 Comments

DOMHNAIGH -- On August 9, 1876, Josephine Bracken, whose parents were from Belfast, was born in Victoria City, British Hong Kong. Her father James, a soldier in the British army, was a native of County Offaly. Josephine's mother, a McBride, died in childbirth. She was…

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From Dunkirk to Nagasaki: The Long War of Dr. Aidan MacCarthy

Posted by Joe Gannon on October 13, 2017 at 10:30pm 5 Comments





Aidan MacCarthy crouched low in the air raid shelter he and the other prisoners of war had dug themselves. They had seen two American B-29 bombers flying toward the city of Nagasaki before they went into the shelter. A few POWs had stayed outside, though, wanting to see bombs fall on the Japanese for…

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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:…

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Is Ireland Still There?

Posted by Susan O'Dea Boland on February 28, 2016 at 11:30am 11 Comments

Pete Hamill, a prolific writer residing in New York City, was born and raised by parents who had emigrated from Belfast, Ireland. Writing about his first trip to Ireland – a journey not taken till he was a grown man -- he talks about boarding the plane as “a newspaperman, trained by vigorous masters to a…

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Col. Nicholas Gray: Inspector General, 3rd Military District, N.Y.

Posted by Don Gray on June 26, 2020 at 1:00pm 0 Comments

Frederick Hall was born a slave on Benjamin Oden's plantation in Prince George County, Maryland. Frederick Hall was better known by the alias of William Williams. Oden advertised in the Baltimore newspaper on May 18, 1814, that Williams was a runaway.  Despite being a wanted man, Williams…

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The Miami Showband Massacre: Horror in the Dead of Night

Posted by John Anthony Brennan on July 31, 2020 at 1:00am 14 Comments

Much has been written about the period of upheaval, sectarian hatred and relentless bloodshed that occurred in the province of Ulster in the north of Ireland in the 30 years between 1968 and 1998. Unless you were there and lived through the madness, it's likely that you have trouble actually…

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The History Behind Lughnasa

Posted by John Anthony Brennan on August 1, 2017 at 6:30pm 3 Comments

At the Ould Lammas Fair boys were you ever there

Were you ever at the Fair In Ballycastle-O?

Did you treat your Mary Ann

To some Dulse and Yellow Man

At the…

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Blueberry Fool -- A 'Foolproof' Summer Dessert

Posted by Margaret M. Johnson on July 29, 2020 at 7:30am 0 Comments

A fruit “fool” – the word supposedly derives from the French fouler, meaning “to crush”—calls for combining puréed fruit with beaten eggs and sugar, whipped cream, sour cream, or yogurt for a virtually “foolproof” dessert. This recipe, which pays homage to the fraughan (also known as…

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Part 4: A Gallant But Futile Charge

Posted by The Wild Geese on January 18, 2013 at 8:00pm 0 Comments

This five-part series on the 69th New York Irish Brigade at the 1st Battle of Bull Run is drawn from the book "The Irish Brigade and Its Campaigns," by Tipperary native David P. Conyngham, published in 1866. Conyngham served during the Civil War, for a time with Meagher's Irish Brigade, and finally as a correspondent for the New York Herald. In part 4 of 5 the…

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'If It Had Only Been For Ireland': John C. Mitchel Dies in Carolina

Posted by Liam McAlister on July 20, 2020 at 5:00pm 0 Comments

John C. Mitchel arrived in the USA in 1853 with his father, also, John. The elder Mitchel went on to become a, fiercely, pro Southern newspaper editor while John C. enlisted in the Confederate States army on the outbreak of America's Civil War, after initially working as an engineer on the railroads.…

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