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Ireland and the Great War: RTE series on Irish WWI vets

Started this discussion. Last reply by Rónán Gearóid Ó Domhnaill Nov 13, 2013. 1 Reply

          A collection of short films from RTE's archive on the Irish who fought in WWI.…Continue

Tags: Great War, veterans, RTE, WWI

An Image of Union Donors to the 1863 Irish Relief Fund, Forty Years On

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'Here They Come, as Thick as Grass': The Irish at Rorke’s Drift

Posted on June 30, 2020 at 3:30pm 5 Comments

Sgt. Henry Gallagher of B Company, 2nd Battalion, 24th (2nd Warwickshire) Regiment of Foot, who was from Thurles, County Tipperary, paced up and down behind the red-clad soldiers looking over the mealie bag fortifications at Rorke’s Drift. He lifted…

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A Dog’s Tale: Pat and Mike Go To War

Posted on May 15, 2020 at 3:30pm 2 Comments

(Above: "The Army Forge" by Edwin Forbes, Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper.)

Patrick Callaghan of the 1st Vermont Cavalry felt the warm northern Virginia summer sun on his face as the blacksmith…

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'Greyhound on Train': Rescuing Seán Hogan at Knocklong

Posted on April 6, 2020 at 5:00pm 12 Comments

Irish Volunteer Seán Hogan gazed out the window of the train toward the distant Galtee Mountains to the south. It was early evening on May 13, 1919. The train had just pulled out of Emly, County Tipperary, headed toward the small town of…

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The Clonbanin Ambush: 'To Hell With Surrender!'

Posted on March 1, 2020 at 9:30pm 5 Comments

March 5, 1921, dawned bright and clear on the Mallow-Killarney Road (N-72 today) west of Clonbanin, Co. Cork. The men of Seán Moylan’s Cork No. 2 (North) Brigade and Thomas McEllistrim’s Kerry No. 2 (South) Brigade of the Irish Volunteers began to move into position on the north and south sides of…

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World War II Ace Tom McGuire: The Iron Major

Posted on January 18, 2020 at 5:30pm 5 Comments

Lieutenant Tom McGuire was at 12,000 feet above Oro Bay, New Guinea in his P-38 fighter scanning the sky for Japanese planes. The 431st Fighter Squadron had scrambled from their Dubodura airbase to intercept a flight of Japanese bombers and their fighter escort on that October 17, 1943. McGuire…

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Billy the Kid: The Wild Rapparee of Lincoln County

Posted on November 29, 2019 at 9:30pm 6 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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George Lennon and The Piltown Cross Ambush

Posted 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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John F. Finerty: 'The Fighting Irish Pencil-Pusher'

Posted on September 1, 2019 at 11:30pm 2 Comments

Chicago Times correspondent John Finerty wiped his brow, drying the sweat from the hot July 7th afternoon, as he looked up to the top of the grassy knoll where scout Frank Grouard was scanning the horizon with his binoculars. They were near the valley of the Little Bighorn in what is…

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Sgt. Henry Gallagher of B Company, 2nd Battalion, 24th (2nd Warwickshire) Regiment of Foot, who was from Thurles, County Tipperary, paced up and down behind the red-clad soldiers looking over the mealie bag fortifications at Rorke’s Drift. He lifted his helmet and wiped the sweat off his brow as he noticed lookout Pvt. Frederick Hitch on the roof of the storehouse. Hitch…See More
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"Amongst the Zulus, there are various named varieties of these shields, each with a specific use.[5] The large war shield, of about 5 feet (1.5 m) in length, is known as an isihlangu,[2] which means "to brush…"
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"A photo of a large group of Zulu warriors taken in 1860, 19 years before Rorke's Drift. Perhaps some of them them at Isandlwana and / or Rorke's Drift.   "
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"One of the “what if” scenarios for the Battle of Rorke’s Drift involves Major Spaulding. As he was traveling south to Helpmekaar, he ran into the company he was looking to bring to the Drift, along with another company under the…"
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Sgt. Henry Gallagher of B Company, 2nd Battalion, 24th (2nd Warwickshire) Regiment of Foot, who was from Thurles, County Tipperary, paced up and down behind the red-clad soldiers looking over the mealie bag fortifications at Rorke’s Drift. He lifted his helmet and wiped the sweat off his brow as he noticed lookout Pvt. Frederick Hitch on the roof of the storehouse. Hitch…See More
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A Dog’s Tale: Pat and Mike Go To War

(Above: "The Army Forge" by Edwin Forbes, Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper.)Patrick Callaghan of the 1st Vermont Cavalry felt the warm northern Virginia summer sun on his face as the blacksmith forge wagon bounced and rattled quickly down the dusty Virginia road. He looked down at the little black dog leaning into him on the seat and stroked his head. As usual, Mike’s…See More
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At 10:19am on September 21, 2011, Gerry Regan said…
Joe, glad you found your way here. And again, happy birthday!
At 9:35pm on April 29, 2013,
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Jane Sherry Gardner
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Nice photos, Joe!

At 11:29am on May 4, 2013, Ryan O'Rourke said…

Joe, where in Ireland do your people come from?

At 12:05pm on May 4, 2013, The Wild Geese said…

I have a McLaughlin line on my mother's side that we know was from Co. Cavan, but left way back in the 1830s. Gannon is a Mayo name, but we can only trace that side of the family back to a great-grandfather who was born in England, where they must of gone for work.

At 12:32pm on May 4, 2013, Ryan O'Rourke said…

I ask because we have good friends in Connemara here who are Gannons.  There is a significant pocket of them in Leitir Móir, which is where our friends are from.

At 4:46pm on July 11, 2013, michael hogan said…

Glad to be aboard, Joe. Here is the site for the Irish Soldiers of Mexico. We have over 3,000 visitors who share information about the San Patricios and the Irish Mexican connection. Lots of photos, historical conversations, videos and more. Hope you'll all pay us a visit.

http://www.facebook.com/IrishMex

 

At 3:02am on July 27, 2014, Denise McDunn said…

Thanks for friending, Joe :) 

At 2:26pm on September 10, 2015, Ivan Lennon said…

Drop me a line Joe   navilenn65@gmail.com  or call 585 288 0636

Thanks  for getting the word our re Burgery ambushes - Shades of GUESTS OF THE NATION  is it not?

Ivan Lennon

At 1:33pm on June 14, 2019, Martin J O'Malley said…

It appears that there is some controversy as to John Riley's burial site, possibly in Vera Cruz, Mexico.  However, the Mexican government donated a bronze statue to Major Riley of the Batalion San Patricios;  the statue is located in Clifden, County Galway.  I expect to be visiting Clifden in a few days and will check this out. Michael Higgins and Mary Robinson both visited Mexico City in the past few years, where Ireland has erected a sculptural monument to John Riley who is celebrated in Mexico. While in Galway two weeks ago, I inquired about Riley but no one seemed to know the history. Because of the Irish battalion, I have found statues of Saint Patrick in Mexican churches and basilicas, so at least in Mexico his legend lives on; and here in Ireland, it is recognized by officialdom.

At 2:05pm on June 14, 2019, Martin J O'Malley said…

It appears that there is some controversy as to John Riley's burial site, possibly in Vera Cruz, Mexico. However, the Mexican government donated a bronze statue to Major Riley of the Batalion San Patricios; the statue is located in Clifden, County Galway. I expect to be visiting Clifden in a few days and will check this out. Michael Higgins and Mary Robinson both visited Mexico City in the past few years, where Ireland has erected a sculptural monument to John Riley who is celebrated in Mexico. While in Galway two weeks ago, I inquired about Riley but no one seemed to know the history. Because of the Irish battalion, I have found statues of Saint Patrick in Mexican churches and basilicas, so at least in Mexico his legend lives on; and here in Ireland, it is recognized by officialdom.

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