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Alleta Sullivan: “Champion Gold Star Mother" of WWII

Posted on November 22, 2018 at 11:30pm 4 Comments

There are many stirring tales of Irish and Irish-American military heroes in the long history of the United States. From…

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General Charles Edward Jennings: 'Le Brave Kilmaine'

Posted on October 19, 2018 at 10:30pm 1 Comment

The port of Brest in the mid-1790s by Jean-François Hue (1751-1823)

As he watched the small French fleet carrying his friend Theobald Wolfe…

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WWII Hero Edwin O’Hara: The Honor, But Not the Medal

Posted on September 23, 2018 at 7:00pm 4 Comments

(Edwin O'Hara, loading the 4 inch gun on the SS Stephen Hopkins. By W.M. Wilson, on display at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.)

For them there are no big parades, 

No heroes' welcome…

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Mountain Man John Colter: Surviving 'Naked and Afraid'

Posted on August 15, 2018 at 3:00pm 3 Comments

John Colter’s leg muscles were burning and his lungs were aching, but he kept his legs moving. As he glanced over his shoulder he could see that most of the Blackfoot warriors chasing him were far behind now, but there was one far ahead of the others,…

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One of 'The Boys of Wexford' Returns: JFK in Ireland

Posted on June 12, 2018 at 4:00pm 0 Comments

On June 23, 1963 the people of Ireland fell in love with a member of “The Wild Geese” who had less than five months to live. If ever an American politician had a style and ease that allowed the people of Ireland to see the “Irish” in him, it was John…

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Semmes and the San Patricios: 'Dishonored and Dishonorable'?

Posted on May 16, 2018 at 3:30pm 2 Comments

In November of 1846, as the war between Mexico and the United States raged, an unusual unit of the Mexican army was formed by General Santa Anna, it was called the San Patricios or St. Patrick's Company. Commanded by John Riley, a deserter from Company K of…

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Mayo's Tourmakeady Ambush: Shrouded By 'Fog of War'

Posted on April 30, 2018 at 7:30pm 3 Comments

Tuesday, May 3, 1921 was a beautiful, sunny day in the nearly treeless Partry Mountains above the town of Tourmakeady, County Mayo, but Tom Maguire was in no condition to enjoy the weather. Maguire, the C/O of the South Mayo Flying Column,…

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Titanic Hero Hugh McElroy: 'Sand For Breakfast Tomorrow'

Posted on April 5, 2018 at 10:00am 11 Comments

It was a little after 2 am on April 15, 1912. The deck of the R.M.S. Titanic was now tilted over 6 degrees toward the sinking bow. As 17-year-old Jack Thayer and 30-year-old Milton Long moved toward one of the last remaining lifeboats on the boat deck,…

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General Charles Edward Jennings: 'Le Brave Kilmaine'

The port of Brest in the mid-1790s by Jean-François Hue (1751-1823)As he watched the small French fleet carrying his friend Theobald Wolfe Tone and about 3,000 French troops sail out of Brest, France on September 20, 1798, General Charles Kilmaine’s heart must have ached. They were destined for the north of Ireland to aid a rising…See More
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Pardon for Irish Troops Dubbed Deserters

*Archive footage courtesy British Pathé* A pardon is expected to be issued today to thousands of Irish soldiers branded as deserters for joining the British ...
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The Irish in the American West

From the very first explorations of the west with Lewis & Clark, through to the time when the frontier shifted from the lower states up to Alaska, the Irish have always been there playing their part that western migration and the building of a new nation. Here are some of their stories. 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,
Gaeilgeoir
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

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