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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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From our good friend Damian Shiels' blog on the Irish in the American Civil war comes…Continue

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World War II Ace Tom Lynch: Chasing Rickenbacker

Posted on December 5, 2021 at 8:00pm 2 Comments

The beautiful blue water of Aitape Harbor on the northern coast of New Guinea sparkled not far below them as Lieutenant Colonel Tom Lynch and Captain Richard Bong made tight turns to bring their twin-engine P-38 “Lightning” fighters around. They had just made a strafing run on a group of six Japanese barges and left one on fire.…

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Champ John L. Sullivan: 'Shake the Hand That Shook the Hand'

Posted on September 23, 2021 at 12:30am 4 Comments

As “Gentleman” Jim Corbett walked down the steps toward the ring in the Olympic Club in New Orleans on Wednesday, September 7, 1892, he could see “The Boston Strong Boy,” John L. Sullivan, waiting for him. The smell of cigar smoke hung in the air as the supremely confident Sullivan, who was more…

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This Week in the History of the Irish: September 19 - September 25

Posted on September 18, 2021 at 7:00pm 0 Comments

MÁIRT -- On Sept. 21, 1827, Michael Corcoran (left), a brigadier general in the Federal Army during America's Civil War, was born in Carrowkeel, County Sligo. Corcoran served as a policeman in the…

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Sarsfield and Hogan: Irish Triumph at Ballyneety

Posted on August 5, 2021 at 12:30pm 1 Comment

Slowly marching back and forth through the still night air in Ballneety, Co. Limerick, the Williamite sentry standing guard over King Williams siege train blinked and rubbed his sleepy eyes, hoping his relief would be there soon. King William’s army had Limerick under siege, and the eight heavy…

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“Paddy” O’Brien and the Rathcoole ambush: Vengeance Is “Mine”

Posted on June 14, 2021 at 7:00pm 2 Comments

The sun was getting low in the western sky on a sweltering hot Thursday, June 16, 1921, near Rathcoole, County Cork. The Irish Volunteers of what had been the 2nd Cork Brigade, but was now the 4th Cork Brigade, listened and watched intently to their east. “Paddy” O’Brien, who…

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George “McIrish” McElroy: World War One Ace

Posted on May 10, 2021 at 10:30pm 5 Comments

Three thousand feet above Moreuil Wood, southeast of Amiens, in northern France, Captain George Edward Henry “McIrish” McElroy, peered down through a gap in the clouds. McElroy had already shot down two German Albatross fighter planes in his British S.E. 5a (Scout Experimental-5a) earlier, his…

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The Real Titanic McCoys: Triumph and Tragedy

Posted on April 8, 2021 at 8:30am 5 Comments

Siblings Agnes (29), Alice (26), and Bernard McCoy (24) huddled together on the deck of the Titanic shivering in the cold. It was about 1:15 am on April 15, 1912. They were on the port side of the doomed ship, which now was decidedly tilted toward the bow, causing everyone to lean toward the…

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The Scramogue Ambush: Roscommon Steps Up

Posted on March 14, 2021 at 4:00pm 3 Comments

Two miles east of Strokestown on Spy Wednesday at the dawn

These Gallant men assembled 'neath the crest of ol' Sliabh Bawn

T'was called the Scramogue Ambush where Captain Peek was shot

But Ashbrook was the venue, right well I know that spot

They conquered their oppressors and filled their hearts with…

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Joe Gannon commented on Brían Hoban's blog post For the Harried, Fáilte 'Nollaig na mBan'
"Hi Mark. Unfortunately, our good friend Brian passed away a few years ago, but perhaps somewhere in heaven he is smiling at your complement. "
Jan 10
The Wild Geese commented on Joe Gannon's blog post The Lispole Ambush -- Averting Disaster on the Dingle Peninsula
"Yes, we have been part of publicizing it more here. If look at the links below this story you will see "More on the Irish War of Independence" a little ways down in the links. Under that you will find links to stories we have published on…"
Dec 30, 2021
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Griffin Begley commented on Joe Gannon's blog post The Lispole Ambush -- Averting Disaster on the Dingle Peninsula
"Thanks so much - my grandfather never told us any details … it’s amazing that this part of history has not been publicized to any significant degree Happy New Year!"
Dec 29, 2021

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Joe Gannon commented on Joe Gannon's blog post The Lispole Ambush -- Averting Disaster on the Dingle Peninsula
"John, you can search the Military Archives section on the War of Independence at the link below. You can search it for people or locations, etc. Over 1700 former members of the Volunteers (IRA) gave witness statements to them. There would have been…"
Dec 29, 2021
Griffin Begley commented on Joe Gannon's blog post The Lispole Ambush -- Averting Disaster on the Dingle Peninsula
"Fascinating- that definitely was my grandfather as I knew his brother Danny was involved as well …. Are there more of these documents/accounts for that area? Thank you so much"
Dec 29, 2021

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Joe Gannon commented on Joe Gannon's blog post The Lispole Ambush -- Averting Disaster on the Dingle Peninsula
"John, I don't actually have any relatives that I know of from the area of Kerry. I have a deep interest in the Irish War of Independence and always looked around for monument while we drove around over there, and stopped at the Lispole Monument…"
Dec 29, 2021
Griffin Begley commented on Joe Gannon's blog post The Lispole Ambush -- Averting Disaster on the Dingle Peninsula
"Joe - I assume you have family from that area? My grandfather, Jeremiah Griffin, was definitely involved in this. I’ve heard very vague stories and visited his village (Kinard - east and west) about 10 years ago. We stopped at the church in…"
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"Lynch has been honored with a bridge named after him in his hometown. It includes a plaque with his picture and information about his service. Heroic Story Will LIve On Bridge over Lehigh River dedicated to local World War II hero"
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World War II Ace Tom Lynch: Chasing Rickenbacker

The beautiful blue water of Aitape Harbor on the northern coast of New Guinea sparkled not far below them as Lieutenant Colonel Tom Lynch and Captain Richard Bong made tight turns to bring their twin-engine P-38 “Lightning” fighters around. They had just made a strafing run on a group of six Japanese barges and left one on fire.…See More
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Joe Gannon commented on Joe Gannon's blog post World War II Ace Tom Lynch: Chasing Rickenbacker
"Aerial victory claims Thomas J. Lynch was officially credited with destroying 20 enemy aircraft in aerial combat plus 3 probables and 2 damaged, 3 while flying P-39 Airacobras and the rest while flying P-38…"
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World War II Ace Tom Lynch: Chasing Rickenbacker

The beautiful blue water of Aitape Harbor on the northern coast of New Guinea sparkled not far below them as Lieutenant Colonel Tom Lynch and Captain Richard Bong made tight turns to bring their twin-engine P-38 “Lightning” fighters around. They had just made a strafing run on a group of six Japanese barges and left one on fire.…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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