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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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Tunney vs Dempsey: The “Long Count” Title Fight

Posted on May 26, 2024 at 9:30pm 4 Comments

As Heavyweight Champion Gene Tunney and his challenger, former champion Jack Dempsey, heard the bell ring for the 7th round of their 10-round championship fight on September 22, 1927, their plans for the remainder of the bout could not have been less similar. Both men knew Tunney had…

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This Week in the History of the Irish: March 24 - March 30

Posted on March 23, 2024 at 4:14pm 0 Comments

LUAIN -- On March 25, 1846Michael…

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WWI Pilot James McCudden: From Mechanic to Ace

Posted on March 15, 2024 at 8:30pm 5 Comments

It was two days before Christmas 1917, as James McCudden pulled gently back on the control stick of his British S.E. 5 biplane. He had spotted what appeared to be a German two-seat scout flying slightly higher, a little over 18,000 ft, to the west of him, over Peronne, about 90 miles north of Paris. As he got closer, he recognized it as a Rumpler.…

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West Cork’s Hales Family: Giving All for Irish Freedom

Posted on February 1, 2024 at 12:00am 3 Comments

Seán Hales, a TD (member of the Dáil Éireann) from County Cork, and Padraig Ó Maile, a TD from County Mayo, emerged from the Ormond Hotel along the north bank of the Liffey River in Dublin at about 2:30 PM on December 7, 1922. Just the day before, the Free State had been formally established by…

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Corkman Stephen Moylan: The Man Who First Wrote 'United States of America'

Posted on December 10, 2023 at 6:30pm 5 Comments

In the late 18th century, the Irish in America were some of the most ardent and loyal supporters of the cause of American independence from British rule. Recent scholarship has put the participation of the Irish and Scots-Irish in Washington’s Army at 40% and possibly more. A few of those…

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The Daughters of Count General Arthur Dillon

Posted on October 6, 2023 at 8:30pm 0 Comments

Arthur Dillon had quite an incredible, if short, life as an officer in the Irish Brigade of France and later victim of the "Reign of Terror.". He also…

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Semper Et Ubique Fidelis: The Dillons and the Irish Brigade of France

Posted on October 6, 2023 at 7:00pm 10 Comments

Oh wild was their rush and exultant their shout,

When the signal to charge from the bugle rang out,—

The fire of their hearts seemed to temper each blade.

They…

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Irish Rebel Maurice Meade: May You Live in Interesting Times

Posted on August 16, 2023 at 8:00pm 1 Comment

It was around mid-afternoon on February 3, 1921, as the Irish Volunteers of the Mid and East Limerick Brigades emerged onto the road near Dromkeen House in Co. Limerick. The firing at the Dromkeen Ambush had just ended, having only gone on for a few minutes, but the effect on the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) men in the ambushed convoy had been…

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Tunney vs Dempsey: The “Long Count” Title Fight

As Heavyweight Champion Gene Tunney and his challenger, former champion Jack Dempsey, heard the bell ring for the 7th round of their 10-round championship fight on September 22, 1927, their plans for the remainder of the bout could not have been less similar. Both men knew Tunney had probably already won at least five and possibly all six previous rounds. Dempsey could…See More
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WWI Pilot James McCudden: From Mechanic to Ace

It was two days before Christmas 1917, as James McCudden pulled gently back on the control stick of his British S.E. 5 biplane. He had spotted what appeared to be a German two-seat scout flying slightly higher, a little over 18,000 ft, to the west of him, over Peronne, about 90 miles north of Paris. As he got closer, he recognized it as a Rumpler. The German knew that if…See More
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This Week in the History of the Irish: March 24 - March 30

LUAIN -- On March 25, 1846, Michael Davitt (left), revolutionary and agrarian agitator, was born in Straide, County Mayo. Davitt's family was evicted from their small farm when…See More
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Major James McCudden, VC.

Major James Thomas Byford McCudden was Britain’s most decorated and successful WW1 flying Ace with 57 victories.
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Major James McCudden, VC.

Major James Thomas Byford McCudden was Britain’s most decorated and successful WW1 flying Ace with 57 victories.
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"A diagram that demonstrates McCudden's method to destroy dozens of two-seat German scout planes during the war."
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"A picture of McCudden in front of a Sopwith Snipe, which he flew as a test pilot while in England and Scotland before his fatal flight back to France. Only a few of them saw combat very late in the war."
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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
said…

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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