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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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The Real Titanic McCoys: Triumph & 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 decided tilted toward the bow, causing everyone to lean toward the stern.…

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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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The 1st Brigade Cork Volunteers and the Coolnacahera Ambush

Posted on February 8, 2021 at 10:00pm 3 Comments

Friday, February 25, 1921, dawned cool and crisp with a crystal clear blue sky near Coolnacahera, County Cork. Seán O’Hegarty, commanding officer of the 1st (East) Cork Brigade, stood on a high hill with numerous limestone outcroppings and peered off into the east, his right…

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Michael Brennan and East Clare Brigade at the Glenwood Ambush

Posted on January 13, 2021 at 2:30pm 4 Comments

Michael Brennan waved his arm and called out to the men of the East Clare Flying Column to abandon their positions along the road near Glenwood House in southeast County Clare, about 12 miles north of Limerick City. Like so many ambushes laid by members of the Irish Volunteers during the Irish War…

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Marcus Daly: The King From Cavan

Posted on November 29, 2020 at 9:30pm 3 Comments

Fourteen-year-old Marcus Daly sat staring into the hearth of his family’s stone cottage in Derrylea, just outside the town of Ballyjamesduff in County Cavan. Closing his eyes he could still imagine his grandfather, who seemed to be 100 years old when Marcus was a boy, sitting across from…

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Liam Lynch, Civil War Martyr: “It never should have happened”

Posted on October 17, 2020 at 7:00pm 10 Comments

It was a lovely spring morning in the foothills of the Knockmealdown Mountains in southern County Tipperary on April 10, 1923. Six members of the Irish Republican Army, then engaged in the Irish Civil War against the Free State…

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Mike “King” Kelly: Baseball’s First Superstar

Posted on September 7, 2020 at 6:00pm 5 Comments

It was a sunny, hot September afternoon in 1887 at the South End Grounds baseball stadium in Boston. Mike “King” Kelly, the player-manager of the Boston Beaneaters, sitting on the bench, wiped the sweat off his brow with his sleeve as he watched his pitcher,…

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Tipperary’s Dan Breen: The Hardest Hard Man

Posted on August 6, 2020 at 7:30pm 3 Comments

Dan Breen was startled awake from his dozing slumber by the sound of tramping feet. The small room suddenly flashed to near daylight as a spotlight played across the window looking out to the back of the house. Breen leaped to his feet and grabbed his Mauser pistol off the chair where he had left…

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The Real Titanic McCoys: Triumph & Tragedy

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 decided tilted toward the bow, causing everyone to lean toward the stern. Looking forward, Bernard could see that the entire bow was now underwater…See More
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Joe Gannon commented on Joe Gannon's blog post The Real Titanic McCoys: Triumph & Tragedy
"A Chronology of the last day of the Titanic.  April 14, 1912 Morning Capt. Edward J. Smith cancels a scheduled lifeboat drill. 5:50 PM After receiving iceberg warnings throughout the day, Captain Smith changes the Titanic's…"
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Joe Gannon commented on Joe Gannon's blog post The Real Titanic McCoys: Triumph & Tragedy
"I this newspaper story from after the disaster, Kate Murphy told of their last night at home before leaving for Cobh. The host of the party, the Kiernan's lost their sons, John (25) and Philip (22) on the Titanic. "
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Joe Gannon commented on Joe Gannon's blog post The Real Titanic McCoys: Triumph & Tragedy
"This one is in Ballydehob, Co. Cork. "
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Joe Gannon commented on Joe Gannon's blog post The Real Titanic McCoys: Triumph & Tragedy
"You can find markers like this in many big and small towns around Ireland. Usually, they put them on the building that sold tickets for the Titanic. We noticed this one in Cahir, Co. Tipperary. "
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Joe Gannon commented on Joe Gannon's blog post The Real Titanic McCoys: Triumph & Tragedy
"When we visited the "Titanic Experience" at the old offices of the White Star Line in Cobh we were given a replica ticket of someone who actually boarded the Titanic there. I got the ticket of Bernard McCoy. "
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The Real Titanic McCoys: Triumph & Tragedy

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 decided tilted toward the bow, causing everyone to lean toward the stern. Looking forward, Bernard could see that the entire bow was now underwater…See More
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The Scramogue Ambush: Roscommon Steps Up

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 fear They were from Roscommon South Battalion, the Kilgefin Volunteers--…See More
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"On March 23, 1921, 100 years ago today, North and South Roscommon Brigades of the Irish Volunteers ambushed a convoy of British soldiers and RIC at Scramoge, killing 4. The North and South Roscommon Brigades of the Irish Volunteers, like many of…"
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The Scramogue Ambush: Roscommon Steps Up

On March 23, 1921, 100 years ago today, North and South Roscommon Brigades of the Irish Volunteers ambushed a convoy of British soldiers and RIC at Scramoge, killing 4. The North and South Roscommon Brigades of the Irish Volunteers, like many of the brigades around the island, were very restricted in the early part of the Irish War of Independence by a severe lack of…See More
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The Burgery Ambush, Dungarvan 18th & 19th March 1921

The Burgery Ambush was carried out by the Irish Republican Army (I.R.A.) on 18th-19th March 1921, during the Irish War of Independence. It took place 2.5 kil...
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The Burgery Ambush, Dungarvan 18th & 19th March 1921

The Burgery Ambush was carried out by the Irish Republican Army (I.R.A.) on 18th-19th March 1921, during the Irish War of Independence. It took place 2.5 kil...
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"It was owned by a Murphy family at the time. But I believe they have sold it now. That night we had a hoolie in the house. Most of the town must have been there. We sat around their living room singing and drinking late into the night. We'd…"
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"Liam, have you seen the plaque on the wall of the house commemorating his birth there? I was there with a group of Confederate "Cleburne's Brigade" reenactors 27 years ago tomorrow when that plaque was unveiled. That's me in the…"
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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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