John Edward Murphy
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Jean Humbert, County Mayo, Bliadhan na bhFrancach (The Year of the French), the Battle of New Orleans, et al.

Posted on March 3, 2015 at 3:30pm 2 Comments

On 22 August 1798 a French force of about 1000 under General Jean Humbert (left) landed…


The Irishman Who Was a Major Player in Chilean Independence

Posted on July 31, 2014 at 6:30pm 0 Comments

Bernardo O'Higgins (1778–1842) was born in Chile -- not Ireland.  However, his father, Ambrosio O'Higgins (a Spanish colonial Viceroy) was…


The Irishman Who was the Spanish Governor of Louisiana

Posted on July 30, 2014 at 7:00pm 2 Comments

Who was "General O'Reilly," and how did a man with such an Irish name become the "Spanish Governor of Louisiana?"

While on a consulting assignment in August of 2000, I was bicycling through the streets of New Orleans and randomly came across a historic marker that read: "Fort St. Charles On Oct. 25, 1769, under Gen. O'Reilly, Spanish governor of…


The Irish Survivor of Hiroshima

Posted on July 26, 2014 at 7:00pm 14 Comments

We’re marking the 69th anniversary of the atomic bomb attack on Hiroshima. And yes, an Irish national --- Julia Canny a.k.a. Sister Mary of Saint Isaac Jogues --- was present and survived. My story together with the accompanying photographs (reproduced below) appeared in the 11 August 1999 editions of two Irish…


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At 1:47pm on July 25, 2014,
Fran Reddy

Welcome to the Wild Geese John : )

At 5:48pm on July 25, 2014, John Edward Murphy said…

Thank you, Fran.

Call me Ed.

My wife's family is from London Ontario.  Where are you in Canada?

At 9:37pm on August 18, 2014, Guillermo MacLoughlin said…

Thank you John  I do not use much this link, but I'm getting use to it. Thank you for your material and it is a pleasure beeing in touch. Please send me your email. My email is



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