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Thats Just How it Was [Part 3]

Started Feb 4, 2019 0 Replies

  Trevelyan went on to imprison any Irish Catholic who stole corn from the surplus corn sheds to feed their families. These people were sentenced to prison ships and deported to Australia, leaving…Continue

Thats Just How It Was [part 2]

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They built mud cabins or huts, just as all the other evicted people did, and it was into these dire conditions that both Patrick and Anne were born. The famine had caused nothing but starvation, the…Continue

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 A tribute to mt Granny . It encapsulates teh famine and all the horrors of the famine , the 1916 Easter Rising and the War of Independence Video below Youtube: …Continue

Eoin MacNeil ; known as the man who tried to stop the 1916 Easter Rising

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Eoin MacNeil – was born in Co Antrim May 15th 1869 – the second youngest child in a family…Continue


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"That's Just How It Was"
By Mary Thorpe

This work is a labor of love by the writer Mary Thorpe as a tribute to her much-loved Granny O Rourke (nee Nolan) in an attempt to place the stories she heard and was told into a true and historical context. As a social worker who came across many cases of social deprivation in modern times, in the various social work departments in which she worked in the southeast and northwest of England, Mary had the dawning realization regarding what her own grandmother had been through in even harder times in the late part of the 19th and early part of the 20th century in Ireland and sought to record this.

Mary uses the life of Bridget to celebrate the achievements of other women in Dublin and Bray, in fact, from all over Ireland, in this era, and as such, this story will be of interest to anyone with Irish ancestry. Mary hopes her readers will enjoy the mix of history and biography as an authentic record of times past and that this will be an addition to Celtic history from an empathetic and homespun point of view. Mary clearly believes that our roots are as important just as our word is our bond.

'That's Just How It Was' is available on Amazon (at a reduced price right now), Kindle, Ingham's, Bertham's, Barnes & Noble; and Gardeners World UK.

Waterstone' USA will now order my book for you ; Ireland an England ; Waterstones will order it via Ingrams for you 

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Betsy Gray... Our very own Irish Joan of Arc.. Ballynanhinch Rebellion 1798

Posted on February 18, 2020 at 8:30am 0 Comments

  •  A heroine, beyond any doubt, our own Irish Joan of Arc, was  Betsy Grey  ..   a folk hero to all of Ulster, with both Loyalist and Republicans claiming her as their own,   due to the facts that she was  a known to be a Presbyterian...with links to the United Irishman, an non-sectarian  Organization,  because her…

'Nano' Nagle, 'The Lady of the Lantern'

Posted on February 13, 2020 at 7:30am 0 Comments

Ireland has a centuries-old, rich and proud history defending its people and attempting to take back control of the Island for the native population (predominantly Roman Catholics) from Britain. The countless men who have fearlessly mounted this defense have been elevated to iconic status. Nonetheless, no…


A Short History of Michael Collins, Ireland's 'Big Fellow'

Posted on June 8, 2019 at 2:07pm 19 Comments

One of the most iconic figures that emerged out of the Easter Rising was Michael Collins. Born in 1890, he was the third son in a family of eight children. Some sources would suggest that the Collins family were part of a very ancient clan who were widely spread over County Cork. 

Collins' father did not marry…


That's Just How It Was [1]

Posted on January 30, 2019 at 6:00am 2 Comments

Historical Background

Between 1844 and 1854, when Patrick and Anne Nolan were born (Bridget’s parents), Ireland was suffering the worst famine ever known in its history, as the potato crop, the staple diet, had failed. This had been caused by a fungal infestation that attacked the roots of the potato, which in turn caused most…


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At 10:32am on November 12, 2014, Greg Lynch Jr said…

Hi Mary,

You can post the video to the Wild Geese site so it appears right on your page. Could you also write a brief summary of the book to post as a blog that way the members of the Wild Geese can get a better sense of what the book is about.

Good luck and welcome to the Wild Geese

Greg Lynch

At 10:33am on November 13, 2014,
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Greg ; have tried to gain access to The Wild Geese site . Unable to as I am computer illiterate !!!

At 10:41am on November 13, 2014, Greg Lynch Jr said…

Computers are tricky. What seems to be the problem gaining access to the site?

At 9:58am on December 26, 2014, Patricia Louise Hughes said…

Pleased to meet you online, Mary.

At 7:57pm on December 26, 2014, Patrick Francis Deady said…

Thank you, Mary.  Accepted with admiration.


At 6:05am on December 27, 2014,
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It is so lovely to have made all these new friends on the wild geese . My thanks to Kelly O' Rourke and Gerry Regan for helping me achieve this 

At 7:16am on December 27, 2014, Patricia Louise Hughes said…

It did leave huge gaps in people's lives when someone emigrated. For instance, just take a look at my blog entitled "The Real Honor Bright", she was my grandmother.

Please keep writing!

At 2:49pm on December 27, 2014,
Fran Reddy

Hi Mary! Glad to have you as a friend on here!

At 5:26pm on December 31, 2014, Brian Nolan said…

Ath-bhlian faoi mhaise daoibh! - Happy New Year to you.
Count your blessings instead of your crosses.
Count your gains instead of your losses.
Count your joys instead of your woes.
Count your friends instead of your foes.
Count your smiles instead of your tears.
Count your courage instead of your fears.
Count your full times instead of your lean.
Count your kind deeds instead of your mean.
Count your health instead of your wealth. 
Love your neighbor as much as yourself.

The Count himself, Count John McCormack, singing 'The sunshine of your smile' in 1916, when to be fair, there was very little to smile about at all. http://youtu.be/VMDs1sJ3PMI  
We should all count our blessings, however small.

Brian Nolan

At 6:13am on January 8, 2015, Ryan O'Rourke said…

Hi, Mary.  I don't know if you've noticed, but your blog post about your childhood has now eclipsed 3,000 views (and counting)!  Well done!

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