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Duffy's Cut

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gerry Regan Apr 6, 2013. 3 Replies

In 2009, a 10-year search for the bodies of 57 Irish immigrants at Duffy's Cut in the woods of Malvern, PA uncovered remains of only seven of them. They had been killed by vigilantes due to…Continue

 

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AMERICA'S FIRST SUPERSTAR

A TV documentary on the St. Louis World Fair mentioned how John Philip Sousa and his band dominated the entertainment, which included a young John McCormack singing at the Irish Pavilion. It brought to mind a forgotten era when American superstars were not individuals with a current hit record but band leaders – people with the ability to not only play, but compose,…See More
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AMERICA'S FIRST SUPERSTAR

A TV documentary on the St. Louis World Fair mentioned how John Philip Sousa and his band dominated the entertainment, which included a young John McCormack singing at the Irish Pavilion. It brought to mind a forgotten era when American superstars were not individuals with a current hit record but band leaders – people with the ability to not only play, but compose,…See More
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'Remember Mullaghast!'

The Pale (a word taken from the Latin meaning fence) was a strip of land along Ireland’s east coast, stretching from Dundalk, County Louth in the north to Dún Laoghaire, south of Dublin City. It was the base of English rule in Ireland since the Norman invasion of 1169. The Normans increasingly assimilated into Irish culture and after 1300, made alliances with neighboring…See More
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Rivals Who Became Friends

On October 30, 1963, Cahirsiveen, County Kerry, Ireland, saw the largest outpouring of grief in more than a century as Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty was laid to rest. Although born in County Cork, he grew up in Killarney, where his father was the steward of the old Killarney Golf Club. Hugh retired to Cahirsiveen three years before his death and was regarded as one of their…See More
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Rivals Who Became Friends

On October 30, 1963, Cahirsiveen, County Kerry, Ireland, saw the largest outpouring of grief in more than a century as Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty was laid to rest. Although born in County Cork, he grew up in Killarney, where his father was the steward of the old Killarney Golf Club. Hugh retired to Cahirsiveen three years before his death and was regarded as one of their…See More
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An Irish-American Hero

Edward Hand was born in Clyduff, County Offaly, Ireland, on 31 December 1744 and was baptized in Shinrone.  His father was John Hand, a descendant of the Mag Fhlaithimh family which translates: Hand.  Edward completed his schooling with a medical certificate from Trinity College, Dublin. (Right: Reproduced by Anna Frances Levin. Edward Hand, colonel and adjutant general,…See More
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An Irish-American Hero

Edward Hand was born in Clyduff, County Offaly, Ireland, on 31 December 1744 and was baptized in Shinrone.  His father was John Hand, a descendant of the Mag Fhlaithimh family which translates: Hand.  Edward completed his schooling with a medical certificate from Trinity College, Dublin. (Right: Reproduced by Anna Frances Levin. Edward Hand, colonel and adjutant general,…See More
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Key Dates in August

Welcome to August a significant month in Irish history. Here are a few examples, August 1 is the ancient feast of Lugnasad – the Gaelic festival marking the beginning of the harvest. Begun by the De Danann god, Lugh, in honor of his foster-mother Tailtiu, it included religious ceremonies, athletic contests, feasting and matchmaking. The rites include offering the 'first…See More
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Key Dates in August

Welcome to August a significant month in Irish history. Here are a few examples, August 1 is the ancient feast of Lugnasad – the Gaelic festival marking the beginning of the harvest. Begun by the De Danann god, Lugh, in honor of his foster-mother Tailtiu, it included religious ceremonies, athletic contests, feasting and matchmaking. The rites include offering the 'first…See More
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"It is no wonder the Irish are held in such high esteem .Not only loyal Irishmen but loyal to their adopted land .Thank you for such a history of their rise in glory none of which I knew .God bless Ireland said the heroes."
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AMERICA'S FIRST SUPERSTAR

Posted on November 26, 2022 at 2:00pm 0 Comments

A TV documentary on the St. Louis World Fair mentioned how John Philip Sousa and his band dominated the entertainment, which included a young John McCormack singing at the Irish Pavilion. It brought to mind a forgotten era when American superstars were not individuals with a current hit record but band leaders – people with the ability to not only play, but…

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'Remember Mullaghast!'

Posted on November 6, 2022 at 4:00pm 0 Comments

The Pale (a word taken from the Latin meaning fence) was a strip of land along Ireland’s east coast, stretching from Dundalk, County Louth in the north to Dún Laoghaire, south of Dublin City. It was the base of English rule in Ireland since the Norman invasion of 1169. The Normans increasingly…

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Rivals Who Became Friends

Posted on October 1, 2022 at 2:00pm 0 Comments

On October 30, 1963, Cahirsiveen, County Kerry, Ireland, saw the largest outpouring of grief in more than a century as Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty was laid to rest. Although born in County Cork, he grew up in Killarney, where his father was the steward of the old Killarney Golf Club. Hugh retired to…

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An Irish-American Hero

Posted on September 4, 2022 at 1:30pm 0 Comments

Edward Hand was born in Clyduff, County Offaly, Ireland, on 31 December 1744 and was baptized in Shinrone.  His father was John Hand, a descendant of the Mag Fhlaithimh family which translates: Hand.  Edward completed his schooling with a medical certificate from Trinity College,…

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At 2:01pm on April 3, 2013, Gerry Regan said…

Fàilte, Mike, to The Wild Geese. Got your call and will be calling you this afternoon. We appreciate your support, and all you've done to explore, preserve, promote and celebrate the epic heritage of the Irish, particularly their role in making the United States the great nation that it is today.

At 4:12pm on June 29, 2013, Gerry Regan said…

Nice to see you back in our pages, Mike. It seemed you were away for some time. BTW, Ned McGinley is now a member of The Wild Geese, as well. Perhaps you guys can team up and set up a Friends of the AOH group here. That'd be awesome.

At 11:23am on February 21, 2015, HermitsOf St-John said…
Have you read my comment to your article "St Valentine in Ireland"? Please do so.
At 3:41pm on January 22, 2017, John Anthony Brennan said…

Mike McCormack

Re my blog about the Spanish Armada in Ireland.

I amended the description regarding the gold and silver that was looted from the wrecks. It now reads,

"Amid the shattered remnants of the wreckage of several wooden ships, the contents of smashed war chests, gold, silver and jewels, were looted and carried off by bands of scavenging, local inhabitants."

Thanks for pointing it out, and I believe that the story reads better now.

Again, thanks for the input.

John A

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