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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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Mike McCormack commented on Mike McCormack's blog post To Commemorate or Not
"As a correction to the story, Clarke was not sent by Devoy; it was his own idea to go and Devoy only approved of the mission and agreed to support him.  it took Tom a while to convince Kathleen of the venture by appealing to her nationalist…"
Nov 29, 2020
Mike McCormack commented on The Wild Geese's blog post Hercules Mulligan: George Washington's Irish Spy
"In Mulligan's tailor shop, while outfitting verbose British officers, appealing to their egos, and asking the right questions, Mulligan gained valuable insight into their plans. After gaining intelligence, he would write a note and sew it into…"
Nov 29, 2020
Peter LaRocca liked Mike McCormack's blog post Halloween: It's a Celtic Feast!
Nov 12, 2020
Mike McCormack's blog post was featured

Halloween: It's a Celtic Feast!

May I respectfully add my take on the feast of Halloween?  Like their economy which was based on planting, growing and harvesting, the Celtic calendar was centered around the Sun and agriculture and determined by a lunar calendar.  The four major feasts were Imbolc on February 1 which introduced the season of planting; Bealtine (BAL-tinna) on May 1 which honored the god of cattle and crops…See More
Oct 30, 2020
Douglas Lawless commented on Mike McCormack's blog post Special Yuletides in Irish History
"Walt Disney put out a movie in the 1960's called "the fighting prince of donegal" based on red hugh o'donell"
Apr 8, 2020
Douglas Lawless liked Mike McCormack's blog post Special Yuletides in Irish History
Apr 8, 2020
Patrick Francis Deady liked Mike McCormack's blog post The Irish Christmas Wreath
Dec 22, 2019
Anthony J Fasano commented on Mike McCormack's blog post Lights From Christmas Past
"  Thank you  for the essay about Christmas Wreaths.  Perhaps I can add something.  The ancient peoples created symbols to promote and celebrate continuation of their lives.  So the wreath is actually a celebration of…"
Dec 22, 2019
Richard R. Mc Gibbon Jr. commented on Mike McCormack's blog post The Irish Christmas Wreath
"Nice article on how our ancestors tried to keep Christmas. Especially when Oliver Cromwell made the celebration of Christmas illegal in 1652 !"
Dec 22, 2019
John Shanahan liked Mike McCormack's blog post The Irish Christmas Wreath
Dec 21, 2019
Mike McCormack's blog post was featured

The Irish Christmas Wreath

The modern Christmas wreath demonstrates the spirit of the season, but to some it is also a reminder of another spirit – a spirit that demonstrated courage and fortitude dating back to 17th century Ireland, when the Penal Laws forbade the practice of the Catholic religion. Not only was their religion outlawed, but Irish clergy were on the run with a price on their heads. The Irish people…See More
Dec 17, 2019
Mike McCormack's 2 blog posts were featured
Nov 27, 2019
Mike McCormack commented on ADRIAN McGRATH's blog post 'Coffin Ships' and The Great Irish Famine
"When will people stop calling it a famine -- a famine is a lack of food.  There was no lack of food in 1845 to 52 and beyond.  It was all sent abroad for profit.  If you must use that misleading term, at least call it an Artificial…"
May 20, 2019

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It's a Celtic Feast

Posted on October 30, 2016 at 11:30am 1 Comment

Like their economy, which was based on planting, growing and harvesting, the Celtic calendar was centered around the Sun and agriculture and determined by a lunar calendar. The four major feasts were…


A Sincere Reply Regarding 'America's Birthday and the Irish'

Posted on August 4, 2016 at 4:30pm 2 Comments

It been a while since anyone held my feet to the fire over what I wrote, but Patrick O'Toole questioned some of the facts in my 7/5/16 blog America's Birthday and the Irish. I can assure you that none of the information I…


Bridie Halpin: Irish Patriot

Posted on March 5, 2015 at 12:30pm 6 Comments

Fifteen days before Christmas 1988, "Aunt" Bridie Halpin died. At 85, she had lived a good life, but it was still sad for the Halpin family for their Bridie was the beloved matriarch of the clan in America. The first to come over, she had emigrated to New York in 1946. In turn, she…


The Women of Erin

Posted on February 28, 2015 at 1:30pm 0 Comments

During a 1986 interview with 1916 patriot Sam O’Reilly for the Irish Echo newspaper, Sam excused himself to retrieve some notes.  At that point, his wife Mary whispered, "Mike, would you ever tell our story?"  I said, "Sure, you mean you and Sam?"  She replied, "No, I mean the…


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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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