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Breandán Breathnach's 'Folk Music and Dances of Ireland'

Posted on May 16, 2016 at 7:30pm 2 Comments

Growing up on Long Island with two Irish-American parents was not a particularly Irish experience. Carmel Quinn records played on our stereo and were appreciated by all. My father regularly annoyed my mother by listening to bagpipe music. The truth was that my parents were American Irish who had lost contact with most of…


Researchers Sequence First Genomes From Ancient Irish Humans

Posted on February 10, 2016 at 5:30pm 1 Comment

Large-scale migration of large groups of people as a source of the changes in language and culture in Ireland over the last 10,000 years has long been a hotly discussed topic.

Above, …


'The Life and Writings of the Historical Saint Patrick,' by Richard Patrick Crosland Hanson

Posted on April 2, 2015 at 4:30pm 1 Comment

This little 138-page book taught me a lot about someone who is, arguably, one of the most important figures in Irish history. First of all, the picture of St. Patrick wearing a bishop's miter that we are all familiar with is erroneous. The Bishop's miter didn't come into use until…


Early Bird Gets the Worm: How I Found a Rare Book From a Fenian Poet

Posted on September 19, 2014 at 7:30pm 2 Comments

Most weekends, I get up at ungodly hours and go to the local flea market to look for interesting books. I usually arrive at 7:00 a.m. or so when they are still unpacking. The dealers there bid on storage units and end up with all sorts of miscellaneous stock, among which are the books I…


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