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This Week in the History of the Irish: September 15 - September 21

MÁIRT -- On Sept. 17, 1860, units of the Irish Battalion of St. Patrick of the Papal army fought a Piedmontese army allied with Garibaldi at Spoleto. Spoleto was a walled city south of Florence with the fortress of Rocca on the side…

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Added by The Wild Geese on September 14, 2019 at 8:30pm — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: September 8 - September 14

DOMHNAIGH -- On September 8, 1798Lord Charles Cornwallis and General Gerard Lake cornered French…

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John F. Finerty: 'The Fighting Irish Pencil-Pusher'

Chicago Times correspondent John Finerty wiped his brow, drying the sweat from the hot July 7th afternoon, as he looked up to the top of the grassy knoll where scout Frank Grouard was scanning the horizon with his binoculars. They were near the valley of the Little Bighorn in what is…

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Added by Joe Gannon on September 1, 2019 at 11:30pm — 1 Comment

This Week in the History of the Irish: September 1 - September 7

DOMHNAIGH -- On September 1, 1864, Irish patriot Roger Casement was born at Sandycove, County Dublin. Casement joined the British colonial service and was knighted in 1911 for his work on behalf of African and South American native workers who were being exploited by…

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Added by The Wild Geese on August 31, 2019 at 3:00pm — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: August 24 - August 31

National Gallery of Ireland

Irish martyr Robert Emmet, from a miniature by John Comerford.

DOMHNAIGH -- On August 25, 1803, the British captured one of the most…

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Added by The Wild Geese on August 24, 2019 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Death of a 'Birthday Queen' . . . and Perhaps a Farewell

Hey, ah, Gerry, I don’t know if you are, mmm, there. This is Dr. Chaudhury. Hello. Uh Hello. Anybody, Gerry? OK Let me try back. (Recorded on Wednesday, Feb. 25,…

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Added by Gerry Regan on August 21, 2019 at 2:30pm — No Comments

The Day 'The Chief' Was Assassinated



“The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.”

In 1897, Mark Twain was reported to have made this famous statement upon being confronted with his obituary by a reporter in London.…

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Added by Ronan O'Driscoll on August 19, 2019 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Touring West Cork

Driving around Ireland definitely makes you hungry — and sometimes forgetful — so after a day of touring around West Cork I arrived at The Fish Kitchen, a small-ish restaurant in Bantry situated, appropriately, above a fish market, withouta reservation. Call it the luck of the Irish, but…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on August 19, 2019 at 3:00pm — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: August 18 - August 24

LUAIN -- On August 19, 1504, the battle of Knockdoe was fought northeast of Galway by the forces of Gerald Fitzgerald, 'The Great Earl,' and his Anglo-Irish allies, against those of his son-in-law, Ulick de Burgh, or Burke of Clanrickard, husband of his daughter, Eustacia.…

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Added by The Wild Geese on August 17, 2019 at 11:00pm — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: August 11 - August 17

DOMHNAIGH -- On August 11, 1744, during the War of Austrian Succession, the Irish Brigade of Spain fought at the battle of Velletri, in Italy, against an Austrian army commanded by Irishman Field Marshal Count Maximillian Ulysses Browne, of Limerick. The surprise attack of Browne's…

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Added by The Wild Geese on August 10, 2019 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Colm Herron's 'Anna' -- Political History with Delightful Style

Colm Herron knows all about The Troubles. He lived through them. Protested his way through them. Now he reveals a slice of the chaos that pitted friends and neighbors and family against each other. In his current book, activist Anna leads naive teacher Robert through local battles and through the joys and complexities of his first-time-ever love. As…

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Added by Jude ODell on August 10, 2019 at 5:00pm — No Comments

I Will Arise and Go -- A Poem by Anne Casey

I will arise and go

(After William Butler Yeats)



My people are a migrant clan

Prospering not by hook or crook or craft

But by diligent labour and an easy charm

Flung from one small corner

Across every wind-tossed sea

Mountaintop to valley floor

To lay a thousand roadways

Or stand on…

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Added by Anne Casey on August 8, 2019 at 10:30pm — No Comments

An Uneasy Halfway -- Where Am I Really From?

This year marks an uneasy halfway for me—I have been in Australia for as long as I lived in Ireland. So where does that leave me? The truth, I have come to realise, is somewhere in between. In Australia, I am regarded as Irish. My accent, parlance, even my ‘writing voice’ are often differentiated as such.…

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Added by Anne Casey on August 8, 2019 at 10:30pm — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: August 4 - August 10

MÁIRT -- On August 6, 1775, Daniel O'Connell , 'The Liberator,' one of the most influential men in Irish history was born near Cahirciveen, County Kerry. Raised by his uncle, Daniel learned the Irish language and Irish lore in Kerry. O'Connell did part of his schooling in France…

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Added by The Wild Geese on August 3, 2019 at 9:16pm — No Comments


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The Sword in Castletownbere

Back in October of 2017, I wrote an article titled “From Dunkirk to Nagasaki: The Long War of Dr. Aidan MacCarthy,” about a hero of WWII who had one of…

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Added by Joe Gannon on August 3, 2019 at 8:30pm — 2 Comments

'A Bloody Dawn: The Irish at D-Day' by Dan Harvey

This, the latest book by retired Lt Col Dan Harvey, represents an admirably huge amount of meticulous research and yet is highly readable. I had been aware that my own local regiment – The Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry – had long connections with Ireland and that they had been involved in the extraordinary military operation known…

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Added by DJ Kelly on August 1, 2019 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

'No Irish Need Apply' 1870's DVD Program and Talk

We will show my Irish Institute award-winning 1877 production of John Maguire's "Honesty Is the Best Policy" on DVD.

The production won an Off-Broadway Award from The Irish Institute. Maguire's play focuses on the "No Irish Need Apply" period in New York City after the Civil War Draft Riots, about 12 year earlier.

My production has been included in the archives of the Theatre Collection at Lincoln Center, and archived with…

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Added by Daniel P Quinn on July 31, 2019 at 1:30pm — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: July 28 - August 3

LUAIN -- On July 29, 1693, units of the Irish Brigade of France fought at the…

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Added by The Wild Geese on July 28, 2019 at 2:00pm — No Comments

The Tragedy of Tralibane Bridge

Tralibane Bridge, County Cork

Down the hill from Francis O'Neill's homeplace of Tralibane, County Cork, is an 18th century stone bridge. If you closely read O'Neill's work, Tralibane bridge turns out to be personally very important to him, as a place and a tune. He wrote about the spot a number of times, particularly the "Pattern Dances" the community held there. No doubt this experience at a…

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Added by Ronan O'Driscoll on July 28, 2019 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

Women and Freedom

'The only position for women in the civil rights movements is prone.' 

     -- Stokely Carmichael, African American civil rights leader (1968)

'I have often said when Hillary Clinton…

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Added by Colm Herron on July 28, 2019 at 9:30am — 3 Comments

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