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Oliver Cromwell.

Oliver Cromwell, one of the most reviled characters in Irish history was an English military and political leader and the Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England, Scotland, and Ireland. He was born in April 1599 and his father, Thomas Cromwell, was…
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Added by John Anthony Brennan on December 2, 2021 at 3:30pm — No Comments

AN HISTORICALLY UNFORGETTABLE CHRISTMAS

by Mike McCormack, AOH NY State Historian Emeritus

Some ‘historians’ ignore facts in order to downsize their presentation. What is most egregious is when the contributions of the Irish are thus ‘written out’ as inconsequential. Take Washington’s Christmas crossing of the Delaware for example. The Irish around Trenton, like Paddy Colvin, who ran a Delaware River ferry; Paddy Lamb, who lived near a Bridge on Assunpink Creek and John Honeyman, a retired British…

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Added by Mike McCormack on November 29, 2021 at 4:39pm — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: November 28 - December 4

LUAIN -- On November 29, 1895, Denny Lane (left), author and poet, and member of the revolutionary Young Ireland party, died in Cork. Lane was born in Riverstown, near Glanmire in County Cork, in 1818. Denny attended Trinity College, Dublin. While a student…

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Added by The Wild Geese on November 28, 2021 at 11:13am — No Comments

Fa la la la la! Let the Season Begin

     

It’s official: the festive season has begun! Holiday parties, family gatherings, and all manner of get-togethers are already marked on our December calendar, a sure sign that you’ll need a few fresh recipes. Whether you’re a guest looking for a perfect offering…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on November 26, 2021 at 11:30am — No Comments

The Scapegoat: A cautionary Tale.

One of the most negative faults that mankind possesses, in my opinion, is his ability to use another unfortunate to bear the blame for something that he in fact did not do. It is a base failing in the makeup of the human and may actually be the reason for the belief that man is born with the stain of ‘original sin’ on his…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on November 21, 2021 at 5:00pm — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: November 21 - November 27

DOMHNAIGH -- In the early morning hours of Nov. 21, 1920, Michael Collins sent out his men to rip the heart out of British intelligence operations in Dublin by killing 11 agents of the so-called Cairo Gang.…

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Added by The Wild Geese on November 20, 2021 at 6:30pm — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: November 14 - November 20

MÁIRT -- On Nov. 16, 1814, Michael Kelly Lawler, general in the Union army during the American Civil War, was born in County Kildare, Ireland. Lawler emigrated to the United States with his family at just 2 years of age. His family moved from New York to Maryland, and finally to Gallatin…

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Added by The Wild Geese on November 13, 2021 at 4:35pm — No Comments

HEARTY SOUPS FOR THE HOLIDAYS

     With two major holidays to celebrate in the next few weeks, a good recipe for a tasty starter is always welcome. This one includes two autumn favorites — tart apples and sweet parsnips. Parsnips have a unique growing season, and where other vegetables thrive in the spring and summer, the peak seasons for this hardy root vegetable are the fall and…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on November 12, 2021 at 9:41am — No Comments

The Poet

To the memory of a visionary born on this day 10 November 1879.
Thank you, Patrick, for your bravery, commitment, inspiration and sacrifice.…
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Added by John Anthony Brennan on November 10, 2021 at 1:17pm — 15 Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: November 7 - November 13

LUAIN  -- On November 8, 1987, in one of the most widely condemned actions of the "Troubles," an IRA bomb killed 11 at the…

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Added by The Wild Geese on November 6, 2021 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Remember, Remember...The Gunpowder Plot.

On  the 5th. of November 1605 an event took place in the heart of London, that if successful would have forever changed the political and economic future of Ireland, the…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on November 4, 2021 at 12:00pm — 10 Comments

Oliver Plunkett, Tomás Ó Fiaich and The Bard of Armagh

On November 1, 1625 Oliver Plunkett was born at…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on November 1, 2021 at 1:00pm — 6 Comments

Four Who Fell

by Mike McCormack

Across the racing current of the Shannon river stands many a bridge, but few as notable as the 13-arch bridge that connects the towns of Ballina, Co. Tipperary and Killaloe, Co. Clare. It was built in the early 1800s at a spot on the Shannon near Brian Boru’s ford. The ford was a shallow spot in the river where a man on horseback or a cart could easily wade across the river. It is called Brian Boru’s ford since High King Brian situated his royal palace of Kincora at…

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Added by Mike McCormack on October 31, 2021 at 10:23am — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: October 31 - November 6

MÁIRT-- On the morning of Nov. 1, 1920, two masses were celebrated at an altar that 18-year-old IRA member Kevin Barry had constructed in his jail cell in Mountjoy Jail in Dublin. Barry was then led out of his cell by British soldiers and hanged.…

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Added by The Wild Geese on October 30, 2021 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Samhain: Celtic New Beginning.

In the early evening they would gather in the grove, beneath the sheltering embrace of the sacred white oak tree. The Master had carefully dowsed the area, and had chosen it for the serene beauty and peaceful aura. The salmon-filled, crystal clear waters of the river wound a course through the…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on October 28, 2021 at 6:58pm — 9 Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: October 24 - October 30

MÁIRT -- On Oct. 26, 1771, John (Juan) MacKenna, who would rise to fame in South America, was born in Clogher, County Tyrone. MacKenna was related to Gen. Alexander O'Reilly, of the Spanish army, and O'Reilly helped MacKenna get established in Spain. In 1787, MacKenna…

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Added by The Wild Geese on October 23, 2021 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Hot Soup: Coming Soon to a Table Near You

The temperatures are still mild in most parts of the United States, but cooler weather will be here before we know it. Cool temperatures also bring hearty pots of soups, many featuring flavors from autumn vegetables like butternut squash, leeks, potatoes and cabbage. When traveling though Ireland…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on October 17, 2021 at 9:00am — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: October 17 - October 23

DOMHNAIGH -- On Oct. 17, 1803, nationalist politician and Young Irelander William Smith O'Brien was born in Dromoland, County Clare. O'Brien was…

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Added by The Wild Geese on October 16, 2021 at 6:30pm — No Comments

The Geology of Ireland

Added by David Horgan on October 15, 2021 at 9:00am — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: October 10 - October 16

LUAIN -- On October 11, 1860, all the militia units of New York City were ordered to turn out to march in honor of the visiting Prince of Wales, the 19-year-old heir to the English throne.

(Left: Courtesy of the late Lt. Col. Ken Powers, historian,…

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Added by The Wild Geese on October 9, 2021 at 9:52pm — No Comments

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