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Goin' to Galway

I have been asked many times about Galway, a city in the west of Ireland that I once called home, but I say nothing, not knowing where to begin. But the passing of a dear friend shed some light on my dilemma, and I now know just where to start this love story.

On my first visit to Ireland, I was an eleven-year-old girl. My father had rented a thatched cottage on the outskirts of Tuam, a small town about a twenty-minute drive northeast of Galway. Tuam had, and still has, charms of her…

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Added by Susan O'Dea Boland on July 23, 2019 at 12:47pm — No Comments

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

DOMHNAIGH -- On July 21, 1861, at the battle of 1st Bull Run, the first major engagement of the American Civil War, the…

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Added by The Wild Geese on July 20, 2019 at 11:30pm — No Comments

My new article about Irish connections to Apollo 11, the landing on the Moon

Here is my new article about the Irish connections to Apollo 11, 50th anniversay of the Moon landing. I hope you like it.…

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Added by ADRIAN McGRATH on July 19, 2019 at 8:30am — No Comments

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

DOMHNAIGH -- On July 14, 1798, brothers John (left) and Henry Sheares, who were both lawyers and United Irishmen, were hung,…

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Added by The Wild Geese on July 14, 2019 at 11:30am — No Comments

Ireland: A Literary Treasure

From Bram Stoker to Oscar Wilde; Ireland boasts many names of great writers. As a big fan of Irish culture, I invite you to take…

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Added by Giles Kirkland on July 10, 2019 at 6:30am — No Comments

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

LUAIN -- On July 8, 1770, Mary Ann McCracken -- patriot, philanthropist and sister of United Irish martyr Henry Joy McCracken -- was born in Belfast. Mary Ann was the fiercely independent daughter of a Presbyterian sea captain. With her sister, Margaret, she started a small muslin business while only…

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Added by The Wild Geese on July 6, 2019 at 7:00pm — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: June 30 - July 6

LUAIN -- On July 1, 1897, Gen. Tom Barry , one of the…

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Added by The Wild Geese on June 30, 2019 at 12:30am — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: June 23 - June 29

LUAIN -- On June 24, 1797, John Hughes, the first archbishop of New York, was born in Annaloghlan, County Tyrone. Hughes emigrated to the United States in 1817 and was ordained in Maryland in 1826. Appointed bishop in New York in 1842 and archbishop in 1850, Hughes was a fierce defender…

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Added by The Wild Geese on June 23, 2019 at 12:30am — No Comments

Very Berry Scones

Strawberry season has just arrived where I live in the Northeast. The season is over almost as quickly as it arrives, so I grab as many as possible and eat, bake, or freeze them as fast as I can. As the Fourth of July approaches, they’re especially colorful in red, white and blue scones, treats you…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on June 20, 2019 at 8:30am — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: June 16 - June 22

DOMHNAIGH -- On June 16, 1917, Eamon De Valera convict #95, was…

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Added by The Wild Geese on June 15, 2019 at 2:30pm — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: June 9 - June 15

DOMHNAIGH -- On June 9, 1798, Col. Chetwynd-Stapylton and a detachment of the York Fencibles rode into the town of Saintfield, County Down, and straight into a force of United Irishmen who had earlier occupied the town. The United Irishmen attacked the…

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Added by The Wild Geese on June 9, 2019 at 1:00pm — No Comments


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A Short History of Michael Collins, Ireland's 'Big Fellow'

One of the most iconic figures that emerged out of the Easter Rising was Michael Collins. Born in 1890, he was the third son in a family of eight children. Some sources would suggest that the Collins family were part of a very ancient clan who were widely spread over County Cork. 

Collins' father did not marry…

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Added by That's Just How It Was on June 8, 2019 at 2:07pm — 19 Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: June 2 - June 8

DOMHNAIGH -- On June 2, 1567, Shane "the Proud" O'Neill was murdered. The eldest son of Conn O'Neill, 1st Earl of Tyrone, Shane became chief of the O'Neills in 1559. Shane alternately fought and negotiated with the English through the years. In 1562, Shane went to London to make peace…

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Added by The Wild Geese on June 1, 2019 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Hy Brasil, Songs of the Irish in Latin America

I'm a musician by trade but have also worked a good bit in documentary film over the last few years. Hy Brasil, as well as being the title of my new album, is an island from Irish mythology. "That shadowy isle" appeared on maps until the 1860's until they realised that it wasn't there at all, as…

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Added by Charles G O' Brien on June 1, 2019 at 9:30am — No Comments


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The Kilmallock Barracks Attack: Burning Down the House

Tomás Malone, aka Seán Forde, looked down at the gaping hole in the roof of the Royal Irish Constabulary barracks and hurled in another Mills bomb, hoping that this time he would see the roof explode in flames. They had thrown several gasoline-filled bottles into the gaping hole already from their…

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Added by Joe Gannon on May 27, 2019 at 2:00am — 3 Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: May 26 - June 1

DOMHNAIGH-- On May 26, 1706, Col. Charles O'Brien, 5th Viscount Clare, died from wounds suffered at the…

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Added by The Wild Geese on May 25, 2019 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Potatoes -- The Stuff of Greatness

I’m writing this post from Dublin, where I’m finishing up another great visit to Ireland. You know what that means? I’ve had potatoes [nearly] for breakfast, lunch, and dinner in as many shapes and textures as one can imagine: fried potatoes for breakfast, chips to go with fish at lunch, and…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on May 24, 2019 at 10:00am — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: May 19 - May 25

DOMHNAIGH -- On May 19, 1798, Lord Edward Fitzgerald , military…

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Added by The Wild Geese on May 18, 2019 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Castlebar Honors Native Son, Inventor Extraordinaire

Louis Philip Brennan was born on Main Street, Castlebar, County Mayo, on January 28, 1852, the 10th child of Thomas Brennan, a hardware merchant in the town. 

After the death of at least five of his older siblings…

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Added by Brían Hoban on May 15, 2019 at 6:00pm — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: May 12 - May 18

DOMHNAIGH -- On May 12, 1916, the British army executed Sean Mac Diarmada and James Connolly, the last of the Rising leaders they would kill in Dublin. The treatment accorded to Connolly, a hero among the poor of Ireland for his…

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Added by The Wild Geese on May 12, 2019 at 9:30am — No Comments

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