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Press Release for 'Turn Out The Light'

Pleased to see my book "Turn Out the Light' was chosen as a finalist in the Eric Hoffer 2018 Book Awards.

If music be the food of love, play on,

give me excess of it that surfeiting, the

appetite may sicken, and so die.”

William Shakespeare.

“One good thing about music, when…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on January 26, 2022 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Thomas 'Broken Hand' Fitzpatrick

On 7 February 1854, America lost one of her greatest adopted sons; his name was Thomas ‘broken hand’ Fitzpatrick. Born in 1799 in Killishandra, County Cavan into a Catholic family of eight, he had some education which he later showed as a skilled writer. However, at 17 he left home to seek his fortune in America. He arrived in New Orleans and traveled up the Mississippi to St. Louis where in 1823, he signed on to a trapping expedition sponsored by Missouri’s Lt. Governor…

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Added by Mike McCormack on January 26, 2022 at 4:11pm — No Comments

Thomas 'Broken Hand' Fitzpatrick

                   THOMAS ‘broken hand’ FITZPATRICK

                                     by Mike McCormack, NYAOH Historian Emeritus

On 7 February 1854, America lost one of her greatest adopted sons; his name was Thomas ‘broken hand’ Fitzpatrick. Born in 1799 in Killishandra, County Cavan into a Catholic family of eight, he had some education which he later showed as a skilled writer. However, at 17 he left home to seek his fortune in America. He arrived in New Orleans and…

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Added by Mike McCormack on January 26, 2022 at 3:59pm — No Comments

The Scribes

In A.D. 406 during a particularly harsh winter, the river Rhine froze over. Across this temporary land bridge poured hordes of Germanic tribes led by the charismatic Aleric, King of the Visigoths. This singular event precipitated the fall of the Roman…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on January 24, 2022 at 1:00pm — 4 Comments

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

MÁIRT -- On January 24, 1862, Miles Byrne, United Irishman and officer in Napoleon's Irish Legion, died in Paris. He was active in the 1798 Rising in Wexford and fought all its major battles, right through the rebels' climactic defeat at Vinegar…

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Added by The Wild Geese on January 22, 2022 at 3:36pm — No Comments

'The Journey: A Nomad Reflects'

Irish Author John A. Brennan's “The Journey: A Nomad Reflects.”

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From Ancient Ireland to the majesty of the Egyptian pyramids author and poet John A. Brennan tells his life's journey in a series of melodic rhapsodies. He is a…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on January 21, 2022 at 5:39pm — 10 Comments

Agnes Mary Clerke: From Skibbereen to the Moon

The next time you look up at the full moon to make your wish, direct your gaze toward the southeast portion and locate the area known as the Mare Serenitatis (Sea of Serenity). There you will observe the valley where Apollo 17, the last in a series of lunar missions, landed Dec. 10, 1972. Nearby,…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on January 20, 2022 at 12:00am — 6 Comments

In Honor of Tea, Lemon-Ginger Drop Scones

Serious tea drinkers and wellness enthusiasts celebrate “National Hot Tea Month” in January. During the month, many extol the virtues of tea drinking for health reasons: Studies show that drinking tea can counteract tiredness and benefit work performance; can support cardiovascular health; and…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on January 17, 2022 at 11:30am — No Comments

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

LUAIN -- On January 17, 1860, Dr. Douglas Hyde, Gaelic scholar and first President of Ireland, was born at Castlerea, County Roscommon. Hyde was the son of a Protestant minister and was educated at Trinity College, Dublin. He had a great facility for languages, learning…

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Added by The Wild Geese on January 15, 2022 at 1:30pm — No Comments

The Headcutter's Stone

In an old peat bog at Ummericam, sits the cruel headcutter's stone,

stained with the blood and fused with the ghosts, of men who are now long gone.

In the gorse and the furze their cries could be heard, when Johnston was out on the roam

their fates soon sealed with the headhunters wield, and where red still…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on January 13, 2022 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Book Review: Small Things Like These by Claire Keegan

As it appears in the New York Journal of…

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Added by Claire Fullerton on January 12, 2022 at 11:30am — No Comments

The Link Between Ned Kelly and South Armagh

On this day January 7, 1841, John "Red" Kelly, the father of the infamous Australian outlaw Ned Kelly, was sentenced to seven years transportation for stealing two pigs in an effort to feed his starving family. The judge handed down the harsh sentence at the Cashel quarter sessions in County Tipperary. He…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on January 9, 2022 at 7:30pm — No Comments

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

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Flag of Berwick's regiment of the Irish Brigade of France, two battalions of which fought with O'Mahony at Alcoy. Get a t-shirt displaying this flag and others …
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Added by The Wild Geese on January 8, 2022 at 8:00pm — No Comments

A Brief History of Poetry in Ireland

If as an Irishman/Irishwoman you've ever wondered where you got your love of the spoken word, your love of storytelling, your love of long winded conversation, the following…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on January 7, 2022 at 1:30pm — 11 Comments

Slaughter in the Murder Triangle.

On this day forty-six years ago, on January 4th. 1976, one of the more depraved acts of senseless and bloody savagery was directed against two innocent civilian families in an area known locally as the ‘murder triangle,’ in Counties Armagh and Down.

Much has…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on January 3, 2022 at 6:30pm — No Comments

New Year in Ireland

Home to some of the most unique superstitions in the world and a whole host of traditions dating back centuries, the arrival of a new year has always been a time of hope and excitement in Ireland.

Irish New Years Eve traditions in Ireland long ago were important in that they determined the luck of…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on January 1, 2022 at 8:30pm — No Comments

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

MÁIRT -- On January 4, 1781, Irish-born Revolutionary War Gen. James Hogan died in British captivity at Haddrel Point, South Carolina. Hogan (sometimes spelled Hogun) was born in Ireland about 1721 and emigrated to North Carolina about 30 years later. In…

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Added by The Wild Geese on January 1, 2022 at 6:00pm — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: December 26 - January 1

LUAIN -- On December 27, 1969, Dan Breen, one of the most famous IRA leaders during Ireland's War of Independence, died in Dublin. Breen was born in Grange, Donohill, Co. Tipperary, on Aug. 11, 1894. He joined the Irish Republican Brotherhood in 1912 and the Irish Volunteers in 1914.…

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Added by The Wild Geese on December 29, 2021 at 11:30am — No Comments

The Patriot Game

by Mike McCormack, NYAOH Historian Emeritus

On New Year’s Day in 1957, an event occurred that is remembered in song to this day. It all began after World War II brought change to Northern Ireland as Loyalists and Nationalists shared the same bomb shelters breaking down the barriers of prejudice erected to keep them divided. The war also created a small measure of prosperity that satisfied many grievances. After the war in 1945,…

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Added by Mike McCormack on December 26, 2021 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Hunting the Druid's Bird.

“The wran, the wran, the king of all birds,

on Stephen's day was caught in the furze.

His body is little but his family is sweet

so rise up landlady and give us a treat.

And if your treat be of the best

your soul in heaven can then find its rest.

And if your treat be…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on December 25, 2021 at 7:26pm — 2 Comments

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