January 2014 Blog Posts (67)

The Unquiet Grave

A tale of love and loss, a poem, a tradition, a ballad, a folk-song, forever in our hearts.

Can you imagine how hard life was in the 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th century here in…


Added by Brian Nolan on January 31, 2014 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

Great Irish Romances: Michael Collins and Kitty Kiernan

The story of Kitty Kiernan and Michael Collins evokes ancient themes from Greek or Shakespearean tragedy, and also reminds us that “It’s Complicated” applied to relationships long before the internet age. 

Kitty’s family owned the…


Added by Kelly O'Rourke on January 30, 2014 at 8:00am — 5 Comments

Great Irish Romances: Diarmuid and Gráinne

Gráinne is the daughter of Cormac mac Art, High King of Ireland. She is betrothed to Fionn mac Cumhail, the leader of the Fianna, who, while still a mighty warrior, was at this time getting old. The famous chiefs of the Fianna were all assembled at Tara for the wedding feast and as…


Added by Finbarr O'Regan on January 30, 2014 at 6:00am — No Comments

'Walls Along the Barricades' or Why Can't Protestants and Catholics Get Along?

A Book Review: "Walls – Travels Along The Barricades"

by Marcello Di Cintio



Added by Sandy Boyer on January 29, 2014 at 10:00am — 4 Comments

Great Irish Romances: Oisín and Niamh

I don’t know what to make of this story, a great adventure of pre-Christian Ireland. There are many variants to this tale, but here are the basics: Oisín (oh-SHEEN) is one of…


Added by Jim Curley on January 29, 2014 at 9:00am — 11 Comments

A Tenner for a Tenor

So you have always told your wide-eyed, disbelieving grand-children that those scratchy 78's you have carefully stored in the attic would some day be worth money, y'know, the ones that you have been collecting for years at 'garage sales' and storage-lot auctions? Well they just got…


Added by Brian Nolan on January 29, 2014 at 7:00am — 6 Comments

Great Irish Romances: Charles Stewart Parnell and Kitty O'Shea

Katharine O'Shea

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By Joseph Gannon



Added by The Wild Geese on January 29, 2014 at 2:30am — No Comments

Great Irish Romances: Robert Emmet and Sarah Curran

by AOH Historian Mike McCormack

The bold Robert Emmet was a man with two loves: His love for Ireland…


Added by Mike McCormack on January 28, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Saint Valentine in Ireland

by AOH NY State Historian Mike McCormack

In ancient Rome, February 14th was a holiday to honor Juno – the Queen of the Roman Gods and Goddesses and the Goddess of…


Added by Mike McCormack on January 28, 2014 at 2:30pm — No Comments

William Deans: Unsung Hero on the Dublin Docks

William Deans was a Dublin deep-sea docker. While talking with someone who knew him, he told me he had an 'independent streak.' Originally from Sir John Rogerson's Quay, he and his family moved to Foley Street. He liked working coal boat…


Added by Declan Byrne on January 28, 2014 at 12:30pm — 4 Comments

St. Valentine Relics in Dublin Church

Not everybody who goes to Whitefriar Street church is Catholic, and not every Catholic who visits is a regular Mass-attender. There are a steady number of people who pass other…


Added by Liam Foley on January 27, 2014 at 3:00pm — 4 Comments

Looking for Irish Cunninghams

Looking for Irish Cunninghams to share in history and clan activities. 

Added by kelly Cunningham on January 26, 2014 at 5:30pm — No Comments

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

Library of Congress

Simón Bolívar, the South American revolutionary who inspired Thomas Charles Wright.

LUAIN -- On January 26, 1799, Thomas Charles Wright, an officer in…


Added by The Wild Geese on January 25, 2014 at 6:30pm — No Comments

The Wild Geese Virtual Síbín with Storyteller Jim Hawkins


We hope you enjoy the above video which was broadcast LIVE here at …


Added by The Wild Geese on January 25, 2014 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

Storytelling ... Irish Style -- Catch Me in Monday’s Sibin

My love for stories started with my Uncle Jack Fallon and the stories I heard as a child growing up in Co. Westmeath in the 1940s and 50s. My Uncle Jack was not a "trained" storyteller, but he had a wonderful ability to weave and tell stories about the local people and everyday…


Added by Jim Hawkins on January 25, 2014 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

Cruel Times for Ireland's Many Abandoned Horses

In this, the Year of the Horse, I am becoming more and more disheartened by the news stories and social media postings of various Animal rescues of Ireland with whom I am associated. There seems to be an epidemic of sorts. Horses left to starve in fields, locked in barns without food or water, left to the elements of these…


Added by Bit Devine on January 24, 2014 at 2:30pm — 9 Comments

Read Along with Mr. Malachy McCourt

Well, if you are wondering what “Light of the Diddicoy” reads like, here is a master storyteller to relate it to you. Mr. Malachy McCourt reads from Chapter 12 called “The Runner.” Below is the actual text, if you would like to read along:…


Added by Eamon Loingsigh on January 24, 2014 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

Film Review: 'Lone Survivor'

A war movie, particularly a war movie that is the true story of a real group of men and women, is hard to make and hard to watch. Anything short of the truth is disrespectful, but the truth is hard to define, hard to acknowledge, hard to understand.…


Added by Sarah Nagle on January 23, 2014 at 2:00pm — 4 Comments

The Irish Character?

I am NOT advocating revolution or organization in any manner but I do have something I would like all of us to consider if you will.

Do you not find it to be a bit insulting to have the Irish alway characterized as brawling stiffs and drunkards?

Why, everywhere I travel I find novelty shops selling items show…


Added by Danny Alexander on January 22, 2014 at 10:30am — 105 Comments

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