January 2015 Blog Posts (76)


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Leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising: Cornelius Colbert

Cornelius [Con] Colbert was another young man who is also less known for his role in Ireland's 1916 Easter Rising.  He was born in 1888…

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Added by That's Just How It Was on January 31, 2015 at 8:00am — 4 Comments

Etymology of the Name Ireland, Éire, Erin

In Gaelic myth, Ériu, Banbha and Fódla were three goddesses who greeted the Milesians upon their arrival in Ireland, and who granted them custody of the island.

Ériu is generally believed to have been the matron…

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Added by Dee Notaro on January 31, 2015 at 5:00am — 3 Comments

A Big All-Irish Concert in NYC to Benefit the Benedictine Nuns at Kylemore Abbey

The Kylemore Abbey Campaign in the U.S. will host a very special Irish Concert in New York City on March 16th at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in the Village.  An all-Irish concert will benefit the…

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Added by Mary Reed on January 30, 2015 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

The Lucky Four Leaf Clover: Celtic Christianity at its Best

When Catholicism arrived in Ireland, there had been a strong Celtic presence for centuries. The Celtic religion, Druidism, was based in nature. Mountains, storms, rivers and seasons…

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Added by Lonnie on January 30, 2015 at 7:30am — No Comments


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St. Brigid: The Second Patron Saint of Ireland

St. Brigid is the second patron saint of Ireland, whose feast day is her birthday -- the first day of spring, 1st February (Lá Fhéile Bhride). Brigid is also known as Muire na…

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Added by Totally Irish Gifts on January 30, 2015 at 1:30am — 11 Comments

Donegal Association of New York - New Website

On behalf of our President, Katie Barrett, The Donegal Association of New York would like to invite you to view our new website (www.DonegalNY.org).  We feel strongly about promoting organizations and businesses who add value to our reader…

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Added by Tommy Dullaghan on January 27, 2015 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

Just How Irish Are You?

(Image source: IrishCentral.com)

(Image source: IrishCentral.com)

The Irish have a unique way with words. Some…

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Added by Lonnie on January 27, 2015 at 9:41am — 4 Comments

Irish Famine-Era 'Farthing' Sells for $102.50

This farthing coin was recently sold on eBay for $102.50. When it was minted in 1842, as a trading token by James O'Flynn it was worth only a quarter of one penny. Ja…

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Added by Brian Nolan on January 27, 2015 at 9:30am — 1 Comment


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Leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising: Eámonn Ceannt

Éamonn Ceannt is a little-known leader of the 1916 Easter Rising. Born in Ballymoe in County Galway, he was one of nine children. His father was an RIC Officer…

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Added by That's Just How It Was on January 26, 2015 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

The Great Irish Famine

For anyone in Ireland or visiting in February , please note the following seminar on Emigration in the Famine .

Seminar on Irish Emigration in the 19th Century

Edenderry Historical Society in county Offaly will host a seminar on Irish Emigration in the 19th century on 13 February 2015. Taking place in the Town Hall, the event will focus on ‘Where did they all go? Irish emigration in the nineteenth century and will feature Damian Sheils, Fidelma Byrne, Jarlath McNamara, Regina…

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Added by Jarlath MacNamara on January 25, 2015 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Discussing 'The Great Hunger' with Dr. Christine Kinealy

Here's Christine's last book on Amazon.The following is a…

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Added by The Wild Geese on January 25, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: January 25 - January 31



Thomas Charles Wright

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

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Added by The Wild Geese on January 24, 2015 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

Coats of Arms and Heraldry

Heraldry is the profession, study, or art of creating, granting, and blazoning arms and ruling on questions of rank or protocol, as exercised by an officer of arms. Heraldry, the word, in its most general sense,…

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Added by Dee Notaro on January 24, 2015 at 5:30am — 12 Comments

Petition to stop Channel - 4 from making a comedy series, about the Irish Genocide

As one of the founder members of Ulster Clans of Ireland group my colleagues Tricia Morrow (creator of the group) Aiofe Nic Seain, Joe Marley, Maura Magill and i take our history very seriously that is why we are against the making of a program like " Hungry " . The Holocaust otherwise known as the Famine and genocide are serious issues ,and should be treated as such . Approximately one million deaths of men, women, and children and another one and a half to two million forced into…

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Added by Fairlie Gordon on January 24, 2015 at 3:09am — No Comments

Wicklow's Daughter, Beloved Mother: To the Girl on the Lawn at Cal

This year AVID students -- kids whose family backgrounds do not include a college experience -- invited me, their AP European History teacher, to go on the Northern California college tour, and I…

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Added by Jim Gregory on January 23, 2015 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

A Town and a Landlord Before the Famine and a Field Called Ballybeggarman

Patrick Sarsfield Gilmore grew up in a town called Ballygar, County Galway -- today a lovely place on the road from Roscommon to Galway. In the 1820s, the Landlord decided he would build a town…

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Added by Jarlath MacNamara on January 23, 2015 at 10:30am — 3 Comments

The Portrayal of the Irish in Movies

When I first visited the U.S., in 1985 for a summer holiday, I was amused and entertained by the clever television advertisements. The one that sticks out in my brain has the line  "Let's talk about you. What do you think…

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Added by Lonnie on January 23, 2015 at 10:30am — 6 Comments

The Incorrigible Irishman Who was Hanged by a Comma

We are fast approaching the 100th anniversary of the Easter 1916 Rising in Ireland. How do you mark such an event? Do you trace your finger along the bullet hole marks in the pillars outside of the GPO in Dublin? For this is where Connolly,…

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Added by Lonnie on January 23, 2015 at 6:30am — 4 Comments

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