Featured Blog Posts – January 2015 Archive (37)

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 goddess of Ireland, a goddess of sovereignty, or simply a…

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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 Benedictine Nuns at Kylemore Abbey, County Galway, hosted by the New York City…

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

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

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. James O'Flyn(n) was listed under 'Linen and Woollen Drapers…

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

Discussing 'The Great Hunger' with Dr. Christine Kinealy

Here's Christine's last book on Amazon.The following is a transcript taken from the…

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Added by The Wild Geese on January 25, 2015 at 10:00am — No 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, encompasses all matters relating to the duties and responsibilities of…

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Added by Dee Notaro on January 24, 2015 at 5:30am — 12 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 was honored. I had never visited Cal until a few years ago, with another…

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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 because he had a large estate and much produce. This would produce more income and give…

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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 of me?" at the end. It always made me laugh. Or it used to,…

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

'The Great Hunger' in Belfast

By Dr. Christine Kinealy

For many decades, the…

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Added by The Wild Geese on January 23, 2015 at 4:30am — 9 Comments

'Ghosts of the Faithful Departed'

One of my brothers in Ireland gifted me a book entitled …

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Added by Lonnie on January 22, 2015 at 6:30am — 7 Comments

'The Great Hunger' in County Donegal

"Burying the Child" by Lilian Lucy Davidson

by …

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Added by The Wild Geese on January 22, 2015 at 3:30am — 1 Comment

Grandma Gregory and the Pendergast Machine

Somewhere we have a penciled thank-you note from John W. Davis, who is about as famous as whichever team finished third in the National League pennant race in 1939. (It was the Dodgers, 12 1/2 games out.) Davis was the Democratic nominee for President in 1924, and he…

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Added by Jim Gregory on January 21, 2015 at 12:30am — 2 Comments

'The Great Hunger' -- How Many Died?

The Great Hunger was a natural calamity which was made into an appalling disaster by a selfish lack of assistance on the part of the British Parliament. Their disregard for large-scale human suffering in the land that they had made part of their empire only 44 years earlier bears…

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Added by Mike McCormack on January 20, 2015 at 3:30pm — 4 Comments

'The Great Hunger' in County Roscommon

by Dr. Christine Kinealy…

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Added by The Wild Geese on January 20, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments

Cholera in Athlone - May, 1849

While P.S. Gilmore prepared for his departure from Athlone in September of 1849, the papers are filled with example of the depraved…

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Added by Jarlath MacNamara on January 19, 2015 at 5:30pm — 7 Comments

'The Great Hunger' in Dublin

by Dr. Christine Kinealy

While Dublin was less affected by the famine than almost any other region or county in Ireland, this is…

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Added by The Wild Geese on January 19, 2015 at 4:30am — 2 Comments

Irish Coffin and Convict Ships

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Added by Lonnie on January 18, 2015 at 8:00am — 10 Comments

'Jack Tar': Not a Pleasant Smelling Job

"Jack Tar" was a common English term originally used to refer to seamen of the Merchant or Royal Navy, particularly during the period of the British Empire. By World War I the term was used as a nickname for those in the U.S. Navy. Both members of the public and seafarers themselves…

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Added by Dee Notaro on January 17, 2015 at 5:00am — 3 Comments

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