February 2015 Blog Posts (75)


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Mary Quaile: Trade Unionist

Mary Quaile, the Irish Trade Union Activist, was born in Dublin to parents who were themselves very active in equality for all people. Her father was secretary for the Irish Brick & Stonemasons Union. Her mother encouraged and supported him in his endeavors. The young Mary…

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Added by That's Just How It Was on February 20, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

Recipes From Finn McCool's Pub, New Orleans

How can we spend all this time discussing the Irish in New Orleans without talking about food?

To fill that lack, Pauline Patterson of New Orleans' own Finn McCool’s Irish Pub has passed on…

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Added by The Wild Geese on February 20, 2015 at 4:00am — No Comments

Life in New Orleans' Irish Channel

What was life like in New Orleans' Irish Channel in the early to mid 20th-century?

The Works Project Administration (WPA) conducted a series of interviews with the people of the Channel in 1941.  Many of those…

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Added by The Wild Geese on February 20, 2015 at 1:00am — No Comments

The Fighting Irish of New Orleans

by Dr. Laura Kelley

Street-fighting man, bare-knuckles, and hard-fisted: Why do the Irish like to fight? Is there more…

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Added by The Wild Geese on February 19, 2015 at 1:00am — 2 Comments


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Leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising: Tomás Séamus Ó Cléirigh

Tomás Séamus Ó Cléirigh (Thomas James Clarke) was born on the 11th day of March in 1858.  He was  one of the oldest members of the 1916 Rising.  Clarke was also known as Henry Wilson, an alias he used to counteract any publicity that his own name may attract in his role as a…

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Added by That's Just How It Was on February 18, 2015 at 8:00am — No Comments

The Civil War and the Irish in New Orleans

by Dr. Laura Kelley

At the onset of the Civil war, New Orleans was protected in part by Fort Jackson, located sixty-five miles down the Mississippi River. On April 27, 1862, confederate soldiers, a majority of whom were German and Irish immigrants mutinied…

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Added by The Wild Geese on February 18, 2015 at 3:00am — No Comments

The Lakes of Killarney - Ireland's Crown Jewels

The good people of Ireland's County Kerry call their land "The Kingdom," and if that's so, then the Lakes of Killarney must be the Crown Jewels.

Killarney's lovely lakes have been immortalized in song and story for their breathtaking beauty. Indeed, Queen Victoria and her…

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Added by Michael Quane on February 17, 2015 at 9:30pm — 7 Comments

More Stories About Margaret Haughery

Anne O'Brien who runs the Beloved Margaret Haughery of New Orleans was kind enough to share some additional tidbits about Margaret and her…

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Added by The Wild Geese on February 17, 2015 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Margaret Gaffney Haughery: From Poverty to Philanthropy

By Dr. Laura Kelley

“No work was too menial, no venture too unprofitable, for her.”

Without question, among the Irish…

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Added by The Wild Geese on February 17, 2015 at 1:00am — No Comments

A Singles Adventure of a Lifetime in Ireland's West

Come along on a mature singles adventure to Ireland with Cupid's Crusade.  This eight-day adventure to the wild irish west includes time in Galway city and County Clare where you will attend the famous Matchmaking Festival in the village of Lisdoonvarna.  This festival has been…

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Added by annette counihan on February 16, 2015 at 8:30pm — No Comments


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Maureen Murphy Brings Asenath Nicholson Alive

Maureen Murphy’s book "Compassionate Stranger" was 44 years in the birthing.  Her biography of Asenath Hatch Nicholson brings back to life a heroine of the Great Hunger, a story of the Famine little known but…

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Added by Irish Cultural Society of GC on February 16, 2015 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Kitty and Michael: a revolutionary courtship

Some historians have been obliged to play down Michael Collin’s fiancé, Kitty Kiernan, in order to support their theories about his death.  However, Ms Kiernan merits a few choice words on her own account.  ( Below is an excerpt from the book "The Assassination of Michael Collins: What Happened at Béal na mBláth?"  www.amazon.com/dp/1493784714): 

“There is no basis for the erroneous characterization of Ms…

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Added by S M Sigerson on February 16, 2015 at 2:00pm — No Comments

The Irish in Colonial Era New Orleans

By Dr. Laura Kelley

Usually, when we speak about the Irish Diaspora in the USA, New Orleans is not among the cities that first come to mind as centers of Irish population and…

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Added by The Wild Geese on February 16, 2015 at 1:00am — No Comments

Review: 'Belfast Days: A 1972 Teenage Diary'

Book Review

"Belfast Days: A 1972 Teenage Diary," by Eimear O’Callaghan

Merrion Press

Copyright 2014

"Belfast Days: A 1972…

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Added by The Last Torch on February 16, 2015 at 12:30am — 8 Comments


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The Capuchin Friars and the Leaders of the Easter Rising

The heroes of the hour -- witnessing history as it unfolded. 

The Irish Order of the Capuchin Friars came to Ireland in 1615.  It was not until 1690, however, that their first friary was built.  Over time, they moved to Cork where they established the friary house (which…

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Added by That's Just How It Was on February 15, 2015 at 11:00am — 12 Comments

The Irish in New Orleans: An Introduction

Laura D. Kelley’s Irish roots dictated the focus of her study, and Irish luck lent a hand when she met on her first day in the Crescent City a man from “da Channel”– the Irish Channel – with an unusual accent reminiscent of New York City even though he was born and raised in New…

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Added by The Wild Geese on February 15, 2015 at 1:00am — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: February 15 - February 21

Courtesy of Warflag.com

Flag of Berwick's regiment of the Irish…
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Added by The Wild Geese on February 14, 2015 at 6:00pm — No Comments

A Present for You on St. Patrick's Day

A PRESENT FOR YOU ON SAINT PATRICK'S DAY

 

 

DO YOU KNOW ANYTHING AT ALL ABOUT LEPRECAUNS? WELL THERE’S SO MANY TALES TO TELL

I CAN TELL YOU ONE RIGHT NOW AND, I HOPE YOU LISTEN WELL…

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Added by kevin j dalton on February 14, 2015 at 4:30pm — No Comments

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