February 2015 Blog Posts (75)

What Irish Lassie turned 65 February 3rd?

Born in Texas, mother's maiden name Hartt, extremely shy, had a genius IQ by age 11 of 147, starred in Flamingo Road, Pee Wee’s Big adventure,  and Dallas?

She is a political activist very interested in science and has a large twitter…

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Added by Dee Notaro on February 14, 2015 at 6:00am — No Comments

Wexford-Born Signer of the U.S. Constitution

Thomas Fitzsimons was born at Ballikilty, County Wexford, Ireland in October of 1741 to Anthony Fitzsymons in the mid-1750s.  We know his mother's name was Jane, but we do not have a record of her maiden surname.  Fitzsimons immigrated to Philadelphia where his father…

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Added by Dee Notaro on February 14, 2015 at 4:30am — 2 Comments

'McMayhem in Midtown' -- Garda vs. FDNY on March 14

The Garda take on the FDNY in a slugfest at the Garden -- in the first ever Pro/Am Boxing event to be held there --with an offer to fellow members of…

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Added by Bobby McGuire on February 13, 2015 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Knowledge Quiz: Great Irish Romances 101

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Added by The Wild Geese on February 13, 2015 at 6:01am — No Comments


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Leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising: Seán Mac Diarmada

Seán Mac Diarmada (Sean MacDermott) is yet another one of the 1916 Easter Rising leaders who has remained in the historical shadow of other prominent leaders who have enjoyed iconic status in the history books.  He has been described by some as one of the greatest of the…

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Added by That's Just How It Was on February 12, 2015 at 10:00am — 2 Comments


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South of Ireland Knitting & Craft Tour: An In-Depth Review

By guest blogger Constance Hall

Last November, a dream came true for me when I read about a knitting and craft tour that Irish Tourism had…

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Added by The Irish Tourism Group on February 12, 2015 at 7:30am — 2 Comments

Columbia - A National Anthem composed by P S Gilmore in 1880



P S Gilmore never felt that America was properly served by her anthem and so composed his own Anthem called Columbia based on the short history of this new country . In January and February 1880 he went on tour playing the anthem and measuring its popularity . Unfortunately typical of Gilmore , he had been to honest to history and mentioning the "Redman" in the first verse was not popular in 19th…

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Added by Jarlath MacNamara on February 12, 2015 at 4:29am — No Comments

Getting All 'Wild West' on Irish TV / Radio / News!

Wild West Irish Tours on Irish radio, TV and newspapers!

Michael Regan-Waugh on Irish TV

We are grateful to IrishTV.ie, Clare FM radio, The Clare Champion, and  Raidio Corca Baiscinn –…

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Added by Wild West Irish Tours on February 11, 2015 at 7:30pm — 3 Comments


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Diary of losing a baby: One woman writes about her devastating pregnancy and lack of acre in in Ireland

LAURA MCGLYNN SAYS she was disgusted to hear last week that Clare Daly’s bill is unlikely to pass through the Dáil. As a woman who has been through a termination for medical reasons, she fights passionately for better care for women in Ireland.

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Has Ireland still not learned the lessons of the past-with regard to  Pregnancy and supportive care 

 My story…

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Added by That's Just How It Was on February 11, 2015 at 9:01am — No Comments

Saint Gobnait, Patron Saint of Bees & Beekeeping

“Mo Gobnat from Muscraige Mitaine, i.e. a sharp-beaked nun,

Ernaide is the name of the place in which she is.

Or Gobnat of Bairnech in Món Mór in the south of Ireland,

and of the race of Conaire she is; a virgin of Conaire’s race”

Note to the Félire Óengusso, tr. Whitley Stokes, p. 73

I have a new…

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Added by Amber Ó Siodhacháin on February 11, 2015 at 7:00am — No Comments

mcMayhem in Midtown

Added by Bobby McGuire on February 11, 2015 at 3:06am — 2 Comments


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The Story of St. Valentine's Day: Celebrating Love Worldwide

How is Valentine’s Day celebrated around…

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Added by Totally Irish Gifts on February 10, 2015 at 3:00pm — No Comments


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Claddagh – The Irish Symbol of Love, Loyalty and Friendship

Claddagh Gifts at Totally Irish Gifts         …

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Added by Totally Irish Gifts on February 9, 2015 at 4:00pm — 4 Comments

Catch New Video Highlighting 'Ireland in Word and Image'

The video below, which I produced, spotlights my coffee-table book on Ireland, "Ireland in Word and Image," on sale at Amazon, Rizzoli Bookstore and Rizzoli…

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Added by Jay Ben Images on February 9, 2015 at 1:00pm — 3 Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: February 8 - February 14

Courtesy of Warflag.com

Flag similar to those carried by Irish regiments in Spanish service.…

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Added by The Wild Geese on February 8, 2015 at 12:00pm — No Comments


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Fond Memories from My Childhood in Bray, County Wicklow

Bray, County Wicklow lies on the eastern seaboard of Ireland and is known as the "gateway to the garden of Ireland."  Just twelve miles south of Dublin, it offers a  range of attractions to suit all ages.

The promenade starts at the northern end near the harbour and Martello…

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Added by That's Just How It Was on February 8, 2015 at 11:30am — 14 Comments

Free Printable Irish Valentine!

Make your own Valentine card with an Irish twist!

I think that shamrocks and hearts play very nicely with each other as design elements.  What do you say?…

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Added by Kelly O'Rourke on February 7, 2015 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment


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The Story of St. Valentine's Day: The Irish Link

The shrine of St. Valentine is found at the beautiful Whitefriar Street Church, Dublin, Ireland.

Fr. John Spratt was an Irish Carmelite and a well-known preacher, who worked among the poor in the Liberties in Dublin, Ireland. He…

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Added by Totally Irish Gifts on February 7, 2015 at 12:30pm — No Comments


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How To Write Your Valentine's Day Cards 'As Gaeilge'

Can you hear that?  Ah yes ... That's the annual stampede of Irish men swarming into the towns diligently in early preparations, hoping to woo…

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Added by Meabh Ann on February 7, 2015 at 10:00am — 3 Comments

Another Job Gone by the Wayside: Catchpole

The law-officer, whose business was to apprehend criminals, was long- known popularly as the "catch-pole."  But few remembered that he obtained that designation due to the fact that he originally carried with him a pole fitted by a peculiar apparatus to catch a flying…

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Added by Dee Notaro on February 7, 2015 at 5:00am — 1 Comment

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