February 2016 Blog Posts (38)

My Granny, the Looter -- One of Many During Easter Week

To have a relative who was ‘out’ in 1916 – that is, someone who took part in that mad assault on the British Empire known as the Easter Rising – is something to be treasured.

Of course, there were plenty of other…

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Added by David Lawlor on February 16, 2016 at 2:30am — 9 Comments

Ceoldrama 'Last Torch' at The Fringe: Tight Budget, Haunting Story

This is the first act of the new ceoldrama "The Last Torch," which we produced as part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival in October 2014. We accomplished this in six weeks, with the intention of seeing what needed to be changed, fixed, etc. It was such a difficult process that I…

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Added by The Last Torch on February 15, 2016 at 8:30pm — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: February 14 - February 20

DOMHNAIGH -- On February 14, 1895, Sean Treacy, revolutionary leader during the Irish War of Independence, was born in Solohead, County Tipperary. Treacy joined the Gaelic League and the Irish Republican…

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Added by The Wild Geese on February 13, 2016 at 9:30am — No Comments

Bishop Timon

His parents emigrated from County Cavan in 1796. Anyone have an opinion as to which port they might have used?

Added by William J. Donohue on February 11, 2016 at 6:28pm — 1 Comment

Researchers Sequence First Genomes From Ancient Irish Humans

Large-scale migration of large groups of people as a source of the changes in language and culture in Ireland over the last 10,000 years has long been a hotly discussed topic.

Above, …

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Added by james lawrence dore on February 10, 2016 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

A Peak at the Disappearing Supermac

I did not eat out very much on my 2015 visit to Ireland. For most of the time I had cooking facilities available for my exclusive use. It was practical as I was being fiscally prudent. I spent some time at the home of my sister, Bernie, and her husband,…

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Added by P.J. Francis on February 10, 2016 at 4:30pm — 4 Comments

Not-So-Welcome Change Comes to Irish Postal Delivery

  

“But I don’t live in Galway,” a County Clare man said to me regarding his new postal address.

His mail is sorted in Galway City.

Ireland has introduced postal codes for the first time to increase the efficiency of the letter / parcel delivery system. As with other countries, the post office is suffering…

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Added by P.J. Francis on February 10, 2016 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment


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About the 1916 Irish Proclamation and Signatories

The Irish Proclamation 1916

In preparing this blog, I realise how little I know about the 1916 Proclamation, the Signatories and the Easter Rising. While this blog only touches the tip of the story of the Proclamation I hope it is of…

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Added by Totally Irish Gifts on February 6, 2016 at 12:30pm — 8 Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: February 7 - February 13

DOMHNAIGH -- On February 7, 1877, John O'Mahony (left: from the 'Atlas and Cyclopedia of Ireland), founder of the Fenian Brotherhood in the United States, died in New York. O'Mahony was a member of the Young Ireland party in the 1840s; he escaped to France after the failed…

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Added by The Wild Geese on February 6, 2016 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

Workers and Rebels: Jacob's Factory 1913-16

The story of one of the lesser known battle sites of the 1916 Rising in Dublin -- jacobs1916.com…

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Added by Fiachra Mangan on February 6, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

Emma Kline: Hoop-Skirt Smuggler During the Siege of Vicksburg

In 1864, 20-year-old Vicksburg resident Emma Kline was arrested by Union officials, who were then occupying the city, perched above the Mississippi River in the state bearing the same name. She was charged with the crime of smuggling, one of a group of women engaged in smuggling much-needed supplies out of Vicksburg and into the…

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Added by Don Gray on February 6, 2016 at 7:00am — No Comments

1916 Rising Commemorative Film

I have produced an education film on Ireland's quest for Independence, to commemorate the 1916 Easter Rising. I have been showcasing the film at schools and festivals around Ireland for the past 12 months. The film has been placed on DVD and can be purchased at…

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Added by Gerard McCarthy on February 6, 2016 at 5:30am — 1 Comment

Uncovering the Hidden History of Gaeilge In My Family

I thought I might share this. Both of my paternal grandparents came from the spot where Cork, Kerry and Limerick meet. Traditionally -- going back to mythical times -- the area was known Sliabh Luachra (The Mount of Rushes). Finn MacCool and his band were said to have hunted there. The actual townlands were Mountcollins (Cnochuileáin or Cnoc Uí Choileáin) and Caherlevoy.

Above, the Paps of Danu,…

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Added by Joe Ó Connell on February 4, 2016 at 11:00pm — 2 Comments


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The Story of The House of Monaghan

Want to learn more about House of Monaghan -- Custom Coffee Roasters?

You can check out our story on our website under the OUR…

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Added by House of Monaghan on February 3, 2016 at 5:00pm — 3 Comments

The Sessiun

It was nine o’clock on a Sunday night when Johnny Og came to collect me, and it was raining—not one of those misty, soft rains, as is often the case on the west coast of Ireland, but one of those howling, unforgiving, relentless downpours that comes from no discernable direction, save for the threatening sky overhead.…

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Added by Claire Fullerton on February 2, 2016 at 10:30am — 4 Comments

From the Easter Rising to the Hollywood Hills

When the actor Arthur Shields strode towards the Abbey Theatre on Easter Monday, 1916, it was with one intent -- not to rehearse or act in a play, but to collect his rifle and take part in the greater drama that was about to shake the streets of Dublin.

Pictured, Arthur Shields

Once…

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Added by David Lawlor on February 1, 2016 at 11:30am — 21 Comments

Now Comes the Spring -- 'Anois Teacht An Earraigh'

Once St. Brigid's Day has passed, our thoughts turn to the arrival of Spring . . .

I was reminded of what little credit I give sometimes Ireland's forgotten writers and poets, especially those who wrote in Irish, 'as Gaeilge'. This struck home when I read again Galway's blind poet,…

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Added by Brian Nolan on February 1, 2016 at 5:00am — 3 Comments

Recalling the Inextinguishable Fire of Saint Brigid

On the first day of February, somewhere in Ireland, a ewe is born and peacefully nestles at its mother’s side, warmed by her body, nourished by her milk. This is a pleasing sign of spring, as are the days which are…

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Added by Susan O'Dea Boland on February 1, 2016 at 1:00am — 8 Comments

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