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World War II Ace Tom McGuire: The Iron Major

Lieutenant Tom McGuire was at 12,000 feet above Oro Bay, New Guinea in his P-38 fighter scanning the sky for Japanese planes. The 431st Fighter Squadron had scrambled from their Dubodura airbase to intercept a flight of Japanese bombers and their fighter escort on that October 17, 1943. McGuire had been flying in combat for just two months. He had…

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Added by Joe Gannon on January 18, 2020 at 5:30pm — 5 Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: January 19 - January 25

LUAIN -- On January 20, 1771, Don Hugo O'Conor was named Commandant Inspector of New Spain (Mexico). O'Conor was born into a Jacobite family in Dublin in December 1734. The…

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Added by The Wild Geese on January 18, 2020 at 3:37pm — No Comments

Cottage Pie for Winter Comfort

Nothing warms the heart (and the stomach) in winter more than the mashed potato-topped casserole known as Cottage Pie. In a land where sheep were traditionally a primary food supply, it’s not surprising that lamb is the foundation for many Irish farmhouse dishes, especially this long-time favorite originally created as an economical way to use…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on January 17, 2020 at 10:27am — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: January 12 - January 18

DOMHNAIGH -- On January 12, 1729, Edmund Burke, one of the greatest political writers and orators in history, was born in Arran Quay, Dublin. Burke was the son of a mixed marriage -- his mother was Catholic and his father Protestant. Burke himself would later marry an Irish Catholic…

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Added by The Wild Geese on January 11, 2020 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Tracing Your Irish Ancestors book review

Tracing Your Irish Ancestors 5th Edition by John Grenham  Published in Ireland by Gill Books and in the USA and Canada by Genealogical Publishing Company

John Grenham is something of a legend in Irish genealogical circles. During a professional career of…

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Added by Kieron Punch on January 7, 2020 at 4:30am — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: January 5 - January 11

DOMHNAIGH -- On Jan. 5, 1871, the British in a general amnesty released 30 Fenian prisoners. Most of these prisoners were men who had either been swept up the…

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Added by The Wild Geese on January 4, 2020 at 3:00pm — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: December 29 - January 4

MÁIRT -- On December 31, 1602, Dónall O'Sullivan Beare and his clan began their epic march to Ulster. O'Sullivan had supported…

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Added by The Wild Geese on December 29, 2019 at 12:00am — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: December 22 - December 28

MÁIRT -- On December 24, 1601, Hugh O'Neill and his Spanish and Irish allies were defeated by the English at the Battle of Kinsale, one of the most important battles in Irish history. With the able assistance of his main ally,…

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Added by The Wild Geese on December 22, 2019 at 10:30am — No Comments

The Green Fields Of America

Chief O'Neill's Sketchy Recollections of an Eventful Life in Chicago

The story of Chief O'Neill owes a great debt to his great-granddaughter Mary Lesch. It was Mary who followed through on family stories and hunted down her famous ancestor's unpublished manuscript. Then, with the aid of Chicago historian…

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Added by Ronan O'Driscoll on December 15, 2019 at 7:00pm — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: December 15 - December 22

LUAIN -- On Dec. 16, 1971, soldier and politician General Richard Mulcahy (left) died in Dublin. Mulcahy was born in Waterford. After being educated in the Christian Brothers schools, Richard went to work for the postal service, like his father before him. He was a member of the Gaelic League and…

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Added by The Wild Geese on December 14, 2019 at 3:30pm — No Comments

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

DOMHNAIGH  -- On December 8, 1831, James Hoban, the architect of the White House, died in Washington, D.C. Hoban, a native of County Kilkenny, was educated as an artist by Thomas Ivory in Dublin. He worked as one of the architects on a number of buildings in Ireland, including…

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Added by The Wild Geese on December 7, 2019 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Love to Write? Want To Do It in Ireland? Read On. . .

Dear Friends,

I attended a two-week writing workshop run by the Sancho Panza Literary Society at Trinity College in Dublin in June. It was a wonderful writing experience as well as an opportunity to explore historic Dublin and attend the…

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Added by Lonnie on December 2, 2019 at 11:30am — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: December 1 - December 7

DOMHNAIGH -- On December 1, 1901, Fenian Thomas Clarke Luby died in New York. Luby was born in Dublin in 1821. He was the son of a Church of Ireland minister…

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Added by The Wild Geese on December 1, 2019 at 10:30am — No Comments


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Billy the Kid: The Wild Rapparee of Lincoln County

There's a stone covered grave on the wild mountainside.

There's a plain wooden cross on which this is inscribed:

Kneel down, dear stranger, say an Ave for me

I was sentenced to death being a wild rapparee

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Added by Joe Gannon on November 29, 2019 at 9:30pm — 5 Comments

George Lennon: Waterford Rebel

Dungarvan’s George Gerard Lennon (1900-1991), of O’Connell Street, Western Terrace (circa 1915) and Mitchell Terrace (1936), had a noteworthy revolutionary career.

Lennon's tenure encompassed some 17 engagements against enemy forces in Waterford, Limerick and Cork: a 14 year old “adjutant” in the…

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Added by Ivan Lennon on November 26, 2019 at 12:30pm — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: November 24-30

DOMHNAIGH -- On November 24, 1922, during the Irish Civil War, Irish republican Erskine Childers was executed by the Free State government. Childers, whose mother was from County Clare, was…

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Added by The Wild Geese on November 23, 2019 at 2:52pm — No Comments

A Final 'Good Night' to Mary Louise, Ma Mère

(Note: I delivered this eulogy today for my mother, Mary Louise Brooke, at All-Saints Church, in the University section of Syracuse, N.Y. My mother spent her earliest years a literal stone's throw from the church, where she was baptized.)…

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Added by Gerry Regan on November 19, 2019 at 10:00pm — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: November 17-23

DOMHNAIGH -- On Nov. 17, 1814, Joseph Finegan, a Confederate general in the American Civil War, was born in…

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Added by The Wild Geese on November 16, 2019 at 4:00pm — No Comments

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