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

DOMHNAIGH -- On April 7, 1865, Brig. Gen. Tom Smyth was mortally…

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Derryman Robert Evans: Last Man Standing at the Alamo





Inside the roofless old Spanish chapel, the first rays of the early morning Texas sun were illuminating the room with a soft golden glow through the acrid air, clouded by black powder smoke. But what was being illuminated by that rising sun in the chapel of this mission called…

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Added by Joe Gannon on March 31, 2019 at 5:00pm — 6 Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: March 31 - April 6

MÁIRT -- On April 1, 1776, Irish-born Edward Hand (right) was appointed a brigadier general in the Continental Army. Hand first came to the colonies as a surgeon's mate and later an ensign in the 18th (Royal Irish) Regiment of the British army. In 1774, he resigned from the army and settled…

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Added by The Wild Geese on March 30, 2019 at 8:00pm — No Comments

William Sampson: United Irishman and Protector of Religious Freedom in Precedent Setting New York Court Case

William Sampson is one of the most important Irish-Americans in the legal history of New York State, but sadly few remember his name or how this Protestant Irishman made an invaluable contribution both to the rights of Catholic New Yorkers and to the religious freedom of all New Yorkers. Sampson was born…

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Added by Geoffrey Cobb on March 25, 2019 at 10:00pm — No Comments

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

LUAIN -- On March 25, 1846, Michael Davitt  (right), revolutionary and agrarian…

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Fin Dwyer: Irish Podcaster with Worldwide Fan Base

As a historian, I attend many historical lectures, book readings and walking tours, but notice that sadly few young people seem to be interested in the past. That is why the success of Kilkenny’s Fin Dwyer’s podcasts with people of all ages is even more impressive.

I…

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Added by Geoffrey Cobb on March 23, 2019 at 12:00pm — No Comments

'Wild Bill' Donovan -- Irish-American War Hero and CIA Founder

Among “Wild Bill “ Donovan’s many fascinating friends was Ian Fleming, creator of James Bond, the fictional, globe trotting superspy. Donovan’s real-life feats, however, surpassed even Bond’s wildest exploits.

Perhaps no other Irish-American served his country more daringly, yet Donovan’s largely…

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Added by Geoffrey Cobb on March 17, 2019 at 9:30am — No Comments

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

DOMHNAIGH -- On March 17, 1858, James Stephens founded the Irish Republican Brotherhood in Dublin at the same time as John O'Mahoney was founding the American branch of the revolutionary group. O'Mahoney gave the…

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Added by The Wild Geese on March 16, 2019 at 11:30pm — No Comments

My 'Irish' African Friend

I have an Irish story. I’m not Irish, but I was educated by nuns from an Irish order and we always celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with a festive program at school. My story, however, is about my best friend from college, Mary Rose Ryan. As we became friends, she told me she was…

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Added by Jacqueline Mosio on March 12, 2019 at 8:30pm — No Comments

'I'm Dreaming of Home'

I hear the mountain birds

The sound of rivers singing

A song I've often heard

It flows through me now

So clear and…

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Added by Gerry Regan on March 12, 2019 at 2:30pm — 4 Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: March 10 - March 16

LUAIN -- On March 11, 1858, Irish revolutionary Thomas James Clarke was born of Irish parents on the Isle of Wight but the family moved to Dungannon, County Tyrone, shortly after that. His father, James Clarke, was a sergeant in the British Army. Thomas spent part of his early life in South Africa…

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Added by The Wild Geese on March 9, 2019 at 6:41pm — No Comments

March 1919: An 'Unruly Confrontation' in Lismore

By Ivan Lennon

On…

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Added by The Wild Geese on March 9, 2019 at 11:30am — 3 Comments

Rinty Monaghan -- Beloved Belfast Champion Boxer

His fists earned him a world featherweight boxing title, but his songs and geniality won him his city’s hearts. Nicknamed the singing Irishman, Rinty Monaghan, even decades after he left the ring, remains a beloved Belfast icon. In a town full of fascinating characters, Monaghan has proven to be one of…

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Added by Geoffrey Cobb on March 7, 2019 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Baking With Guinness

If it’s March, then it’s time to start thinking of soda bread, one of Ireland’s most iconic foods. It's safe to say that every Irish cook has a recipe for it that's been personalized by families either by name, ingredients, or method of baking. A few decades ago, I judged an Irish cooking contest and…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on March 5, 2019 at 8:30am — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: March 3 - March 9

LUAIN -- On March 4, 1804 in Australia former United Irishmen stage a small insurrection that ended with a short fight at Castle Hill. Starting in 1799 the British had been shipping many of the leaders and participants of the Rising 1798 Rising to “Van Diemen’s Land” (Australia). Once there they…

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Added by The Wild Geese on March 2, 2019 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

This Week in the History of the Irish: Feb. 24 - March 2

DOMHNAIGH -- On February 24, 1854,Daniel Florence O'Leary a general in Simon Bolivar's South American army, died in Bogota, Colombia. O'Leary was probably born about 1800 in Cork city, the son of a butter merchant. Little is known of his early life. In 1817, he traveled to London to…

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Added by The Wild Geese on February 23, 2019 at 3:30pm — No Comments

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

LUAIN -- On February 18, 1817, Walter Paye Lane, Confederate general in the American Civil War, was born in County Cork. He emigrated to the United States with his parents when he was only 4 years old. Lane grew up in Ohio but traveled to Texas at 18. He fought with Sam Houston at…

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Added by The Wild Geese on February 17, 2019 at 12:30pm — No Comments


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William 'Whack' Ryan: Martyr to Cuban Freedom

As the brilliant rays of the morning sun began to flash off the whitewashed adobe wall in Santiago, Cuba, 30-year-old William Albert Charles Ryan reflected that it would be yet another beautiful day on the tropical island he had come to love. He could hear the sweet songs of a few…

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Added by Joe Gannon on February 14, 2019 at 6:30pm — 5 Comments

Love and Chocolate . . . Irish Cream Cheesecake

It’s that time of year again when thoughts turn to love — love AND Champagne, hearts, flowers and, of course, chocolate. Try this yummy Irish cream-laced chocolate cheesecake for a delicious Valentine’s Day treat. You’ll find other recipes like this in my Favorite…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on February 10, 2019 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

This Week in the History of the Irish: February 10 - February 16



 CÉADAOIN -- On February 13, 1782, Dillon's regiment of the Irish Brigade of France helped capture St. Kitts from the British during the American Revolution. Earlier, Dillon's regiment had helped France…

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