Irish March Ends at midnight.
So will the free Kindle book The Irish-American Chronicle
and the discounted The Last of the Fenians…Continue
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“Have you ever been to Mars?” I was asked one morning at 2am as I made my way up east 81st. street in Manhattan. I was returning home from a night out at Manny’s Car Wash, a favorite blues bar on 2nd avenue. I stopped and heard it again, louder this time, “Have you ever been to Mars?” Looking around I couldn’t see anyone and…Continue
I have written a trilogy based on my Irish ancestor from County Mayo. My first book, which begins in 1847, is called "A Woman Undefeated." Maggie emigrated to the Irish settlement in Chester, England. It is a gripping tale and has received good reviews.
The sequel is called "…Continue
President John Kennedy once said that a “nation reveals itself “ by the events and people it chooses to commemorate.
This state is a rule of law based, parliamentary democracy, which has…Continue
Hi. I'm James Francis Smith - author of the Irish-American series - consisting of 7 historical novels which place characters in real-life scenarios ranging from the ancient Celts through the American Revolution, America's Civil War, WWI, and the Irish-Anglo War - WWII, the Kennedy Era, including the Korean War and…Continue
Added by James Francis Smith on March 28, 2016 at 6:00pm — No Comments
My friends kid me about one of the websites I frequent, a place called Banjo Hangout (dot Org). It’s a place where banjo geeks like me go and talk about strings and rings, and pots and picks, and necks and woods and, well, banjo makers! And occasionally I receive messages from those fellow Banjo geeks – so I wasn’t too…Continue
In remembrance of the 1916 Easter Rising, the Kindle edition of James Francis Smith's The Irish-American Chronicle, will be free starting March 28th through Thursday, March 31st.
The 44-pages dedicated to Kennedy's assassination and funeral are well worth acquiring.
Travel an historical byway few…Continue
Added by James Francis Smith on March 27, 2016 at 1:30pm — No Comments
William Thomas (Liam) Cosgrave was not one of the iconic figures of the early 1900s, nor indeed was he a man who had any real status of leadership in the 1916 Rising, although he was a chief adviser to Eamonn Ceannt during the 1916 Rising at South Dublin Union. It was an apt role because the vicinity was his home turf…Continue
(Left: National Library of Ireland: Mary MacSwiney, in her later…Continue
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Ruttledge has adapted, arranged, and written new verses for this 2016 interpretation of the famous…Continue
The GPO, Mount Street Bridge, The South Dublin Union -- these are names that resonate when it comes to Easter 1916 as the battlegrounds for what became Padraig Pearse’s ‘glorious failure.’ However, for some quirk of history, the success that took place in the sleepy town of Ashbourne, County Meath, during the Rising has…Continue
I have arranged for my novel "Part an Irishman" to be available via a free download from Amazon over the Easter weekend. This is to say thanks for all of the marvelous support and good will that I have received from my friends.
In 1820, Lieutenant John Turner Flinn R.N stood in the witness box in the House of Lords. The Queen of Great Britain…Continue
When I entered the University of Notre Dame in 1965, the first thing I had to do was make some close friends. Notre Dame has no social fraternities and in 1965 no women. So one had to fish around your residence halls and classes to find some friends with mutual interests.
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Invite a seanchaí into your home . . . you will be glad that you did. With Jim Hawkins new CD, My Own Native Land: Stories and Songs of Ireland, that has never been easier. Hawkins’ debut album will carry you across the miles, over the waters and back in time.
When a colleague suggested that I review “My Own…Continue
Added by Bit Devine on March 21, 2016 at 2:30pm — No Comments
Although the first census of the United Kingdom was held in 1801, it was not until the 1841 census that respondents were asked to state their country of birth, thereby enabling us to see the size of the Irish population in Britain. We cannot, therefore, accurately judge how many Irish refugees had flooded into England, Scotland…Continue
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DOMHNAIGH -- On March 20, 1780, Miles Byrne, United Irishman and officer in Napoleon's Irish Legion, was born in Co. Wexford. He was active in the 1798 Rising in Wexford and fought all its major battles, right through the rebels' climactic defeat at Vinegar Hill.
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Photo of window at St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin, courtesy of George R. Doyle, 2014
I bind to myself today
The strong virtue of the…Continue
Forget about any sense of style, every shade of green you can envisage will be flown, painted, worn and waved on St Patrick’s Day. All those inner Irishmen and women will…Continue