March 2016 Blog Posts (36)

The Thing About Galway

Even on the best of days, when the weather is temperate and the sky soft and cloudless, Galway City has a worn, secondhand feel to it: an historic, pensive, erudite quality everywhere you roam down its serpentine streets. But there’s also an energetic undercurrent to Galway that seems to thrive on the idea of opposites,…

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Added by Claire Fullerton on March 16, 2016 at 12:00pm — 21 Comments

Forgotten Irish Catholic Hero and the Centenary of the Easter Rising

 

Van Diemen’s Land, Australia -- Richard Jones…

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Added by T.S.Flynn on March 15, 2016 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Easter Rising Commemoration

Irishmen everywhere celebrate the

1916 Easter Risings 100-Year Anniversary

Where was Irish Patriot Tom Barry during the Easter…

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Added by James Francis Smith on March 13, 2016 at 7:30pm — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: March 13 - March 19

CÉADAOIN  -- On March 16, 1828, Patrick Cleburne, one of the finest generals produced by either side during America's long, bloody civil war was born at Bride Park Cottage in Ovens Township, Co. Cork, just outside Cork City. Robert E. Lee would one day say of…

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Added by The Wild Geese on March 12, 2016 at 11:00am — No Comments

Making a Very Tough Call -- St. Patrick's Day, New York City, 2016

After a long period of prayer and reflection, it is with deep sadness that I realize that as a matter of conscience, I will be unable to march in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York City on March 17th.

Although I belong to five groups who march, and…

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Added by Fr. John R. Sheehan, SJ on March 11, 2016 at 11:00am — 6 Comments

Injustice in Hell's Kitchen? -- The Story of Tom and ‘Yerkie’ Irwin

"Brother Pleads Guilt to Free Jailed 'Twin' " reads the headline in the July 30, 1931, edition of The New York Times.

The story refers to two of my grandmother’s first cousins, Tom and John Irwin. Tom stood accused with two other men -- and all were later convicted -- in the rape of a woman and the armed robbery of the…

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Added by Gerry Regan on March 11, 2016 at 10:00am — 3 Comments


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Ireland's History -- In Search of Unsung Heroes

The following comment to a recent post of mine, this by Richard R. Mc Gibbon Jr. , had me perplexed for a minute, as I do know that there are lots of unknown and unsung hero's in our Irish History........…

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Added by That's Just How It Was on March 11, 2016 at 6:00am — 2 Comments

A 'New' Thatched Cottage in the Claddagh, Galway

I know that many of you have been to Galway (or intend visiting) and I am…

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Added by Brian Nolan on March 10, 2016 at 8:30am — 4 Comments


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Winner Still Kvelling About Experience in 'Wild West of Ireland'

Our esteemed Irish Heritage Partner Wild West Irish Tours has kindly supplied us with some new photos of last year's successful ‘Wild West of Ireland: You Won’t Forget Your First Time’ tour giveaway competition!…

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Added by Fran Reddy on March 9, 2016 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

In This Silent Land

In this silent land

Say nothing

And keep saying it

In this silent land.

Men draped in cassocks

Possess a Nation’s secrets

To barter for souls over open graves

And we stay silent

In…

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Added by Seamus Ruttledge on March 8, 2016 at 7:30pm — 7 Comments

Nicholas Gray Jr: The Wexford Lodge Survives a Yankee Siege

The Mississippi Territory existed from April 7, 1798, until December 10, 1817. The Territory had the usual frontier problems of land claims and the establishment of law. The attraction of vast amounts of high quality, inexpensive land ideal for growing cotton attracted hordes of settlers. From 1798 through 1820, the…

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Added by Don Gray on March 7, 2016 at 8:00am — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: March 6 - March 12

DOMHNAIGH -- On March 6, 1831, Philip Sheridan, one of the greatest Union generals on the American Civil War, was born. We know he was the son of Irish immigrants, but his place of birth is uncertain, with Albany, New York; somewhere in Ohio; at sea; and County…

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Added by The Wild Geese on March 5, 2016 at 1:30pm — No Comments

'The Wolf and the Shield' -- What Does Your Heart Hunt For?



“The Wolf and the Shield: An Adventure with Saint Patrick” by Sherry Weaver Smith, reads like a heartwarming parable. Although it is ostensibly a children’s story, ideal for ages seven through twelve, this lovely book hit all the requisite high notes to hold my rapt attention: that it is set in…

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Added by Claire Fullerton on March 3, 2016 at 4:00pm — 3 Comments

'Dancing to an Irish Reel': Novel Brings Connemara To Vivid Life

While reading Dancing to an Irish Reel by Claire Fullerton, I felt as if I had joined a dance myself, part of a song beyond the ordinary world I’d left behind. The setting, Connemara on the West Coast of Ireland, lives on every page—the coastal pathways, a midnight pier, a hillside graveyard.

Readers meet one of…

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Added by Sherry Weaver Smith on March 3, 2016 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

'Blue Bloods' TV Series: Dinner with the Reagans

There is a place where fiction overlaps reality and creates a place where half-truths and should-have-beens and never-really-were’s create something that is less than factual and more than fictional -- "Blue Bloods" occupies one such place.…

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Added by Sarah Nagle on March 3, 2016 at 9:00am — 3 Comments


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Charlie Laverty – Soldier, Scholar, and Foe of British Rule in Ireland

Our personal friend and the friend of all who love Irish history and culture, Charles “Chuck” Laverty, passed away in October at age 84. 

Above, Chuck Laverty, taken in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Laverty Family Archives

The O’Lavertys of Tyrone were known for…

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Added by Liam Murphy on March 1, 2016 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

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