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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 It was Mary who followed through on family stories and hunted down her famous ancestor's unpublished manuscript.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 — 6 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

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

DOMHNAIGH -- On November 10, 1896, Lady Mary Heath (born Sophie Catherine Pierce), pioneer aviator and athlete, was born in Newcastlewest, County Limerick. Sophie was brought up in Newcastlewest and Dublin, where she attended a boarding school. At the outbreak of World War I,…

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Added by The Wild Geese on November 10, 2019 at 9:36am — No Comments

Fruitcake Ushers in Most Delicious Time of the Year

I haven’t posted in a month and my Irish guilt is gnawing at me! So it’s back to business this week as “that time of year” is fast approaching. I’ve already started plumping my fruit for the several varieties of fruitcake that I make, but not for this one because the fruit is boiled! I’ve had the…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on November 9, 2019 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

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

DOMHNAIGH -- On Nov. 3, 1815, John Mitchel ,…

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Added by The Wild Geese on November 2, 2019 at 7:00pm — No Comments

The New Policeman

Francis O'Neill started as a policeman on August 17th, 1873. At that time, Chicago was still recovering from the devastation of the Great Fire a couple of years before. Francis had his own tragedies to contend with: He and his wife Anna lost their first child during that difficult time, and he struggled to keep a steady job in…

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Added by Ronan O'Driscoll on November 2, 2019 at 3:00pm — No Comments

All Souls' Day

Death ends a life. But it does not end a relationship, which struggles on in the survivor's mind, toward some resolution, which it may never find. -- The character Gene Garrison in the film "I Never Cried for My Father"



My Dad appeared to me this morning, most…

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Added by Gerry Regan on November 1, 2019 at 1:30pm — No Comments


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George Lennon and The Piltown Cross Ambush

The night of November 1, 1920, All Souls Night, was extremely cold in the west of County Waterford. The members of the West Waterford Volunteers flying column huddled along the road at Piltown Cross were not only shivering because of the temperature. Most of them were also trembling slightly as…

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Added by Joe Gannon on October 28, 2019 at 1:00pm — 3 Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: October 27 - November 2

CÉADAOIN -- On Oct. 30, 1892, Eoin O'Duffy, revolutionary and organizer of the infamous Blueshirts, was born in Castleblayney, County Monaghan.

(Right: O'Duffy's Blueshirts rally in a Dublin cemetery, 1934)

O'Duffy was…

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Added by The Wild Geese on October 26, 2019 at 8:00pm — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: October 20 - October 26

DOMHNAIGH -- On October 20, 1881, the Irish National Land League was outlawed by the government. From the start (see below) the League had been a thorn in the side of government of British Prime Minister W. E. Gladstone. The passage of the second Land Act in 1818 failed to mollify many of the…

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Added by The Wild Geese on October 20, 2019 at 10:00am — No Comments

The Grassy Green Pillow -- An Emigrant's Memorial to His Parents

Tombstone erected by Francis O'Neill in memory of his parents.

On a recent visit to West Cork, I had the fortune to properly explore Tralibane and the surrounding area. I was bowled over by the…

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Added by Ronan O'Driscoll on October 13, 2019 at 8:00am — No Comments

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

LUAIN -- On Oct. 14, 1814, Thomas Osborne Davis, the poet laureate of the Young Ireland party and one of its founders, was born in Mallow, Co. Cork. Like many other revolutionary Irish leaders, Davis was of an Anglo-Irish family; his father was a British army surgeon. He graduated from…

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Added by The Wild Geese on October 12, 2019 at 3:30pm — No Comments

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