April 2016 Blog Posts (28)

Jews Who Fought in Famed Irish Brigade's 28th Massachusetts

In my research on the history of the 28th Massachusetts Volunteers, a Boston Irish regiment raised to be a part of Thomas Meagher’s Irish Brigade, the most surprising find was the identification of three Jewish soldiers who served in its ranks.  The three were included in a 19th century effort by Jewish…


Added by Robert A Mosher on April 28, 2016 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

'The Dolocher' -- Dublin's 'Jack the Ripper'


I found this article on Irishcentral.com. I had never read this story before and I thought the other members would like to read it.

Added by Catherine White on April 27, 2016 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

Ireland's Tithe War: Income for Protestant Clergy With Steep Price

"There are many noble traits in the Irish character, mixed with failings which have always raised obstacles to their own well-being; but an innate love of justice, and an indomitable hatred of oppression, is like a gem upon the front of our nation which no darkness can obscure. To this fine quality I trace their hatred of…


Added by Joe Gannon on April 27, 2016 at 9:00pm — 5 Comments

How The Nuns of Kylemore Abbey Saved My Father's Life

This story took place between 1920, when the Benedict Nuns arrived at Kylemore, and 1922, when the Black and Tans left Galway after the signing of the Anglo-Irish Peace Treaty in December 1921.

Patrick Carney, my father, was born in Cornamona, County Galway, in 1900. He was one of several young men in the area who championed the cause of Irish…


Added by Friends of Kylemore Abbey on April 26, 2016 at 8:00pm — 4 Comments

Searching For My Great Grandmother's House in Donegal

oil painting of old deserted fireplace by Eoin Mac Lochlainn entitled: Tinteán Tréigthe no.19, oil on canvas, 2016

Tinteán Tréigthe no.19, oil on canvas, 2016

Now if you’re searching for your great grandmother’s cottage in the country, you can follow the map to a certain extent, but, in the end, you just have to ask someone. So, after driving a crooked mile up a crooked mucky roadeen, searching for the dot beside the ‘S’ of…


Added by Eoin Mac Lochlainn on April 25, 2016 at 6:30pm — 4 Comments

War of Independence -- How the Nuns of Kylemore Saved My Father's Life

Story by,

Msgr. Patrick Carney

Msgr Carney is with the Church of the Holy Family in New Rochelle, New York

Sometime between 1920 when the Benedict…


Added by Mary Reed on April 25, 2016 at 2:00pm — No Comments

'Have Ye No Homes To Go To? The History Of the Irish Pub'

Perhaps some contributors may find this new book of interest:

"Have Ye No Homes To Go To? The History Of the Irish Pub"

By Kevin Martin

Release date: 15 May

Publisher: The Collins Press

Available to pre-order on Amazon etc.

The pub has been at the center of Irish life for…


Added by Kevin Martin on April 25, 2016 at 6:00am — No Comments

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Introducing the amazing Tracy Gilbert, contemporary Dublin-based jewellery designer, whose work we now…


Added by Totally Irish Gifts on April 24, 2016 at 3:00am — 1 Comment

This Week in Irish History - April 24 - April 30

DOMHNAIGH -- April 24, 1916, Easter Monday, was one of the most critical days in the history of Ireland. On that day, Irish Volunteer units and the Irish Citizen Army, led by Patrick Pearse and James Connolly, began their famous…


Added by The Wild Geese on April 23, 2016 at 3:00pm — No Comments

How I Learned That Grandad Executed Erskine Childers

Do you know where you’ll be on April 24? Maybe not, but chances are you might just find yourself huddled over a form, answering innumerable questions about your personal life. Filling in the census may not be the most exciting of pastimes, but it sure is important. Without all those statistics…


Added by David Lawlor on April 22, 2016 at 4:30am — 7 Comments

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Framed 1916 Proclamation of Irish Independence, Irish Made

The 1916 Irish Proclamation of Irish Independence is one of the most important documents from Irish history.  If you are looking for a really nice 1916 Proclamation…


Added by Totally Irish Gifts on April 21, 2016 at 5:00am — 1 Comment

After the Easter Rebellion, Justice Turned Her Back on Ireland

Dublin Castle was the seat of British rule in Ireland for over 700 years.  On top of the gate to the courtyard of the castle is a statue depicting Justice.  The statue is unusual for several reasons. The figure of Justice faces inward not outward as would be usual. This results in Justice facing the rulers of the castle and the…


Added by Neil F. Cosgrove on April 18, 2016 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

Remembering the Great Hunger Commemoration at Grosse île

In 1997, during the 150th anniversary of "Black '47," the worst year of the Great Hunger, many commemorations were held all around Ireland and the Irish Diaspora. I attended one of them on Grosse île and wrote the following about that experience.…


Added by Joe Gannon on April 17, 2016 at 9:00pm — 5 Comments

Sunday Post #2 - Winston Churchill



Added by James Francis Smith on April 17, 2016 at 1:00pm — No Comments

For Malachy McAllister, 54 Years Under the Gun

TheWildGeese.irish published the following interview with beleaguered and much-respected Irish immigrant Malachy McAllister in 2006, and we are astounded at how relevant -- and urgent -- the concerns the Irish-American community expressed about his plight then remain today. The account we reprise here dramatically underscores how precarious Malachy's hold on the American dream has remained for the past…


Added by The Wild Geese on April 16, 2016 at 7:30pm — No Comments

This Week in Irish History - April 17 - April 23

Justin McCarthy, Lord Mountcashel

LUAIN -- On April 18, 1690, five regiments of Irishmen set sail from Ireland for France. These soldiers, about 5,400 in all, would form the nucleus…


Added by The Wild Geese on April 16, 2016 at 11:00am — No Comments

How a 22-Year-Old Firebrand Became 'Meagher of the Sword'

The very subtlest eloquence

That injured men can show,

Is the pathos of a pike-head,

And the logic of a blow.

Hopes built upon fine talking

Are like castles built on sand

But the pleading of cold iron

Not a tyrant can withstand.

In antebellum America, many former…


Added by Joe Gannon on April 12, 2016 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

Sunday Post #1 - Irish Luck

REED: As the confessional panel slid open at the…


Added by James Francis Smith on April 10, 2016 at 12:30pm — No Comments

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

DOMHNAIGH -- On April 10, 1923, General Liam Lynch, chief of staff of the Irish Republican Army, was mortally wounded by Free State troops in Tipperary. Born in Limerick, Lynch commanded the…


Added by The Wild Geese on April 9, 2016 at 10:00am — 6 Comments

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