April 2021 Blog Posts (12)

This Week in the History of the Irish: April 25 - May 1

MÁIRT -- On April 27, 1779 Irish-born (County Donegal) U.S. Navy Capt. Gustavus Conyngham , "The Dunkirk Pirate," was captured by the British…


Added by The Wild Geese on April 25, 2021 at 12:00am — 2 Comments


Every April 23 we remember with great pride another in the long line of Irishmen who despite all the odds stacked against them, nevertheless decided to take a stand against an oppressive enemy. So set aside a little time today and read his fascinating full story at the link at the end of this…


Added by John Anthony Brennan on April 23, 2021 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

Mini Desserts for Every Taste

You like cheesecake. Your mother likes carrot cake. Your son likes brownies. If you’ve ever faced a dessert dilemma — or just looking for a fresh idea for your next special occasion meal or afternoon tea — dessert in a jar is your solution. In addition to making an impressive presentation, these…


Added by Margaret M. Johnson on April 21, 2021 at 8:00am — No Comments

The Pirates of Music

On 20 April 2020, we said farewell to a highly innovative Irishman who changed the world with his singular vision and desire to make the world a better place through the medium of music. His grandfather (The O'Rahilly) was an important figure in the quest for the independence of Ireland, a leader in the…


Added by John Anthony Brennan on April 20, 2021 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: April 18 - April 24

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 of…


Added by The Wild Geese on April 17, 2021 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Pathways by Bernie Joyce

Pathways a virtual art exhibition



Added by Bernie Joyce on April 13, 2021 at 7:00pm — No Comments

First Casualties

Fort Sumter in Charleston harbour was fired on by Confederate forces in the early hours of April 12, 1861, the bombardment continuing well into the following day. Fortunately for Major Robert Anderson and his garrison, there were…


Added by Liam McAlister on April 11, 2021 at 2:30am — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: April 11 - April 17

LUAIN -- On April 12, 1816, Charles Gavan Duffy (right) was born in County Monaghan. Self-educated as a journalist, Duffy would found the Nation, a nationalist weekly journal, along with …


Added by The Wild Geese on April 10, 2021 at 9:00pm — No Comments

The Real Titanic McCoys: Triumph and Tragedy

Siblings Agnes (29), Alice (26), and Bernard McCoy (24) huddled together on the deck of the Titanic shivering in the cold. It was about 1:15 am on April 15, 1912. They were on the port side of the doomed ship, which now was decidedly tilted toward the bow, causing everyone to lean toward the…


Added by Joe Gannon on April 8, 2021 at 8:30am — 5 Comments

A Bit of Killarney in Northern California

An Irish visitor to Northern California’s grandiose  Filoli Mansion, nestled at the edge of the towering oak and redwood-forests in the coastal foothills just 30 miles south of San Francisco, might be gob smacked by the amazing similarities the stately residence has to Killarney’s famed Muckross House, and he or she would not be wide of the mark. The…


Added by Geoffrey Cobb on April 7, 2021 at 8:00pm — No Comments

William Butler Yeats Mini Biography

I wrote this and read it at several annual W.B. Yeats Society of New York poetry awards ceremonies, at which the winners of cash prizes are introduced and present their winning entry and a few of their other poems.

Anglo-Irish William…


Added by Don Bates on April 7, 2021 at 1:30pm — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: April 4 - April 10

LUAIN - On April 5, 1818, Bernardo O'Higgins (right) defeated the Spanish at the battle of Maipo River, Chile.…


Added by The Wild Geese on April 4, 2021 at 7:07pm — No Comments

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