April 2022 Blog Posts (13)

This Week in the History of the Irish: May 1 - May 7

LUAIN -- On May 2, 1870, Father Francis Duffy, World War I chaplain of the 69th New York, was born in Cobourg, Ontario. Francis moved to New York at age 22 to teach at St. Francis Xavier College but quit to enter the seminary. Father Duffy became well known around the town…

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Added by The Wild Geese on April 30, 2022 at 7:30pm — No Comments

The Bonfires of Beltaine (May Eve)

On the Hill of Uisneach, in a portion of land taken from the province of Connaught, a fortress was erected by High King Tuathal Teachthmar. Uisneach, believed to be the geographical center of Ireland, was,…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on April 30, 2022 at 4:00pm — 4 Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: 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 …

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Added by The Wild Geese on April 23, 2022 at 6:00pm — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: 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 of…

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Added by The Wild Geese on April 18, 2022 at 7:00pm — 3 Comments

The Poet

On Easter Monday, April 24 1916 one of the most important events in the long, tortuous history of Ireland took place. The event, so shocking and bold, is still debated and analyzed until this very day.…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on April 17, 2022 at 7:52pm — 15 Comments

The Story of the Gallowglasses

The ‘Gallowglass’ as they were called, were elite mercenary warriors and members of the Gaelic clans of Scotland. They came to prominence between the mid 13th century and late 16th century. As Gaels, they shared a common background and language with the Irish, but as they had intermarried…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on April 15, 2022 at 4:00pm — 2 Comments


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John “Don Juan” O’Brien: An Irishman in South America

The hot summer sun beat down on 72-year-old John (Don Juan) O’Brien as he slowly mounted the wooden platform in the Plaza de Armas in Lima, Peru. The Cathedral of Lima (below-left) loomed above the plaza that 28th of July, 1858, just as it had on the same day in 1821. On that day,…

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Added by Joe Gannon on April 12, 2022 at 11:00pm — 1 Comment

CHOCOLATE + WHISKEY + CARAMEL = EASTER

     Irish whiskey is a popular ingredient in desserts, where its distinctive taste complements a wide range of flavors. The combination of whiskey and chocolate is especially delicious, and when caramel and nuts are added (you can substitute walnuts, if you wish), this tart simply screams “Easter.”…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on April 11, 2022 at 7:30am — 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 …

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Added by The Wild Geese on April 9, 2022 at 6:26pm — 1 Comment

Detective Steven McDonald and the Lord's Prayer

In the first of a 3 part speech given March 24 before the Detective Steven McDonald Men's Prayer Group in…

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Added by Daniel P. McLaughlin on April 7, 2022 at 12:30pm — No Comments

The Navigator

One of the myriad of exceptional qualities that we Irish are blessed with is our ability to drop everything and sail out into the unknown completely unafraid. We have the uncanny ability to travel to the furthest reaches and, as they say, ‘become more native than the natives themselves.’ This ability has…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on April 3, 2022 at 7:00pm — 2 Comments

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

DOMHNAIGH - Beginning on April 3 and continuing to May 8, 1781, the Irish Hibernia regiment of Spain helped lay siege to British forces in Pensacola, Florida, during the …

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Added by The Wild Geese on April 2, 2022 at 2:38pm — No Comments

Kathleen Daly Clarke

On April 11, 1878, a baby girl was born to Edward and Catherine Daly in Limerick. They named her Kathleen; she was the third daughter in a family of nine girls and one boy. The boy, Edward junior (Ned), was born in 1890, five months after the death of his father, and his 12-year old sister helped raise her…

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Added by Mike McCormack on April 1, 2022 at 8:30am — No Comments

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