May 2014 Blog Posts (80)

A Clue for Finding Towns and Counties From Which Your Ancestors Came

Your ancestors who immigrated to the United States filled out form SS-5 for their social security card. They were required to put full place of birth – not just country. They were also required to put the mother’s maiden name. Look for a social security number on…


Added by Dee Notaro on May 17, 2014 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

Rodolfo Walsh: Defender of a Free Press

An Irishman You Probably Never Heard About But Should Have

The banner said in Spanish: Kidnapped – March 25, 1977– Walsh,…


Added by Jim Goulding on May 17, 2014 at 9:00am — 6 Comments

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For Our Members Affected by the 2014 California Wildfires


Fireman's Prayer 

When I am called to duty, God

whenever flames may rage,

give me the strength to save some life

Whatever be its age.


Help me to embrace a little…


Added by Nollaig 2016 on May 16, 2014 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

How Easy to Fall in Love in / With Lisdoonvarna!

Come with Cupid's Crusade -- an upscale singles adventure -- to the town of love on September 14th (2014) for 7 days. Meet the matchmaker himself, see the awe-inspiring beauty of Clare during your days, dance and find love at night. Sleep in a 4-star hotel, feast on wonderful food, see Galway City, the Aran Islands and much more. Love is in the air…


Added by annette counihan on May 16, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments

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Searching for Your Irish Ancestors, Part 1 – Getting Started

This is part one in a series of articles on "Searching for Your Irish Ancestors" written by Ireland-based professional genealogist Nicola Morris of Timeline Genealogy. You can…


Added by Timeline Genealogy on May 16, 2014 at 8:30am — 6 Comments

Treasured Mementos: A Last Father's Day Card

My grandmother Susan C. Regan was born Susan Catherine Condon, the granddaughter of Irish immigrants. She was very excitable, what in another time…


Added by Gerry Regan on May 15, 2014 at 5:30pm — 4 Comments

What Is An Orphan Train?

Orphan trains were a social experiment which transported the unwanted child and street kids from New York City, Boston, Chicago, and other crowded Northeastern cities to the Midwest U.S. for adoption. The genealogy of many of these 200,000 orphaned and abandoned kids who were moved…


Added by Dee Notaro on May 14, 2014 at 4:30am — 4 Comments

Finding Love in County Clare

For centuries, Irish matchmakers have performed a vital service, bringing people together in love and marriage. It is a mysterious art, and the very best matchmakers have an almost magical quality to them.…


Added by annette counihan on May 13, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

Jackie Kennedy's Letters to Dublin Priest to be Sold at Auction

Is is just me, or does anyone else find the release of private letters from Jackie Kennedy to Father Joseph Leonard, a Vincentian priest from Dublin, particularly distasteful?

Are there no sacred boundaries we won't cross for the voyeuristic pleasure of the unrelenting…


Added by Maryann Tracy on May 13, 2014 at 9:00am — 12 Comments

Travel to the Town of Love

Sláinte, everyone.  You know who you are ... single, great company,  and would love to have someone to share future dreams.  So come on a singles' adventure to County Clare, Ireland to the town of love -- Lisdoonvarna.  Attend the 150-year-old matchmaking event and…


Added by annette counihan on May 12, 2014 at 10:30pm — No Comments

My Father Always Said ...

… that "Iron Bones" McNamara was our great-uncle.

There are a great many things my Father said and some encompassed his attitudes about what it took to get by in life.  Some…


Added by James McNamara on May 11, 2014 at 11:00pm — 10 Comments

Dynamite Johnny O'Brien: 'A Captain Unafraid'

Note Johnny with the Piratic Bandana

Have a read below to find out more about this captivating, mad, "Irish-American Maurader!" This is a blog post from my own "Ildaite…


Added by Charles G O' Brien on May 11, 2014 at 7:00pm — 2 Comments

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

From an engraving by Jean Sorieul

Uniforms of
the Irish Brigade of France from the 1750s. Note that red coats were worn…

Added by The Wild Geese on May 10, 2014 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Sunday's Child

To be born on a Sunday was considered a sign of great sin during Puritan times; a “Sunday Baby” in the southern U.S. is an illegitimate child.

Want to know the day of the week you were born?

Added by Dee Notaro on May 10, 2014 at 4:58am — 5 Comments

Back in the Days of Corncrakes

One glorious July morning, I was on my way to help John Joe Maher make hay, when I noticed a crowd of strangers in the town square. A film crew, so I strayed from my path and went to see what they were at.…


Added by Eddie Stack on May 10, 2014 at 12:00am — 8 Comments

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Rua: What is it Like to be Red-Haired?

The joys and jubilations of Irish red hair. Níl ach 1% de dhaonra an domhain Rua agus is in Éirinn agus in Albain is mó atá na daoine sin le fáil. Creideann roinnt de na heolaithe mbeidh aon duine rua ann i gceann 100 bliain. 

Added by Nollaig 2016 on May 9, 2014 at 11:00pm — No Comments

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A Minute’s Silence to Respect Those Affected by 'An Gorta Mór'

The Irish Minister for Arts, Jimmy Deenihan, has asked all people of Irish heritage to observe the minute’s silence on Sunday to respect our ancestors who perished, suffered and emigrated during an Gorta Mór, a period of mass starvation,…


Added by Nollaig 2016 on May 9, 2014 at 9:00pm — 2 Comments

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James Joyce's 'A Painful Case' Comes to a Happy Conclusion

The Irish Cultural Society’s 2014 writing contest centered on James Joyce’s “A Painful Case” from Dubliners resulted in a happy Society which received 425 entries and a happy group of 36 high school students from Nassau County who won prizes for their…


Added by John M. Walsh on May 9, 2014 at 5:00pm — No Comments

2014 Chicago Rose of Tralee

On Wednesday, April 30, 2014 the City of Chicago City Council and Mayor Rahm Emanuel presented Colleen Marie Nolan, the 2014 Chicago Rose with a Resolution to congratulate her on being selected to participate in the Rose of Tralee selection in Ireland and for representing our fine city!

Colleen Nolan was selected as the Chicago Rose on April 5, 2014 at the Irish American…


Added by Mary Kay Gavin-Marmo on May 9, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments

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