Featured Blog Posts – May 2015 Archive (36)

Give My Regards to Cagney - A Review of the Musical

Let me begin with a warning – I saw this show in a preview, and so there might have been changes, additions, subtractions before the show opened. I don’t think there is much room for a change in what is a very tightly and cleanly performed production, but one never knows.

As the name suggests,…


Added by Fr. John R. Sheehan, SJ on May 30, 2015 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Byways & Backroads of Eire: A New Decade Begins

Lovely Loophead ~ ©2011 C.E. Devine

Ten years! My how the time has flown, it seems like that was just a few months ago.

It all started quite unexpectedly. In autumn of 2005, I was approached by friends who…


Added by Bit Devine on May 29, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

Ireland's Surprising Wild West, Where Eagles Soar

There are many surprises to be found in Ireland's "Wild West," and one for me that was completely unexpected was to see eagles and other birds of prey flying above the countryside in County Sligo.

I happened upon Ireland's Raptor Research Centre after visiting the monument…


Added by Michael Quane on May 28, 2015 at 10:00pm — 2 Comments

'Prisoner 1082' a Taut Narrative of IRA Man's Escape in 1960

Review By Kieron C. Punch / Associate Editor (First published in 2011)

There is something…


Added by The Wild Geese on May 28, 2015 at 8:00pm — 2 Comments

Staring Death in the Face

Do not go gentle into that good night.

Rage, rage against the dying of the light. – Dylan Thomas



Added by David Lawlor on May 28, 2015 at 9:00am — 6 Comments

County Sligo - A Place in Time

County Sligo (from the Irish Sligeach, meaning "a shelly place")  has a long history. First that can be recalled is the existence of middens along the coastline by Balisodare Bay (noted as the place that inspired William Butler Yeats's poem 'Down by the Sally Gardens' where he heard an old woman sing the opening lines).

The Culleenamore Middens are part of the earliest…


Added by Trek Ireland on May 27, 2015 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

Memorial Day: Recalling Those Who Gave Their Last Full Measure

Memorial Day, originally titled Decoration Day, has a somewhat murky origin. But what is clear is that on May 30, 1868, 146 years ago today, 5,000 gathered at Arlington National Cemetery to commemorate the 20,000 fallen warriors buried there, with the help of remarks by General and future President James…


Added by The Wild Geese on May 23, 2015 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

May Birthday Boy - Marion Michael Morrison

Robert Morrison (1782-1863) was born in County Antrim of unknown parents and plied a linen weaver's trade until he emigrated to the United States in 1801. He married and was a pioneer in Adams County, Ohio, a captain in the War of 1812 commanding a company of dragoons, a state…


Added by Dee Notaro on May 23, 2015 at 5:30am — 2 Comments

The Great Escape - Irish Style

As a child, "The Great Escape" was one film that never failed to entertain me. Aside from a stellar cast that included Steve McQueen, Richard Attenborough (above), Charles Bronson, James Garner and a host of others, the story was compelling and also happened to be true.



Added by David Lawlor on May 22, 2015 at 8:30pm — 6 Comments

His-Story of Irish Music - A Review of Larry Kirwan’s Latest Book

I was asked to write a review on the latest offering by Larry Kirwan, "A History of Irish Music."  As a scholar of Celtic music, I looked forward to reading his take on Irish music.  I will say that what I expected to read and what I read, whilst they meshed on some…


Added by Bit Devine on May 22, 2015 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Recalling The Father of Irish Railways -- William Dargan

The man who changed the face of Ireland, County Laois's most famous son, William Dargan, was born near Killeshin, on Feb. 28th, 1799. He worked for some time as an apprentice to the pioneering Scottish engineer, Thomas Telford, and helped construct the London-Holyhead road across…


Added by Brendan OByrne on May 22, 2015 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

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What Is a Dowry?

The Irish for dowry is "spré," literally meaning "fortune."

My husband maintains he is still waiting for his dowry -- 26 years on, it has been a standard joke in our family all…


Added by Totally Irish Gifts on May 21, 2015 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

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Countess Markievicz: The Only Woman Court Martialed for Her Role in the 1916 Easter Rising

Constance Markievicz was born in 1868 at Buckingham Gate London, the eldest daughter of Sir Henry Gore-Booth, 5th Baronet and Arctic explorer, and Lady Gore–Booth (nee Hill).  As an Anglo-Irish landlord and philanthropist, her father was not typical of his type…


Added by That's Just How It Was on May 21, 2015 at 8:30am — 2 Comments

Pilgrimage to Knock

On our trip to County Waterford that we won back in 2013, my husband Bill and I  decided to take some extra days and trek northwest while in Ireland, to see the Knock Cathedral in County Mayo. After passing through Waterford we headed up through Tipperary and Offaly before heading into the beautiful Counties of Galway and Mayo, which of course are part of the Wild West of…


Added by Fran Reddy on May 20, 2015 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Things You May Not Know About Ireland: Cork Harbour

Cork Harbour claims to be the second largest harbour in the world after Sydney, Australia.

On the east side are the ruins of Woodhill, the house to which Sarah Curran fled after the execution of her lover, Robert Emmet in 1803. Nearby is the ruin of Dundanion Castle from…


Added by Brendan OByrne on May 20, 2015 at 4:00am — No Comments

Adolf Hitler and the Battle of Little Bighorn

You may not think the words in the headline above belong in the same sentence nor that they have any particular Irish resonance, but history throws up some intriguing links sometimes. This one caught my eye a while back, but I think now is a fitting time to share…


Added by David Lawlor on May 19, 2015 at 6:30pm — 23 Comments

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"Here's to your roof, may it be well thatched;

And here's to all under it, may they be well matched."




Added by Totally Irish Gifts on May 19, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

It's a Long Way to Tipperary

For those with an interest in the Irish involvement in World War I, check out this free online World War I exhibition titled,"It's a Long Way to Tipperary: An Irish…


Added by Pat McMahon on May 19, 2015 at 9:30am — 4 Comments

The 'Wild West': Sailing to Slieve League, County Donegal

In 2011 my wife, Lindy, and I spent two weeks in Donegal, staying in a cottage near Killybegs. One of our most enjoyable days during that two weeks included a boat trip to see the cliffs at…


Added by Joe Gannon on May 18, 2015 at 4:00pm — No Comments

The 5th New York's Daniel J. Meagher

Tipperary native among the earliest heroes of the FDNY…


Added by The Wild Geese on May 15, 2015 at 5:00pm — No Comments

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