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This Week in the History of the Irish: February 23 - February 29

DOMHNAIGH -- On February 23, 1965, Irish patriot Roger Casement's  body was returned to Ireland to be reinterred.…

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Betsy Gray... Our very own Irish Joan of Arc.. Ballynanhinch Rebellion 1798

  •  A heroine, beyond any doubt, our own Irish Joan of Arc, was  Betsy Grey  ..   a folk hero to all of Ulster, with both Loyalist and Republicans claiming her as their own,   due to the facts that she was  a known to be a Presbyterian...with links to the United Irishman, an non-sectarian  Organization,  because her…
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Added by That's Just How It Was on February 18, 2020 at 8:30am — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: February 16 - February 22

DOMHNAIGH -- On February 16, 1822, Richard Busteed, Union general and federal judge, was born in…

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Added by The Wild Geese on February 15, 2020 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment


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'Nano' Nagle, 'The Lady of the Lantern'

Ireland has a centuries-old, rich and proud history defending its people and attempting to take back control of the Island for the native population (predominantly Roman Catholics) from Britain. The countless men who have fearlessly mounted this defense have been elevated to iconic status. Nonetheless, no…

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Added by That's Just How It Was on February 13, 2020 at 7:30am — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: February 9 - February 15

DOMHNAIGH -- On February 9, 1854, Sir Edward Henry Carson, Unionist politician, was born in Dublin. Educated at Trinity College, Dublin, Carson was called to the Irish and then the English bar. In his most famous case he represented the Marquis of Queensbury against a libel suit by Oscar Wilde, and won.…

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Added by The Wild Geese on February 8, 2020 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Lemon Cream Tartlets . . . Why Teatime Is the Best Time!

You might say that in Ireland all roads lead to tea. From breakfast and lunch breaks to weddings and wakes, cupan tea is always a welcome guest. Irish tea is far more than just a hot drink to go with a scone and jam: It’s an important custom that serves as a symbol of hospitality, friendship, and…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on February 5, 2020 at 11:30am — No Comments

Shot While Attempting To Escape

I have recently been reading transcripts of British House of Commons parliamentary debates for the period 1919-1921 in search of information relating to the Irish War for Independence and came across the following:

On 12 May, 1921, the Member of Parliament A.E.Newbould asked how many Irish…

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Added by Kieron Punch on February 3, 2020 at 11:00am — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: February 2 - February 8

DOMHNAIGH -- On February 2, 1860, William O. 'Buckey' O'Neill, sheriff, politician, and one of…

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This Week in the History of the Irish: January 26 - February 1

DOMHNAIGH -- On January 26, 1799, Thomas Charles Wright, an officer in Simón…

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U.S. Warship Comes to Queenstown, November 1863

In the 1860’s Queenstown (now Cobh) was a busy seaport and its townspeople were used to seeing naval vessels coming and going. Such was the case on the night of November 2, 1863, when the USS Kearsarge dropped anchor, to the east of the “Spitbank” lighthouse. In pursuit of the Confederate raider CSS…

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Added by Liam McAlister on January 25, 2020 at 10:30am — No Comments


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World War II Ace Tom McGuire: The Iron Major

Lieutenant Tom McGuire was at 12,000 feet above Oro Bay, New Guinea in his P-38 fighter scanning the sky for Japanese planes. The 431st Fighter Squadron had scrambled from their Dubodura airbase to intercept a flight of Japanese bombers and their fighter escort on that October 17, 1943. McGuire…

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Added by Joe Gannon on January 18, 2020 at 5:30pm — 5 Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: January 19 - January 25

LUAIN -- On January 20, 1771, Don Hugo O'Conor was named Commandant Inspector of New Spain (Mexico). O'Conor was born into a Jacobite family in Dublin in December…

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Added by The Wild Geese on January 18, 2020 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Cottage Pie for Winter Comfort

Nothing warms the heart (and the stomach) in winter more than the mashed potato-topped casserole known as Cottage Pie. In a land where sheep were traditionally a primary food supply, it’s not surprising that lamb is the foundation for many Irish farmhouse dishes, especially this long-time favorite…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on January 17, 2020 at 10:00am — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: January 12 - January 18

DOMHNAIGH -- On January 12, 1729, Edmund Burke, one of the greatest political writers and orators in history, was born in Arran Quay, Dublin. Burke was the son of a mixed marriage -- his mother was Catholic and his father Protestant. Burke himself would later marry an Irish Catholic…

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Added by The Wild Geese on January 11, 2020 at 3:00pm — No Comments

'Tracing Your Irish Ancestors' Reflects Rapid Growth in Resources

Tracing Your Irish Ancestors, 5th Edition

By John Grenham

Published in Ireland by Gill Books and in the USA and Canada by Genealogical Publishing Co.…

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Added by Kieron Punch on January 7, 2020 at 4:30am — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: January 5 - January 11

DOMHNAIGH -- On Jan. 5, 1871, the British in a general amnesty released 30 Fenian prisoners. Most of these prisoners were men who had either been swept up the…

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Added by The Wild Geese on January 4, 2020 at 3:00pm — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: December 29 - January 4

MÁIRT -- On December 31, 1602, Dónall O'Sullivan Beare and his clan began their epic march to Ulster. O'Sullivan had supported…

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This Week in the History of the Irish: December 22 - December 28

MÁIRT -- On December 24, 1601, Hugh O'Neill and his Spanish and Irish allies were defeated by the English at the Battle of Kinsale, one of the most important battles in Irish history. With the able assistance of his main ally,…

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