August 2019 Blog Posts (11)

Death of a 'Birthday Queen' . . . and Perhaps a Farewell

Hey, ah, Gerry, I don’t know if you are, mmm, there. This is Dr. Chaudhury. Hello. Uh Hello. Anybody, Gerry? OK Let me try back. (Recorded on Wednesday, Feb. 25,…

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Added by Gerry Regan on August 21, 2019 at 2:30pm — No Comments

The Day the Chief was Assassinated



“The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.”

In 1897, Mark Twain was reported to have made this famous statement upon being confronted with his obituary by a reporter in London. Francis…

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Added by Ronan O'Driscoll on August 19, 2019 at 4:00pm — No Comments

TOURING WEST CORK

            Driving around Ireland definitely makes you hungry — and sometimes forgetful — so after a day of touring around West Cork I arrived at The Fish Kitchen, a small-ish restaurant in Bantry situated, appropriately, above a fish market, withouta reservation. Call it the luck of the Irish, but proprietor Diarmaid Murphy…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on August 19, 2019 at 3:10pm — No Comments

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

LUAIN -- On August 19, 1504, the battle of Knockdoe was fought northeast of Galway by the forces of Gerald Fitzgerald, 'The Great Earl,' and his Anglo-Irish allies, against those of his son-in-law, Ulick de Burgh, or Burke of Clanrickard, husband of his daughter, Eustacia.…

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Added by The Wild Geese on August 17, 2019 at 11:00pm — No Comments

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

DOMHNAIGH -- On August 11, 1744, during the War of Austrian Succession, the Irish Brigade of Spain fought at the battle of Velletri, in Italy, against an Austrian army commanded by Irishman Field Marshal Count Maximillian Ulysses Browne, of Limerick. The surprise attack of Browne's…

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Added by The Wild Geese on August 10, 2019 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Colm Herron's ANNA - Political History with Delightful Style

Colm Herron knows all about The Troubles. He lived through them. Protested his way through them. Now he reveals a slice of the chaos that pitted friends and neighbors and family against each other. In his current book, activist Anna leads naive teacher Robert through local battles and through the joys and complexities of his first-time-ever love. As always, Colm Herron gifts us with both fascinating history…

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Added by Jude ODell on August 10, 2019 at 5:00pm — No Comments

I Will Arise and Go -- A Poem by Anne Casey

I will arise and go

(After William Butler Yeats)



My people are a migrant clan

Prospering not by hook or crook or craft

But by diligent labour and an easy charm

Flung from one small corner

Across every wind-tossed sea

Mountaintop to valley floor

To lay a thousand roadways

Or stand on…

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Added by Anne Casey on August 8, 2019 at 10:30pm — No Comments

An Uneasy Halfway -- Where Am I Really From?

This year marks an uneasy halfway for me—I have been in Australia for as long as I lived in Ireland. So where does that leave me? The truth, I have come to realise, is somewhere in between. In Australia, I am regarded as Irish. My accent, parlance, even my ‘writing voice’ are often differentiated as such.…

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Added by Anne Casey on August 8, 2019 at 10:30pm — No Comments

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

MÁIRT -- On August 6, 1775, Daniel O'Connell , 'The Liberator,' one of the most influential men in Irish history was born near Cahirciveen, County Kerry. Raised by his uncle, Daniel learned the Irish language and Irish lore in Kerry. O'Connell did part of his schooling in France…

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Added by The Wild Geese on August 3, 2019 at 9:16pm — No Comments


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The Sword in Castletownbere

Back in October of 2017, I wrote an article titled “From Dunkirk to Nagasaki: The Long War of Dr. Aidan MacCarthy,” about a hero of WWII who had one of…

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Added by Joe Gannon on August 3, 2019 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

'A Bloody Dawn: The Irish at D-Day' by Dan Harvey

This, the latest book by retired Lt Col Dan Harvey, represents an admirably huge amount of meticulous research and yet is highly readable. I had been aware that my own local regiment – The Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry – had long connections with Ireland and that they had been involved in the extraordinary military operation known as the…

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Added by DJ Kelly on August 1, 2019 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

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