August 2020 Blog Posts (18)

This Week in the History of the Irish: August 30 - September 5

LUAIN -- On August 31, 1767 Henry Joy McCracken, leader of the United Irish rising in Antrim, was born in Belfast. McCracken was running a cotton factory by the age of 22. He and Thomas Russell organized the first Society of United Irishmen in Belfast in 1791. He was imprisoned for…

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Added by The Wild Geese on August 30, 2020 at 10:30am — No Comments

The Norman Invasion of Ireland

The dispossession of Diarmait Mac Murchada, the high king of Leinster, from his lands by the High king of Munster, Ruari O'Connor, eventually led to the ouster of my ancestors the O'Brannains from their lands and the…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on August 23, 2020 at 10:00pm — 7 Comments

"Their Stories, Our Heritage, Not Forgotten" Irish Heritage Week, 2020: 9th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry U.S.A.

According to the 1860 US Census the population of the State of Connecticut was home to over 50,000 Irish born immigrants, with many engaged in work as labourers in quarries and on railroad construction.

On the outbreak of the War many of these Irish rushed to join the ranks, enlisting for 3 months. Some of these, serving under officers like…

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Added by Liam McAlister on August 23, 2020 at 12:30am — No Comments

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

LUAIN -- On August 24, 1968, the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association marched from Coalisland to Dungannon in County Tyrone in one of the first large-scale…

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Added by The Wild Geese on August 22, 2020 at 6:08pm — No Comments

"Their Stories, Our Heritage, Not Forgotten" Irish Heritage Week, 2020.Col. Ricard O’Sullivan-Burke; An Irish Patriot—On Both Sides of the Atlantic

Born in Kinneigh, Co. Cork, Ricard O’Sullivan-Burke received his early education in Dunmanway where he seems to have developed a keen interest in the military. At the age of 15 years, he enlisted in the South Cork Light Infantry (Militia) and served at the barracks in Bandon, Kinsale, Limerick and Dublin. However, within three years Ricard had…

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Added by Liam McAlister on August 22, 2020 at 2:00am — No Comments

"Their Stories, Our Heritage, Not Forgotten" Irish Heritage Week, 2020; 5th Confederate Infantry Regiment

Memphis Tennessee was home to the 2nd largest Irish population in the South and on the outbreak of war, many rushed to the state colours.

Colonel Knox Walker was in command of 2nd TN. Infantry Regt, a.k.a. “Irish Regiment”. Early uniforms made by the ladies of the city consisted of a dark, 8 button, frock coat,…

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Added by Liam McAlister on August 21, 2020 at 11:30am — No Comments

"Their Stories, Our Heritage, Not Forgotten" Irish Heritage Week, 2020. The Irish Brigade at Antietam

Led by the colourful, Brig-Gen. Thomas Francis Meagher, the Irish Brigade began Sept. 17th by crossing the Antietam at Pry’s Ford before joining the battle, like most of the II Corps, piecemeal. Gen. French trailed Sedgwick toward the West Woods before they veered southwards and the CS centre, where they encountered DH…

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Added by Liam McAlister on August 20, 2020 at 7:30am — No Comments

"Their Stories, Our Heritage, Not Forgotten" Irish Heritage Week, 2020. 10th Tennessee Infantry, CSA; “The Bloody Tinth”

Originally organized at Fort Henry, TN., the 10th was comprised of men from the Nashville area, as well as, Humphreys, Giles, Davidson, and Montgomery counties of Tennessee. Initially serving at Ft. Henry the 720 men of the regiment were transferred to Ft. Donelson where it was part of Col. Heiman’s command which was surrendered in February…

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Added by Liam McAlister on August 19, 2020 at 12:30pm — No Comments

"Their Stories, Our Heritage, Not Forgotten" Irish Heritage Week, 2020. “The Florence Nightingale of The Army of Northern Virginia”

Born on November 12, 1819, in Dublin, Mary Sophia Hill was the daughter of a physician, who, along with her twin brother, Samuel, spent part of their early lives living in England.

By late 1850, both Mary and her brother were living in New Orleans where she earned a living (and had an excellent reputation)…

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Added by Liam McAlister on August 18, 2020 at 1:00pm — No Comments

An Irishwoman at War (Irish Heritage Week 2020)

Albert D.J. Cashier enlisted as a private in Company G, 95th Illinois Infantry in August 1862. Standing at 5 feet, 3 inches tall, he was…

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Added by Liam McAlister on August 17, 2020 at 1:00pm — No Comments

A Delicious Tart That's, Well, Just Peachy!

As August comes to a close, the fruits of summer show no signs of slowing down — lots of peaches, blackberries, plums, and nectarines available for snacking and baking. This tart recipe starts with a shortbread-like crust and is then filled with peaches and blackberries. (You can substitute…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on August 16, 2020 at 10:00am — No Comments

Fr. John Bannon -- 1st Missouri Brigade, C.S.A. (Irish Heritage Week 2020)

In July 2013, I was honoured to give an oration at the graveside of Fr. John Bannon. The following, though long, is the text of my speech. Regards, Liam. (This post is part of a week-long series I've titled, 'Their Stories, Our Heritage, Not Forgotten', in honor of Irish Heritage Week 2020.) 

Commemoration…

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Added by Liam McAlister on August 16, 2020 at 4:00am — 5 Comments

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

LUAIN -- On August 17, 1778Bernardo O'Higgins , the father of Chilean independence, was born in Chile. Bernardo's mother was…

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Added by The Wild Geese on August 15, 2020 at 4:00pm — No Comments

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

DOMHNAIGH -- On August 9, 1876, Josephine Bracken, whose parents were from Belfast, was born in Victoria City, British Hong Kong. Her father James, a soldier in the British army, was a native of County Offaly. Josephine's mother, a McBride, died in childbirth. She was…

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Added by The Wild Geese on August 8, 2020 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Waterford's Ernest Thomas Walton: The Father of Atomic Energy

A widely respected, much admired, modest, unassuming Irishman played a major role in the development of Atomic Energy. It could be argued that this man’s role in the development of Nuclear physics was so groundbreaking and historic, that several years later, it led directly to the invention of the first Atomic bomb.…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on August 7, 2020 at 6:30pm — 2 Comments


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Tipperary’s Dan Breen: The Hardest Hard Man

Dan Breen was startled awake from his dozing slumber by the sound of tramping feet. The small room suddenly flashed to near daylight as a spotlight played across the window looking out to the back of the house. Breen leaped to his feet and grabbed his Mauser pistol off the chair where he had left…

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Added by Joe Gannon on August 6, 2020 at 7:58pm — 3 Comments

Battle of Mobile Bay: August 5, 1864

Fourteen Irishmen would receive the Medal of Honor for their actions during this battle.

The 14 men and their ships:

* USS Lackawanna:  Michael Cassidy; Patrick Dougherty -- both Landsman.

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Added by Liam McAlister on August 6, 2020 at 5:30pm — No Comments

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

DOMHNAIGH -- In the early morning hours of August 2, 1943, a small American torpedo boat was moving just west of New Georgia in the Solomon Islands. In command was a young…

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Added by The Wild Geese on August 1, 2020 at 3:30pm — No Comments

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