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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

14 Irishmen would receive the Congressional Medal of Honor for their actions during this battle

 The 14 men & their ships:…

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Added by Liam McAlister on August 6, 2020 at 5:55pm — 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

The Miami Showband Massacre: Horror in the Dead of Night

Much has been written about the period of upheaval, sectarian hatred and relentless bloodshed that occurred in the province of Ulster in the north of Ireland in the 30 years between 1968 and 1998. Unless you were there and lived through the madness, it's likely that you have trouble actually…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on July 31, 2020 at 1:00am — 14 Comments

Blueberry Fool -- A 'Foolproof' Summer Dessert

A fruit “fool” – the word supposedly derives from the French fouler, meaning “to crush”—calls for combining puréed fruit with beaten eggs and sugar, whipped cream, sour cream, or yogurt for a virtually “foolproof” dessert. This recipe, which pays homage to the fraughan (also known as…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on July 29, 2020 at 7:30am — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: July 26 - August 1

DOMHNAIGH -- On July 26, 1739, George Clinton, soldier, first governor of New York, and vice president of the United States was born in Little Britain, N.Y., of Irish Protestant parents. Clinton served in his father's New York state militia unit during the French and Indian War before…

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Added by The Wild Geese on July 25, 2020 at 4:30pm — No Comments

A Berry Merry Summer Pudding

What could be sweeter (and easier) than a big bowl of fresh berries for a summer dessert? A trifle, perhaps? A cobbler? A summer pudding? A bit more effort, I agree, but the rewards are greater too. You'll find recipes for other delicious summer recipes in my new cookbook Teatime in…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on July 21, 2020 at 8:30am — No Comments

'If It Had Only Been For Ireland': John C. Mitchel Dies in Carolina

John C. Mitchel arrived in the USA in 1853 with his father, also, John. The elder Mitchel went on to become a, fiercely, pro Southern newspaper editor while John C. enlisted in the Confederate States army on the outbreak of America's Civil War, after initially working as an engineer on the railroads.…

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Added by Liam McAlister on July 20, 2020 at 5:00pm — No Comments

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

DOMHNAIGH -- On July 19, 1798, after months of begging and cajoling by Theobald Wolfe Tone, the French…

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Added by The Wild Geese on July 18, 2020 at 7:30pm — 2 Comments

Why traveling makes you happier, Wowessays rewiew

 Why do we feel so good when we travel? Is he likely to break this perfect image of the Eiffel Tower? Is an endless amount of delicious new dishes (probably not, but it certainly helps!). Is it exciting to meet new people from new places? Or maybe it's on a much deeper level that keeps us coming back to learn more, always pushing us to see more, to eat more (seconds! Thirds), to know more. Here are some reasons why you feel better while…

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Added by James on July 14, 2020 at 3:00am — No Comments

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

DOMHNAIGH -- On July 12, 1691, the Jacobite army in Ireland fought the forces of William of Orange at the Battle of Aughrim. Although the battle of the Boyne fought a year earlier is seen by many today as decisive, the Jacobite army was still a grave threat to…

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Added by The Wild Geese on July 11, 2020 at 5:30pm — No Comments

The Wild Geese In Oman

How did a boy from Kildare end up shooting a Sultan and his bodyguards in an Arabian palace?

Above, an Irishman (the author) in Dhofar.

The answer shows that, like a wildfire breaking out and dying down, The Wild Geese spirit lives, to surface now and again not to die but to smoulder until the next adventure beckons. (Remember ‘Mad’ Mike Hoare, Africa’s most famous mercenary?)…

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Added by Ray Kane on July 6, 2020 at 11:30am — No Comments

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

DOMHNAIGH -- On July 5, 1812, Frederick Maning (left), who would become beloved in New Zealand by its native Māori people, was born in Johnville, County Dublin. Maning immigrated to Australia with his…

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


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James Napper Tandy, Hero of the Hour -- or Not?

This song is a constant reminder to me of my childhood, running around singing lines from it with my childhood fiends, not knowing or not caring why we were singing it, or indeed who Napper Tandy was. Historical events were not seared into our minds. Only Religion took that place

The…

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Added by That's Just How It Was on July 4, 2020 at 10:00am — No Comments

Oliver Plunkett, Tomás Ó Fiaich and The Bard of Armagh

This month we remember Irishman Oliver Plunkett, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, who was hung, drawn and quartered, on July 1, 1681 at Tyburn Gallows, London. That barbaric act made him the last Catholic victim martyred as a direct result of the devious ‘Popish Plot’ instigated…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on July 1, 2020 at 12:30pm — 6 Comments


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'Here They Come, as Thick as Grass': The Irish at Rorke’s Drift

Sgt. Henry Gallagher of B Company, 2nd Battalion, 24th (2nd Warwickshire) Regiment of Foot, who was from Thurles, County Tipperary, paced up and down behind the red-clad soldiers looking over the mealie bag fortifications at Rorke’s Drift. He lifted…

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Added by Joe Gannon on June 30, 2020 at 3:30pm — 7 Comments

Very Berry Summer Cake

Long before gluten free was a food phenomenon, a friend gave me this recipe for an unusual, flourless — thus gluten free — cornmeal cake that became my go-to summer dessert. The original recipe suggested a fruity wine syrup topping, but I also love it as an…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on June 28, 2020 at 11:00am — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: June 28 - July 4

DOMHNAIGH -- On June 28, 1920, at Wellington barracks in Jullundar, India, 350 Irish members of the famous Connaught Rangers regiment of the British army laid down their arms and refused to keep soldiering as long as British troops remained in Ireland. The mutiny soon…

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Added by The Wild Geese on June 27, 2020 at 2:30pm — No Comments

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