September 2015 Blog Posts (39)

Free Access to 'Find My Past' Records

From midday Friday, September 18, until midday Monday, September 21 (BST), you can have free access to the Irish and British genealogy records available on the Irish version of the Find My Past website. You will be able to access millions of Irish census records, military records, travel and migration records, and 7…

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Added by Kieron Punch on September 17, 2015 at 5:00am — 1 Comment

A Bone-Deep Affinity with Ireland ... An Inner Knowing

I would have known I am Irish had I been adopted at birth by a family with a different nationality. Sooner or later, I would have woken up to the fact by simply paying attention to the way I am wired. It’s the little things within us that tell us who we are, the things that we are born with, that nobody…

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Added by Claire Fullerton on September 13, 2015 at 1:00pm — 18 Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: September 13 - September 19

DOMHNAIGH -- On September 13, 1803, John Barry (left), of Ballysampson, Co.Wexford, considered by many to be the 'Father of the…

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Added by The Wild Geese on September 12, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments

The Summer's Gone and I Dream of Ireland!

Thanks to everyone who posted good wishes on my win of the Wild West of Ireland Tour: Kathryn Ann, Fran, Bit, Angela and anyone else I've neglected to mention.  A special thanks to Ger Regan, Mike & Trish of WIld West Irish Tours, Jon Ragnar Jonsson and all the others at WOW Air who are helping to make this happen.

My mother has decided that it's just too much for her to travel across time zones.  My sister and both my aunts had…

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Added by Maureen Kelley-Olson on September 11, 2015 at 4:00pm — 2 Comments


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The Banshee -- Not Exactly 'Too Ra Loo Ra Loo Ra'

Many cultures throughout the world lay claim to having heard or seen the Banshee. Many stories of the Banshee can found in America; the most prevalent of these sightings are said to have happened during the 18th century and came near Tar River, in Edgecombe County, North Carolina. In these cases, however, the…

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Added by That's Just How It Was on September 11, 2015 at 12:00pm — 15 Comments

'Undoing' His Irish Education: Q&A With 'Jimmy's Hall' Star Jim Norton

The following Q&A with Dublin-born actor Jim Norton (Father Sheridan in Sixteen Films' biopic "Jimmy's Hall") is part of the studio's Production Notes for the film, shot in the story's actual locales in County Leitrim.…

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Added by The Wild Geese on September 11, 2015 at 10:30am — 1 Comment


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Traditional Celtic Symbols and Their Meanings in Jewelry

Shamrock

The shamrock is the traditional symbol or Ireland. The shamrock forms a triad and the Celts believed three was a mystical number. Saint Patrick used the shamrock to explain the holy Trinity to the Celts. If good things come in threes then this silver 3-leafed shamrock pendant in beautiful…

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Added by The Irish Jewelry Company on September 10, 2015 at 10:24pm — 1 Comment

'Jimmy’s Hall': Why This Remarkable History -- and Film -- Matter

It's almost like looking in the mirror.

High unemployment, mass emigration of the young and problems affecting health and education services are as current today as they were in the first decade of Irish independence, the period that informs the narrative of Ken Loach's newest film, "Jimmy's…

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Added by James O'Brien on September 10, 2015 at 7:00pm — 3 Comments


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Ongoing Effort To Identify War Memorials Throughout Ireland

I found this website a while back and was able to note the location of several interesting monuments and find them while I was in Ireland in June. This is by no means all the war memorials in Ireland, far from it, but it's an attempt to catalog them.

The site…

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Added by Joe Gannon on September 10, 2015 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

'Diaspora': Forsaken Hearths Evoke Those Who Have Gone

photo by Eoin Mac Lochlainn of a cottage in Donegal

What would you expect to see inside this old overgrown cottage on the side of the road in Donegal? Would you just pass by or would you try and get in to have a look?  Well, I was passing this cottage every day a few years ago until eventually, my curiosity got the better of me.

It wasn’t that difficult to enter, despite the tangle of brambles…

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Added by Eoin Mac Lochlainn on September 9, 2015 at 9:00am — 9 Comments


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Underwater Life Off Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way

The Wild Atlantic Way waters are alive with all kinds of marine creatures ... with their own interesting stories to tell.…

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Added by Wild Atlantic Way on September 9, 2015 at 5:00am — 2 Comments

Setting the Scene for 'High Crimes'

The past, present and future happily coexist on my workplace doorstep. I’d written about the past in four books, but it was the future that caught my eye one day in the form of a crane, standing stark against a grey Dublin sky.

I work in a newspaper in the city centre, on Talbot Street. During my lunch break, I would leave the office and walk past the…

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Added by David Lawlor on September 7, 2015 at 7:30pm — 4 Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: September 6 - September 12

Linen Hall Library

Lord Charles Cornwallis had already lost one colony, and his reputation wouldn't survive the loss of another.

MÁIRT -- On September 8, 1798,…

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Added by The Wild Geese on September 5, 2015 at 10:30am — 3 Comments

Fotog Joss Barratt -- Bringing Films to Life, a Frame at a Time

One could argue that freelance photographer Joss Barratt has done as much to inform movie goers about Ken Loach’s past 20 years of work as the noted British filmmaker himself. Barratt’s photography is seen far and wide, perhaps by millions, across newspapers, magazines, on movie house walls and windows, and across the Internet, by far more people than ever get around to seeing Loach’s provocative and…

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Added by Gerry Regan on September 3, 2015 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Elizabeth Conway of 'The Last Fenian' -- Comedic Actress In a Tragic Role

With her luxurious platinum locks, enormous honey-colored eyes and a petulant mouth, Elizabeth Conway (pictured) has the appeal of a pedigreed Persian cat in heat. By looking at her head shot, one would surmise that this girl, both aristocratic and…

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Added by M.J. Neary on September 3, 2015 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment


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'Just Pure Drama' -- Islands of the Wild Atlantic Way

Among the many islands that scatter the coastline of Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way, you'll find traditions and cultures proudly being kept alive. Explore just some of these incredible stories!…

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Added by Wild Atlantic Way on September 2, 2015 at 7:30am — 2 Comments

'Hell Town': 'Whites' Battle Over Irish Orphans in Arizona

I was just reading through some articles on another site regarding the dark history of the Orphan Trains and their arrival in Arizona. In doing further research, I came across this amazing article written by Margaret Regan.



Here is the article in its entirety, reproduced here with her kind permission. It…

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Added by Bit Devine on September 1, 2015 at 11:00am — 9 Comments


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Friends Until the End: Ambush at The Burgery, Part 2

(Pictured: The field in the hills north of Dungarvan where Sgt. Michael Hickey's body was found)

(Read  Part 1 - 'Nigh Comeragh's Rugged Hills')…

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Added by Joe Gannon on September 1, 2015 at 10:00am — 3 Comments

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