September 2016 Blog Posts (27)

Proof copy of paperback version of my novel "Part an Irishman" arrived today.

This book represents the first installment of a planned trilogy that encompasses the progression of transported felon, John Turner Flinn through the various stages of the Tasmanian penal system of the 1840’s and is based upon actual records and newspaper articles from the time. The second novel will culminate in his being…

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Added by T.S.Flynn on September 7, 2016 at 10:30pm — No Comments


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Gustavus Conyngham, USN: The “Dunkirk Pirate” from Donegal

Gustavus Conyngham is known to history as the “Dunkirk Pirate,” but that was the name the British gave him. It was not a name that he ever would have given himself. He thought of himself only as, Gustavus Conyngham, USN (United States Navy). He was never, in fact, a pirate. He was a commissioned officer in the new U.S…

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Added by Joe Gannon on September 6, 2016 at 11:00pm — 9 Comments


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'Tying the Knot', The Ancient Celtic Custom of Handfasting

I was at a wedding in Co Cork recently, it was truly a lovely ceremony and was made extra special with this ancient Celtic custom of handfasting. I had heard of handfasting before, but this was the first wedding ceremony I was at that this custom was actually performed and I was intrigued to learn that the phrase 'tying the knot' came from…

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Added by Totally Irish Gifts on September 4, 2016 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

'Would you ever think of coming home?'

Why the emptiness of the emigrant's baggage can weigh heavily at times... A poem I wrote about the hardest part of going 'home' when you live half a world away (published in The Irish Times):
http://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/generation-emigration/my-mum-would-ask-would-you-ever-think-of-coming-home-1.2515552

Added by Anne Casey on September 4, 2016 at 7:14am — 1 Comment

Review of: 'They Killed the Ice Cream Man'

To say that truth is always the first casualty of war may be a cliché, but it never was more apt than when applied to the thirty years of Ireland’s most recent, painful and pointless ‘Troubles’ [1968-98]. Many…

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Added by DJ Kelly on September 4, 2016 at 6:00am — 4 Comments

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

DOMHNAIGH -- September 4, 1607, (Julian calendar) was a crucial day in Irish history. On that day Hugh O'Neill, Ruari O'Donnell and many other chiefs of their families departed from Lough Swilly for the continent. It is known in Irish history as the 'Flight of…

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Added by The Wild Geese on September 3, 2016 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

Game Day Breakfast

Okay, it’s not the Super Bowl, but for fans of Ireland, the Aer Lingus College Football Classic pitting Boston College against Georgia Tech in Dublin on Saturday was nothing short of “super!” Regrettably, I didn't attend the big game at Aviva Stadium, won by Georgia Tech 17-14, but I’m delighted to count myself among…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on September 1, 2016 at 7:30am — No Comments

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