Featured Blog Posts – September 2016 Archive (13)


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Nora Connolly O’Brien -- Prodigy, Rebel, Politician, Connolly's Daughter

Nora Connolly was born into a family that knew hardship from birth. The second child of James Connolly and Lillie Connolly (nee Reynolds), she would forge her way through life based on the knowledge and learning that was instilled into her by both of her parents; her mother a governess who home schooled all of her children - her…

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Added by That's Just How It Was on September 23, 2016 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

Enter the Vikings: The Assault of Lambay Island

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Toward the end of the 8th Century A.D., Ireland was almost completely Gaelic and Christian. It was a rural society, with no towns or cities, and the only large settlements were hamlets that grew up around monasteries. The…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on September 19, 2016 at 1:30pm — 14 Comments

Perfect Autumn Hors D’Oeuvres

You’ll love this Irish cheese-inspired dip for the slightly Mediterranean taste it gets from the marinated artichokes, the color it gets from the spinach, and the creamy texture from Kerrygold’s Dubliner and cream cheese. Perfect for autumn get-togethers, football Sunday, or a family gathering, it’s delicious with…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on September 19, 2016 at 7:00am — No Comments

The Destruction of the Kingdom of Brega

Ask most people who they believe were the first group of foreigners to launch highly organized, violent raids in Ireland, and more often than not, they will say it was the Vikings, who raided Lambay Island in 795 A.D. What many people are not aware of is the fact that a century before the emergence of the Vikings, an equally…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on September 14, 2016 at 7:30pm — 6 Comments

The Disappearing Ireland





Both of my parents were from County Donegal here in Ireland, and there can’t be many areas more deprived and remote…

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Added by Colm Herron on September 13, 2016 at 10:00pm — 16 Comments

A Brief History of Poetry in Ireland

And there are among them composers of verses whom they call Bards; these singing to instruments similar to a lyre, applaud some, while they vituperate others. -- Diodorus Siculus, 8 BCE

All poets have the uncanny ability to tap into the realm of spirit. It is a gift…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on September 12, 2016 at 6:00pm — 4 Comments

A Tribute to Father Mychal Judge

New York's Irish pack a chapel to recall beloved FDNY chaplain, friend (first publish in October, 2001)

Mychal Judge may be happily 'working the door' at St.Peter's Gate, and heaven would be the fuller for it. But for those many lives he touched on earth, there is an aching sense of loss.

By Gerry Regan

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Added by The Wild Geese on September 9, 2016 at 10:30pm — 2 Comments

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

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 grief-stricken…

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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 the…

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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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