October 2021 Blog Posts (13)

Four Who Fell

by Mike McCormack

Across the racing current of the Shannon river stands many a bridge, but few as notable as the 13-arch bridge that connects the towns of Ballina, Co. Tipperary and Killaloe, Co. Clare. It was built in the early 1800s at a spot on the Shannon near Brian Boru’s ford. The ford was a shallow spot in the river where a man on horseback or a cart could easily wade across the river. It is called Brian Boru’s ford since High King Brian situated his royal palace of Kincora at…

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Added by Mike McCormack on October 31, 2021 at 10:23am — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: October 31 - November 6

MÁIRT-- On the morning of Nov. 1, 1920, two masses were celebrated at an altar that 18-year-old IRA member Kevin Barry had constructed in his jail cell in Mountjoy Jail in Dublin. Barry was then led out of his cell by British soldiers and hanged.…

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Added by The Wild Geese on October 30, 2021 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Samhain: Celtic New Beginning.

In the early evening they would gather in the grove, beneath the sheltering embrace of the sacred white oak tree. The Master had carefully dowsed the area, and had chosen it for the serene beauty and peaceful aura. The salmon-filled, crystal clear waters of the river wound a course through the…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on October 28, 2021 at 6:58pm — 9 Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: October 24 - October 30

MÁIRT -- On Oct. 26, 1771, John (Juan) MacKenna, who would rise to fame in South America, was born in Clogher, County Tyrone. MacKenna was related to Gen. Alexander O'Reilly, of the Spanish army, and O'Reilly helped MacKenna get established in Spain. In 1787, MacKenna…

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Added by The Wild Geese on October 23, 2021 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Hot Soup: Coming Soon to a Table Near You

The temperatures are still mild in most parts of the United States, but cooler weather will be here before we know it. Cool temperatures also bring hearty pots of soups, many featuring flavors from autumn vegetables like butternut squash, leeks, potatoes and cabbage. When traveling though Ireland…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on October 17, 2021 at 9:00am — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: October 17 - October 23

DOMHNAIGH -- On Oct. 17, 1803, nationalist politician and Young Irelander William Smith O'Brien was born in Dromoland, County Clare. O'Brien was…

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Added by The Wild Geese on October 16, 2021 at 6:30pm — No Comments

The Geology of Ireland

Added by David Horgan on October 15, 2021 at 9:00am — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: October 10 - October 16

LUAIN -- On October 11, 1860, all the militia units of New York City were ordered to turn out to march in honor of the visiting Prince of Wales, the 19-year-old heir to the English throne.

(Left: Courtesy of the late Lt. Col. Ken Powers, historian,…

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Added by The Wild Geese on October 9, 2021 at 9:52pm — No Comments

John Winston Lennon

Happy Birthday John.

Oct. 9 1940

We still love and miss you.

Thanks for the joy and inspiration.…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on October 9, 2021 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Award in Film Festivals from Texas to Paris, France

Added by Daniel P Quinn on October 7, 2021 at 7:15pm — No Comments

Wild Mushroom and Blue Cheese Toasties -- Fast Meal for Fall Nights



WILD MUSHROOM-BLUE CHEESE TOASTIES

SERVES 6

This quick supper recipe comes from award-winning chef Kevin Dundon, proprietor of Dunbrody House in County Wexford. It’s part of a collection of recipes from Kerrygold, the cheese and…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on October 3, 2021 at 8:30am — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: October 3 - October 9

DOMHNAIGH -- On Oct. 3, 1691, the Treaty of Limerick was signed, ending the Williamite War in Ireland. It has been said that Irish history is something the Irish should never remember and the English should never forget, but the recollection of this treaty is another example of the…

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Added by The Wild Geese on October 2, 2021 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Sligo's John Patton: Revolutionary War Hero

Many Irish who contributed significantly to this nation have been undeservedly excluded from the pages of our school’s history books and their stories remain untold. One such is John Patton. Born in 1745 in County Sligo, John immigrated to Philadelphia about 1765. He met and married Jane Davis on 7 March…

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Added by Mike McCormack on October 1, 2021 at 10:00am — No Comments

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