Featured Blog Posts – November 2014 Archive (42)

Heritage Partner
The Diary of an Emigrant and Dissenter

Book Review

"Against the Wind", by J.A. O'Brien

 Reviewer: Michael Halpenny


The full title of this book is "Against the Wind: Memoir of a Dissident Dubliner." However, this is not the diary of someone strenuously opposed to the Good Friday Agreement,…


Added by Against The Wind on November 30, 2014 at 1:00am — No Comments

'Danny Boy: The Ballad that Bewitched the World'

Elvis believed it written by angels. It was heard at the wake of a Princess and the funeral of an American president.

“Danny Boy: The Ballad that Bewitched the World” is a documentary that takes you on a journey from a lone fiddler in Ireland playing an ancient Irish melody,…


Added by The Last Torch on November 29, 2014 at 5:00pm — 7 Comments

Have an Irish Christmas Dinner

Who’s up for cooking a traditional Irish Christmas dinner? It will take some advanced planning, so here are some tips and recipes to get you going.

Christmas dinners traditionally feature a roasted goose. Turkeys are a more recent substitution. Other dishes…


Added by Cindy Thomson on November 29, 2014 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

Memorials, Tombstones and Cenotaphs

What is the difference between a cemetery and a graveyard? Graveyards are in the "yards" of churches.  The use of tombstones may go back to the belief that ghosts could be weighed down. 

The difference between Union and…


Added by Dee Notaro on November 29, 2014 at 4:30am — 2 Comments

Irish Christmas Gifts Drawing

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‘Tis better to give than receive, we often hear, especially at Christmas. We at The Wild Geese Irish Social Network are giving four of our members a chance to choose. Win one of our amazing…


Added by The Wild Geese on November 28, 2014 at 7:00am — 7 Comments

Shop Small (& Irish) this Saturday & Beyond

The holiday shopping season is in full swing, and I wanted to take a moment to let everyone know that November 29th is Small Business Saturday ... a day directing the focus on small, local, and independent businesses.

So while you recover from "Black Friday" and gear up…


Added by Irish Fireside on November 28, 2014 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

Finte Eaglasta Oidhreachtúla na hÉireann (Ireland's Hereditary Ecclesiastical Families) - Part 2

As mentioned in Part 1, our ecclesiastical families married and had children.…


Added by Jerry Kelly on November 27, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments

The Big Brown

The Big Brown


The fly slowly spins in air before me,

Arcing downward, to darker, cooler water.

A ripple forms and becomes a moving vee.

The feathered…


Added by Denis Hearn on November 27, 2014 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

'What Is Seldom Is Wonderful' -- Mystical Innismurray Island on the Wild West Irish Tour

Innismurray Island is, perhaps, the gem of the Wild Atlantic Way and is certainly a place where Wild West Irish Tours loves to bring visitors. Steve Hogan was one such visitor this…


Added by Wild West Irish Tours on November 25, 2014 at 10:00pm — 4 Comments

The Honor Price in Brehon Law

Early Irish society was hierarchical and divided into numerous ranks.  A person’s rank was determined by his material wealth.  As a person’s fortunes changed, his rank in society could also change.  The class system was not rigid.  Every…


Added by Catherine Duggan on November 23, 2014 at 7:00pm — 5 Comments

Serene Greenery in County Galway

Ireland is known around the world as a place of fun, with pubs, singing and dancing, and of course, that's all true. But the Emerald Isle can also be a place for tranquility and quiet beauty. A visit to Brigit's Garden, just outside Galway City, will show that serenity and introspection are also part of the Irish experience.

Brigit's Garden is a perfect stop for those who…


Added by Michael Quane on November 22, 2014 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

Book Review: 'Annie's Stories'

Book review

"Annie's Stories," by Cindy Thompson

Tyndale House Publishers Inc.



Added by Fr. John R. Sheehan, SJ on November 22, 2014 at 1:30pm — 4 Comments

The Irishman Every Baseball Fan Should Know

John P. Joyce is a name that would not be familiar to most people around the world, and even in his native Ireland.  Born in County Galway in 1839, Joyce was a pioneer in the development of professional baseball in the United States, and specifically in Ohio.  Along with Harry…


Added by Ryan O'Rourke on November 22, 2014 at 5:00am — 1 Comment

My Favorite Childhood Memory and a Cruise to Alaska

Growing up in north Jersey, my father was a pro at finding inexpensive things to do in Manhattan and often took my sister, Eva and I there for an…


Added by Kathleen Concannon Maloney on November 21, 2014 at 7:30pm — 5 Comments

My Search for My Irish Roots

Newry and Mourne Museum helps the Magee family find their Irish roots

In late July, Raymond Magee from Denver, Colorado contacted Newry and Mourne Museum via Facebook enquiring…


Added by Ray Magee on November 20, 2014 at 9:30pm — 2 Comments

The 'Fighting Irish' are Taking Over the World of MMA

Never since the glory days of gladiators has there been so much interest in hand-to-hand combat. It hasn’t happened overnight, it is rare that an overnight sensation actually happens overnight, but Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) has passed the point of being a niche sport and is now…


Added by Jillian Godsil on November 20, 2014 at 8:00am — 8 Comments

WW1 Photos by Irish Rifleman Uncovered

Amateur photographer George Hackney was sent to the war from his home in Belfast in 1915, taking his camera with him.  The photo above was taken in 1916 in Belgium.  The collection contains very impressive rare images, including surrendering German troops during the Battle…


Added by Kelly O'Rourke on November 19, 2014 at 4:00am — 2 Comments

Dublin's Clontarf Castle

To lovers of history, Ireland is a land of castles and battlefields, and there are many of both in the Emerald Isle, given its contentious past. The Clontarf Castle Hotel brings the history-minded both, given its location in a renovated castle, close by the site of the important…


Added by Michael Quane on November 17, 2014 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

Media Partner
Terry Golway Speaks at the Irish Cultural Society

At the Irish Cultural Society meeting on November 12, 2014, Terry Golway did what great historians do — he made uncommon connections among historical facts.  During his presentation, Professor Golway helped the members of his audience at the…


Added by Irish Cultural Society of GC on November 17, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Heritage Partner
Using Newspapers in to Find Your Irish Ancestors

In recent years, newspapers have become an increasingly useful source for genealogical research. This is due to the massive digitization projects that have been undertaken, making it easier to conduct broad searches for specific references to surnames and place…


Added by Timeline Genealogy on November 17, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

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