November 2019 Blog Posts (10)


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Billy the Kid: The Wild Rapparee of Lincoln County

There's a stone covered grave on the wild mountainside.

There's a plain wooden cross on which this is inscribed:

Kneel down, dear stranger, say an Ave for me

I was sentenced to death being a wild rapparee

--…

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Added by Joe Gannon on November 29, 2019 at 9:30pm — 4 Comments

George Lennon: Waterford Rebel

Dungarvan’s George Gerard Lennon (1900-1991) of O’Connell Street, Western Terrace (circa 1915) and Mitchell Terrace (1936) had a noteworthy revolutionary career.

Lennon's tenure encompassed some 17 engagements against enemy forces in Waterford, Limerick and Cork: a 14 year old “adjutant” in the…

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Added by Ivan Lennon on November 26, 2019 at 12:30pm — No Comments

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

DOMHNAIGH -- On November 24, 1922, during the Irish Civil War, Irish republican Erskine Childers was executed by the Free State government. Childers, whose mother was from County Clare, was…

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Added by The Wild Geese on November 23, 2019 at 2:52pm — No Comments

A Final 'Good Night' to Mary Louise, Ma Mère

(Note: I delivered this eulogy today for my mother, Mary Louise Brooke, at All-Saints Church, in the University section of Syracuse, N.Y. My mother spent her earliest years a literal stone's throw from the church, where she was baptized.)…

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Added by Gerry Regan on November 19, 2019 at 10:00pm — No Comments

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

DOMHNAIGH -- On Nov. 17, 1814, Joseph Finegan, a Confederate general in the American Civil War, was born in…

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Added by The Wild Geese on November 16, 2019 at 4:00pm — No Comments

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

DOMHNAIGH -- On November 10, 1896, Lady Mary Heath (born Sophie Catherine Pierce), pioneer aviator and athlete, was born in Newcastlewest, County Limerick. Sophie was brought up in Newcastlewest and Dublin, where she attended a boarding school. At the outbreak of World War I,…

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Added by The Wild Geese on November 10, 2019 at 9:36am — No Comments

Fruitcake Ushers in Most Delicious Time of the Year

I haven’t posted in a month and my Irish guilt is gnawing at me! So it’s back to business this week as “that time of year” is fast approaching. I’ve already started plumping my fruit for the several varieties of fruitcake that I make, but not for this one because the fruit is boiled! I’ve had the…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on November 9, 2019 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

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

DOMHNAIGH -- On Nov. 3, 1815, John Mitchel ,…

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Added by The Wild Geese on November 2, 2019 at 7:00pm — No Comments

The New Policeman

Francis O'Neill started as a policeman on August 17th, 1873. At that time, Chicago was still recovering from the devastation of the Great Fire a couple of years before. Francis had his own tragedies to contend with: he and his wife Anna lost their first child during that difficult time and he struggled to keep a steady job in the…

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Added by Ronan O'Driscoll on November 2, 2019 at 3:00pm — No Comments

All Souls' Day

Death ends a life. But it does not end a relationship, which struggles on in the survivor's mind, toward some resolution, which it may never find. -- The character Gene Garrison in the film "I Never Cried for My Father"



My Dad appeared to me this morning, most…

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Added by Gerry Regan on November 1, 2019 at 1:30pm — No Comments

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