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This Week in the History of the Irish: December 18 - December 25

DOMHNAIGH -- On December 19, 1877, Land League organizer Michael Davitt was released from Dartmoor Prison. Davitt, revolutionary and agrarian agitator, was born in Straide, County Mayo. Davitt's family was evicted from their small farm when he was just a boy. After they emigrated to England,…

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Added by The Wild Geese on December 18, 2021 at 9:12pm — No Comments

The Miami Showband Massacre: Horror in the Dead of Night

Miami Showband Massacre victims and relatives to receive nearly £1.5m in damages. While the four Miami Showband plaintiffs will receive the paltry amount of approx. £300k in damages each, there was no admission of liability.

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on December 14, 2021 at 4:30pm — 16 Comments

The Sweetest Part of Christmas

After two rather miserable years of smaller gatherings and quieter celebrations, we can all only hope that Christmas 2021 will be the merriest of all — fingers crossed! I assume the Christmas cakes have been baked by now, but there’s still loads of time to make a yummy…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on December 14, 2021 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Under the Mistletoe

Kissing a wife or lover under the mistletoe at Christmas is derived from an old Roman custom that honored the god Saturn. The Romans associated mistletoe with peace, love, and understanding and hung it over doorways to protect the household, as well as protection from witches and demons. Hanging…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on December 13, 2021 at 11:30am — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: December 12 - December 18

LUAIN -- On Dec. 13, 1862, the Irish Brigade of the Army of the Potomac suffered horrendous casualties as they assaulted massed Confederates firing from within a sunken road beneath Marye's Heights during the Battle of…

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Added by The Wild Geese on December 11, 2021 at 5:30pm — No Comments

The Anglo-Irish Treaty

One hundred years ago, on 6 December 1921 a treaty was signed with the British government that was to end Ireland’s 3-year war of independence and grant a measure of autonomy to Ireland. It was to be fully implemented by March 31, 1922, and the fighting would end; it had…

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Added by Mike McCormack on December 8, 2021 at 1:00pm — No Comments

The Battle of Cúl Dreimhne (Battle of the Book)

St. Colmcille, also known as St. Columba, was born on this day Dec. 7 in 521 AD in Gartan, modern day County Donegal, Ireland.…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on December 7, 2021 at 1:26pm — 2 Comments

Celebrating Mairgead Mór

In addition to offering a wide-range of holiday recipes in my new cookbook, Festive Flavors of Ireland, you’ll also enjoy reading about many long-standing, often bygone, Irish holiday traditions at the end of each chapter. Brian Nolan, a Loughrea, County Galway native,…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on December 7, 2021 at 7:30am — No Comments


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World War II Ace Tom Lynch: Chasing Rickenbacker

The beautiful blue water of Aitape Harbor on the northern coast of New Guinea sparkled not far below them as Lieutenant Colonel Tom Lynch and Captain Richard Bong made tight turns to bring their twin-engine P-38 “Lightning” fighters around. They had just made a strafing run on a group of six Japanese barges and left one on fire.…

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Added by Joe Gannon on December 5, 2021 at 8:00pm — 2 Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: December 5 - December 11

LUAIN -- In the early morning hours of December 6, 1921, representatives of the Irish government appointed by President Eamon de Valera, and those negotiating for the Crown signed the Anglo-Irish Treaty, ending the Irish War of Independence against Great Britain.…

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

Oliver Cromwell

Oliver Cromwell, one of the most reviled characters in Irish history, was an English military and political leader and the Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England, Scotland, and Ireland. He was born in April 1599 and his father was Robert Cromwell. For the first forty years he led a fairly…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on December 2, 2021 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Irish at Washington's Crossing: A Historically Unforgettable Christmas

Some ‘historians’ ignore facts in order to downsize their presentation. What is most egregious is when the contributions of the Irish are thus ‘written out’ as inconsequential. Take Washington’s Christmas crossing of the Delaware for example. The Irish around Trenton, like Paddy Colvin, who ran a Delaware…

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Added by Mike McCormack on November 29, 2021 at 4:30pm — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: November 28 - December 4

LUAIN -- On November 29, 1895, Denny Lane (left), author and poet, and member of the revolutionary Young Ireland party, died in Cork. Lane was born in Riverstown, near Glanmire in County Cork, in 1818. Denny attended Trinity College, Dublin. While a student…

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Added by The Wild Geese on November 28, 2021 at 11:13am — No Comments

Fa la la la la! Let the Season Begin

     

It’s official: the festive season has begun! Holiday parties, family gatherings, and all manner of get-togethers are already marked on our December calendar, a sure sign that you’ll need a few fresh recipes. Whether you’re a guest looking for a perfect offering…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on November 26, 2021 at 11:30am — No Comments

The Scapegoat: A cautionary Tale.

One of the most negative faults that mankind possesses, in my opinion, is his ability to use another unfortunate to bear the blame for something that he in fact did not do. It is a base failing in the makeup of the human and may actually be the reason for the belief that man is born with the stain of ‘original sin’ on his…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on November 21, 2021 at 5:00pm — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: November 21 - November 27

DOMHNAIGH -- In the early morning hours of Nov. 21, 1920, Michael Collins sent out his men to rip the heart out of British intelligence operations in Dublin by killing 11 agents of the so-called Cairo Gang.…

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Added by The Wild Geese on November 20, 2021 at 6:30pm — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: November 14 - November 20

MÁIRT -- On Nov. 16, 1814, Michael Kelly Lawler, general in the Union army during the American Civil War, was born in County Kildare, Ireland. Lawler emigrated to the United States with his family at just 2 years of age. His family moved from New York to Maryland, and finally to Gallatin…

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Added by The Wild Geese on November 13, 2021 at 4:35pm — No Comments

HEARTY SOUPS FOR THE HOLIDAYS

     With two major holidays to celebrate in the next few weeks, a good recipe for a tasty starter is always welcome. This one includes two autumn favorites — tart apples and sweet parsnips. Parsnips have a unique growing season, and where other vegetables thrive in the spring and summer, the peak seasons for this hardy root vegetable are the fall and…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on November 12, 2021 at 9:41am — No Comments

The Poet

To the memory of a visionary born on this day 10 November 1879.
Thank you, Patrick, for your bravery, commitment, inspiration and sacrifice.…
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Added by John Anthony Brennan on November 10, 2021 at 1:17pm — 15 Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: November 7 - November 13

LUAIN  -- On November 8, 1987, in one of the most widely condemned actions of the "Troubles," an IRA bomb killed 11 at the…

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Added by The Wild Geese on November 6, 2021 at 7:30pm — No Comments

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