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This Week in the History of the Irish: May 29 - June 4

CÉADAOIN -- On June 1, 1866, the Fenian Brotherhood undertook the most famous action of its history: the invasion of Canada. Mexican and…

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Added by The Wild Geese on May 28, 2022 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Irish in America's Military

Ireland's sons were outnumbered and outgunned in their native land by those who would impose the chains of bondage on them. Though Ireland meant much to them, freedom meant more and they fled their homeland for the far corners of the world bringing with them the traditions of a warrior race. Sadly, warfare has been part of Ireland's existence throughout…

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Added by Mike McCormack on May 28, 2022 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

Beaufort: The Navan Native Who Charted the Oceans

In France, during the reign of King Henry IV (1589-1610), a series of recurring religious conflicts erupted and grew so violent they became known as the Wars of Religion. The war was between the ruling Catholics and a…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on May 27, 2022 at 12:16pm — 11 Comments


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The Ballymacandy Ambush: 'I Would Not Turn Off My Road For Any Shinner'

It was shortly after 5 pm on the hot afternoon of June 1, 1921, in Milltown, County Kerry when the sharp ringing of the phone shattered the still air of the doctor’s office. Thirty-eight-year-old Dr. Daniel Sheehan, whom many of the…

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Added by Joe Gannon on May 26, 2022 at 11:30pm — 5 Comments

Strawberry Season Has Arrived

 

         Once upon a time in Ireland — at least at the time I made my first trip in 1984, and even a decade later — a salad was not a salad as we know it today: think a few leaves of iceberg and a slice or two of tomato. Perfectly acceptable at…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on May 23, 2022 at 8:04am — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: May 22 - May 28

DOMHNAIGH -- On May 22, 1805, Young Irelander Michael Doheny (right) was born in Fethard, Co. Tipperary. Doheny joined O'Connell's Repeal Association in the 1830s and wrote for the Young Irelanders' publication, The Nation, under the name Eiranach. He fled to the United…

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Added by The Wild Geese on May 21, 2022 at 12:30pm — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: May 15 - May 21

DOMHNAIGH -- On May 15, 1847, Syria, the first ship to arrive during what Quebecois would call the 'Summer of Sorrow,' landed at the Canadian quarantine station in the St. Lawrence River, just north of Quebec. The French had called that…

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Added by The Wild Geese on May 14, 2022 at 1:00pm — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: May 8 - May 14

DOMHNAIGH -- On May 8, 1857, William Brown, of Foxford, Co. Mayo, an Admiral in the Argentine navy, died in Buenos Aires. Brown first came to the New World as a boy, when his family immigrated to the United States in 1786. He later went to sea on a merchant ship. Pressed into the British navy in 1796,…

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Added by The Wild Geese on May 7, 2022 at 4:00pm — No Comments

The History of the Troscad: Requiem for Bobby

On this day 5th May 1981 a daring political statement was made when a young man died while adhering to the ancient Irish Brehon law of “Troscad.” 

The phenomenon known as ‘troscad’ (translated as ‘hunger strike’) is nothing new in Irish society. It predates Christianity, which swept Ireland in the mid-5th…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on May 5, 2022 at 12:00am — 11 Comments

The Mass Rock

Rocks and stones have always been special to the Irish. The Stone of Fal, reportedly brought to Ireland by the Tuatha de Dannan, was said to have the power to roar – but only when a man fit to rule Ireland stood upon it. The Rock of Doone, similarly only roared out under one fit to be a Chieftain of the…

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Added by Mike McCormack on May 1, 2022 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

This Week in the History of the Irish: May 1 - May 7

LUAIN -- On May 2, 1870, Father Francis Duffy, World War I chaplain of the 69th New York, was born in Cobourg, Ontario. Francis moved to New York at age 22 to teach at St. Francis Xavier College but quit to enter the seminary. Father Duffy became well known around the town…

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Added by The Wild Geese on April 30, 2022 at 7:30pm — No Comments

The Bonfires of Beltaine (May Eve)

On the Hill of Uisneach, in a portion of land taken from the province of Connaught, a fortress was erected by High King Tuathal Teachthmar. Uisneach, believed to be the geographical center of Ireland, was,…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on April 30, 2022 at 4:00pm — 4 Comments

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

DOMHNAIGH -- April 24, 1916, Easter Monday, was one of the most critical days in the history of Ireland. On that day, Irish Volunteer units and the Irish Citizen Army, led by Patrick Pearse and James Connolly, began their famous …

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Added by The Wild Geese on April 23, 2022 at 6:00pm — No Comments

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

Justin McCarthy, Lord Mountcashel

LUAIN -- On April 18, 1690, five regiments of Irishmen set sail from Ireland for France. These soldiers, about 5,400 in all, would form the nucleus of…

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Added by The Wild Geese on April 18, 2022 at 7:00pm — 3 Comments

The Poet

On Easter Monday, April 24 1916 one of the most important events in the long, tortuous history of Ireland took place. The event, so shocking and bold, is still debated and analyzed until this very day.…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on April 17, 2022 at 7:52pm — 15 Comments

The Story of the Gallowglasses

The ‘Gallowglass’ as they were called, were elite mercenary warriors and members of the Gaelic clans of Scotland. They came to prominence between the mid 13th century and late 16th century. As Gaels, they shared a common background and language with the Irish, but as they had intermarried…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on April 15, 2022 at 4:00pm — 2 Comments


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John “Don Juan” O’Brien: An Irishman in South America

The hot summer sun beat down on 72-year-old John (Don Juan) O’Brien as he slowly mounted the wooden platform in the Plaza de Armas in Lima, Peru. The Cathedral of Lima (below-left) loomed above the plaza that 28th of July, 1858, just as it had on the same day in 1821. On that day,…

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Added by Joe Gannon on April 12, 2022 at 11:00pm — 1 Comment

CHOCOLATE + WHISKEY + CARAMEL = EASTER

     Irish whiskey is a popular ingredient in desserts, where its distinctive taste complements a wide range of flavors. The combination of whiskey and chocolate is especially delicious, and when caramel and nuts are added (you can substitute walnuts, if you wish), this tart simply screams “Easter.”…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on April 11, 2022 at 7:30am — No Comments

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

DOMHNAIGH -- On April 10, 1923, General Liam Lynch, chief of staff of the Irish Republican Army, was mortally wounded by Free State troops in Tipperary. Born in Limerick, Lynch commanded the …

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Added by The Wild Geese on April 9, 2022 at 6:26pm — 1 Comment

Detective Steven McDonald and the Lord's Prayer

In the first of a 3 part speech given March 24 before the Detective Steven McDonald Men's Prayer Group in…

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Added by Daniel P. McLaughlin on April 7, 2022 at 12:30pm — No Comments

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