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

DOMHNAIGH -- On May 10, 1806James Shields (left) , who would have one of the most remarkable careers in…

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Added by The Wild Geese on May 9, 2020 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Father Peter Cooney, CSC: Chaplain of 35th Indiana (1st Irish)

Reverend Peter Cooney, CSC

Born County Roscommon, Ireland: June 20, 1822/1832?

Died: University of Notre Dame, Indiana, USA: May 7, 1905

Peter Cooney’s family immigrated to the United States, settling in Monroe, Michigan, when Peter was still a child. There Peter received…

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Added by Liam McAlister on May 7, 2020 at 12:00am — No Comments

Requiem for Bobby

This is a personal tribute to a kindred spirit, writer, poet, musician, soldier and far, far braver man than I could ever hope to be. While adhering to the ancient Irish ‘Brehon Law of Fasting,’ Bobby Sands took no food or water for sixty-six days in pursuit of his quest for freedom, equality, honor and justice for all.…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on May 5, 2020 at 6:00am — 11 Comments

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

DOMHNAIGH -- On May 3, 1921, the South Mayo Brigade of the Irish Volunteers, commanded by Tom Maguire, ambushed an RIC / Black and Tan supply column of a Crossley tender and a Ford car at Tourmakeady, Co. Mayo on the western shore of Lough Mask. This was the 2nd in a series of major attacks on crown forces in the county…

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Added by The Wild Geese on May 2, 2020 at 4:54pm — No Comments

Asparagus Time!

Imported asparagus are available all year round, but there’s nothing to beat those locally grown in its short spring season: in Ireland, traditionally beginning on April 23 and ending on Midsummer Day.  Although its delicate flavor and seasonality makes it highly desirable in the kitchen,…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on May 1, 2020 at 10:00am — No Comments

'Requiescat' -- The Mothers Buried in the Cillin

I’m a PhD researcher from Glasgow School of Art, and, for the last 6 years, I have been working on a research-led doctorate about the cillíní – the children’s burial grounds.



The research has been based in County Kerry, where I’ve worked closely with members from the local…

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Added by Sheena Graham-George on April 27, 2020 at 8:00am — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: April 26 - May 2

LUAIN -- On April 27, 1779 Irish-born (County Donegal) U.S. Navy Capt. Gustavus Conyngham , "The Dunkirk Pirate," was captured by…

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Added by The Wild Geese on April 25, 2020 at 4:23pm — No Comments

Daniel P Quinn publishes 3 plays as American Phantasmagoria

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Added by Daniel P Quinn on April 25, 2020 at 3:57pm — No Comments

Order Up a Classic Wedge

Are you missing a classic wedge salad from your favorite restaurant? No worries . . . easy as pie to make at home, especially if you use Ireland’s favorite blue cheese, Cashel Blue, from County Tipperary.

ICEBERG WEDGE WITH BLUE CHEESE-CHIVE…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on April 21, 2020 at 10:00am — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: April 19 - April 25

LUAIN -- On April 20, 1772, William Lawless, revolutionary and officer in Napolean's Irish Legion (a soldier of the Irish…

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Added by The Wild Geese on April 18, 2020 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

The Poet



On Easter Monday 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 analysed until this very day. This is a personal tribute to that  handful of dreamers and visionaries, the…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on April 11, 2020 at 11:00pm — 13 Comments

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

DOMHNAIGH -- On April 12, 1816, Charles Gavan Duffy (right) was born in County Monaghan. Self-educated as a journalist, Duffy would found the Nation, a nationalist weekly journal, along with …

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Added by The Wild Geese on April 11, 2020 at 8:42pm — No Comments

Book on The Great Famine in West Waterford Republished

Originally published in 1996, the book “Desperate Haven” is the definitive study to date of the Great Famine and its effects on the towns and villages of West Waterford. This long out-of-print and much sought-after volume was the product of more than five years of research by Dungarvan Museum…

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Added by The Wild Geese on April 11, 2020 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Exploring the Circumstances of Good Friday's Holocaust

Praise to the Lord in all His glory.

Last week, owing to the confluence of three events -- a massive head cold (no fever), our COVID-19 pandemic quarantine and the Lenten season -- I determined…

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Added by Daniel P. McLaughlin on April 9, 2020 at 6:30pm — No Comments

'The Irish Buddhist: The Forgotten Monk Who Faced Down the British Empire'

Born in Dublin in 1856, Laurence Carroll worked his way across the Atlantic, hoboed across the States from New York to Chicago via Montana to San Francisco, worked as a sailor on the Pacific Mail to Yokohama and wound up in Asia, where he became an…

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Added by Dr Laurence Cox on April 7, 2020 at 8:30am — 2 Comments


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'Greyhound on Train': Rescuing Seán Hogan at Knocklong

Irish Volunteer Seán Hogan gazed out the window of the train toward the distant Galtee Mountains to the south. It was early evening on May 13, 1919. The train had just pulled out of Emly, County Tipperary, headed toward the small town of…

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Added by Joe Gannon on April 6, 2020 at 5:00pm — 12 Comments

Antidote to Ennui -- Baking Brown Soda Bread

Social distance. Work from home. Shelter in place. Self-quarantine. The new normal appears to be upon us, whether we like it or not. As much as I would prefer to be out and about, I do find solace in my kitchen, and this new confinement has given me the time to bake some brown soda bread recipes…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on April 6, 2020 at 4:00pm — 2 Comments

Be It Ever So Humble, There's No Place Like Home

I took this photograph in Galway around 1982. 

The two, twin, cozy cottages always caught my eye, when I was headed out after…

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Added by Brian Nolan on April 6, 2020 at 1:30pm — No Comments

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

DOMHNAIGH - On April 5, 1818, Bernardo O'Higgins (right) defeated the Spanish at the battle of Maipo River,…

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Added by The Wild Geese on April 4, 2020 at 8:30pm — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: March 29 - April 4

LUAIN -- On March 30, 1873, Richard Church (left), of County Cork, soldier, sometimes called the "liberator of Greece," died in Athens. Church was born in Cork in 1784. As a young man, he ran off to join the British army. As ensign in the 13th (Somersetshire) Light Infantry he…

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Added by The Wild Geese on March 28, 2020 at 2:30pm — No Comments

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