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This Week in the History of the Irish: February 23 - February 29

DOMHNAIGH -- On February 23, 1965, Irish patriot Roger Casement's  body was returned to Ireland to be reinterred.…

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Added by The Wild Geese on February 22, 2020 at 4:48pm — No Comments


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World War II Ace Tom McGuire: The Iron Major

Lieutenant Tom McGuire was at 12,000 feet above Oro Bay, New Guinea in his P-38 fighter scanning the sky for Japanese planes. The 431st Fighter Squadron had scrambled from their Dubodura airbase to intercept a flight of Japanese bombers and their fighter escort on that October 17, 1943. McGuire…

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Added by Joe Gannon on January 18, 2020 at 5:30pm — 5 Comments

U.S. Warship Comes to Queenstown, November 1863

In the 1860’s Queenstown (now Cobh) was a busy seaport and its townspeople were used to seeing naval vessels coming and going. Such was the case on the night of November 2, 1863, when the USS Kearsarge dropped anchor, to the east of the “Spitbank” lighthouse. In pursuit of the Confederate raider CSS…

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Added by Liam McAlister on January 25, 2020 at 10:30am — No Comments

'Tracing Your Irish Ancestors' Reflects Rapid Growth in Resources

Tracing Your Irish Ancestors, 5th Edition

By John Grenham

Published in Ireland by Gill Books and in the USA and Canada by Genealogical Publishing Co.…

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Added by Kieron Punch on January 7, 2020 at 4:30am — No Comments

Lemon Cream Tartlets . . . Why Teatime Is the Best Time!

You might say that in Ireland all roads lead to tea. From breakfast and lunch breaks to weddings and wakes, cupan tea is always a welcome guest. Irish tea is far more than just a hot drink to go with a scone and jam: It’s an important custom that serves as a symbol of hospitality, friendship, and…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on February 5, 2020 at 11:30am — No Comments


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'Nano' Nagle, 'The Lady of the Lantern'

Ireland has a centuries-old, rich and proud history defending its people and attempting to take back control of the Island for the native population (predominantly Roman Catholics) from Britain. The countless men who have fearlessly mounted this defense have been elevated to iconic status. Nonetheless, no…

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Added by That's Just How It Was on February 13, 2020 at 7:30am — No Comments

Shot While Attempting To Escape

I have recently been reading transcripts of British House of Commons parliamentary debates for the period 1919-1921 in search of information relating to the Irish War for Independence and came across the following:

On 12 May, 1921, the Member of Parliament A.E.Newbould asked how many Irish…

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Added by Kieron Punch on February 3, 2020 at 11:00am — No Comments

Cottage Pie for Winter Comfort

Nothing warms the heart (and the stomach) in winter more than the mashed potato-topped casserole known as Cottage Pie. In a land where sheep were traditionally a primary food supply, it’s not surprising that lamb is the foundation for many Irish farmhouse dishes, especially this long-time favorite…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on January 17, 2020 at 10:00am — No Comments


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George Lennon and The Piltown Cross Ambush

The night of November 1, 1920, All Souls Night, was extremely cold in the west of County Waterford. The members of the West Waterford Volunteers flying column huddled along the road at Piltown Cross were not only shivering because of the temperature. Most of them were also trembling slightly as…

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Added by Joe Gannon on October 28, 2019 at 1:00pm — 3 Comments

The Green Fields Of America

Chief O'Neill's Sketchy Recollections of an Eventful Life in Chicago

The story of Chief O'Neill owes a great debt to his great-granddaughter Mary Lesch. It was Mary who followed through on family stories and hunted down her famous ancestor's unpublished manuscript. Then, with the aid of Chicago historian…

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Added by Ronan O'Driscoll on December 15, 2019 at 7:00pm — No 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


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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 — 6 Comments

Love to Write? Want To Do It in Ireland? Read On. . .

Dear Friends,

I attended a two-week writing workshop run by the Sancho Panza Literary Society at Trinity College in Dublin in June. It was a wonderful writing experience as well as an opportunity to explore historic Dublin and attend the…

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Added by Lonnie on December 2, 2019 at 11:30am — 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

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…

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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

The Pumpkins Are Coming, The Pumpkins Are Coming!



Actually, they’re already here — and in great abundance I might add — in supermarkets, at farm stands, and on doorsteps everywhere. In the kitchen, their tasty orange flesh is used in all kinds of recipes, from morning muffins to delicious breads and loaves. I personally love to make pumpkin…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on October 9, 2019 at 9:30am — No Comments

The Grassy Green Pillow -- An Emigrant's Memorial to His Parents

Tombstone erected by Francis O'Neill in memory of his parents.

On a recent visit to West Cork, I had the fortune to properly explore Tralibane and the surrounding area. I was bowled over by the…

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Added by Ronan O'Driscoll on October 13, 2019 at 8:00am — No Comments

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