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This Week in the History of the Irish: May 26 - June 1

DOMHNAIGH -- On May 26, 1706, Col. Charles O'Brien, 5th Viscount Clare, died from wounds suffered at the …

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Added by The Wild Geese on May 25, 2024 at 8:05pm — No Comments

A 'Wild Goose' in the Mayan Kingdom

Our educated guess is that Dr. Theodore Thaddeus Dominic O’Kelly came to Guatemala around 1696. He might be a surgeon from the ranks of the Jacobite Army that fought in Aughrim. According to his account, he was an Ulsterman born in Loughgall (County Armagh) around 1658.

In…

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Added by juan pablo torrebiarte on June 13, 2014 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

Dynamite Johnny O'Brien: 'A Captain Unafraid'

Note Johnny with the Piratic Bandana

Have a read below to find out more about this captivating, mad, "Irish-American Maurader!" This is a blog post from my own "Ildaite…

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Added by Charles G O' Brien on May 11, 2014 at 7:00pm — 2 Comments

You Know You Love Them!

(Clockwise, from top): RUSH, Co. Fingal, Margaret M. Johnson; MINI POTATO CAKES, Sribaz/Dreamstime; TEMPLE BAR MARKET, Dublin, Margaret M. Johnson; MIDLETON FARMERS MARKET, Co. Cork, Margaret M. Johnson; GALWAY FARMERS MARKET, Galway,…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on April 28, 2024 at 7:43am — No Comments

‘Blood Upon The Rose’: Poet's Universal Easter Contemplation

I see his blood upon the rose

And in the stars the glory of his eyes,

His body gleams amid eternal snows,

His tears fall from the skies.…

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Added by Gerry Regan on April 20, 2019 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Great Irish Romances: Joseph Plunkett and Grace Gifford

Of all the great men and women of that era, was there a more gallant figure than Joseph Mary Plunkett, or a more hopeless love than that of Plunkett and Grace Gifford? They were to be married in a church on St Stephen’s Green on April 23, Easter Sunday, 1916, but history…

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Added by Susan McWilliams Lev-Yadun on February 7, 2014 at 3:00am — 4 Comments

'Our Communion': A Poem

To bear His heir, perfection

No stain or fault, detection

This House of David's promised place

Her conception full of grace

Original sin, suspended

Eden's triumph, upended

I AM's ark of flesh and blood. 

Whose prophecy withstood

Herod's…

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Added by Daniel P. McLaughlin on March 28, 2024 at 1:30pm — 3 Comments

Easy Easter Sweet

It’s a safe bet that you’ll find slices of this cake offered in tea rooms, coffee shops, home kitchens, and take-aways throughout the Emerald Isle. It’s a “standard” to which bakers often add a personal touch — think extra lemon (or orange) zest in the cake or fresh herbs in the drizzle — and it would be…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on March 25, 2024 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Exploring the Circumstances of Good Friday's Holocaust

Praise to the Lord in all His glory.

(Note: This was originally posted April 9th, 2020) 

Last week,…

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Added by Daniel P. McLaughlin on March 28, 2022 at 9:30am — No Comments


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WWI Pilot James McCudden: From Mechanic to Ace

It was two days before Christmas 1917, as James McCudden pulled gently back on the control stick of his British S.E. 5 biplane. He had spotted what appeared to be a German two-seat scout flying slightly higher, a little over 18,000 ft, to the west of him, over Peronne, about 90 miles north of Paris. As he got closer, he recognized it as a Rumpler.…

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Added by Joe Gannon on March 15, 2024 at 8:30pm — 5 Comments

The Man Behind the Long Green Lines (and It's Not Patrick) - Part One

By James Doherty

Waterford City, Ireland - From his perch as rector of the Irish College of St. Isidore in Rome, Waterford-born Franciscan Friar Luke Wadding welcomed a steady stream of refugees from the land of his birth - men forced to leave Ireland to pursue their vocations. He came to understand…

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Added by The Wild Geese on January 20, 2014 at 9:30pm — 4 Comments


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West Cork’s Hales Family: Giving All for Irish Freedom

Seán Hales, a TD (member of the Dáil Éireann) from County Cork, and Padraig Ó Maile, a TD from County Mayo, emerged from the Ormond Hotel along the north bank of the Liffey River in Dublin at about 2:30 PM on December 7, 1922. Just the day before, the Free State had been formally established by…

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Added by Joe Gannon on February 1, 2024 at 12:00am — 3 Comments

Hearty Fare for St. Patrick’s Day

            Nothing warms the heart on St. Patrick’s Day more than the mashed potato-topped casserole known as Shepherd’s 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…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on March 9, 2024 at 7:16am — No Comments

Black with a Tinge of Green

As February’s Black History Month fades into memory and March’s Irish History Month begins its ascendancy, there’s a brief moment where the black takes on a tinge of green.

Few realize that these two ethnic groups, African-Americans and Irish-Americans, who together make up one-quarter of…

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Added by James Francis Smith on February 27, 2013 at 4:30pm — No Comments

An American Imbolc

(An 18th-century drawing of a Delaware River ferry boat)

February 1 is the Celtic feast of Imbolc, which signifies change or rebirth. In Luke’s Gospel, it is when Jesus was presented in the temple to begin his…

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Added by Mike McCormack on January 31, 2024 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Hungry Trails

Julie Foley is sixteen when she and her family are evicted from their humble mountain dwelling in the Mayo town of Attymass. Their crime is rental arrears. It's 1847 and the potato famine has impoverished Ireland. Corpses of men, women and…

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Added by Máire Malone on January 11, 2024 at 10:30am — No Comments

The Irish War of Independence and Civil War in Co. Roscommon

By Kathleen Hegarty Thorne

Ireland is a very small country in land mass. Compared to industrialized England, it is a poor cousin in the family of imperialists. Challenging the most…

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Added by The Wild Geese on January 18, 2024 at 10:00pm — 2 Comments


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Irish Rebels and the Baltimore Riots

Avenge the patriotic gore

That flecked the streets of Baltimore,

And be the battle queen of yore,

Maryland! My…

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Added by Joe Gannon on May 3, 2015 at 10:00pm — No Comments

In Honor of Tea

Serious tea drinkers and wellness enthusiasts celebrate “National Hot Tea Month” in January. During the month, many extol the virtues of tea drinking for health reasons, while others simply celebrate the culture and history of tea, its diverse…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on January 10, 2024 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Fruitcake Time!

Love it or hate it, fruitcake is one of Christmastime’s most iconic foods. I make no apologies for being one who loves it, and over the years I’ve amassed quite a collection of recipes from sources near and far. While we might…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on December 15, 2023 at 11:30am — No Comments

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