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This Week in the History of the Irish: June 16 - June 22

DOMHNAIGH -- On June 16, 1917, Eamon De Valera convict #95, was…

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Added by The Wild Geese on June 15, 2019 at 2:30pm — No Comments


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A Short History of Michael Collins, Ireland's 'Big Fellow'

One of the most iconic figures that emerged out of the Easter Rising was Michael Collins. Born in 1890, he was the third son in a family of eight children. Some sources would suggest that the Collins family were part of a very ancient clan who were widely spread over County Cork. 

Collins' father did not marry…

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Added by That's Just How It Was on June 8, 2019 at 2:07pm — 19 Comments

Hy Brasil, Songs of the Irish in Latin America

I'm a musician by trade but have also worked a good bit in documentary film over the last few years. Hy Brasil, as well as being the title of my new album, is an island from Irish mythology. "That shadowy isle" appeared on maps until the 1860's until they realised that it wasn't there at all, as…

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Added by Charles G O' Brien on June 1, 2019 at 9:30am — No Comments


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The Kilmallock Barracks Attack: Burning Down the House in Limerick

Tomás Malone (aka Seán Forde) looked down at the gaping hole in the roof of the Kilmallock, County Limerick RIC barracks and hurled another Mills Bomb into it, waiting for the explosion and hoping that this time he would see the roof explode in flames. They had thrown several gasoline filled bottles into the gaping hole already from their perch in a…

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Added by Joe Gannon on May 27, 2019 at 2:00am — 3 Comments

Potatoes: The Stuff of Greatness

I’m writing this post from Dublin, where I’m finishing up another great visit to Ireland. You know what that means? I’ve had potatoes [nearly] for breakfast, lunch, and dinner in as many shapes and textures as one can imagine: fried potatoes for breakfast, chips to go with fish at lunch,…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on May 24, 2019 at 10:00am — No Comments

Castlebar Honors Native Son, Inventor Extraordinaire

Louis Philip Brennan was born on Main Street, Castlebar, County Mayo, on January 28, 1852, the 10th child of Thomas Brennan, a hardware merchant in the town. 

After the death of at least five of his older siblings…

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Added by Brían Hoban on May 15, 2019 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Review: 'The Labour Hercules' by Jeffrey Leddin

THE LABOUR HERCULES: The Irish Citizen Army and Irish Republicanism 1913-1923

[Irish Academic Press ISBN: 9781788550741]

Jeffrey Leddin’s latest book charts the rise and activities of Irish Labour’s first urban working-class militia. The Irish…

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Added by DJ Kelly on May 7, 2019 at 3:30am — No Comments


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Eugene Daly: Westmeath Piper Barely Survives Titanic's Sinking

It had been about a half hour since 29-year-old Eugene Daly had been startled awake from his bunk on the Titanic by the strange screeching noise. As he came up the stairway and emerged on the 3rd class well-deck near the bow, what he saw filled his heart with dread. He…

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Added by Joe Gannon on May 3, 2019 at 9:00pm — 5 Comments

'Mad Mike' Hoare Turns 100 Years Old

Mad Mike’ Hoare believed you get more out of life by living dangerously. And yet about 35 family and friends gathered in Durban, South Africa, on 17 March, St Patrick’s Day, to honour Mike as he turned 100 years old. Among them were five of the Wild Geese who fought with him in the Congo in the…

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Added by Christopher Sean Hoare on April 12, 2019 at 8:30am — No Comments

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 21, 2019 at 5:00am — 12 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 — 2 Comments

'Eaton Mess' An Easy Springtime Dessert

While locally grown berries are not quite in-season yet in most parts of the U.S., their wide availability makes them popular year-round. For a quick and delicious Easter dessert, you might want to serve this easy-to-assemble berries-and-cream dish known as Eton Mess. Despite its rather inelegant…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on April 16, 2019 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Fr. Sylvester Malone: Famed for Love of America and Ecumenicism

When Fr. Sylvester Malone died Dec. 29, 1899, almost at the very end of the century, it signaled the end of an era not only for the Catholic community  in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, but also for the entire neighborhood. A beloved and respected figure among all local residents, Fr. Malone (pictured left) had…

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Added by Geoffrey Cobb on April 7, 2019 at 8:30pm — No Comments

William Sampson: United Irishman and Protector of Religious Freedom in Precedent Setting New York Court Case

William Sampson is one of the most important Irish-Americans in the legal history of New York State, but sadly few remember his name or how this Protestant Irishman made an invaluable contribution both to the rights of Catholic New Yorkers and to the religious freedom of all New Yorkers. Sampson was born…

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Added by Geoffrey Cobb on March 25, 2019 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Who Are the Fairies of Western Ireland?

Come Fairies, take me out of this dull world, for I would ride with you upon the wind and dance upon the mountains like a flame! -- W.B. Yeats.

Through the history of folklore worldwide; fairies, or some variant of…

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Added by Wild West Irish Tours on June 15, 2017 at 1:30pm — No Comments


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Derryman Robert Evans: Last Man Standing at the Alamo





Inside the roofless old Spanish chapel, the first rays of the early morning Texas sun were illuminating the room with a soft golden glow through the acrid air, clouded by black powder smoke. But what was being illuminated by that rising sun in the chapel of this mission called…

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Added by Joe Gannon on March 31, 2019 at 5:00pm — 5 Comments

Serene Greenery in County Galway

Ireland is known around the world as a place of fun, with pubs, singing and dancing, and of course, that's all true. But the Emerald Isle can also be a place for tranquility and quiet beauty. A visit to Brigit's Garden, just outside Galway City, will show that serenity and introspection are also part of the Irish experience.

Brigit's Garden is a perfect stop for those who…

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Added by Michael Quane on November 22, 2014 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

The Sweet Taste of an Ancient Celtic Festival

Beltane (“Bealtaine” in Irish) is a festival with ancient origins traditionally celebrated on May 1st, a spring time festival of optimism.  Most commonly it is held on the first day of May, or about halfway…

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Added by The Wild Geese on April 29, 2013 at 3:00am — 5 Comments

Fin Dwyer: Irish Podcaster with Worldwide Fan Base

As a historian, I attend many historical lectures, book readings and walking tours, but notice that sadly few young people seem to be interested in the past. That is why the success of Kilkenny’s Fin Dwyer’s podcasts with people of all ages is even more impressive.

I…

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Added by Geoffrey Cobb on March 23, 2019 at 12:00pm — No Comments

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