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Hennigan’s Heritage Centre: A Link to a Vanishing Past

By Joe Gannon

On our recent trip to Ireland my wife and I visited a small museum in Killasser, Swinford, County Mayo, which should be on the itinerary of anyone who is ever in the area and is interested in Irish history and culture. The greatest treasure at Hennigan's Heritage…


Added by The Wild Geese on July 23, 2013 at 3:30am — 3 Comments

A Tasty Journey Through 'Ireland’s Ancient East'

I recently spent 10 days visiting “Ireland’s Ancient East,” a touring region tapping 5,000 years of history in the south and eastern area of the country. Described as a touring region rather than a specific route, it was designed to offer a "relaxing, compact journey of…


Added by Margaret M. Johnson on June 15, 2023 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Count George Noble Plunkett -- A Special Father

On Fathers Day we remember our own, and other special fathers. There are also special fathers in Irish history. In fact, if you examine the background of many of Ireland's patriots, you will find the strong influence of a nationalist father. But there is one, in particular, who did…


Added by Mike McCormack on June 1, 2014 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

William Muldoon: The "Solid Man" Who Tamed John L. Sullivan

John L. Sullivan, heavyweight champion of the world, strode into the bar in the small town of Belfast in western New York state as if he owned it. He had done…


Added by Joe Gannon on May 21, 2023 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

LCpl Patrick Gallagher, Courage Worthy of the Foremost Recognition

Over 250 men have been awarded the Medal of Honor who list as their place of birth “Ireland”.  Though uniforms, weapons and enemies have changed, their love and devotion to their adopted country that motivated them to deeds of the highest bravery in her defense have remained…


Added by Neil F. Cosgrove on May 25, 2014 at 9:30pm — 1 Comment

Statistics Highlight The Famine's Staggering Impact on Ireland

The Dictionary of Statistics by Michael G. Mulhall, London, George Routledge and Sons, 1892

I have been browsing through the above book and found many interesting population, emigration and property statistics relating to Ireland in the 19th century. These statistics reveal the impact the artificial famine of the 1840s had…


Added by Kieron Punch on May 2, 2023 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Féile na Neantóg - Beltaine ~ May Day

A Blessed Nettlemas to all our members here.

Nettlemas, the name the Irish gave to the eve prior to Féile na Neantóg or May 1. On Nettlemas night, boys walked in the streets stinging one another with nettles. We can for go that custom, I am thinking. Instead, shall we toast to the start of a new season, the half…


Added by Bit Devine on April 30, 2013 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

In the Footsteps of Bridget: A Titanic Connection

In 2013 our annual trek to Ireland brought us to a pleasant small cottage in the little village of Lahardane, County Mayo. The choice had been more about it being a centrally located base…


Added by Joe Gannon on July 24, 2015 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

Kathleen Daly Clarke

On April 11, 1878, a baby girl was born to Edward and Catherine Daly in Limerick. They named her Kathleen; she was the third daughter in a family of nine girls and one boy. The boy, Edward junior (Ned), was born in 1890, five months after the death of his father, and his 12-year old sister helped raise her…


Added by Mike McCormack on April 1, 2022 at 8:30am — No Comments

Meath Artist John Mulvany: Painting the "Last Stand"

Walt Whitman removed his wide-brimmed hat and wiped his brow with his handkerchief. The summer of 1881 was hot and humid in New York City, with 22 days hitting 80̈° or more. The 62-year-old had come downtown to see a massive work of art. It was causing a sensation in the few places it had…


Added by Joe Gannon on March 20, 2023 at 12:00pm — 5 Comments

'One Great Irish Spot': Discovering the Sacred on Inishmurray Island

You won’t find it listed in most Irish travel books and I have yet to see a travel website that mentions it. But in my book, Inishmurray Island is the greatest place in Ireland, perhaps on Earth. Because I always strive to be a traveler…


Added by Jill Fuller on March 30, 2014 at 7:30am — 7 Comments

Lady Gregory and the Abbey Theatre

In the late 19th century and early 20th century, an Irish literary revival occurred as a means of establishing cultural nationalism, and Irish literary talent bloomed. As a result, culturally significant…


Added by Mercier Press on March 25, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

The Bard of Erin ... A Man of Many Parts

By John Bruton

I remember, as a child, playing over and over again our old 78-rpm records of John McCormack’s songs, which had been the property of my late grand uncle and namesake. Many of the songs…


Added by The Wild Geese on March 18, 2014 at 6:30pm — No Comments

In March, It’s Great to be Irish!

In some parts of Ireland, the first snowdrops, daffodils and crocuses have already appeared, a sure sign that spring and St. Patrick’s Day are almost here! For tea lovers, it’s time to think about a springtime menu that might include recipes for soda bread (make a loaf or muffins) and for…


Added by Margaret M. Johnson on March 8, 2023 at 9:40am — No Comments

The Clonbanin Ambush: 'To Hell With Surrender!'

March 5, 1921, dawned bright and clear on the Mallow-Killarney Road (N-72 today) west of Clonbanin, Co. Cork. The men of Seán Moylan’s Cork No. 2 (North) Brigade and Thomas McEllistrim’s Kerry No. 2 (South) Brigade of the Irish Volunteers began to move into position on the north and south sides of…


Added by Joe Gannon on March 1, 2020 at 9:30pm — 5 Comments

Color Sergeant Michael Brady: The Luckiest Irishman in America's Civil War

If you have seen seen the movie "Gettysburg," you might notice that during the climatic Pickett's Charge, behind the Union line at the Bloody Angle are two flags, the Regimental stars and stripes, and the state flag--green with a gold trim. This green flag was the only Pennsylvania flag not…


Added by Michael H.J. Kane on February 21, 2014 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

'The Blacksmith' Hammers the Auxies at Clonfin, Longford

Irish Volunteer Paddy "Bug" Callaghan and his two comrades stared up the road to the east as the cool, crisp air of February 2, 1921, caused their breath to fog the air around them. The three members of the North Longford Battalion of the Irish Volunteers were tasked with the most critical job of…


Added by Joe Gannon on January 27, 2023 at 10:30pm — 3 Comments

Oh-So-Easy Crumble

If you love a bowl of oatmeal topped with fruit for breakfast, you’ll love this crumble that puts the fruit on the bottom and the oats on top. A warm fruity crumble is always a welcome winter dessert, and this one comes with a little kick from crystallized ginger. Serve…


Added by Margaret M. Johnson on January 23, 2023 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Located in Weston, Missouri, Tin Kitchen Restaurant

The O' Malley family have the Tin Kitchen restaurant which serves great barbecue, in scenic Weston, Mo. Their dad's name Pat O'Malley,  is inscribed on the bench to the right.

This is the summary stated on their website:…


Added by Don Gray on December 22, 2022 at 10:00am — No Comments

Breifne, 1588

She stands

On the shore


Her ship burn

Her two horses

In the water


Like two pillars


The promise

Of swift


The mountain


Like a giants




Added by The Last Torch on December 31, 2022 at 8:00pm — 3 Comments

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