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Treachery and Betrayal in South Armagh

In July 1690 the last battle fought on Irish soil between two kings played out in the hills and valleys of the Boyne river valley in County Meath, Ireland. The battle was fought between the deposed king James II who was the last Roman Catholic monarch of England, and William III (William of Orange) the reigning…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on October 21, 2018 at 9:00am — 4 Comments


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General Charles Edward Jennings: 'Le Brave Kilmaine'

The port of Brest in the mid-1790s by Jean-François Hue (1751-1823)

As he watched the small French fleet carrying his friend Theobald Wolfe Tone and about 3,000 French troops sail out of Brest,…

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Added by Joe Gannon on October 19, 2018 at 10:30pm — 1 Comment

Ireland's First Superstar Stars in RTE Documentary

Hello America,

Two days ago this radio documentary was launched by RTE in Ireland to great applause about P. S. Gilmore, 1829-1892, with the help of great historians like TheWildGeese.irish's own Gerry Regan; New York Irish History Roundtable's…

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Added by Jarlath MacNamara on November 6, 2018 at 7:30am — No Comments

Almost Time To Celebrate Samhain

The ancient Celtic harvest feast called Samhain (pronounced SAH-win) marks the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter, the “darker half” of the year. It’s celebrated on October 31-November 1, which is nearly halfway between the…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on October 17, 2018 at 3:30pm — No Comments

The Human Computer from Donegal

The next time you power up your computer or go to the rifle range, take aim and set your sights on a target off in the distance, knowing that you will hit the target, raise a glass to a ground-breaking Irishwoman from Donegal named Kathleen McNulty. She is one of the six original…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on October 6, 2018 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Nicholas Gray: Seeking 'Liberty To Recruit a Regiment of Irish'

In 1798, the new Oaths issued by the Wexford Council had good effect. As Crown forces gathered on Wexford’s borders for the showdown, Nicholas Gray, Secretary of the Council, wrote on 16 June to Fr. Philip Roche, the new commander‑in‑chief. Gray was desperate for reinforcements for his Southern Army, which had…

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Added by Don Gray on September 28, 2018 at 7:00am — No Comments


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WWII Hero Edwin O’Hara: The Honor, But Not the Medal

(Edwin O'Hara, loading the 4 inch gun on the SS Stephen Hopkins. By W.M. Wilson, on display at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.)

For them there are no big parades, 

No heroes' welcome gay,

No uniforms, and no applause 

To cheer them on…

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Added by Joe Gannon on September 23, 2018 at 7:00pm — 4 Comments

The Twists and Turns of My Search for Kinney Ancestors

A quick intro on research for my Irish roots:

As a child, my mother always told me that her father said his mother was from Ireland; he (my grandfather) never told my mom her name, birthplace in Ireland, age or anything else: All he told my mom was where she was buried. When I went to the cemetery, she was…

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Added by Randy Bruyere on October 3, 2018 at 5:30am — No Comments

The Last Peaches of Summer (With Apologies to Tom Moore)

With peaches still available at local farm stands, you’ll love this recipe for baked peaches filled with ground almonds and amaretti cookies. Top them with vanilla ice cream, crème fraîche, or mascarpone cheese. You’ll find recipes like this in my cookbook Favorite Flavors of Ireland; signed copies available from…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on September 26, 2018 at 1:00pm — No Comments

The Great Famine of 1315



Five hundred and thirty years before the death and devastation caused in 1847 by An Gorta Mor (The Great Hunger), Ireland suffered an equally horrific event that begun in 1315 and was the first in a series of large-scale disasters that devastated Europe in the 14th century. A continent-wide famine began with heavy rains in the spring of 1315 causing crop failures all…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on August 27, 2018 at 7:00pm — No Comments


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Mountain Man John Colter: Surviving 'Naked and Afraid'

John Colter’s leg muscles were burning and his lungs were aching, but he kept his legs moving. As he glanced over his shoulder he could see that most of the Blackfoot warriors chasing him were far behind now, but there was one far ahead of the others, and he was closing the distance. Blood was spotting the grass and…

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Added by Joe Gannon on August 15, 2018 at 3:00pm — 3 Comments

Slán to Ireland: Dispatches from The Wild West, Day 9

A quiet thread of melancholy hovered over me as I made my way to breakfast on the last morning of my Clare-Conemara-Galway tour. And even though I’m glad to be home and see my family again, I’ve left a…

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Added by Wild West Irish Tours on July 8, 2018 at 9:00am — No Comments

'Coffin Ships' and The Great Irish Famine

This is an article I wrote for my site about Coffin Ships and the Potato Famine:

http://www.irishamericanjournal.com/2017/08/coffin-ships.html

"In 1958 in his book 'A Nation of Immigrants,' John F. Kennedy wrote about the…

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Added by ADRIAN McGRATH on August 23, 2018 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

The History Behind Lughnasa

At the Ould Lammas Fair boys were you ever there

Were you ever at the Fair In Ballycastle-O?

Did you treat your Mary Ann

To some Dulse and Yellow Man

At the…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on August 1, 2017 at 6:30pm — 3 Comments

Celebrating Fraughan Sunday (AKA Lughnasa)

The festival of Lughnasadh or Lughnasa (pronounced LOO-na-se) marks the beginning of the harvest season that was historically observed throughout Ireland and other Celtic nations. Originally held July 31-August 1, or approximately halfway between the…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on July 25, 2016 at 9:30am — No Comments

A Day of History and Reflection: Dispatches from The Wild West, Day 8

The final day of my Wild West Clare-Connemara-Galway Tour was a quiet wrap-up to a week of history, myth, legend, song and breathtaking sights.

But quiet doesn’t mean dull! Far from it, in fact. It was a perfect day for anyone who,…

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Added by Wild West Irish Tours on July 5, 2018 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Chillin' With An Al Fresco Brunch: Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

With the recent stretch of warm — make that HOT — weather in Ireland and elsewhere, everyone wants to dine al fresco. I know I’ve been eating three meals a day in the great outdoors, especially brunch on weekends when I’ve been serving these delicious pancakes topped with blueberries. You’ll find recipes…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on August 3, 2018 at 10:00am — No Comments

A Place To Call Home: Dispatches from The Wild West, Day 7

I have discovered Heaven.

Another beautiful, sunny day on the …

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Added by Wild West Irish Tours on July 1, 2018 at 9:30am — No Comments


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Understanding the Significance of Celtic Symbols

These Framed Tiny Tiles are new in stock, and I just love them. The colour combination is a beautiful variety of green and brown colours, which have been inspired by the typical shades of an Irish forest. The different Celtic designs intrigue me, and as there are a few Celtic symbols in this frame that I…

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Added by Totally Irish Gifts on July 26, 2018 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

In the Realm of Spirit: Psalms from a Mountain







In the Realm of Spirit: Psalms from a Mountain

John A. Brennan

Escribe Publishing Inc.

ISBN: 9781722290641 Price: $14.95

https://www.amazon.com/author/johnabrennan

The man sitting in the back row of the meeting room had an uncommon brogue, not the Galway or Clare…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on July 22, 2018 at 9:30pm — No Comments

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