By Thomas Keneally (of "Schindler’s List" fame)
Reviewed by John Edward (Ed) Murphy
Overall a good book and a very scholarly work. Great Shame covers significant historical events in 19th century Ireland,…Continue
It was a very exciting weekend auditioning for "The Last Torch." Both tiring and exhilarating. Casting has been a very tough job, but we have our cast -- all except Brian O'Rourke, but he will appear!
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“The Last Torch” is an exciting new Irish ceoldrama being premiered in Melbourne, Australia October 1st - 4th, 2014 at the Malthouse Theatre, Southbank. It will be part of this year's Melbourne Fringe Festival. Auditions will be held in July. Please email Frances O’Neill to…Continue
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By Robert Doyle
He is one of the most iconic figures of the American Civil War and, as the commander of the Union Army’s Irish Brigade, Thomas Francis Meagher (right, from from Arthur Griffith's "Meagher of the Sword," Dublin, 1916) is probably the most famous of…Continue
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On Sunday May 18 around sixty people attended a concert in Bendigo to celebrate the victory of Brian Boru at the Battle of Clontarf in 1014. Organised by the Central Victoria Irish Association the event took place at the historic Brian Boru Hotel, established in the 1850s at the height of the ‘gold rush’ era. Where else?
A lively and entertaining program of music,…Continue
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The following is a transcript of the LIVE members' chat hosted here at on Friday, May 9, 2014 with James O'Brien, an Irishman living…Continue
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When the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) marched up Fifth Avenue in New York’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade it should have been crystal clear, if it wasn't already, that this parade is incompatible with any serious effort to support Irish freedom. The PSNI is the…Continue
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A $100 gift card from world-class retailer TheIrishStore.com or one of five gifts from our 'locker'…Continue
Sean Treacy, of the Irish Republican Army, and May Quigley were lovers engaged to be married. Sean took May to a Republican meeting where Michael Collins was speaking; as Collins got wound up, so did his profanity.
The Vice Commander, Sean Treacy, stood with raised hand to…Continue
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Gen. Richard Mulcahy in the uniform of the Irish Free State.
MÁIRT -- On Dec. 16, 1971, soldier and politician General Richard Mulcahy died in…Continue
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Perhaps the most famous — or infamous — Irishman ever to trod south of the equator was the outlaw Ned Kelly, whose legend gave birth to "…Continue
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A galloglas from the 16th century fought with mail shirt and long-handled battle axe.…
Mum told me a story years ago about her godchild's mother and aunt being shot by the British army. Even though I have been digging around in her O'Rourke past, she always refers me to this other side of her family who she reminisces about with such fondness. When mum ran away from home, she went to live with Uncle James who…Continue
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John Walsh, right, founder of Galway-based Doire Press, is the latest WG Member of the Day. John, a Derry…Continue
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Set in Ireland with a touch of fantasy, "The Last Torch" is a new exciting musical poised to take the world by storm. It's Les Miserables meets Game of Thrones. This musical is an adventure through time and space connecting the past to the present through music. Although taken from history, it contains supernatural and…Continue
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As that prison ship sailed out against the sky
Sure she'll wait and hope and pray
For her love in Botany Bay
It's so lonely round the fields of Athenry
- From "Fields of Athenry" by Pete St. John
Published by Pete St.…