I am going to ask you to suspend your judgment for a paragraph. I went to Ireland last year with my partner as part of a documentary. After the formal dinner, we went for a jaunt to the Hill of Tara. We took some photos around the coronation stone and lay on the hillside for a while. Some locals…Continue
In remembrance of the 1916 Easter Rising, the Kindle edition of James Francis Smith's The Irish-American Chronicle, will be free starting March 28th through Thursday, March 31st.
The 44-pages dedicated to Kennedy's assassination and funeral are well worth acquiring.
Travel an historical byway few…Continue
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I believe the decline occurred because Irish-Americans in general don't understand what our…Continue
Long before the Christians walked the Isle of Eire, there were those who celebrated the passing of the seasons: Winter, spring, summer, fall
While the Solstices were not as important to…Continue
During my research phase for information, I've relied heavily on the writings of Michael O'Cleary, a Franciscan monk, who, with three other scholars, compiled what has collectively become known as the "Annals of The Four Masters." They were…Continue
There are more than just Christmas lights illuminating the darkness as the sun rises on the Winter Solstice in Ireland. On December 21, a marvelous event occurs at Bru na Boinne. On a hill in the Boyne Valley of County Meath stands a complex of three monuments to the early…Continue
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Why Make Use of Fictional Characters?
James Francis Smith
Instead of the omniscient approach of most historians, Druids, Celts, and Romans invites its readers to enjoy learning about their ancestors. Fictional characters transform what would otherwise be a bland recitation of…Continue
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The Celts stand out as one of the most daring of all the ancient European people in the history of pre-Roman Europe. They arrived on the European stage in prehistoric times as a "fierce naked warrior class that collected enemy heads as war trophies," and evolved into a singular culture that flourished…Continue
(First published on 2/10/12) Seattle-based author James Francis Smith, 78, found his current calling after he retired from a career in industry and finance. He has been writing historical fiction for the past 10 years, starting with “Western…Continue
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An interesting piece here from the 'Cultural Heritage Ireland' site, delving back into the Annals of the Four Masters to find reference to the great fair held annually on 1st August in Co Meath.…
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To thank Gerry Regan for his delightful article, "Author James Francis Smith's Eye Fixed on Irish-America", I'm offering a copy of my Kindle book "Irish-American Chronicle" as an email insert to the members of thenewwildgeese. Just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject "The Wild Geese," and I''ll reply with an attachment of the book.
Irish-American Chronicle is a concise tale (130+ pages) which takes the reader along a historical byway lightly…Continue
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When a real-estate agent has less foot traffic than desired, he remodels the house, paints it, gets rid of the clutter, adds features the competition doesn’t have, and reduces the price.
That’s what happened to Western Civilization. It endured a title change, a new cover, a price reduction, and new features to educate while telling an interest-gripping story.
Visit my blog www.theirish-americanstory.com for…
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The Celts stand out as one of the most daring of all the ancient European people in the history of pre-Roman Europe. They arrived on the European stage in prehistoric times as a "fierce naked warrior class that collected enemy heads as war trophies," and evolved into a singular culture that flourished during the European Iron Age. They laid the foundation of western European civilization; before the Romans came, their influence was felt…
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