All Blog Posts Tagged 'Diaspora History' (159)

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

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

This Week in the History of the Irish: Feb. 24 - March 2

DOMHNAIGH -- On February 24, 1854,Daniel Florence O'Leary a general in Simon Bolivar's South American army, died in Bogota, Colombia. O'Leary was probably born about 1800 in Cork city, the son of a butter merchant. Little is known of his early life. In 1817, he traveled to London to…

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Added by The Wild Geese on February 23, 2019 at 3:30pm — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: November 26 - December 2

DOMHNAIGH -- On the night of November 26, 1781, units of Dillon’s and Walshes regiments of the Irish Brigade of France were among a force of about 400 commanded by Marquis de Bouille that landed on the British-held West Indies island of St. Eustache (now known as…

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Added by The Wild Geese on November 25, 2017 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Confronting the Dark Side of the Irish ‘Down Under’

When I was asked to write a series of poems for an art exhibition in Australia earlier this year, I embarked on a dark voyage of discovery into the lives of Irish immigrant children 150 years ago.

Image: 'Image Above: Falling' by Jane Theau (2017)

There is a special brand of human misery so steeped…

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Added by Anne Casey on November 6, 2017 at 12:30am — 1 Comment

'Would You Ever Think of Coming Home?'

I am surely not the first Irish emigrant to have heard these words from their heartbroken mother. Guilt at the impact of my decision to leave Ireland and grief at the loss of my beloved mother are central themes in my poetry collection…

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Added by Anne Casey on July 25, 2017 at 4:00am — 6 Comments

My Genealogy Journey

I began researching my family tree a little over three years ago, and two years ago I shared some of my journey in this post:…

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Added by Honora Wright Weaver on July 11, 2017 at 5:30pm — 3 Comments

Paddy the Navvy

"In eighteen hundred and forty-four

I landed on the Liverpool shore

Me belly was empty me hands were raw

With working on the railway, the railway

I'm weary of the railway

Poor paddy works on the railway"

(from Poor Paddy on the Railway by The Dubliners…

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Added by Kieron Punch on June 2, 2017 at 10:30am — 5 Comments


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Westward, Ho! John J. Healy, Montana Pioneer

(Above: "When Wagon Trails Were Dim," Charles Russell's depiction of a wagon train in the American west.)

Many men and women with Irish roots participated in the “winning” of the West for the new nation that was growing into a world…

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Added by Joe Gannon on March 14, 2017 at 10:30pm — 6 Comments

Researching the Scots-Irish of 18th Century Virginia: Pt. 2

The immigration experience of the Presbyterians in colonial Virginia was an oppressive time for the Scotsmen from Northern Ireland. Subject to the penalties imposed on them by the Established Church of England, their presence in Virginia, especially, in Hanover and Louisa County was tenuous. Formed from New Kent County,…

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Added by David Joyce on January 7, 2017 at 6:30pm — 4 Comments

Researching the Scots-Irish of 18th Century Virginia, Pt. 1

The genealogy and history of the Presbyterian Church has always been intertwined in Virginia history. Beginning in the 18th century, protestant dissenters were seen unfavorably by the Established Church of England. Presbyterians, Quakers, and Puritans because of their religious beliefs were penalized by the British government socially, politically, and in matters of religion. The Presbyterians, especially, had a traumatic…

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Added by David Joyce on January 5, 2017 at 10:00am — 6 Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: December 4 - December 10

DOMHNAIGH -- On December 4, 1887 Maria Winifred (Winnie) Carney (right), trade unionist and revolutionary was born at Fisher's Hill, Bangor, Co. Down. Her father, Alfred was a protestant and…

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Added by The Wild Geese on December 4, 2016 at 1:30pm — 6 Comments

An Epic Olympian, Tipp Immigrant Becomes 'The Prince of Whales'

There once was a time when Irish giants roamed the earth, their feats of strength and courage becoming legendary. However, these were not the mythical Cuchulain, or Finn McCool; they were real men who pushed the boundary of what was thought to be humanly possible. They were known as “the Irish Whales” for their size and strength and they dominated the strength events of the Olympics for the first part of the 20th century.…

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Added by Neil F. Cosgrove on August 6, 2016 at 12:00pm — 4 Comments

The Great O'Neill -- Dead 400 Years in 2016

Last week, in his sleep, in his small palace in Rome, 400 years ago, one of the greatest figures in Irish history passed away, Hugh O'Neill. . With him in his final moments may have been his teenage son, John, whom he had nominated to succeed him as Earl of Tyrone and as The O'Neil. Also there may have been his…

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Added by Brian O'Doherty on July 22, 2016 at 4:30pm — 9 Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: May 29 - June 4

Maj. C. Donohue and D. Egan, 1869

Depicted somewhat imaginatively, O'Neill's soldiers launch their assault at Ridgeway. Above the harp on the Fenians' flag are the initials IRA. The Fenian army assumed the title "Irish…

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Added by The Wild Geese on May 28, 2016 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Irish Pilgrim Paths Day and the Irish Pilgrim Tag™

National Pilgrim Paths Day is a new Easter Festival based on Ireland’s dense network of medieval pilgrim walking routes. This new heritage themed event is organised by the local communities adjacent to each of our principal penitential routes and is aimed at raising…

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Added by Thomas R. on February 16, 2016 at 2:30am — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: February 7 - February 13

DOMHNAIGH -- On February 7, 1877, John O'Mahony (left: from the 'Atlas and Cyclopedia of Ireland), founder of the Fenian Brotherhood in the United States, died in New York. O'Mahony was a member of the Young Ireland party in the 1840s; he escaped to France after the failed…

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Added by The Wild Geese on February 6, 2016 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

This Week in the History of the Irish: January 24 - January 30

DEARDAOIN -- On January 24, 1862, Miles Byrne, United Irishman and officer in Napoleon's Irish Legion, died in Paris. He was active in the 1798 Rising in Wexford and fought all its major battles, right through the rebels' climactic defeat at Vinegar…

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Added by The Wild Geese on January 23, 2016 at 1:00pm — No Comments


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'Himself': A Sweeping Saga of One Irish Immigrant's Experience

Himself: A Civil War Veteran's Struggles with Rebels, Brits and Devils.  By William J. Donohue 319 pp., 2014 Buffalo Heritage Press www.BuffaloHeritage.com, softcover $19.99…

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Added by Kevin P Gorman on January 7, 2016 at 7:30pm — 3 Comments

For the Harried, Fáilte 'Nollaig na mBan'

“Nollaig na mBan,” or “Little Women’s Christmas,” is an old custom that’s still celebrated by women all over Ireland. It goes back to the days when large families were the norm. Men never lifted a finger in the house to help, and were never expected to. If a man washed the dishes, he would be called an “auld…

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Added by Brían Hoban on January 4, 2016 at 6:00am — 5 Comments

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