All Blog Posts Tagged 'Fenians' (12)


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John F. Finerty: 'The Fighting Irish Pencil-Pusher'

Chicago Times correspondent John Finerty wiped his brow, drying the sweat from the hot July 7th afternoon, as he looked up to the top of the grassy knoll where scout Frank Grouard was scanning the horizon with his binoculars. They were near the valley of the Little Bighorn in what is…

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Added by Joe Gannon on September 1, 2019 at 11:30pm — 2 Comments

O'Reilly: Fenian Rebel, Convict and Poet

This month in January 1868, after a voyage of 89 days, an infamous convict-ship docked for the last time in Freemantle harbor, Western Australia.

On October 12, 1867, after picking up cargo from Sheerness and Plymouth harbors, a fully…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on January 25, 2018 at 8:00am — 7 Comments

The Catalpa Rescue video

On August 19, 1876, 140 years ago , the whaling ship Catalpa  was given a tumultuous welcome as it sailed into New York harbor. She had no whales on…

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Added by The Wild Geese on August 20, 2016 at 1:30pm — No Comments

County Clare's John Phillip Holland and The Fenian Ram

The Battle of Hampton Roads, often referred to as either the Battle of the Monitor and Merrimack (or Virginia) or the Battle of Ironclads, was the most noted and arguably most important naval battle of the American Civil War from the standpoint of the development of navies. It was fought March 8–9, 1862, in Hampton…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on October 14, 2015 at 2:30am — 2 Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: January 5 - January 11

National Museum of Ireland

The 'Cuba 5.' From the left: Devoy, Charles Underwood O'Connell, Henry Mulleda, Rossa, and John McClure.

DOMHNAIGH -- On Jan. 5, 1871, the British in…

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Added by The Wild Geese on January 4, 2014 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Book Review: Irish Rebel: John Devoy and America's Fight for Ireland's Freedom

(First published in 1998) Joseph Gannon's review of Terry Golway's book

Revolution has usually been a young man's game. John Devoy was definitely an exception to this rule; -- a man who lived to a very old age, through times which would have thrown…

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Added by The Wild Geese on December 20, 2013 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: September 15 - September 21

MÁIRT -- On Sept. 17, 1860, units of the Irish Battalion of St. Patrick of the Papal army fought a Piedmontese army allied with Garibaldi at Spoleto. Spoleto was a walled city south of Florence with the fortress of Rocca on the side…

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Added by The Wild Geese on September 14, 2013 at 11:00pm — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: August 18-24

National Library of Ireland

A galloglas from the 16th century fought with mail shirt and long-handled battle axe.…



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Added by The Wild Geese on August 18, 2013 at 1:00am — 2 Comments

Writing Epic Tales of the Irish: Q&A with James Francis Smith

(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…

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Added by The Wild Geese on August 8, 2013 at 9:00pm — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: July 28 - August 3

The National Gallery of Ireland

Patrick Sarsfield, by William Mossop

LUAIN -- On July 29, 1693, units…

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Added by The Wild Geese on July 28, 2013 at 1:00am — No Comments

The faithful recall ‘Manchester Martyrs’

Some died on the glenside, some died near a stranger

And wise men have told us their cause was a failure

But they fought for old Ireland and never feared danger

Glory O, Glory O, to the bold Fenian men

-- From ‘The Bold Fenian…

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Added by The Wild Geese on May 18, 2013 at 8:00pm — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: April 14-April 20

The original color scheme of the Irish tricolor, with the orange near the staff.

LUAIN -- On April 15, 1848, in Dublin, Thomas Francis Meagher presented…

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Added by The Wild Geese on April 14, 2013 at 1:00am — No Comments

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