All Blog Posts Tagged 'Fourth of July' (3)

America's Birthday and the Irish

At the dawn of what was to become an age of rebellion, Thomas Jefferson said, Rebellion is a medicine necessary for the sound health of government. The American revolution of 1775 to 1781 was the inspiration for rebellions across the world from France in 1789 to Ireland in 1798, again…

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Added by Mike McCormack on July 4, 2014 at 9:00am — 6 Comments

The Irish-American Signers of the Declaration of Independence

As the July 4th holiday approaches, sadly as with many of our other holidays, the true meaning of the day is lost a midst ballgames, cookouts, and fireworks. We forget that on that hot July of 1776 fifty six men came together to pledge their “lives,…

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Added by Neil F. Cosgrove on July 3, 2014 at 1:00pm — 11 Comments

1872 World's Peace Jubilee July 4th Celebrations

A tale of two connected July 4th celebrations, 6 years apart

Patrick Sarsfield Gilmore (or P S Gilmore), from Ballygar, County Galway, was an emigrant like a million others fleeing the famine in 1849. By 1872, Gilmore was Ireland's best known face in America. Musician,…

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Added by Jarlath MacNamara on July 3, 2014 at 1:00pm — 5 Comments

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