All Blog Posts Tagged 'History' (67)

John Boyle O'Reilly: Fenian Rebel, Convict and Poet

On October 12, 1867, after picking up cargo from Sheerness and Plymouth harbors, a fully rigged, 875-ton frigate, cast off from her moorings at Portsmouth on the south coast of England. The vessel, bound for Western Australia, her hold full to…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on October 12, 2017 at 9:30pm — 7 Comments

How the Ancient Irish Oral Tradition Was Saved From Extinction

On a cold, wet evening in 576 AD, a flotilla of small, wave-tossed, leather-covered boats with tattered cloth sails, came to rest on the rocky shores of Lough Foyle close to the modern-day town…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on August 30, 2017 at 7:00pm — No Comments

'Exits & Entrances: Producing Off-Broadway and Beyond' On Stage

Arts PR unlimited announces Daniel P. Quinn is available for Book Signing Appearances for "Exits & Entrances: Producing Off-Broadway and Beyond, " at colleges, universities and bookstores in the United States.

Exits & Entrances was a selection of the week in NJ Ink by The Star…

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Added by Daniel P Quinn on August 7, 2017 at 8:00pm — No Comments

The History Behind Lughnasagh

At the Ould Lammas Fair boys were you ever there

Were you ever…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on August 1, 2017 at 6:30pm — 2 Comments

Thomas Addis Emmet: Twice a Rebel

Today we remember with pride the great Irish patriot Robert Emmet, who led an Irish rebellion that occurred 23 July 1803, 214 years ago today. Robert Emmet had an equally patriotic brother who took part in, not one, but two rebellions. Here is his fascinating story…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on July 23, 2017 at 7:30pm — 4 Comments

Oliver Plunkett, Tomás Ó Fiaich and The Bard of Armagh

Remembering Oliver Plunkett this month.

On July 1, 1681 at Tyburn Gallows, London, Irishman Oliver Plunkett, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland was hung, drawn and quartered, the last Catholic victim martyred as a direct result…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on July 2, 2017 at 5:30pm — 6 Comments

The Great Assembly at Tara (Part 4 of 4)

In the last week of July 431 A.D., Patricius left his residence at Ard Mhacha and traveled with his retinue south toward the kingdom of Midhe. He had been summoned, by royal decree, to a meeting with the reigning monarch, king Laoghaire…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on April 1, 2017 at 9:00pm — 10 Comments

Irish Capes and Shawls and the Charm of Heritage Fashion



Irish Fashion

Customs & Traditions…

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Added by Blarney Woollen Mills on January 10, 2017 at 6:00am — 3 Comments

The Slaughter at Magh Cru (Field of Blood)

The following story tells of a seminal event that took place in Ireland during the latter half of the first century A.D., and which set in motion a chain of events that would influence and forever change the political and economic landscapes of Ireland,…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on December 10, 2016 at 5:00pm — 6 Comments

The Gunpowder Plot ... Remember, Remember

'Remember, remember the fifth of November, the Gunpowder treason and plot.

I know of no reason why the Gunpowder treason should ever be forgot.'

The…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on November 4, 2016 at 7:00pm — 10 Comments

A Brief History of Poetry in Ireland

And there are among them composers of verses whom they call Bards; these singing to instruments similar to a lyre, applaud some, while they vituperate others. -- Diodorus Siculus, 8 BCE

All poets have the uncanny…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on September 12, 2016 at 6:00pm — 4 Comments

Monaghan Born John Robert Gregg: Triumph Against all Odds.

One morning, in late summer, a young boy set off eagerly, on his journey of life. Brimming with excitement, his eyes shone with innocent anticipation. He was going to school for the first time! He was going to learn new and wondrous things! The boy had dreamt and…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on August 30, 2016 at 2:30pm — 10 Comments

The Journey: A Nomad Reflects

Press Release - Oct 22, 2015 15:36 EDT

Author John A. Brennan's Psalms of a Traveling Man

Author…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on August 16, 2016 at 2:30pm — 4 Comments

The Meadow Ballet

 

The ‘oul man could handle a scythe.

Swing it with the easy grace of a matador in a bullring in Barcelona.

Could turn and pivot, sure of foot, like a lithe ballerina on the stage

at the Bolshoi.…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on August 12, 2016 at 10:00pm — No Comments

The Memoirs of Thomas Francis

My father, Thomas Francis, was born in 1901. He lived his entire life on a farm situated in the townland of Muckinish West between Ballyvaughan and Bell Harbour in the Burren region of County Clare. He died in 1991. He left a copybook…

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Added by P.J. Francis on December 19, 2015 at 3:00pm — 5 Comments

Create Your Own Irish Culture

If you're reading this, you're probably proud of your Irish Heritage and rightly so. Honoring your family's roots is nothing to laugh at. There are several ways to do this, of course. Varying from studying the Irish…

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Added by David Joyce on December 7, 2015 at 8:00pm — No Comments

The Rise and Fall of Ireland's Hiring Fairs

Above, this map shows the spread of the 'Black Death.'

A silent, unseen killer, born on the arid plains of Central Asia, attached itself to the rampaging Mongol armies, and traveled with them purposefully, along the Silk Road,…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on November 17, 2015 at 9:00pm — 8 Comments

Dubliner Samuel Geoghegan: Guinness Brewery Engineer

Picture courtesy of Guinness Archives: Left to right, back row J. Brigden, S. Geoghegan, F.West, J.Parr, L.Witz, P. Fleisher, G.H.Sayer, Swanson, G.S.…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on October 22, 2015 at 5:30am — 9 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…

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

Mayo Man Louis Brennan: Inventor of the Guided Missile

An Irishman walking along the bank of a slow moving river near Castlebar, Co.…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on October 10, 2015 at 7:00pm — 7 Comments

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