All Blog Posts Tagged 'History' (78)

Slaughter in the Murder Triangle

Much has been written about the period of upheaval and violence that occured in the province of Ulster in the north of Ireland in the 30 years between 1968 and 1998. Unless you were there and lived through the madness, it's likely that you have trouble actually understanding the effects of that terrible period in…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on January 1, 2019 at 7:00pm — No Comments

The Miami Showband Massacre: The Day The Music Was Silenced

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It is widely accepted that the traditions of music and storytelling in Ireland, are among the most original and earliest forms of communication in Europe. The one thing that truly unites all the differing factions in Ireland is our love of and deep respect for music. Music unites, gladdens and crosses all of the invisible barriers. It knows no boundaries, borders…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on July 13, 2018 at 5:30pm — 14 Comments

Slán to Ireland: Dispatches from The Wild West, Day 9

A quiet thread of melancholy hovered over me as I made my way to breakfast on the last morning of my Clare-Conemara-Galway tour. And even though I’m glad to be home and see my family again, I’ve left a…

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Added by Wild West Irish Tours on July 8, 2018 at 9:00am — No Comments

A Day of History and Reflection: Dispatches from The Wild West, Day 8

The final day of my Wild West Clare-Connemara-Galway Tour was a quiet wrap-up to a week of history, myth, legend, song and breathtaking sights.

But quiet doesn’t mean dull! Far from it, in fact. It was a perfect day for anyone who,…

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Added by Wild West Irish Tours on July 5, 2018 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Oliver Plunkett, Tomás Ó Fiaich and The Bard of Armagh





This month we remember Irishman Oliver Plunkett, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, who was hung, drawn and quartered, on July 1, 1681 at Tyburn Gallows, London. That barbaric act made him the last Catholic victim martyred as a direct result of the devious ‘Popish Plot’ instigated by rogue Clergyman Titus Oates. The so-called…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on July 1, 2018 at 10:13am — 6 Comments

A Place To Call Home: Dispatches from The Wild West, Day 7

I have discovered Heaven.

Another beautiful, sunny day on the …

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Added by Wild West Irish Tours on July 1, 2018 at 9:30am — No Comments

On Top of the World: Dispatches from The Wild West, Day 6

A heat wave has hit Ireland this week, and I’ve managed to acquire a bit of a sunburn…and I’m having the time of my life!

Today I realized a long-held dream. I took a journey to the top of the world, the edge of the earth, with the hot sun beating down…

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Added by Wild West Irish Tours on June 28, 2018 at 11:30am — No Comments

A Spiritual Journey: Dispatches from The Wild West, Day 5

A scorcher in the Wild West of Ireland today, as the country enters a heat wave and I headed out upon a journey of spirituality and self-discovery.

Stony outcrop of the Burren, stones in every fertile place. ~ John Betjeman

The…

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Added by Wild West Irish Tours on June 27, 2018 at 5:00pm — No Comments

From Romance to Reality: Dispatches from The Wild West, Day 4

Another fabulous day in the Wild West of Ireland that brought out the romantic in me!

Our first stop was the “Quiet Man Bridge,” where John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara played out the loves scenes in the movie. What an incredibly lovely place, full of sparkling…

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Added by Wild West Irish Tours on June 27, 2018 at 4:30pm — No Comments

History and Old Hollywood: Dispatches from The Wild West, Day 3

A lovely day for a cruise…and that’s exactly what we did!

We left our B&B early and drove through gently-rolling, sheep-dotted hills, while the clouds chased the sun and the sun chased back in a wind-blown game of “Catch me if you can.” There is no sky quite like an Irish sky!

And as we drove…

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Added by Wild West Irish Tours on June 25, 2018 at 6:00am — No Comments

Finding History, Inspiration: Dispatches from The Wild West, Day 2

The sun shone brightly on the second day of my Clare-Connemara-Galway tour.

We got an early start and headed to Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, and it turned out to be a treasure trove of history of the best kind—the way…

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Added by Wild West Irish Tours on June 25, 2018 at 6:00am — No Comments

The Adventure Begins: Dispatches from The Wild West, Day 1

My Clare-Connemara-Galway tour started out with a bang, filled with history, fascinating details that only locals would know, and…

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Added by Wild West Irish Tours on June 25, 2018 at 5:30am — No 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

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 of Limavady in what is now County Derry, Ireland. Upon reaching the safety of the…

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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 Lughnasa

At the Ould Lammas Fair boys were you ever there

Were you ever at the Fair In Ballycastle-O?

Did you treat your Mary Ann

To some Dulse and Yellow Man

At the…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on August 1, 2017 at 6:30pm — 3 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 ...

The…

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

This Week in the History of the Irish: July 16 - July 22

MÁIRT -- On July 18, 1874, Irish revolutionary Cathal Brugha was born Charles William St. John Burgess on Richmond Avenue in Dublin. Cathal joined the Gaelic League in 1899 and became a lieutenant in the Irish Volunteers…

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Added by The Wild Geese on July 15, 2017 at 11:00am — No 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 Mac Neill at the court at Tara. His journey would take him along the…

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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

 Capes, Shawls and The…

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

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