All Blog Posts Tagged 'History' (79)

Byways & Backroads of Eire: A New Decade Begins

Lovely Loophead ~ ©2011 C.E. Devine

Ten years! My how the time has flown, it seems like that was just a few months ago.

It all started quite unexpectedly. In autumn of 2005, I was approached by friends who…

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Added by Bit Devine on May 29, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

Wild West of Ireland

Why in the world would I want to go to Ireland? There are so many reasons why I can barely focus to write a coherent response.

Ireland has always been a place of great intrigue to me for as long as I can remember. I was born with red hair. No one else in my classes in elementary school had red hair. I felt like a pariah. I didn't fit in at school, and even though my father had red hair as well, I didn't fit in there either.

For most of the people in my small class, matters of…

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Added by Jackie Gutschenritter on May 28, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments

His-Story of Irish Music - A Review of Larry Kirwan’s Latest Book

I was asked to write a review on the latest offering by Larry Kirwan, "A History of Irish Music."  As a scholar of Celtic music, I looked forward to reading his take on Irish music.  I will say that what I expected to read and what I read, whilst they meshed on some…

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Added by Bit Devine on May 22, 2015 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Recalling The Father of Irish Railways -- William Dargan

The man who changed the face of Ireland, County Laois's most famous son, William Dargan, was born near Killeshin, on Feb. 28th, 1799. He worked for some time as an apprentice to the pioneering Scottish engineer, Thomas Telford, and helped construct the London-Holyhead road across…

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Added by Brendan OByrne on May 22, 2015 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

The Irish in Early San Francisco

A visit to the cemetery next to little Mission Dolores reveals how important the Irish influence was on the city, and how brief life could be on the Gold Rush frontier.…



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Added by Jim Gregory on January 6, 2015 at 10:44am — No Comments

Pillaging, Treachery and Art Exhibitions at Dunamaise

The Rock of Dunamaise - my cousins tell me that they used to go on picnics there in the old days and, if you knew the place, you’d understand why. It’s not that high, maybe 50 metres or so above the Midlands plain - but it’s got a ruined castle on the top! Such an exciting place…

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Added by Eoin Mac Lochlainn on November 13, 2014 at 3:30am — 2 Comments

Yeats's poem A Prayer for My Son - which son was he referring to?

“A Prayer for My Son”  by William Butler Yeats

Bid a strong ghost stand at the head

That my Michael may…

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Added by Patricia Louise Hughes on October 6, 2014 at 6:30am — No Comments

Lily O'Neill, known as Honor Bright, photographed by the Garda Siochana

This is one of the photographs taken of 'Honor Bright' by Garda Sgt Andrew Gordon on the morning of 9th June 1925. The photos were not used in court. In fact the court allowed no evidence about her at all apart from her name, address, age and her location on that night of 8th of June, the hottest night of the year, in relation to the location of the two accused murderers. Her words, emotions and actions or any closer description of her were objected to by the counsel of Leopold Dillon, who…

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Added by Patricia Louise Hughes on September 25, 2014 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

Cuimhin Linn - Nos Acordamos - Vivan Los San Patricios!

Each year, on September 12, Mexico pays tribute to the San Patricios at San Jacinto Plaza.in Mexico City. A Memorial Plaque was installed back in 1959 on the wall facing the plaza. The plaque was designed by Lorenzo Rafael, son of Patricio Cox, who wrote the first book, a novel in…

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Added by Bit Devine on September 8, 2014 at 12:00pm — 7 Comments

Linkedin Long-Form Post #10 James Francis Smith Synopsis of the Irish-American Chronicle Plus the free download offer The 120-page Irish-American Chronicle takes an historical byway lightly trave…

Linkedin Long-Form Post #10 James Francis Smith

Synopsis of the Irish-American Chronicle Plus the free download offer

The 120-page Irish-American Chronicle takes an historical byway lightly traveled .

Few Irish-Americans have a profound understanding of what their forefathers accomplished to make this country great. To narrow this gap in our knowledge, I offered to download, for free, The Irish-American…

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Added by James Francis Smith on August 19, 2014 at 4:58pm — No Comments

The Hill

Atop the mystical hill of Tara stands the stone of Fal, one of four treasures brought to Ireland by the Tuatha de Dannan. It is otherwise known as the ‘stone of destiny.’ There, through the ages, all ard ri (high kings) were crowned. Marriage ceremonies took place there also. These rites were always blessed by the Druid, the holy man of the Celtic peoples. The Brehons, the…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on August 9, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

Ever Irrepressible Mims Murphy

Mary Eileen "Mims" Murphy Walsh was born in County Longford in 1881. She was college educated and worked in Dublin. She married Patrick "Paddy" Walsh on July 29, 1913. They immigrated to the United States in 1915. To Mims, it was an exile that she…

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Added by Bit Devine on July 16, 2014 at 4:00pm — No Comments


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Carlow County Museum - A Snapshot of Ireland's Heritage & History

From ancient archeological treasures and industrial history to notable personalities, transportation and sporting memorabilia; Carlow County Museum is a treasure trove for the history buff, genealogical researcher and tourist alike. Read…

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Added by Celtic Tours World Vacations on July 7, 2014 at 7:30am — No 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…

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

No Such Thing as a Stranger

The morning sun pressed through my window and pried open my eyes at half past six. Since breakfast wouldn't be served until half past eight, I decided that a short walk to explore the area around Dundrum House of Tassagh would do me some good. I spent an hour and a half…

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Added by Bit Devine on April 24, 2014 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Canadians Pay Tribute to Flaherty's 'Irishness'

On Thursday April 17th, Toronto's St. James Cathedral was a sea of green scarves and ties as mourners lined the streets at the state funeral for Canada's former Finance Minister James Flaherty. 

Fondly known as the 'little leprechaun' with the big heart, Irish charm…

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Added by Alannah Ryane on April 19, 2014 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Tom O Connor Profile

Fr. Tom O Connor, a native of Kiltulla, Athenry, Co. Galway, has spent more than 50 years researching the history and geopolitics of Iron Age Ireland. His book, Hand of History, Burden of Pseudo-History, presents a Celtic royal complex, unprecedented in Ireland for its size and…

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Added by Tom O Connor on March 30, 2014 at 6:30am — No Comments

Great Irish Romances: James Joyce and Nora Barnacle

Typically, anyone who is familiar with Irish literature is acquainted with James Joyce. Most have read Dubliners and some brave souls have even managed to plow though Finnegans Wake and actually got something out of it.  He, like most well-known writers, are known…

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Added by Bean Sáirséil on February 2, 2014 at 6:30am — 5 Comments

Review: 'Atlas of the Great Irish Famine'

Review by John Bruton

Atlas of the Great Irish Famine

Edited by…

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Added by The Wild Geese on January 22, 2014 at 6:30am — 6 Comments

Ferguson: The 'Mad Mechanic' From the Mourne Mountains

Pictured Harry Ferguson and Henry Ford.

Repost in honor of his Birthday.

Henry George "Harry" Ferguson, 4 November 1884 – 25 October…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on November 3, 2013 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

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