John Anthony Brennan's Blog Posts Tagged 'History' (24)

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

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

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,…

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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

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

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

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, Britain and Scotland. The event involved three kings, who together…

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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 Background

James I was the son of Mary, Queen of Scots, and a great-great-grandson of Henry VII,…

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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 ability to tap into the realm of spirit. It is a gift…

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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 looked forward to this day for as long as he could remember, And…

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

The Journey: A Nomad Reflects

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

Author John A. Brennan has just penned his latest poetry collection entitled "The Journey:…

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

The Meadow Ballet

 

Say what you like about him but my ‘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. The grass, defeated with surgical precision, fell in

complete…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on August 12, 2016 at 10:00pm — 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, arriving in the Crimea in 1343. The killer then boarded the myriad of…

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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. Green.

Doctor Arthur Price, Archbishop of…

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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 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

Mayo Man Louis Brennan: Inventor of the Guided Missile

An Irishman walking along the bank of a slow moving river near Castlebar, Co. Mayo, rod in hand, fishing bag comfortably positioned over his shoulder, wondered if that day would be the day he caught the big one. He…

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

Agnes Mary Clerke: From Skibbereen to the Moon.

The next time you look up at the full moon to make your wish, direct your gaze toward the southeast portion and locate the area known as the Mare Serenitatis (Sea of Serenity). There you will observe the valley where Apollo 17, the last in a series of lunar missions, landed Dec. 10, 1972. Nearby,…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on October 8, 2015 at 8:30pm — 6 Comments

Beaufort: The Navan Native Who Charted the Oceans

In France, during the reign of King Henry IV (1589-1610), a series of recurring religious conflicts erupted and grew so violent they became known as the Wars of Religion. The war was between the ruling Catholics and a…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on September 30, 2015 at 7:00pm — 11 Comments

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