John Anthony Brennan's Blog Posts Tagged 'History' (25)

Birth of a New Language: 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 June 16, 2022 at 8:30am — 5 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 May 27, 2022 at 12:16pm — 11 Comments

County Clare's John Phillip Holland and The Fenian Ram

On this day, February 24, 1841, we remember with pride the birth of a unique Irishman, a man whose fertile mind far surpassed the greatest minds…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on February 24, 2022 at 11:49am — 2 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 January 20, 2022 at 12:00am — 6 Comments

A Brief History of Poetry in Ireland

If as an Irishman/Irishwoman you've ever wondered where you got your love of the spoken word, your love of storytelling, your love of long winded conversation, the following…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on January 7, 2022 at 1:30pm — 11 Comments

Slaughter in the Murder Triangle.

On this day forty-six years ago, on January 4th. 1976, one of the more depraved acts of senseless and bloody savagery was directed against two innocent civilian families in an area known locally as the ‘murder triangle,’ in Counties Armagh and Down.

Much has…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on January 3, 2022 at 6:30pm — No Comments

The Maynooth Battery

If you should someday find yourself in County Louth, Ireland, and if you have some time on your hands, it would be worthwhile if you visited the small village of Darver and the historic Darver Castle. The village is part of the …

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on December 23, 2021 at 12:30pm — 3 Comments

The Miami Showband Massacre: Horror in the Dead of Night

Miami Showband Massacre victims and relatives to receive nearly £1.5m in damages. While the four Miami Showband plaintiffs will receive the paltry amount of approx. £300k in damages each, there was no admission of liability.…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on December 14, 2021 at 4:30pm — 16 Comments

Remember, Remember...The Gunpowder Plot.

On  the 5th. of November 1605 an event took place in the heart of London, that if successful would have forever changed the political and economic future of Ireland, the…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on November 4, 2021 at 12:00pm — 10 Comments

Oliver Plunkett, Tomás Ó Fiaich and The Bard of Armagh

On November 1, 1625 Oliver Plunkett was born at…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on November 1, 2021 at 1:00pm — 6 Comments

Thomas Addis Emmet: Twice a Rebel

The next time you visit the East Village in New York City, and if time is on your side, walk to St. Mark’s-in-the-Bowery churchyard and give a nod to an Irishman who was initially interred there. The man, a well-known lawyer, also held the prestigious position of New York State Attorney General for a short period of…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on July 23, 2021 at 7:30pm — 4 Comments

Waterford's Ernest Thomas Walton: The Father of Atomic Energy

A widely respected, much admired, modest, unassuming Irishman played a major role in the development of Atomic Energy. It could be argued that this man’s role in the development of Nuclear physics was so groundbreaking and historic, that several years later, it led directly to the invention of the first Atomic bomb.…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on June 25, 2021 at 2:46pm — 4 Comments

A Woman of Ireland

One warm evening in August 1903 a large crowd gathered outside the Custom House in Dublin, Ireland. Nearby, the river Liffey, flowing slowly toward the sea, carried the sounds of the bustling city with it, on its never ending journey, as it had done for millennia. An imposing, well-dressed…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on November 25, 2020 at 5:30pm — 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…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on March 16, 2020 at 10:30am — 10 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…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on August 30, 2017 at 7:00pm — 2 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

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 with…

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

 

The scythe was invented in about 500 BC and first appeared in Europe during the 12th and 13th centuries. It was used mostly for mowing hay, and replaced the sickle for reaping crops by the 16th century as it was more efficient. As a farming tool, it remained in use for many years, even after the…

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

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