All Blog Posts Tagged 'History of Ireland' (436)

William Butler Yeats Mini Biography

I wrote this and read it at several annual W.B. Yeats Society of New York poetry awards ceremonies, at which the winners of cash prizes are introduced and present their winning entry and a few of their other poems.

Anglo-Irish William…

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Added by Don Bates on April 7, 2021 at 1:30pm — No Comments

The Poet

On Easter Monday 1916 one of the most important events in the long, tortuous history of Ireland took place. The event, so shocking and bold, is still debated and analysed until this very day. This is a personal tribute to that  handful of dreamers and visionaries, the brave men and women of Ireland, the poet and…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on April 2, 2021 at 3:00pm — 13 Comments

Annie Russell: A Flower from Sweet Strabane

In school, if you ever looked at images of the surface of the Sun you would have seen what appeared to be dark areas dotted across the surface. These anomalies are known as sunspots and appear dark because they are cooler than other parts of the Sun’s surface.…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on March 31, 2021 at 1:00pm — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: March 28 - April 3

DOMHNAIGH -- On March 28, 1820William Howard Russell , (right) among…

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Added by The Wild Geese on March 27, 2021 at 3:30pm — No Comments

The Green Valley

I've been down in the green valley, the holy place.

The one where the pagan and saint walk the
blessed earth yet still, in silent mystic. The one…
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Added by John Anthony Brennan on March 20, 2021 at 8:00pm — 9 Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: March 14 - March 20

MÁIRT -- On March 16, 1828, Patrick Cleburne, one of the finest generals produced by either side during America's long, bloody civil war was born at Bride Park Cottage in Ovens Township, Co. Cork, just outside Cork City. Robert E. Lee would one day say of…

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Added by The Wild Geese on March 14, 2021 at 1:00pm — 4 Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: February 28 - March 6

LUAIN -- On March 1, 1776, Irish-born Andrew Lewis was appointed a brigadier general in the…

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Added by The Wild Geese on February 27, 2021 at 2:00pm — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: February 14 - February 20

DOMHNAIGH -- On February 14, 1895, Sean Treacy, a revolutionary leader during the …

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Added by The Wild Geese on February 13, 2021 at 7:00pm — 4 Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: January 31 - February 6

LUAIN -- On February 1, 1702, the Irish Brigade of France added to its growing reputation as elements of the Brigade fought at …

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Added by The Wild Geese on January 30, 2021 at 2:30pm — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: January 24 - January 30

DOMHNAIGH -- On January 24, 1862, Miles Byrne, United Irishman and officer in Napoleon's Irish Legion, died in Paris. He was active in the 1798 Rising in Wexford and fought all its major battles, right through the rebels' climactic defeat at Vinegar…

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Added by The Wild Geese on January 23, 2021 at 3:00pm — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: January 17 - January 23

DOMHNAIGH -- On January 17, 1860, Dr. Douglas Hyde, Gaelic scholar and first President of Ireland, was born at Castlerea, County Roscommon. Hyde was the son of a Protestant minister and was educated at Trinity College, Dublin. He had a great facility for languages, learning Latin,…

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Added by The Wild Geese on January 16, 2021 at 3:00pm — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: January 10 - January 16

LUAIN -- On January 11, 1775, Louis De Lacy (right), soldier in the armies of Spain and France, was born in St. Roque, Spain, near Gibraltar, of Irish parents. Louis' father, Patrick, was an officer in the Irish Ultonia regiment of the Spanish army.…

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Added by The Wild Geese on January 9, 2021 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Annaghmare: The Big Marsh

In the land of Mac Nessa where epitaphs are written in blood, and nocturnal shadows flit freely in the cold moonlight, when the white hoar frost of winter’s breath blankets the big marsh, envelops the bracken and heather, coats the blackthorns in a slick sheen, clings to intricate webs as bejeweled wonders and the bleak, frozen bogs shiver and sleep,…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on January 8, 2021 at 2:30pm — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: December 6 - December 12

DOMHNAIGH -- In the early morning hours of December 6, 1921, representatives of the Irish government appointed by President Eamon de Valera, and those negotiating for the Crown signed the Anglo-Irish Treaty, ending the Irish War of Independence against Great Britain.…

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Added by The Wild Geese on December 5, 2020 at 6:00pm — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: November 22-28

DOMHNAIGH -- On November 22, 1919, Máire Drumm (nee McAteer), (right) Republican activist, was born in Newry, County Armagh. Máire's family was strongly republican; her mother had been active in the War of Independence and the Civil War. When she moved to Dublin seeking employment…

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Added by The Wild Geese on November 21, 2020 at 4:30pm — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: November 8 - November 14

DOMHNAIGH -- On November 8, 1987, in one of the most widely condemned actions of the "Troubles," an IRA bomb killed 11 at the…

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Added by The Wild Geese on November 7, 2020 at 10:30pm — No Comments

The Headcutter's Stone

In an old peat bog at Ummericam, sits the cruel headcutter's stone,

stained with the blood and fused with the ghosts, of men who are now long gone.

In the gorse and the furze their cries could be heard, when Johnston was out on the roam

their fates soon sealed with the headhunters wield, and where…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on November 5, 2020 at 11:00am — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: November 1 - November 7

DOMHNAIGH-- On the morning of Nov. 1, 1920, two masses were celebrated at an altar that 18-year-old IRA member Kevin Barry had constructed in his jail cell in Mountjoy Jail in Dublin. Barry was then led out of his cell by British soldiers and hanged.

(Right:…

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Added by The Wild Geese on October 31, 2020 at 8:00pm — 5 Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: October 25 - October 31

LUAIN -- On Oct. 26, 1771, John (Juan) MacKenna, who would rise to fame in South America, was born in Clogher, County Tyrone. MacKenna was related to Gen. Alexander O'Reilly, of the Spanish army, and O'Reilly helped MacKenna get…

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Added by The Wild Geese on October 24, 2020 at 3:00pm — No Comments

From Co. Armagh to the Heavens.

When it comes to astronomy, Ireland is blessed with many brilliant, world changing individuals, whose…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on September 25, 2020 at 10:30am — No Comments

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