All Blog Posts Tagged 'History of Ireland' (474)

This Week in the History of the Irish: February 13 - February 19



DOMHNAIGH -- On February 13, 1782, Dillon's regiment of the Irish Brigade of France helped capture St. Kitts from the British during the American Revolution. Earlier, Dillon's…

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Added by The Wild Geese on February 13, 2022 at 11:27am — No Comments


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Seán Treacy at War: Tipperary 'Far Away'

Softly, gently, "Comrade", he cried

"No longer on earth can I stay

I will never more roam through my own native home

Tipperary so far away"…

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Added by Joe Gannon on February 8, 2022 at 3:30pm — 6 Comments

The Pagan and The Saint

Back in the mists of time, long before the Milesians arrived from Egypt, and even longer before the Celtic tribes came and settled, another ancient tribe inhabited the island of Ireland. The ‘Tuatha De Dannan,’ translated as ‘people of the Goddess Danu,’ were a supernatural race who came to Ireland with the intention of…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on January 31, 2022 at 2:00pm — 4 Comments

The Scribes

In A.D. 406 during a particularly harsh winter, the river Rhine froze over. Across this temporary land bridge poured hordes of Germanic tribes led by the charismatic Aleric, King of the…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on January 24, 2022 at 1:00pm — 4 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 red still…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on January 13, 2022 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Hunting the Druid's Bird.

“The wran, the wran, the king of all birds,

on Stephen's day was caught in the furze.

His body is little but his family is sweet

so rise up landlady and give us a treat.

And if your treat be of the best

your soul in heaven can then find its rest.

And if your treat be…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on December 25, 2021 at 7:26pm — 2 Comments

'Reamonn': Stories From Irish Life as a Young Man in England

This is my first Blog post, so I'll start with an introduction, and future blogs will just be about the episodes and individuals

Nation of Storytellers Podcast

I have started a podcast that aims to capture the stories and storytellers of Ireland, in the hope that it…

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Added by Joey Levins on December 23, 2021 at 7:00am — No Comments

The Winter Solstice in Ireland

This year’s shortest day of the year is on Tuesday, December 21, which will also mark the longest night of the year. Every year, the winter solstice marks the turn of the calendar as autumn ends and the winter begins. From an astronomical standpoint, the winter solstice means that the two opposite points in the sky…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on December 20, 2021 at 12:25pm — No Comments

The Anglo-Irish Treaty

One hundred years ago, on 6 December 1921 a treaty was signed with the British government that was to end Ireland’s 3-year war of independence and grant a measure of autonomy to Ireland. It was to be fully implemented by March 31, 1922, and the fighting would end; it had…

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Added by Mike McCormack on December 8, 2021 at 1:00pm — No Comments

The Battle of Cúl Dreimhne (Battle of the Book)

St. Colmcille, also known as St. Columba, was born on this day Dec. 7 in 521 AD in Gartan, modern day County Donegal, Ireland.…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on December 7, 2021 at 1:26pm — 2 Comments

Oliver Cromwell

Oliver Cromwell, one of the most reviled characters in Irish history, was an English military and political leader and the Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England, Scotland, and Ireland. He was born in April 1599 and his father was Robert Cromwell. For the first forty years he led a fairly…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on December 2, 2021 at 3:30pm — No Comments

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

MÁIRT -- On Nov. 16, 1814, Michael Kelly Lawler, general in the Union army during the American Civil War, was born in County Kildare, Ireland. Lawler emigrated to the United States with his family at just 2 years of age. His family moved from New York to Maryland, and finally to Gallatin…

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Added by The Wild Geese on November 13, 2021 at 4:35pm — No Comments

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

DOMHNAIGH -- On Oct. 17, 1803, nationalist politician and Young Irelander William Smith O'Brien was born in Dromoland, County Clare. O'Brien was…

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Added by The Wild Geese on October 16, 2021 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Irish Grad Student Discovers Pulsars, But Englishman Gets Nobel

Being of Irish heritage and an astronomer, astrophysicist and educator by profession, I have a particular interest in this story. As a founding member of Astronomy For Change (https://astronomyforchange.org) and the original author, I'm sharing it here on TWG. -- Tom…

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Added by Thomas Madigan on September 12, 2021 at 6:00am — No Comments

An Gorta Mor Remembered in Dublin

On this day May 17, 2020 a National Commemoration took place in St Stephen's Green in Dublin city centre in remembrance of the events that took place in Ireland 174…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on September 9, 2021 at 1:00pm — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: September 5 - September 11

CÉADAOIN -- On September 8, 1798, Lord Cornwallis and General Gerard Lake cornered French General Joseph Humbert's small Franco-Irish army at Ballinamuck, County Longford. With the two British armies closing in, Humbert drew his men up into line of battle. Humbert had…

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Added by The Wild Geese on September 4, 2021 at 6:00pm — No Comments

The Norman Invasion of Ireland

On this day 23 August 1170, the Vikings returned to Ireland. They didn't arrive…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on August 23, 2021 at 11:28am — 7 Comments

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

DOMHNAIGH -- On August 22, 1846, Fenian poet John Keegan Casey (right) was born at Mount Dalton, Co. Westmeath. While only in his teens Casey began writing poetry for The Nation. After teaching in Cleraun and Keenagh, Casey gave up the profession to work…

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Added by The Wild Geese on August 21, 2021 at 2:26pm — No Comments

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

LUAIN -- On August 9, 1876, Josephine Bracken, whose parents were from Belfast, was born in Victoria City, British Hong Kong. Her father James, a soldier in the British army, was a native of County Offaly. Josephine's mother, a McBride, died in childbirth. She…

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Added by The Wild Geese on August 7, 2021 at 5:30pm — No Comments

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

DOMHNAIGH -- On Aug. 1, 1915, the funeral of Fenian Jeremiah O'Donovan Rossa was held before a huge crowd at Glasnevin Cemetery in Dublin. Rossa's body had been returned from New York where he died June 30. He had been exiled by the British…

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Added by The Wild Geese on July 31, 2021 at 4:00pm — No Comments

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