All Blog Posts Tagged 'IRA' (41)

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Leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising: Liam Mac Piarais

Liam Mac Piarais (William "Willie" Pearse) was born on the 15th of November in 1881 and was the younger brother Patrick Pearse, the well documented iconic figure of the 1916 Easter Rising.  It has been said that, to some extent, Willie lived in the shadow of his famous older brother…


Added by That's Just How It Was on February 21, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

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Leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising: Tomás Séamus Ó Cléirigh

Tomás Séamus Ó Cléirigh (Thomas James Clarke) was born on the 11th day of March in 1858.  He was  one of the oldest members of the 1916 Rising.  Clarke was also known as Henry Wilson, an alias he used to counteract any publicity that his own name may attract in his role as a…


Added by That's Just How It Was on February 18, 2015 at 8:00am — No Comments

Review: 'Belfast Days: A 1972 Teenage Diary'

Book Review

"Belfast Days: A 1972 Teenage Diary," by Eimear O’Callaghan

Merrion Press

Copyright 2014

"Belfast Days: A 1972…


Added by The Last Torch on February 16, 2015 at 12:30am — 8 Comments

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The Capuchin Friars and the Leaders of the Easter Rising

The heroes of the hour -- witnessing history as it unfolded. 

The Irish Order of the Capuchin Friars came to Ireland in 1615.  It was not until 1690, however, that their first friary was built.  Over time, they moved to Cork where they established the friary house (which…


Added by That's Just How It Was on February 15, 2015 at 11:00am — 12 Comments

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Leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising: Seán Mac Diarmada

Seán Mac Diarmada (Sean MacDermott) is yet another one of the 1916 Easter Rising leaders who has remained in the historical shadow of other prominent leaders who have enjoyed iconic status in the history books.  He has been described by some as one of the greatest of the…


Added by That's Just How It Was on February 12, 2015 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

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The Diary of an Emigrant and Dissenter

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"Against the Wind", by J.A. O'Brien

 Reviewer: Michael Halpenny


The full title of this book is "Against the Wind: Memoir of a Dissident Dubliner." However, this is not the diary of someone strenuously opposed to the Good Friday Agreement,…


Added by Against The Wind on November 30, 2014 at 1:00am — No Comments

John Kelly: Republican, Soldier, Politician, Peacemaker

John and Paddy Kennedy in 1969

This coming week will see the anniversary of the passing of John Kelly, a man of stature, honesty, and principle who as a young man was a Republican at a time when it was not popular. There were  people who would…


Added by philip kelly on September 21, 2014 at 3:00pm — 3 Comments

Michael Collins: Saga of Heroism Against Daunting Odds

In his book "Ireland – A History," Robert Kee describes Collins thus:

Of all the many rebel leaders to shine out of Irish history only one stands out as a really effective revolutionary: Michael Collins --- He took hold of a potentially revolutionary situation in Ireland and made it work.’

Born in 1890 in County Cork, he joined…


Added by James O'Brien on August 7, 2014 at 11:00pm — 7 Comments

Great Irish Romances: Joseph Plunkett and Grace Gifford

Of all the great men and women of that era, was there a more gallant figure than Joseph Mary Plunkett, or a more hopeless love than that of Plunkett and Grace Gifford? They were to be married in a church on St Stephen’s Green on April 23, Easter Sunday, 1916, but history…


Added by Susan McWilliams Lev-Yadun on February 7, 2014 at 3:00am — 2 Comments

Sean Treacy and May Quigley: An Irish Romance

Sean Treacy, of the Irish Republican Army, and May Quigley were lovers engaged to be married.  Sean took May to a Republican meeting where Michael Collins was speaking; as Collins got wound up, so did his profanity.

The Vice Commander, Sean Treacy,  stood with raised hand to…


Added by annette counihan on February 2, 2014 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

Daring IRA Helicopter Escape, Halloween 1973

On 31 October (Halloween), 1973, the IRA used a hijacked helicopter to free three of its members from Mountjoy Jail in Dublin.  Below is a video clip from RTÉ's archives which shows the footage from the aftermath of this daring escape:

Added by Ryan O'Rourke on October 31, 2013 at 11:39am — 1 Comment

'That's That': A Searing Look at a Wartime Childhood

Book Review

"That’s That" By Colin Broderick

Broadway Paperbacks $15

No memoir you have read about growing up in Ireland, not even Angela’s…


Added by Sandy Boyer on June 19, 2013 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

Live Members' Chat with Author, Colin Broderick

On Monday June 17th at 3:00 p.m. ET, members of The Wild Geese will have the opportunity to chat live with author, Colin Broderick.  If you cannot join us to submit your questions to…


Added by The Wild Geese on June 12, 2013 at 5:30am — 1 Comment

Liam Lynch: Victim of the Irish Civil War

In the early morning hours of April 10, 1923, in the Knockmealdown Mountains, County Tipperary, there died a great Irish patriot; a man who had fought with and lead some of the very men who now, tragically, would kill him. The man was General Liam Lynch, Chief of Staff, IRA. Born in the town of Barnagurraha,…


Added by The Wild Geese on June 5, 2013 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Terence MacSwiney: Irish Martyr

One armed man cannot resist a multitude, nor one army conquer countless legions; but not all the armies of all the empires of earth can crush the spirit of one true man. And that one man will prevail. -- Terence MacSwiney

Probably no man outside of Michael Collins was as responsible for getting England to agree to peace talks in 1921 as Terence…


Added by The Wild Geese on January 19, 2013 at 2:00am — 1 Comment

In Manhattan, Keeping Faith During the Hunger Strikes

Peter Dolan, Photographer

New York Irish History Roundtable Papers

Protest against the visit of the Prince of Wales, Lincoln Center, New York City, 17 June 1981



Added by The Wild Geese on January 19, 2013 at 1:30am — 1 Comment

After The Rising … 'Fron-goch and the Birth of the IRA'

Review by Kieron C. Punch /

After the British army suppressed the Easter Rising 90 years ago, authorities loaded their take of nearly 1,900 prisoners onto cattle boats and shipped them across the Irish Sea to…


Added by The Wild Geese on January 19, 2013 at 1:00am — No Comments

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