March is traditionally known as Irish Heritage month and this is highlighted on March 17th. with large parades in many towns and cities around the world. The parades are held in honor of a unique individual named Patricius, a Roman Briton, taken with his two sisters as hostages to Ireland by one of Ireland's greatest…Continue
Added by John Anthony Brennan on March 16, 2022 at 12:30pm — No Comments
March is traditionally known as Irish Heritage month and this is highlighted on March 17th. with large parades in many towns and cities around the world. The parades are held in honor of a unique individual named Patricius, a Roman Briton, taken with his two sisters as hostages to Ireland by one…Continue
Added by John Anthony Brennan on February 28, 2022 at 6:00pm — 10 Comments
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…Continue
Added by John Anthony Brennan on January 7, 2022 at 1:30pm — 11 Comments
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 …Continue
Added by John Anthony Brennan on December 23, 2021 at 12:30pm — 3 Comments
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…Continue
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On November 1, 1625 Oliver Plunkett was born at…Continue
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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…Continue
Added by John Anthony Brennan on March 16, 2020 at 10:30am — 10 Comments
"A tailcenn (baldhead) will come over the raging sea, with his perforated garments, his crook-headed staff, with his table (altar) at the east end of his house, and all the people will answer 'Amen! Amen!"
Soon after Laoghaire Mac…Continue
Added by John Anthony Brennan on March 8, 2020 at 4:00pm — 10 Comments
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…Continue
Added by John Anthony Brennan on August 30, 2017 at 7:00pm — 2 Comments
Most people today will tell you, if you ask, that there are four provinces in Ireland, namely, Ulster, Munster, Leinster and Connaught. What many people are not aware of is the fact that in the distant past, there were actually five provinces, the fifth one being the province called Royal Mide.
Added by John Anthony Brennan on December 27, 2016 at 12:00am — 6 Comments
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…Continue
Added by John Anthony Brennan on December 10, 2016 at 5:00pm — 6 Comments
You were a rebel from the beginning and could not have been any other way. You got your survival instincts from your grandparents, who were from County Down, Ireland.
After you were born, during the Second World War in Liverpool England, you lived with your Mother, Julia.…Continue
Added by John Anthony Brennan on December 8, 2016 at 5:00pm — 14 Comments
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…Continue
Added by John Anthony Brennan on November 17, 2015 at 9:00pm — 8 Comments
"A writer is not interested in explaining reality. He’s only interested in capturing it.” ~ Brendan Kennelly.
Inside my father's bones lie a million secrets.
Secrets passed down the long chain from…Continue
Added by John Anthony Brennan on August 6, 2014 at 11:00am — 13 Comments
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