All Blog Posts Tagged 'Irish' (166)

Returning to the west of Ireland 30 years later

    I was first brought to a thatched cottage situated near Tuam in Country Galway Ireland in 1965 at the age of eleven. Enchanted with Ireland, over the next ten years I became increasingly embedded in the Irish culture finding a way to return every summer, working as a waitress at a Galway coffee shop. The peace my American high…

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Added by Susan O'Dea Boland on September 20, 2022 at 7:30am — No Comments

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

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

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


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'Greyhound on Train': Rescuing Seán Hogan at Knocklong

Irish Volunteer Seán Hogan gazed out the window of the train toward the distant Galtee Mountains to the south. It was early evening on May 13, 1919. The train had just pulled out of Emly, County Tipperary, headed toward the small town of…

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Added by Joe Gannon on April 6, 2020 at 5:00pm — 12 Comments

Hy Brasil, Songs of the Irish in Latin America

I'm a musician by trade but have also worked a good bit in documentary film over the last few years. Hy Brasil, as well as being the title of my new album, is an island from Irish mythology. "That shadowy isle" appeared on maps until the 1860's until they realised that it wasn't there at all, as…

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Added by Charles G O' Brien on June 1, 2019 at 9:30am — No Comments

New York Celebration of Fr. Felix Varela, Advocate for the Irish, on November 20th

Father Felix Varela became the advocate for the Irish immigrants in New York from the 1830s to 1850s. including the famine period.  There will be a celebration of his life at the Church of the…

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Added by John McAuliff on November 18, 2018 at 11:00am — No Comments

Everything Changed for Ireland After King Charles I's Execution

This poem was penned after the death of King Charles I, who was beheaded outside Whitehall Palace in London on the afternoon of January 30th, 1649, exactly 368 years ago, today. 

"He nothing common did or mean

Upon that memorable scene:

But with his keener eye

The axe’s…

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Added by Brian Nolan on January 30, 2018 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

'Truth Within the Fiction': Q&A With Author Billy O'Callaghan

When one writer encounters another that blindsides them with staggering awe, the inclination is to rush out and spread the joy with those who love the written word. I feel this way about Billy O'Callaghan and extend deepest gratitude to Gerry Regan and Joe Gannon for allowing me to share this…

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Added by Claire Fullerton on November 28, 2017 at 11:30am — No Comments

Confronting the Dark Side of the Irish ‘Down Under’

When I was asked to write a series of poems for an art exhibition in Australia earlier this year, I embarked on a dark voyage of discovery into the lives of Irish immigrant children 150 years ago.

Image: 'Image Above: Falling' by Jane Theau (2017)

There is a special brand of human misery so steeped…

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Added by Anne Casey on November 6, 2017 at 12:30am — 1 Comment

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

Book Review: 'The Dead House' by Billy O'Callaghan

I’ve been following author Billy O’Callaghan’s career with rapt enthusiasm, since I fortuitously came across him online, last year. That he is Irish caught my attention, and as I delved further, I discovered he is the author of three short story collections, all of which I’ve read, all of which, to me, are in their own…

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Added by Claire Fullerton on June 21, 2017 at 10:30am — 7 Comments

Irish Capes and Shawls and the Charm of Heritage Fashion



Irish Fashion

Customs & Traditions

 Capes, Shawls and The…

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Added by Blarney Woollen Mills on January 10, 2017 at 6:00am — 3 Comments

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