All Blog Posts Tagged 'Irish' (170)

Slaughter in County Armagh. (The Murder Triangle)

I think it is fair to say it is widely accepted worldwide that during armed conflicts, civilians are normally not targets of hostility. While it is unfortunate that in some situations civilians are sadly, caught in the crossfire, usually they are not deliberately targeted. However this unwritten rule was blatantly ignored when civilians became…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on September 16, 2020 at 11:30am — No 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 August 7, 2020 at 6:30pm — 2 Comments

The Miami Showband Massacre: Horror in the Dead of Night

Much has been written about the period of upheaval, sectarian hatred and relentless bloodshed that occurred in the province of Ulster in the north of Ireland in the 30 years between 1968 and 1998. Unless you were there and lived through the madness, it's likely that you have trouble actually…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on July 31, 2020 at 1:00am — 14 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

O'Reilly: Fenian Rebel, Convict and Poet

On June 28, 1844 John Boyle O’Reilly, author, poet, and republican was born in Dowth Castle, Co. Meath. Ireland

On October 12, 1867, after picking up cargo from Sheerness and Plymouth harbors, a fully rigged, 875-ton frigate, cast off from her moorings at Portsmouth on the south coast…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on January 25, 2018 at 8:00am — 7 Comments

'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

Thomas Addis Emmet: Twice a Rebel

Today we remember with pride the great Irish patriot Robert Emmet, who led an Irish rebellion that occurred 23 July 1803, 214 years ago today. Robert Emmet had an equally patriotic brother who took part in, not one, but two rebellions. Here is his fascinating story ...

The…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on July 23, 2017 at 7:30pm — 4 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


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Authentic Medieval Experience At The Black Castle!

Tullaun Castle now has one room up and runningairbnb link read more on it's preservation journey from the below article in 2013.

In Love, Again, with an Irish Historic…

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Added by Nollaig 2016 on May 30, 2017 at 5:00pm — No 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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Some Irish Nannies to the Rich and Famous

Margaretta Alexandra Eagar (1863 — 1936), was a Limerick woman who served as a nanny

 to the four daughters of Emperor and Empress Nicholas II and Alexandra Feodorovna of Russia,

that is, the Grand…

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Added by Nollaig 2016 on December 11, 2016 at 4:00pm — No Comments


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Hollywood's Irish Import Shop -- A Place for the Homesick

Rainy days, she says, are especially good for business. They make people homesick. (The little cottage you see behind her left shoulder is a little incense burner for peat -- which makes the store smell like Ireland.)…

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Added by Nollaig 2016 on December 2, 2016 at 1:00am — No Comments


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The Si-Og Company -- Collectible Dolls From the West of Ireland

The Si-Og Company is located just south of the River Shannon on the west coast of Ireland.

We specialize in making limited edition Collectible Dolls, which are handmade by experienced Irish craft workers using traditional quality…

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Added by Nollaig 2016 on November 16, 2016 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

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