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…Continue
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Much has been written about the period of upheaval and violence that occured 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 understanding the effects of that terrible period in…Continue
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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…Continue
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It is widely accepted that the traditions of music and storytelling in Ireland, are among the most original and earliest forms of communication in Europe. The one thing that truly unites all the differing factions in Ireland is our love of and deep respect for music. Music unites, gladdens and crosses all of the invisible barriers. It knows no boundaries, borders…Continue
"He nothing common did or mean
Upon that memorable scene:
But with his keener eye
This month in January 1868, after a voyage of 89 days, an infamous convict-ship docked for the last time in Freemantle harbor, Western Australia.
On October 12, 1867, after picking up cargo from Sheerness and Plymouth harbors, a fully…Continue
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…Continue
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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…Continue
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 ...
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…Continue
Tullaun Castle now has one room up and running: airbnb link read more on it's preservation journey from the below article in 2013.
In Love, Again, with an Irish Historic…Continue
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Customs & Traditions
Capes, Shawls and The…Continue
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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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.)…Continue
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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…Continue
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…Continue