All Blog Posts Tagged 'Irish Freedom Struggle' (551)

'Irish Rebels Greeting Is Flashed in Times Square,' 1983

It was a cold night in November 1983, and I was in the middle of my 12-hour night shift driving a yellow cab in NYC.

Coming down Broadway in upper Manhattan, four people flagged me down. Three jumped in the back and one into the front, never a good plan from the perspective of the driver. The passenger in the front said: “Can you hurry up and get to Times Square?” and promised to take care of me when we arrived –- a…


Added by John McDonagh on December 13, 2013 at 4:30pm — 6 Comments

1916 and Beyond

I just picked up the CD of Mise Eire / Saoirse? and wonder if any WGers saw it when it first came out in 1960 or have seen the CD more recently. What do you think?

I bought it mainly to hear the background music by Sean O'Riada, said to be the father of the traditional music revival of the 20th century, and am only…


Added by Jim Curley on December 12, 2013 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

The Story of Irish Women Political Prisoners

Book Review

"In the Footsteps of Anne, Stories of Republican Women Ex-Prisoners"

Compiled by Evelyn Brady, Eva Patterson, Kate Mc Kinney, Rosie Hamill and Pauline Jackson

Shanway Press

$35 from…


Added by Sandy Boyer on December 9, 2013 at 12:30pm — 4 Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: November 24 - November 30

Hulton Deutsch

Erskine Childers in his British army uniform, c. 1900

LUAIN -- On November 24, 1922, during the Irish Civil War,…


Added by The Wild Geese on November 23, 2013 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Heritage Partner
News and Views Compiled By Irish National Caucus


Fifty years ago, the flagrant decision to deny Derry a university became the perfect symbol of Unionist anti-Catholic bigotry… And the issue still rankles this Derry columnist. ANCIENT SEAT OF LEARNING STILL FIGHTING…


Added by Fr. Sean McManus on November 23, 2013 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

The Scum of England, or Ordinary Men? A Review of DJ Kelly's 'Running with Crows'

Running with Crows: The Life and Death of a Black and tan

A novel by DJ Kelly

Published by PublishNation (6 Mar 2013)

Available from…


Added by John J. Gaynard on November 22, 2013 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

This Week in the History of the Irish: November 17 - November 23

Library of Congress

General Joseph Finegan



Added by The Wild Geese on November 16, 2013 at 9:30pm — 1 Comment

'As Game as Ned Kelly': The Rise and Fall — and Rise — of the Irish in Australia

By Joseph Gannon

Perhaps the most famous — or infamous — Irishman ever to trod south of the equator was the outlaw Ned Kelly, whose legend gave birth to "…


Added by The Wild Geese on November 11, 2013 at 8:30am — 7 Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: November 10 - November 16

From a St. Patrick's Day card published about 1910

Theobald Wolfe Tone

DOMNAIGH -- On November 10, 1798,…


Added by The Wild Geese on November 9, 2013 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Remembering the Irish Who Fell in 'The Great War'

November 11th, marks both Remembrance Day in Ireland and the “Commonwealth Countries,” and Veteran’s Day in the United States of America. Although no official holiday is observed on the 11th of November in the Republic of Ireland,…


Added by The Wild Geese on November 8, 2013 at 10:00am — 5 Comments

AOH Division 7, New Haven CT, endorses Eire Nua Campaign in US


NEW HAVEN, CT……….The AOH Division 7, New Haven, CT voted to endorse the Éire Nua Campaign in the United States at their monthly meeting on September 24, 2013.

The proposal was introduced by their Freedom For All Ireland Chairman, Peadar Mac Maghnuis. It was supported by the Division 7 President, Jason McWade, and the general membership in attendance.

“This is a historic vote for Division 7 that will have significant influence over the state and…


Added by Peter McManus on November 3, 2013 at 2:28pm — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: November 3 - November 9

John Mitchel as portrayed by Currier and Ives, who made a number of Irish prints to appeal to the Irish-American market.

DOMNAIGH -- On Nov. 3,…


Added by The Wild Geese on November 2, 2013 at 9:30pm — No Comments

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

Decade of Commemorations

As any Irish history enthusiast will know, 2013 marks the centenary of a very significant year in the Irish fight for independence - and the next ten years will provide many more milestones to commemorate. The years 1913-23 in Ireland saw the Dublin Lockout, the 1916 Rising, the War of Independence, and the Civil War. By the end of this tumultuous decade, Ireland would be a fledgling Free State, and the…


Added by Mercier Press on October 31, 2013 at 9:00am — 1 Comment


The greatest censorship that happened in Ireland was during the seventies when the FIanna Fail government brought in Section 31 which forbade republicans from having access to the media. In the eighties the coalition of Fine Gael and Labour took it a step further forbidding Sinn Fein members from talking about everything including gardening in the media. The act was repealed in the nineties as part of the peace process. It is worth noting that at height of apartheid in South Africa, de…


Added by Terry Moore on October 27, 2013 at 4:46pm — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: October 27 - November 2

O'Duffy's Blueshirts rally in a Dublin cemetery, 1934

CÉADAOIN -- On Oct. 30, 1892, Eoin O'Duffy, revolutionary and organizer of the infamous Blueshirts, was born in…


Added by The Wild Geese on October 26, 2013 at 10:00pm — 2 Comments

The History of Ireland in Six Minutes

heck out this absolutely brilliant history of Ireland
in six minutes created by Wild Geese member …


Added by Ryan O'Rourke on October 15, 2013 at 3:00am — 8 Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: October 13 - October 19

Tom Davis from an illustration in Atlas and Cyclopedia of Ireland, c. 1903.

LUAIN -- On Oct. 14, 1814, Thomas Osborne Davis, the poet laureate of the…


Added by The Wild Geese on October 12, 2013 at 10:00pm — 4 Comments

Ken Loach's 'Jimmy's Hall' and the Beautiful Carrick-On-Shannon – Part I

When Gerry Regan, executive producer of, heard that I was preparing for my journey through England and Ireland, he asked if I could make my way to Leitrim and the film set of 'Jimmy's Hall' and report on the experience.…


Added by Alannah Ryane on October 10, 2013 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

On the Set of Ken Loach's 'Jimmy's Hall'

Jimmy's Hall screenwriter, and former human rights lawyer Paul Laverty is certainly no stranger to controversy -- you only have to look at the comments on…


Added by Alannah Ryane on October 10, 2013 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

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