John Anthony Brennan's Blog Posts Tagged 'Irish Freedom Struggle' (5)

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

Life Along the Border in 1920s Ireland (A Short Story)

He'd had a narrow escape the day before. They had almost caught him and he was lucky that he managed to elude them. An icy cold sweat broke out on his furrowed brow as…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on December 16, 2017 at 1:30pm — 2 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, 2017 at 7:30pm — 4 Comments

County Clare's John Phillip Holland and The Fenian Ram

The Battle of Hampton Roads, often referred to as either the Battle of the Monitor and Merrimack (or Virginia) or the Battle of Ironclads, was the most noted and arguably most important naval battle of the American Civil War from the standpoint of the development of navies. It was fought March 8–9, 1862, in Hampton…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on October 14, 2015 at 2:30am — 2 Comments

The Rhythm of Time.

This was written in a prison cell by a fellow Irishman, kindred spirit, poet, soldier and a far braver man than I. Bobby Sands, adhering to the ancient Brehon Law of fasting, died while on hunger strike in Long Kesh prison camp for his political beliefs on 5/5/’81.

The Rhythm of Time

There’s an inner thing in every man do you know this thing my friend?

It has withstood the blows of a million years and will do so to the end.

It was born when time did not exist and…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on September 16, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments

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