All Blog Posts Tagged 'Living History' (86)

Irish Pilgrim Paths Day and the Irish Pilgrim Tag™

National Pilgrim Paths Day is a new Easter Festival based on Ireland’s dense network of medieval pilgrim walking routes. This new heritage themed event is organised by the local communities adjacent to each of our principal penitential routes and is aimed at raising…

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Added by Thomas R. on February 16, 2016 at 2:30am — No Comments

The Iron Man

I'm not hugely into sports. I watch the big soccer and rugby games when Ireland plays. I appreciate the skill in a good boxing bout and I sit in awe whenever the Olympics is on and I can watch those jaw-dropping displays the gymnasts put on. Other than that, I’m not that pushed. However, my…

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Added by David Lawlor on January 14, 2016 at 6:00am — 4 Comments

For the Harried, Fáilte 'Nollaig na mBan'

“Nollaig na mBan,” or “Little Women’s Christmas,” is an old custom that’s still celebrated by women all over Ireland. It goes back to the days when large families were the norm. Men never lifted a finger in the house to help, and were never expected to. If a man washed the dishes, he would be called an “auld…

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Added by Brían Hoban on January 4, 2016 at 6:00am — 5 Comments

Silent Radical: Winifred Carney (Documentary From NV TV)

I would love all of you to see a very recent film piece about my Aunt Winifred.  Here she is for a posed photograph with her mother (Sarah Cassidy Carney) and her two sisters, Mabel and Maud, who later become nuns.  She is standing between her two sisters.  Winnie also had four brothers:  Alfred, Ernest,…

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Added by Joan Austin on December 13, 2015 at 4:30pm — 2 Comments

Moore Street Centennial Bond Launch

My aunt Winifred Carney was present with James Connolly on Moore Street.

I live in the United States and I am now able to purchase a Bond to help purchase Moore Street.  The following video…

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Added by Joan Austin on December 10, 2015 at 11:30am — 5 Comments

SAVING DUBLIN'S MOORE STREET

(HOW WE CAN HELPhttp://www.1916moorestreetbond.com/eventsandgatherings)

I began to write about Saving Dublin's Moore Street and found I could not write it any better than Robin Mary Heany has, taken from this site:…

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Added by Joan Austin on December 9, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

Pete Hamill on Radio Free Eireann Saturday

The great Irish American journalist Pete Hamill will be our guest on Saturday December 5 at 12 Noon New York time. We will talk about his book Why Sinatra Matters which is being re-issued in time for the centenary of Sinatra's birth. Pete has written a new introduction for this edition.

As always, Radio Free Eireann is heard on WBAI 99.5 FM andwbai.org on the web. Unfortunately we still can't broadcast…
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Added by Sandy Boyer on December 3, 2015 at 3:23pm — No Comments

'Jimmy’s Hall': Why This Remarkable History -- and Film -- Matter

It's almost like looking in the mirror.

High unemployment, mass emigration of the young and problems affecting health and education services are as current today as they were in the first decade of Irish independence, the period that informs the narrative of Ken Loach's newest film, "Jimmy's…

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Added by James O'Brien on September 10, 2015 at 7:00pm — 3 Comments

'Diaspora': Forsaken Hearths Evoke Those Who Have Gone

photo by Eoin Mac Lochlainn of a cottage in Donegal

What would you expect to see inside this old overgrown cottage on the side of the road in Donegal? Would you just pass by or would you try and get in to have a look?  Well, I was passing this cottage every day a few years ago until eventually, my curiosity got the better of me.

It wasn’t that difficult to enter, despite the tangle of brambles…

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Added by Eoin Mac Lochlainn on September 9, 2015 at 9:00am — 9 Comments

The Knife Sharpener

Every couple of years this man would come to Loughrea, County Galway and set up shop on the footpath outside Molloy's Harp Bar on Main Street. He was an itinerant blade grinder, or knife sharpener.

Folks would get wind he was in town and quickly a queue would…

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Added by Brian Nolan on June 2, 2015 at 6:30am — 6 Comments

The Women of Erin

During a 1986 interview with 1916 patriot Sam O’Reilly for the Irish Echo newspaper, Sam excused himself to retrieve some notes.  At that point, his wife Mary whispered, "Mike, would you ever tell our story?"  I said, "Sure, you mean you and Sam?"  She replied, "No, I mean the…

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Added by Mike McCormack on February 28, 2015 at 1:30pm — No Comments

The Irish of Savannah

The Irish were present at the creation of Georgia as a British colony in 1733. The second Royal Governor (1757-1760) of the colony was the Monaghan-born naval explorer Henry Ellis.  By treaty signed in 1763 with the Creek Indians, a tract of land was transferred which was roughly…

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Added by Dee Notaro on February 28, 2015 at 5:30am — No Comments

Transcript: Discussing the Irish In New Orleans with Dr. Laura Kelley

The following is a transcript of the LIVE members' chat hosted here at TheWildGeese.com on Saturday, February 21, 2015 with Dr. Laura Kelley.  Some editing has been applied for clarity.

The Wild Geese:  Hello and “fáilte” to Dr. Laura Kelley who joins us live from New Orleans,…

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Added by The Wild Geese on February 23, 2015 at 8:04am — No Comments

It's Mardi Gras in New Orleans: Make Way for the Irish

by Dr. Laura Kelley

The Irish of New Orleans today can be found in many places, some familiar and others less so. Pauline Patterson’s much loved pub, …

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Added by The Wild Geese on February 21, 2015 at 2:30am — 3 Comments

Life in New Orleans' Irish Channel

What was life like in New Orleans' Irish Channel in the early to mid 20th-century?

The Works Project Administration (WPA) conducted a series of interviews with the people of the Channel in 1941.  Many of those…

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Added by The Wild Geese on February 20, 2015 at 1:00am — No Comments

The Fighting Irish of New Orleans

by Dr. Laura Kelley

Street-fighting man, bare-knuckles, and hard-fisted: Why do the Irish like to fight? Is there more…

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Added by The Wild Geese on February 19, 2015 at 1:00am — 2 Comments

Margaret Gaffney Haughery: From Poverty to Philanthropy

By Dr. Laura Kelley

“No work was too menial, no venture too unprofitable, for her.”

Without question, among the Irish…

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Added by The Wild Geese on February 17, 2015 at 1:00am — No Comments

The Irish in Colonial Era New Orleans

By Dr. Laura Kelley

Usually, when we speak about the Irish Diaspora in the USA, New Orleans is not among the cities that first come to mind as centers of Irish population and…

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Added by The Wild Geese on February 16, 2015 at 1:00am — No Comments

The Irish in New Orleans: An Introduction

Laura D. Kelley’s Irish roots dictated the focus of her study, and Irish luck lent a hand when she met on her first day in the Crescent City a man from “da Channel”– the Irish Channel – with an unusual accent reminiscent of New York City even though he was born and raised in New…

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Added by The Wild Geese on February 15, 2015 at 1:00am — No Comments

Irish Famine-Era 'Farthing' Sells for $102.50

This farthing coin was recently sold on eBay for $102.50. When it was minted in 1842, as a trading token by James O'Flynn it was worth only a quarter of one penny. James O'Flyn(n) was listed under 'Linen and Woollen Drapers…

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Added by Brian Nolan on January 27, 2015 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

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