All Blog Posts Tagged 'Living History' (86)

'Mad Mike' Hoare Turns 100 Years Old

Mad Mike’ Hoare believed you get more out of life by living dangerously. And yet about 35 family and friends gathered in Durban, South Africa, on 17 March, St Patrick’s Day, to honour Mike as he turned 100 years old. Among them were five of the Wild Geese who fought with him in the Congo in the…

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Added by Christopher Sean Hoare on April 12, 2019 at 8:30am — No Comments

The Twists and Turns of My Search for Kinney Ancestors

A quick intro on research for my Irish roots:

As a child, my mother always told me that her father said his mother was from Ireland; he (my grandfather) never told my mom her name, birthplace in Ireland, age or anything else: All he told my mom was where she was buried. When I went to the cemetery, she was…

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Added by Randy Bruyere on October 3, 2018 at 5:30am — No Comments

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

DEARDAOIN -- On Dec. 17, 1803, rebel leader Michael Dwyer, whose guerrilla attacks had maddened British colonial authorities since 1798, surrendered. Dwyer was born in County Wicklow and he participated in the 1798 Rising; however, unlike most of the leaders and…

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Added by The Wild Geese on December 16, 2017 at 12:30pm — 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 Israeli Occupation: Different Voices

Very recently I heard a young Israeli called Yehuda Shaul being interviewed on Radio Ulster. Yehuda is the co-founder of Breaking the Silence, an organization that aims to expose the harsh realities of the Occupation to fellow Israelis. His words made such a deep impression on me that I made up my mind to put my…

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Added by Colm Herron on September 27, 2017 at 7:00am — No Comments

'Would You Ever Think of Coming Home?'

I am surely not the first Irish emigrant to have heard these words from their heartbroken mother. Guilt at the impact of my decision to leave Ireland and grief at the loss of my beloved mother are central themes in my poetry collection…

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Added by Anne Casey on July 25, 2017 at 4:00am — 6 Comments

Ireland's Top 10 Natural Wonders

Feast your eyes on the natural beauty that Ireland has to offer. From amazing stone landscapes, to breathtaking cliff faces to picturesque lakes and more.…

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Added by The Irish Store on May 1, 2017 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Remembering the Easter Rising in Connemara

oil painting of Padraig Pearse by Eoin Mac Lochlainn

Quiet determination -- I think that's what he had.  He was passionate about the Irish language, Irish history and culture, the Irish way of life.

Above, oil painting of Patrick Pearse at Ros Muc, Connemara

He saw what the English education system was doing, trying to stamp…

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Added by Eoin Mac Lochlainn on April 13, 2017 at 9:00am — 4 Comments

3rd of July 1970: Day of Treachery

Shortly after the death of Martin McGuinness, I listened to a radio discussion about the Provisional IRA and its origins. Among the contributors was Ruth Dudley Edwards, the self-professed revisionist historian. At one stage in the programme, I heard her say, “I can understand why people went out on civil rights marches…

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Added by Colm Herron on April 7, 2017 at 1:00pm — 33 Comments

Níl Aon Tinteán Mar Do Thinteán Féin

Painting by Eoin Mac Lochlainn of empty fireplace, Fanad, Donegal

"Tinteán Tréigthe no.32", 42 x 42cm, oil painting on canvas by Eoin Mac Lochlainn, 2017

It’s Irish Language Week in Ireland this week so I've written my post in Irish. But please scroll down to read the English translation down below, if you wish. 

Tá scéailín deas agam daoibh faoin bpictiúr seo ag barr.…

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Added by Eoin Mac Lochlainn on March 5, 2017 at 11:00am — 7 Comments

My First Love

The first time I fell in love was in the children’s section of Brooke Park library. I was 11 and she was 10, and her name was Josephine and she had so many freckles on her face that she was a haze of delight.

It didn’t take long for me to work out that she changed…

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Added by Colm Herron on February 13, 2017 at 8:30pm — 4 Comments

Summer of '73

I still remember the whole thing like it was yesterday. Summer of '73 and me standing on the kitchen table in my Uncle Dan’s house in Forest Park singing Bad, Bad Leroy Brown and the whole place…

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Added by Colm Herron on January 11, 2017 at 9:00pm — 10 Comments

Ask Not Why

'My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.' -- JFK

For JFK

May 29, 1917 - Nov 22,…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on November 21, 2016 at 12:00am — 13 Comments

The Second Cycle



The ritual of cleansing oneself with water to begin anew is an old one.

From the seemingly simple act of taking a shower to the tradition of baptising a baby, water is seen as a nurturing source of life and a cyclical element. Its passage through the world, be it fresh or saltwater, is a constant variable…

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Added by Nicole Samantha Fishkind on October 26, 2016 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Reliving the 'Magic' at Pearse's Cottage in Connemara

photo of Piaras F. Mac Lochlainn at Rosmuc

My mother (God rest her) must have taken this photo. It was in Connemara and they were on their honeymoon… It was a long time ago, but we still had a copy in a dusty old photo album at home in Ranelagh. It was lovely to see it projected onto the gable end of Pearse’s Cottage in Ros Muc last weekend.

It’s a long story. But maybe today, I’ll just tell you about the short film that I produced as part of my artist’s…

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Added by Eoin Mac Lochlainn on August 5, 2016 at 6:30am — No Comments

Walking to Work Through a Battle Zone

There are two routes I can take to my office when I leave the train station to go to work. They both pass a large 18th century building of Palladian, neoclassical design, which I used to admire as a child, long before I knew of its connection to my own family.

Now, as I pass it by, I…

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Added by David Lawlor on May 28, 2016 at 4:00am — 7 Comments

Searching For My Great Grandmother's House in Donegal

oil painting of old deserted fireplace by Eoin Mac Lochlainn entitled: Tinteán Tréigthe no.19, oil on canvas, 2016

Tinteán Tréigthe no.19, oil on canvas, 2016

Now if you’re searching for your great grandmother’s cottage in the country, you can follow the map to a certain extent, but, in the end, you just have to ask someone. So, after driving a crooked mile up a crooked mucky roadeen, searching for the dot beside the ‘S’ of…

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Added by Eoin Mac Lochlainn on April 25, 2016 at 6:30pm — 4 Comments

Quo Vadis? (Who Are the Irish and Where Are They Going?)

Boy, we had us a whopping week of celebrations. There isn't a child in the country who can't now recite the Proclamation, nor an adult that cannot name everyone who fought in the GPO in 1916. We can all quote Yeats and Pearse, Connolly and Casement. We can sing songs that weren't sung in a century, and we can recite thumping…

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Added by Brian Nolan on April 3, 2016 at 7:00pm — 2 Comments

Remembering Patrick Pearse at Easter 2016 in Ros Muc

photo of Furze bushes at Ros Muc by Eoin Mac Lochlainn

(Scroll down to read the English translation of this post.)

Bhuel, bhí sé go h-iontach a bheith i láthair i Ros Muc i mbliana le hÉirí amach na Cásca a chomóradh, céad bhliain níos déanaí.  Bhí brat na hÉireann ag foluain i ngach gáirdín agus cuma álainn ar an cheantar ar fad.  Bhí gach sórt…

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Added by Eoin Mac Lochlainn on April 1, 2016 at 6:00am — 3 Comments

A 'New' Thatched Cottage in the Claddagh, Galway

I know that many of you have been to Galway (or intend visiting) and I am…

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Added by Brian Nolan on March 10, 2016 at 8:30am — 4 Comments

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