All Blog Posts Tagged 'Military History' (318)

This Week in the History of the Irish: June 9 - June 15

DOMHNAIGH -- On June 9, 1798, Col. Chetwynd-Stapylton and a detachment of the York Fencibles rode into the town of Saintfield, County Down, and straight into a force of United Irishmen who had earlier occupied the town. The United Irishmen attacked the…

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Added by The Wild Geese on June 9, 2019 at 1:00pm — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: June 2 - June 8

DOMHNAIGH -- On June 2, 1567, Shane "the Proud" O'Neill was murdered. The eldest son of Conn O'Neill, 1st Earl of Tyrone, Shane became chief of the O'Neills in 1559. Shane alternately fought and negotiated with the English through the years. In 1562, Shane went to London to make peace…

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This Week in the History of the Irish: May 26 - June 1

DOMHNAIGH-- On May 26, 1706, Col. Charles O'Brien, 5th Viscount Clare, died from wounds suffered at the…

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Castlebar Honors Native Son, Inventor Extraordinaire

Louis Philip Brennan was born on Main Street, Castlebar, County Mayo, on January 28, 1852, the 10th child of Thomas Brennan, a hardware merchant in the town. 

After the death of at least five of his older siblings…

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Added by Brían Hoban on May 15, 2019 at 6:00pm — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: May 12 - May 18

DOMHNAIGH -- On May 12, 1916, the British army executed Sean Mac Diarmada and James Connolly, the last of the Rising leaders they would kill in Dublin. The treatment accorded to Connolly, a hero among the poor of Ireland for his…

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This Week in the History of the Irish: May 5 - May 11

DOMHNAIGH -- On May 5, 1981, Bobby Sands (right) died on hunger strike at Long Kesh prison. He had begun the strike on March 1, in…

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Added by Joe Gannon on May 4, 2019 at 7:00pm — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: April 28 - May 4

DOMHNAIGH -- On April 28, 1916, as the rebels in Dublin were being squeezed harder and harder by the British and nearing the end of their resistance, outside the city the rebels were achieving a small victory. Led by Thomas Ashe, a group of Irish Volunteers ambushed a 40-man unit of the…

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Added by The Wild Geese on April 27, 2019 at 11:30pm — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: April 21 - April 27

MÁIRT -- On April 23, 1014 the Battle of Clontarf, one of the most famous and important battles in Irish history, was fought just north of Dublin. It was a bloody stand-up battle, fought mainly with ax and sword, with Brian Boru's men prevailing. This battle would later enter Irish legend as the place where…

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Added by The Wild Geese on April 20, 2019 at 4:30pm — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: April 14 - April 20

LUAIN -- On April 15, 1848, in Dublin, Thomas Francis Meagher presented the tricolor national flag of Ireland to the public for the first time at a meeting of the Young Ireland Party. Meagher had recently gone to Paris with an Irish delegation sent to congratulate the French republicans on…

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Added by The Wild Geese on April 13, 2019 at 11:30am — No Comments

'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

This Week in the History of the Irish: April 7 - April 13

DOMHNAIGH -- On April 7, 1865, Brig. Gen. Tom Smyth was mortally…

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This Week in the History of the Irish: March 31 - April 6

MÁIRT -- On April 1, 1776, Irish-born Edward Hand (right) was appointed a brigadier general in the Continental Army. Hand first came to the colonies as a surgeon's mate and later an ensign in the 18th (Royal Irish) Regiment of the British army. In 1774, he resigned from the army and settled…

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Added by The Wild Geese on March 30, 2019 at 8:00pm — No Comments

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

DOMHNAIGH -- On March 17, 1858, James Stephens founded the Irish Republican Brotherhood in Dublin at the same time as John O'Mahoney was founding the American branch of the revolutionary group. O'Mahoney gave the…

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

LUAIN -- On March 4, 1804 in Australia former United Irishmen stage a small insurrection that ended with a short fight at Castle Hill. Starting in 1799 the British had been shipping many of the leaders and participants of the Rising 1798 Rising to “Van Diemen’s Land” (Australia). Once there they…

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Added by The Wild Geese on March 2, 2019 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

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

LUAIN -- On February 18, 1817, Walter Paye Lane, Confederate general in the American Civil War, was born in County Cork. He emigrated to the United States with his parents when he was only 4 years old. Lane grew up in Ohio but traveled to Texas at 18. He fought with Sam Houston at…

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Added by The Wild Geese on February 17, 2019 at 12:30pm — No Comments


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William 'Whack' Ryan: Martyr to Cuban Freedom

As the brilliant rays of the morning sun began to flash off the whitewashed adobe wall in Santiago, Cuba, 30-year-old William Albert Charles Ryan reflected that it would be yet another beautiful day on the tropical island he had come to love. He could hear the sweet songs of a few…

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Added by Joe Gannon on February 14, 2019 at 6:30pm — 5 Comments

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



 CÉADAOIN -- On February 13, 1782, Dillon's regiment of the Irish Brigade of France helped capture St. Kitts from the British during the American Revolution. Earlier, Dillon's regiment had helped France…

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

DOMHNAIGH -- On February 3, 1537, Lord "Silken" Thomas Fitzgerald and his five uncles were executed at Tyburn, England. In June 1534, believing the English had killed his father in London (he actually died in the Tower later, of disease), Fitzgerald led a revolt against the English. He gained the name…

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Added by The Wild Geese on February 2, 2019 at 5:30pm — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: January 27 - February 2

LUAIN -- On January 28, 1967 , Helena Moloney, republican and trade unionist, died in Dublin. Moloney was born in Dublin in 1884. While only at teen-ager Moloney heard Maud Gonne give a pro-nationalist speech near the Customs House. Inspired by Gonne, Helena began a…

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Added by The Wild Geese on January 26, 2019 at 5:00pm — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: January 20 - January 26

DOMHNAIGH -- On January 20, 1771, Don Hugo O'Conor was named Commandant Inspector of New Spain (Mexico). O'Conor was born into a Jacobite family in Dublin in December 1734. The family…

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