David Lawlor's Blog Posts Tagged 'Military History' (6)

Ballinalee, County Longford: The Village of Generals

To outsiders, the village of Ballinalee, in County Longford, might seem like no great shakes, just a bump in the road, a blink-and-you-miss-it spot that you’re through before you even notice. Were they to consult a map of the county, the seemingly inconsequential dot called Ballinalee might be ignored in favour…

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Added by David Lawlor on May 7, 2017 at 4:30am — 2 Comments

The Easter Rising's Forgotten Battle

The GPO, Mount Street Bridge, The South Dublin Union -- these are names that resonate when it comes to Easter 1916 as the battlegrounds for what became Padraig Pearse’s ‘glorious failure.’ However, for some quirk of history, the success that took place in the sleepy town of Ashbourne, County Meath, during the Rising has…

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Added by David Lawlor on March 25, 2016 at 3:30am — 15 Comments

From the Easter Rising to the Hollywood Hills

When the actor Arthur Shields strode towards the Abbey Theatre on Easter Monday, 1916, it was with one intent -- not to rehearse or act in a play, but to collect his rifle and take part in the greater drama that was about to shake the streets of Dublin.

Pictured, Arthur Shields

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Added by David Lawlor on February 1, 2016 at 11:30am — 21 Comments

Staring Death in the Face

Do not go gentle into that good night.

Rage, rage against the dying of the light. – Dylan Thomas

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Added by David Lawlor on May 28, 2015 at 9:00am — 6 Comments

The Great Escape - Irish Style

As a child, "The Great Escape" was one film that never failed to entertain me. Aside from a stellar cast that included Steve McQueen, Richard Attenborough (above), Charles Bronson, James Garner and a host of others, the story was compelling and also happened to be true.

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Added by David Lawlor on May 22, 2015 at 8:30pm — 6 Comments

Adolf Hitler and the Battle of Little Bighorn

You may not think the words in the headline above belong in the same sentence nor that they have any particular Irish resonance, but history throws up some intriguing links sometimes. This one caught my eye a while back, but I think now is a fitting time to share…

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Added by David Lawlor on May 19, 2015 at 6:30pm — 23 Comments

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