All Blog Posts Tagged 'Revolutionary' (8)


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Michael Brennan and East Clare Brigade at the Glenwood Ambush

Michael Brennan waved his arm and called out to the men of the East Clare Flying Column to abandon their positions along the road near Glenwood House in southeast County Clare, about 12 miles north of Limerick City. Like so many ambushes laid by members of the Irish Volunteers during the Irish War…

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Added by Joe Gannon on January 13, 2021 at 2:30pm — 4 Comments

Cappoquin RIC Shootings: 100 Years Ago

Apparently, a Black and Tan member of the Royal Irish Constabulary in Cappoquin (left) had been in the sights of the I.R.A. for “ill-treating Sinn Fein supporters.” Reportedly, members of the Volunteers (Oglaigh na hEireann) in Cappoquin  were  “reluctant to kill him.”  Accordingly, three, Dungarvan men –…

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Added by Ivan Lennon on November 20, 2020 at 8:30pm — No Comments


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'Greyhound on Train': Rescuing Seán Hogan at Knocklong

Irish Volunteer Seán Hogan gazed out the window of the train toward the distant Galtee Mountains to the south. It was early evening on May 13, 1919. The train had just pulled out of Emly, County Tipperary, headed toward the small town of…

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Added by Joe Gannon on April 6, 2020 at 5:00pm — 12 Comments

George Lennon: Waterford Rebel

Dungarvan’s George Gerard Lennon (1900-1991), of O’Connell Street, Western Terrace (circa 1915) and Mitchell Terrace (1936), had a noteworthy revolutionary career.

Lennon's tenure encompassed some 17 engagements against enemy forces in Waterford, Limerick and Cork: a 14 year old “adjutant” in the…

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Added by Ivan Lennon on November 26, 2019 at 12:30pm — No Comments

A British Tradition—Purchasing Rank

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Excerpt from his book, Irish in the American Revolution

By James Francis Smith

Author of the “Irish-American Story”



In this day with Social Security, pensions, etc, many may find it impossible to grasp the British officers’ retirement pay—there wasn’t any.

The tradition at the time was called for an officer to purchase a promotion. Here’s the bind they found themselves in. If they didn’t come from money, they had to either borrow… Continue

Added by James Francis Smith on July 11, 2014 at 4:38pm — No Comments

Open Chat "Irish in the American Revolution"

Hi Gary & Ryan

I felt less than satisfied with my performance during last Friday's open chat. However, I believe I'll make up for it by sending the nine who joined the chat copies of my latest historical novel, "Irish in American Revolution"plus a copy of my book, "The Irish-American Chronicle," which introduces the entire Irish-American Story series.." Would you like the books sent to you for distribution or I'll need the mailing addresses of the nine to forward to Firstchoice, the…

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Added by James Francis Smith on June 10, 2014 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

This Week in the History of the Irish: October 6 - October 12

The Battle of Perryville from a contemporary illustration.

MÁIRT -- On October 8, 1862, Irish-born…

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Added by The Wild Geese on October 5, 2013 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Stephen Moylan, First President “Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick”

The Moylan’s, a merchant family from County Cork, were well off. They had Stephen educated by Jesuits in Paris, since Catholics were forbidden by the Penal Laws from obtaining an education in Ireland. He apprenticed in the family shipping business in Lisbon before immigrating to Philadelphia.…

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Added by James Francis Smith on March 7, 2013 at 7:30pm — No Comments

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