All Blog Posts Tagged 'Science' (14)

Can You Hear me Now: A Trans-Atlantic Connection.

The next time you make a trans-Atlantic phone call, raise a glass, smile and tip your hat to an ingenious Irishman; a man that Charles Darwin once described as being “like an odious specter.” This man had incurred the wrath of Darwin for daring to oppose…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on August 15, 2016 at 9:30pm — No Comments

County Clare's John Phillip Holland and The Fenian Ram

The Battle of Hampton Roads, often referred to as either the Battle of the Monitor and Merrimack (or Virginia) or the Battle of Ironclads, was the most noted and arguably most important naval battle of the American Civil War from the standpoint of the development of navies. It was fought March 8–9, 1862, in Hampton…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on October 14, 2015 at 2:30am — 2 Comments

Mayo Man Louis Brennan: Inventor of the Guided Missile

An Irishman walking along the bank of a slow moving river near Castlebar, Co. Mayo, rod in hand, fishing bag comfortably positioned over his shoulder, wondered if that day would be the day he caught the big one. He…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on October 10, 2015 at 7:00pm — 7 Comments

Agnes Mary Clerke: From Skibbereen to the Moon.

The next time you look up at the full moon to make your wish, direct your gaze toward the southeast portion and locate the area known as the Mare Serenitatis (Sea of Serenity). There you will observe the valley where Apollo 17, the last in a series of lunar missions, landed Dec. 10, 1972. Nearby,…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on October 8, 2015 at 8:30pm — 6 Comments

Beaufort: The Navan Native Who Charted the Oceans

In France, during the reign of King Henry IV (1589-1610), a series of recurring religious conflicts erupted and grew so violent they became known as the Wars of Religion. The war was between the ruling Catholics and a…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on September 30, 2015 at 7:00pm — 11 Comments

Louth Cleric Nicholas Callan: Pioneer in Electro-Magnetism

If you should someday find yourself in County Louth, Ireland, and if you have some time on your hands, it would be worthwhile if you visited the small village of Darver and the historic Darver Castle. The village is part of the …

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on September 26, 2015 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

The Bog Road

“The Bog Road” as it is know is a three mile stretch of road between Athlone and the village of Clonown. The village has the unusual distinction of not having a pub - for Ireland this is quite an anomaly!…

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Added by Bog Buddies on May 5, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

Irish Bog Archaeology: Fadden More Psalter

The Fadden More Psalter, a book of psalms as old as the Book of Kells, was found by turf cutters in a Tipperary bog in 2006.  It is written in Latin and includes illuminated letters and other decoration.  Dr. Eamonn Kelly and his team at The National Museum of Ireland dated the book to around 800 AD, and spent five years restoring it. 

The find was very exciting to Irish…

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Added by Kelly O'Rourke on May 5, 2015 at 4:00am — No Comments

Exploring Ireland's Bogs in The Virtual Síbín

On Wednesday, May 6th 2015, we were joined by two special guests: World renowned archaeologist and "bog bodies" specialist Dr. Eamon…

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Added by The Wild Geese on May 4, 2015 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Irish Bog Archaeology: Meet the Bog Bodies

Turf cutters have unearthed more than home heating fuel from Ireland's bogs.  Bog bodies - naturally preserved human remains - are a fascinating study.  The chemical composition of the bog has antibiotic properties which kill the bacteria that would normally break down the flesh.  The…

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Added by Kelly O'Rourke on May 4, 2015 at 3:30pm — 3 Comments

Cognitive Advantages for Speakers of Irish and Gaeligeoiri of Irish-Medium Schools

Irish is considered to be the first uttered literary language of Europe. The ancient Gaeilge of Ireland served as the seed language for Scottish Gaelic and Manx, just as the venerable Irish gene pool originally spread north and east to Scotland, to the west of England, and beyond.…

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Added by Jeanne D'Brant on December 14, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

'The Real McCoy'

In our genealogy classes, we often investigate the origin of the surname.  In one case, this led to an interesting historical fact about the phrase “The Real McCoy.”

McCoy: “A common surname of Scottish origin in the…

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Added by Dee Notaro on June 15, 2014 at 5:00am — 3 Comments

Magnificent Cromwell-Era Maps of Ireland Unveiled

Ireland in the 1650s lay in ruins. Twelve years of calamitous warfare had destroyed the country's infrastructure and resulted in the death of over 20% of the Irish population.

In August 1649 the New Model Army, led by Oliver Cromwell, went to Ireland to re-occupy the country following the Irish Rebellion of…

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Added by Ryan O'Rourke on May 26, 2014 at 3:00am — No Comments

Boyer: The St. Patrick's Day Parade Versus Irish Freedom

When the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) marched up Fifth Avenue in New York’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade it should have been crystal clear, if it wasn't already, that this parade is incompatible with any serious effort to support Irish freedom. The PSNI is the…

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Added by Sandy Boyer on March 25, 2014 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

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