All Blog Posts Tagged 'Scotland' (10)

Connecting With Roots, Loss, in Belfast the Beautiful

The whole day that I spent in Belfast and the evenings on either side really need more than one blog post. That day we went to so many places and I was shown so many things. It was mind-blowing and at times very emotional. Belfast is a lovely place and I was certainly shown a good time.  We started with breakfast, as the…

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Added by The Last Torch on October 6, 2015 at 3:30am — 4 Comments

Surnames: Caledonia and Hibernia - 'Mac' or 'Mc'

Mac, Gaelic for "son", is the most common element of Scottish and Irish surnames. In both countries, Mc is always an abbreviation of Mac.…

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Added by Dee Notaro on January 10, 2015 at 4:30am — 3 Comments

Croick Church

    Croick Church is not everyone’s list of places to visit on a trip to Scotland. Edinburgh and Sterling Castles, yes. Loch Ness, definitely. The Isle of Skye if we have time. John O’Groats? Perhaps next time. What church?      

  Croick Church was built in 1827 at a cost of 1,426 pounds sterling. Robert Williamson was the first minister and he performed his duties…

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Added by P.J. Francis on November 16, 2014 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Scottish Independence: Oh Those Pesky Flags

This whole Scottish Independence vote thing has got me worried. I mean if it passes and Alba does become independent, what will the new flag of the “Kingdom of Great Britain” look like?…

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Added by John W. Hurley on September 8, 2014 at 10:30pm — 2 Comments

'Dysphasia,' 'Rory O'Shea': Irish Films With Heart, Hard Heads

Long Island City, N.Y. – How we try, and often fail to communicate, and how we ultimately and triumphantly can bridge that chasm came across as the focus of two extraordinary and allegorical films that screened Saturday night in Queens at New York Irish Center's…

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Added by Gerry Regan on July 21, 2014 at 2:00pm — No Comments

'Water Is For Bathing

I made an early start from my home in County Clare to catch the ferry boat at Larne which would take me to Scotland. The most direct distance was about 400 km (250 miles) but I took a somewhat longer route to avoid large towns. Better to deal with the rural mileage than the urban traffic congestion. It was before motorways linked main towns. The year was 1993 and…

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Added by P.J. Francis on June 18, 2014 at 11:00pm — 3 Comments

'Walls Along the Barricades' or Why Can't Protestants and Catholics Get Along?

A Book Review: "Walls – Travels Along The Barricades"

by Marcello Di Cintio

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Added by Sandy Boyer on January 29, 2014 at 10:00am — 4 Comments

Lost and Found ~ Belfast Shooting 1971

Mum told me a story years ago about her godchild's mother and aunt being shot by the British army. Even though I have been digging around in her O'Rourke past, she always refers me to this other side of her family who she reminisces about with such fondness. When mum ran away from home, she went to live with Uncle James who…

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Added by The Last Torch on July 15, 2013 at 11:00pm — 7 Comments

King Louis and His Irish Confessor

Check this link for an interesting odd bit of Irish history ...…

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Added by Fr. John R. Sheehan, SJ on May 16, 2013 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

'The O'Neill' Bedevils Mountjoy at Moyry Pass

By Joe Gannon…

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Added by The Wild Geese on January 19, 2013 at 4:00pm — 5 Comments

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