All Blog Posts Tagged 'United States' (429)

This Week in the History of the Irish: September 27 - October 3

DOMHNAIGH -- On Sept. 27, 1847, Civil War veteran and middleweight champion 'Professor' Mike Donovan was born in Chicago to Irish-born parents. The first of many memorable events in Donovan's life came when he fought for the Union Army, serving in Sherman's army in its march through Georgia. After the war, Mike began a boxing career that would associate him with some of the best-known people of…

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Added by The Wild Geese on September 26, 2020 at 4:30pm — No Comments

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

LUAIN -- On Sept. 21, 1827, Michael Corcoran (left), a brigadier general in the Federal Army during America's Civil War, was born in Carrowkeel, County Sligo. Corcoran served as a policeman in the Royal Irish Constabulary but resigned during the Great Hunger, no longer…

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Added by The Wild Geese on September 19, 2020 at 8:00pm — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: September 13 - September 19

DOMHNAIGH -- On September 13, 1803, John Barry (left), of Ballysampson, Co.Wexford, considered by many to be the 'Father of the U.S. Navy,' died in Philadelphia. At a young age, Barry went to sea as a fisherman; by age 20, he…

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Added by The Wild Geese on September 12, 2020 at 3:30pm — No Comments

The Firefighter



often find myself thinking about my cousin Michael Brennan. He was a firefighter assigned to the Pride of Midtown firehouse in Manhattan. I first met…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on September 10, 2020 at 10:54am — 11 Comments

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

MÁIRT -- On September 8, 1798, Lord Cornwallis and General Gerard Lake cornered French General Joseph Humbert's small Franco-Irish army at Ballinamuck, County Longford. With the two British armies closing in, Humbert drew his men up into line of battle. Humbert had…

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Added by The Wild Geese on September 5, 2020 at 4:30pm — No Comments

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

DOMHNAIGH -- On August 9, 1876, Josephine Bracken, whose parents were from Belfast, was born in Victoria City, British Hong Kong. Her father James, a soldier in the British army, was a native of County Offaly. Josephine's mother, a McBride, died in childbirth. She was…

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

DOMHNAIGH -- In the early morning hours of August 2, 1943, a small American torpedo boat was moving just west of New Georgia in the Solomon Islands. In command was a young…

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Added by The Wild Geese on August 1, 2020 at 3:30pm — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: July 26 - August 1

DOMHNAIGH -- On July 26, 1739, George Clinton, soldier, first governor of New York, and vice president of the United States was born in Little Britain, N.Y., of Irish Protestant parents. Clinton served in his father's New York state militia unit during the French and Indian War before…

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Added by The Wild Geese on July 25, 2020 at 4:30pm — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: July 19 - July 25

DOMHNAIGH -- On July 19, 1798, after months of begging and cajoling by Theobald Wolfe Tone, the French…

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Added by The Wild Geese on July 18, 2020 at 7:30pm — 2 Comments

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

DOMHNAIGH -- On July 12, 1691, the Jacobite army in Ireland fought the forces of William of Orange at the Battle of Aughrim. Although the battle of the Boyne fought a year earlier is seen by many today as decisive, the Jacobite army was still a grave threat to…

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Added by The Wild Geese on July 11, 2020 at 5:30pm — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: June 28 - July 4

DOMHNAIGH -- On June 28, 1920, at Wellington barracks in Jullundar, India, 350 Irish members of the famous Connaught Rangers regiment of the British army laid down their arms and refused to keep soldiering as long as British troops remained in Ireland. The mutiny soon…

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Added by The Wild Geese on June 27, 2020 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Col. Nicholas Gray: Inspector General, 3rd Military District, N.Y.

Frederick Hall was born a slave on Benjamin Oden's plantation in Prince George County, Maryland. Frederick Hall was better known by the alias of William Williams. Oden advertised in the Baltimore newspaper on May 18, 1814, that Williams was a runaway.  Despite being a wanted man, Williams…

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Added by Don Gray on June 26, 2020 at 1:00pm — No Comments

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

LUAIN -- On June 22, 1922, Field Marshal Sir Henry Wilson was shot and killed by two IRA…

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Added by The Wild Geese on June 20, 2020 at 7:00pm — No Comments

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

LUAIN -- On June 8, 1853, John Mitchel escaped from Australia, eventually making it to the United States. Mitchel, a member of the Young Ireland Party, was born in Comnish, Co. Derry. John was the son of a Presbyterian minister. He obtained a law…

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Added by The Wild Geese on June 6, 2020 at 5:30pm — 2 Comments

Memorial Day: Recalling Those Irish-Americans Who Gave Their Last Full Measure

The origins of Memorial Day, originally titled Decoration Day, has a somewhat murky origin. But what is clear is that on May 30, 1868, 5,000 gathered at Arlington National Cemetery to commemorate the 20,000 fallen warriors buried there, with the…

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Added by The Wild Geese on May 23, 2020 at 10:00am — No Comments

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

DOMHNAIGH -- On May 10, 1806James Shields (left) , who would have one of the most remarkable careers in…

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Added by The Wild Geese on May 9, 2020 at 4:30pm — No Comments

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

DOMHNAIGH -- On May 3, 1921, the South Mayo Brigade of the Irish Volunteers, commanded by Tom Maguire, ambushed an RIC / Black and Tan supply column of a Crossley tender and a Ford car at Tourmakeady, Co. Mayo on the western shore of Lough Mask. This was the 2nd in a series of major attacks on crown forces in the county…

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Added by The Wild Geese on May 2, 2020 at 4:54pm — No Comments

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

DOMHNAIGH - On April 5, 1818, Bernardo O'Higgins (right) defeated the Spanish at the battle of Maipo River,…

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Added by The Wild Geese on April 4, 2020 at 8:30pm — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: March 29 - April 4

LUAIN -- On March 30, 1873, Richard Church (left), of County Cork, soldier, sometimes called the "liberator of Greece," died in Athens. Church was born in Cork in 1784. As a young man, he ran off to join the British army. As ensign in the 13th (Somersetshire) Light Infantry he…

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Added by The Wild Geese on March 28, 2020 at 2:30pm — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: March 22 - March 28

LUAIN -- On March 23, 1862, Irish-born Union General James Shields (left: pictured during the Mexican War) defeated…

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Added by The Wild Geese on March 22, 2020 at 10:30am — No Comments

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