All Blog Posts Tagged 'War' (163)


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A Short History of Michael Collins, Ireland's 'Big Fellow'

One of the most iconic figures that emerged out of the Easter Rising was Michael Collins. Born in 1890, he was the third son in a family of eight children. Some sources would suggest that the Collins family were part of a very ancient clan who were widely spread over County Cork. 

Collins' father did not marry…

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Added by That's Just How It Was on June 8, 2019 at 2:07pm — 19 Comments

Castlebar Honors Native Son, Inventor Extraordinaire

Louis Philip Brennan was born on Main Street, Castlebar, County Mayo, on January 28, 1852, the 10th child of Thomas Brennan, a hardware merchant in the town. 

After the death of at least five of his older siblings…

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Added by Brían Hoban on May 15, 2019 at 6:00pm — No Comments

'Mad Mike' Hoare Turns 100 Years Old

Mad Mike’ Hoare believed you get more out of life by living dangerously. And yet about 35 family and friends gathered in Durban, South Africa, on 17 March, St Patrick’s Day, to honour Mike as he turned 100 years old. Among them were five of the Wild Geese who fought with him in the Congo in the…

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Added by Christopher Sean Hoare on April 12, 2019 at 8:30am — No Comments

'Wild Bill' Donovan -- Irish-American War Hero and CIA Founder

Among “Wild Bill “ Donovan’s many fascinating friends was Ian Fleming, creator of James Bond, the fictional, globe trotting superspy. Donovan’s real-life feats, however, surpassed even Bond’s wildest exploits.

Perhaps no other Irish-American served his country more daringly, yet Donovan’s largely…

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Added by Geoffrey Cobb on March 17, 2019 at 9:30am — No Comments

Free Family History Database Access Helps Mark Armistice Centennial

The (New York) Evening World declares the war over on Nov. 7, four days before the Armistice was formally signed. (Library of Congress)

To commemorate 100 years since the ending of the First World War, Find My Past is offering free access to its family history database collections this weekend from 12:00 noon (GMT)…

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Added by Kieron Punch on November 9, 2018 at 7:30am — No Comments

Nicholas Gray: Seeking 'Liberty To Recruit a Regiment of Irish'

In 1798, the new Oaths issued by the Wexford Council had good effect. As Crown forces gathered on Wexford’s borders for the showdown, Nicholas Gray, Secretary of the Council, wrote on 16 June to Fr. Philip Roche, the new commander‑in‑chief. Gray was desperate for reinforcements for his Southern Army, which had…

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Added by Don Gray on September 28, 2018 at 7:00am — No Comments


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WWII Hero Edwin O’Hara: The Honor, But Not the Medal

(Edwin O'Hara, loading the 4 inch gun on the SS Stephen Hopkins. By W.M. Wilson, on display at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.)

For them there are no big parades, 

No heroes' welcome gay,

No uniforms, and no applause 

To cheer them on…

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Added by Joe Gannon on September 23, 2018 at 7:00pm — 4 Comments


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One of 'The Boys of Wexford' Returns: JFK in Ireland

On June 23, 1963 the people of Ireland fell in love with a member of “The Wild Geese” who had less than five months to live. If ever an American politician had a style and ease that allowed the people of Ireland to see the “Irish” in him, it was John Fitzgerald Kennedy. By the summer of 1963 he had become the…

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Added by Joe Gannon on June 12, 2018 at 4:00pm — No Comments

The Irish Rebels Who Fought for Israel

It was 1948, and as the military half-track drove through the Beit Netofa Valley, at the village of Madna in Galilee, shots rang out. One Israeli soldier was killed and another was hit in the head. A sniper had zeroed in on the men and was picking them off one by one.

Then, one of the half-track’s occupants, a tall,…

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Added by David Lawlor on May 11, 2018 at 8:30am — No Comments


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From Dunkirk to Nagasaki, The Long War of Dr. Aidan MacCarthy

Aidan MacCarthy crouched low in the air raid shelter he and the other prisoners of war had dug themselves. They had seen two American B-29 bombers flying toward the city of Nagasaki before they went into the shelter. A few POWs had stayed outside, though, wanting to see bombs fall on the Japanese for a bit of retribution…

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Added by Joe Gannon on October 13, 2017 at 10:30pm — 5 Comments

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


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John Paul Jones and His Irish Marines

As John Paul Jones, captain of the Bonhomme Richard, prepared to face two British ships off Flamborough Head on the coast of England on September 23, 1779, he had some very interesting allies on board his…

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Added by Joe Gannon on April 8, 2017 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments


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Westward, Ho! John J. Healy, Montana Pioneer

(Above: "When Wagon Trails Were Dim," Charles Russell's depiction of a wagon train in the American west.)

Many men and women with Irish roots participated in the “winning” of the West for the new nation that was growing…

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Added by Joe Gannon on March 14, 2017 at 10:30pm — 6 Comments


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John Russell Young With President Grant in Ireland

Born in Dunamanna, County Tyrone, Ireland. John Russell Young (November 20, 1840 – January 17, 1899) was a journalist, author, diplomat, and the seventh Librarian of the United States Congress, serving from 1897 to 1899.

His parents…

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Added by Nollaig 2016 on November 19, 2016 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Recovering and Refocusing, and a Change in Format

Recovering from a stroke provides a fellow time to consider his future. I plan to make 2 changes as my 83rd BD rapidly approaches. …



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Added by James Francis Smith on November 15, 2016 at 6:30pm — No Comments

A U.S. Sailor Writes From His Post in Cork, 1918

Navy veteran John Washington Michael Condon died as he lived, a gregarious man with a penchant for sharing a good story. He was one of my father’s numerous uncles, and was known to me through Dad’s recollections as Uncle Jack. As evidenced by the following letter, dated July 19, 1918, Jack served during World War 1, when…

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Added by Gerry Regan on November 10, 2016 at 4:30pm — No Comments


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Did the First Marine Recruiter Have Roots in Ireland?

Tun Tavern was erected in 1686. In the 1740s, "Peggy Mullan's Red Hot Beef Steak Club"…

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Added by Nollaig 2016 on November 10, 2016 at 5:00am — 15 Comments


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The First Irishman To Visit Tolstoy -- ‘Ireland’s One-Armed Patriot’

The first Irishman to visit Tolstoy was Michael Davitt. He…

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Added by Nollaig 2016 on November 5, 2016 at 10:30pm — 1 Comment


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Mayo Native William E. Shannon - U.S. Soldier, Attorney, Leader, Abolitionist

William E. Shannon (c 1821-November 3, 1850) was Born in Ballina, County Mayo, Ireland.  He passed the New York State Bar, was commissioned as a captain in the New York Volunteers, and given command of Company J.  He arrived in San Francisco on the Susan Drew on March 20, 1847 to take part in the California Conquest campaign of…

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Added by Nollaig 2016 on November 2, 2016 at 9:00pm — No Comments


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Those Who Would Sculpt Civil War General Philip Sheridan

Integrity Protecting the Works of Man (by Ward) on the pediment of the New York Stock Exchange Building, Integrity, in the center, wears the winged cap of Mercury, the god of commerce. The figures on her left represent mining and agriculture, and on her right, industry. The original pediment, carved from Georgia marble,…

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Added by Nollaig 2016 on October 30, 2016 at 11:00pm — 3 Comments

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