Ryan O'Rourke's Blog – October 2013 Archive (6)

Daring IRA Helicopter Escape, Halloween 1973

On 31 October (Halloween), 1973, the IRA used a hijacked helicopter to free three of its members from Mountjoy Jail in Dublin.  Below is a video clip from RTÉ's archives which shows the footage from the aftermath of this daring escape:

Added by Ryan O'Rourke on October 31, 2013 at 11:39am — 1 Comment

Coffee Culture in Ireland

When International Coffee Day came and went at the end of September, it got me thinking about the odd coffee culture here in Ireland.  Why do I call it "odd"?  

I'm an Irish-American now living in Ireland -- I…

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Added by Ryan O'Rourke on October 21, 2013 at 7:30am — 13 Comments

'Lebor na gCeart' - The 'Book of Rights'

 

Lebor na gCeart, the "Book of Rights", details the rents and taxes paid by the King of Cashel to various others in Ireland.  The original manuscripts date to the 11th or 12th century, and it contains a treasure trove of references to the customs and practices of Irish nobility in the Middle Ages.  This collection of manuscripts was…

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Added by Ryan O'Rourke on October 18, 2013 at 5:00am — 2 Comments

Geo-Genealogy of Irish Surnames

I wanted to share this very nice (and potentially useful) map created by Kingston University, London.  The Irish surnames plotted on this map have either historic or numeric importance to the counties of Ireland.  Of numeric importance are the birth counts from the 1891 census.…

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Added by Ryan O'Rourke on October 17, 2013 at 6:00am — 7 Comments

Priceless Collection of Recordings of Irish Speakers now Online

The Doegen Records Web Project (Tionscadal Gréasáin Cheirníní Doegen) has made available a treasure trove of audio recordings from the 17 counties of Ireland, mostly concentrated in the northwest.  This multi-media archive is a project of the Royal Irish Academy Library in collaboration with the Digital Humanities Observatory, and…

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Added by Ryan O'Rourke on October 16, 2013 at 12:30pm — No Comments

The History of Ireland in Six Minutes



C
heck out this absolutely brilliant history of Ireland
in six minutes created by Wild Geese member …

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Added by Ryan O'Rourke on October 15, 2013 at 3:00am — 8 Comments

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