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This Week in the History of the Irish: February 18 - February 24

DOMHNAIGH -- On February 18, 1817, Walter Paye Lane, Confederate general in the American Civil War, was born in County Cork. He emigrated to the United States with his parents when he was only 4 years old. Lane grew up in Ohio but traveled to…

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This Week in the History of the Irish: February 11 - February 17

MÁIRT -- On February 13, 1782, Dillon's regiment of the Irish Brigade of France helped capture St. Kitts from the British during the American Revolution. Earlier, Dillon's regiment…

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This Week in the History of the Irish: February 4 - February 10

SATHAIRN -- On February 4, 1860, Spanish General Don Leopoldo O'Donnell y Jorris, 1st Duke of Tétuan, 1st Count of Lucena, 1st Viscount of Aliaga, won the battle of Tétuan in Spain's war against Morocco. Leopoldo was descended from a long line of O'Donnells in…

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This Week in the History of the Irish: January 28 - February 3

DOMHNAIGH -- On January 28, 1967, Helena Moloney, republican and trade unionist, died in Dublin. Moloney was born in Dublin in 1884. While only a teenager Moloney heard Maud Gonne give a pro-nationalist speech near the Customs House. Inspired by Gonne, Helena began a…

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

Hulton Picture Library

'Big Jim' Larkin in his prime.

DOMHNAIGH -- On …

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The Irish War of Independence and Civil War in Co. Roscommon

By Kathleen Hegarty Thorne

Ireland is a very small country in land mass. Compared to industrialized England, it is a poor cousin in the family of imperialists. Challenging the most…

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This Week in the History of the Irish: January 14 - January 20

LUAIN -- On January 15, 1861, Young Irelander Terence Bellew MacManus died in San Francisco. MacManus was born in County Fermanagh in 1811. He later moved to Liverpool, England, where he began a successful shipping agency. In 1843 he returned to Ireland and joined the Repeal Association and…

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This Week in the History of the Irish: January 8 - January 13

DOMHNAIGH -- On Jan. 7, 1945 Major Thomas McGuire Jr., the second-highest scoring US ace of WWII, and Medal of Honor recipient, crashed his…

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This Week in the History of the Irish: December 31 - January 6

DOMHNAIGH -- On December 31, 1602, Dónall O'Sullivan Beare and his clan began their epic march to Ulster. O'Sullivan had supported …

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This Week in the History of the Irish: December 24 - December 30

DOMHNAIGH -- On December 24, 1601, Hugh O'Neill and his Spanish and Irish allies were defeated by the English at the Battle of Kinsale, one of the most important battles in Irish history. With the able assistance of his main…

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This Week in the History of the Irish: December 17 - December 23

DOMHNAIGH -- On Dec. 17, 1803, rebel leader Michael Dwyer, whose guerrilla attacks had maddened British colonial authorities since 1798, surrendered. Dwyer was born in County Wicklow and he participated in the 1798 Rising; however,…

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

DOMHNAIGH -- On December 10, 1710, the Irish regiments in the service of Spain fought in the battle of Villaviciosa during the …

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

MÁIRT -- On December 4, 1887, Maria Winifred (Winnie) Carney, trade unionist and revolutionary, was born at Fisher's Hill, Bangor, Co. Down. Her father, Alfred, was a protestant, and…

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This Week in the History of the Irish: November 26 - December 2

DOMHNAIGH -- On the night of November 26, 1781, units of Dillon’s and Walshes regiments of the Irish Brigade of France were among a force of about 400 commanded by Marquis de Bouille that landed on the British-held West Indies island of St. Eustache (now…

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

LUAIN -- On the morning of Nov. 20, 1917, the 16th Irish Division of the British army assaulted an area of the German lines known as "Tunnel Trench," named for an elaborate tunnel system that ran along it. The attack was meant as a diversion for the main attack, about…

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

DEARDAOIN -- On Nov. 16, 1814, Michael Kelly Lawler, general in the Union army during the American Civil War, was born in County Kildare, Ireland. Lawler emigrated to the United States with his family at just 2 years of age. His family moved from New York to Maryland, and finally to Gallatin…

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

DOMHNAIGH -- On the morning of Nov. 5, 1688, William of Orange, King of the Netherlands and son-in-law of King James II of England, arrived in Brixham, England, with a large Dutch army. He had been invited by the Protestant noblemen of the country to come…

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This Week in the History of the Irish: October 29 - November 4

LUAIN -- On Oct. 30, 1892, Eoin O'Duffy, revolutionary and organizer of the infamous Blueshirts, was born in Castleblayney, County Monaghan.

(Left: O'Duffy's Blueshirts rally in a Dublin cemetery,…

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

LUAIN -- On October 23, 1641, implementing a plan by Rory O'More and led by Phelim O'Neill (right), the Irish rose up against the English. Their plan had called for the seizing of Dublin Castle on the 23rd along with a general uprising in the countryside, but the plot to capture…

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Remembering Scott Mehaffey, Co. I, 116th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry ("Irish Brigade")

Editor's Note: This memorial for reenactor Scott Mehaffey was included in our pages during the early years of our existence. With subsequent transition from TheWildGeese.com to TheWildGeese.irish, this eulogy was lost, until this month. Prompted by the renewed attention paid to TNT Films' Civil War epic "Gettysburg," we searched for and found this page. Scott appears as a lieutenant in the film alongside actor Sam Elliott. (Scott, we remember you fondly!)

WGT…
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