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AOH Historian: Irish vs. Black Narrative in Draft Riots a Fiction

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We are as a community startled, enraged and greatly saddened by the death May 25 of African-American George Floyd at the hands of a Minnesota police officer. As we reexamine race…

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This Week in the History of the Irish: May 31 - June 6

LUAIN -- On June 1, 1866, the Fenian Brotherhood undertook the most famous action of its history: the invasion of Canada. Mexican and…

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

LUAIN -- On May 25, 1798 in Co. Wicklow, as the British authorities began to receive news of people rising up in several parts of the island, anxious loyalist militia units committed two massacres of men they suspected of being rebels. In Dunlavin, 28 or…

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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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This Week in the History of the Irish: May 17 - May 22

DOMHNAIGH to LUAIN -- On May 17-18, 1918, the British government began arresting all the leaders of Sinn Fein that it could round-up. Britain desperately wanted to impose conscription on the Irish to replace its tremendous losses in the…

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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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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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This Week in the History of the Irish: April 26 - May 2

LUAIN -- On April 27, 1779 Irish-born (County Donegal) U.S. Navy Capt. Gustavus Conyngham , "The Dunkirk Pirate," was captured by…

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

LUAIN -- On April 20, 1772, William Lawless, revolutionary and officer in Napolean's Irish Legion (a soldier of the Irish…

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

DOMHNAIGH -- On April 12, 1816, Charles Gavan Duffy (right) was born in County Monaghan. Self-educated as a journalist, Duffy would found the Nation, a nationalist weekly journal, along with …

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Book on The Great Famine in West Waterford Republished

Originally published in 1996, the book “Desperate Haven” is the definitive study to date of the Great Famine and its effects on the towns and villages of West Waterford. This long out-of-print and much sought-after volume was the product of more than five years of research by Dungarvan Museum…

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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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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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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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This Week in the History of the Irish: March 15 - March 21

LUAIN -- On March 16, 1828, Patrick Cleburne, one of the finest generals produced by either side during America's long, bloody civil war was born at Bride Park Cottage in Ovens Township, Co. Cork, just outside Cork City. Robert E. Lee would one day say of…

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This Week in the History of the Irish: March 8 - March 14

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DEARDAOIN -- On March 8, 1700, or perhaps a year or two earlier, …

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This Week in the History of the Irish: March 1 - March 7

DOMHNAIGH -- On March 1, 1776, Irish-born Andrew Lewis was appointed a brigadier general in the…

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This Week in the History of the Irish: February 23 - February 29

DOMHNAIGH -- On February 23, 1965, Irish patriot Roger Casement's  body was returned to Ireland to be reinterred.…

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This Week in the History of the Irish: February 16 - February 22

DOMHNAIGH -- On February 16, 1822, Richard Busteed, Union general and federal judge, was born in…

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

DOMHNAIGH -- On February 9, 1854, Sir Edward Henry Carson, Unionist politician, was born in Dublin. Educated at Trinity College, Dublin, Carson was called to the Irish and then the English bar. In his most famous case he represented the Marquis of Queensbury against a libel suit by Oscar Wilde, and won.…

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