Nollaig 2016's Blog – September 2013 Archive (7)

John Paul II: 1979 Visit to Ireland

On September 29, 1979, John Paul II became the first Pope to set foot on Irish soil.  1,250,000 people (1/4 of the population of the island of Ireland, and 1/3 of the population of the Republic of Ireland) attended his Mass in Dublin's Phoenix Park. Over 250,000 attended a Liturgy of the…


Added by Nollaig 2016 on September 29, 2013 at 8:00am — 5 Comments

Michaelmas: A Feast with Geese

Michaelmas Day falls every year on the 29th of September.   It marks the end of the harvest.  In Christian mythology, the Archangel Michael defeated


Added by Nollaig 2016 on September 29, 2013 at 7:00am — No Comments

Irish Coffee - first served in the Buena Vista Café in San Francisco on November 10, 1952.

A group of American passengers disembarked from a Pan Am flight in Limerick on a cold Winter’s night in 1940. Joe Sheridan, the head chef at Foynes (the precursor to Shannon airport) put a little whiskey in their coffee to warm them and lo and behold the Irish whiskey was born.  Stanton Delaplane, a travel writer for the San Francisco Chronicle brought the…


Added by Nollaig 2016 on September 24, 2013 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

Moment of Silence at 8:46 AM (Eastern Daylight Time).

Please join us today, for a moment of silence at  8:46 AM (Eastern Daylight Time).

American Airlines Flight 11: Left Boston's Logan Airport at 7:59 a.m. enroute to Los…


Added by Nollaig 2016 on September 11, 2013 at 5:30am — No Comments

Malevolent Murder and Ireland's first Tennis Star

Vere Thomas "St. Leger" Goold was born 2 October 1853 in Clonmel, County Tipperary.  He rose to become the first Irish Tennis champion at the age of 25, but his stardom was fleeting and he descended into an alcohol-filled lifestyle.

He met the most charming Miss Marie Giraudin in a dressmakers shop in London.  He fell for her wiles and they…


Added by Nollaig 2016 on September 7, 2013 at 4:30pm — No Comments

10-Year-Old Irish Immigrant First Newsboy Ever

Cork-born Barney Flaherty, a 10-year-old Irish immigrant, was the first newsboy. He was hired by Benjamin Day, the publisher of the New York Sun on 4 September, 1833. He later went on to be known as Barney Williams, Irish comedian, hero of "The Emerald Ring," and "The Connie Soo-gah. Newspaper Carrier Day is celebrated on 4 September in honor of Barney and all…


Added by Nollaig 2016 on September 3, 2013 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Paddy the Humble Pigeon

I came across this wee story and thought I'd share the little hero with you all.

Paddy (Pigeon number NPS.43.9451) was an Irish carrier pigeon awarded the Dickin Medal after being the fastest pigeon to arrive back in England with news of the success of the D-Day invasion, out of hundreds dispatched. He flew 230 miles ac…


Added by Nollaig 2016 on September 3, 2013 at 12:00am — No Comments

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