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…Continue
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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…Continue
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…Continue
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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…Continue
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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…Continue
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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…Continue
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