Nollaig 2016's Blog – October 2013 Archive (8)

Ancient Chinese Wax Seals found in Ireland from circa 1780 on.

Around 1780, a workman digging in a bog at Mountrath near Portlaoise found a porcelain object with Chinese characters engraved on the bottom and a monkey like figure on the top.  Similar objects were discovered around Ireland over the years with over 60 being found.  They turned out to be wax seals.

Edmund Getty made casts of 26 seals sending them to China and waited two years for a reply on their authenticity.  I came across a book he wrote in 1850 on the seals.  It can be…

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Added by Nollaig 2016 on October 10, 2013 at 7:00am — No Comments

James Hoban(c. 1758 – December 8, 1831), Irish Architect of The White House and the mystery of its missing cornerstone.

James Hoban, Architect of the White House, Born at Desart, County Kilkenny,…

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Added by Nollaig 2016 on October 10, 2013 at 12:00am — No Comments

'It's a Long Way to Tipperary' Still Has Marching Legs 100 Years On

 

It's a long way to Tipperary,

It's a long way to go.

It's a long way to Tipperary

To the sweetest girl I know!

Goodbye, Piccadilly,

Farewell, Leicester Square!

It's a long long way to Tipperary,

But my heart's right…

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Added by Nollaig 2016 on October 9, 2013 at 9:30am — 12 Comments

Jennie Irene Hodgers AKA Albert D.J. Cashier: The Incognito Civil War Soldier.

Jennie Irene Hodgers (December 25, 1843 – October 10, 1915) was born in Clogherhead, County Louth, Ireland to Sallie and Patrick Hodgers. She served as a male soldier in the Union Army during the American Civil War. Jennie Irene Hodgers was born female, but lived as a man named Albert D.J. Cashier.

On August 6, 1862, he enlisted into the 95th Illinois…

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Added by Nollaig 2016 on October 8, 2013 at 7:00pm — No Comments

The Great Chicago Fire: Mrs. O'Leary Exonerated?

Late one night

When we were all in bed

Old Mother…

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Added by Nollaig 2016 on October 7, 2013 at 4:30am — 1 Comment

Countdown to Halloween:Appley Halloween

Snap-Apple Night, painted by Irish artist Daniel Maclise in 1833. It was inspired by a Halloween party he attended in Blarney, Ireland, in 1832. The caption in the first exhibit catalogue:

There Peggy was dancing with Dan

While Maureen the lead was melting,

To prove how their fortunes ran

With the Cards…

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Added by Nollaig 2016 on October 6, 2013 at 10:30am — 3 Comments

Countdown to Halloween: Souling

Added by Nollaig 2016 on October 4, 2013 at 8:27pm — No Comments

The Tradition of 'Ivy Day', Honoring Charles Stewart Parnell

Added by Nollaig 2016 on October 4, 2013 at 6:00pm — No Comments

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