Nollaig 2016's Blog (121)

Mary Margaret McBride -- 'The First Lady of Radio'

Mary Margaret McBride, "The First Lady of Radio," was born November 16, 1899, in Paris, Missouri, to an Irish-American father, Thomas Walker McBride and a Scottish American Mother, Elizabeth Craig.

Photo above, Mary Margaret McBride and First Lady Eleanor…


Added by Nollaig 2016 on November 15, 2016 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Guinness' and The Vancouver Lion's Gate Bridge - No Asians need apply

The Guinness family (of the Irish stout fame) were convinced to invest in the land on the north shore of Burrard Inlet in Vancouver Canada. On December 13, 1933, a vote passed by a 2 to 1 margin to build the …


Added by Nollaig 2016 on November 13, 2016 at 6:51pm — No Comments

Senator Joseph McCarthy: A Very Controversial Figure

Joseph Raymond "Joe" McCarthy (November 14, 1908 – May 2, 1957) was an American politician who served as a Senator from Wisconsin.  It is to him we attribute the term "…


Added by Nollaig 2016 on November 13, 2016 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

Arthur Armstrong Denny - a founder of Seattle, Washington


Arthur Armstrong Denny (June 20, 1822 – January 9, 1899) was one of the founders of Seattle, Washington, and a leader of the pioneer Denny Party, a group…


Added by Nollaig 2016 on November 13, 2016 at 2:30am — No Comments

Christmas Book Picks From Four Courts Press


From now until midnight on Friday 25th November, get a double discount off the retail…


Added by Nollaig 2016 on November 11, 2016 at 11:30am — 7 Comments

Did the First Marine Recruiter Have Roots in Ireland?

Tun Tavern was erected in 1686. In the 1740s, "Peggy Mullan's Red Hot Beef Steak Club"…


Added by Nollaig 2016 on November 10, 2016 at 5:00am — 15 Comments

Irish Roots Magazine Offering Members a Free Issue

Our friends at Irish Roots Magazine have gone mad altogether and have given our members a free issue to download!…


Added by Nollaig 2016 on November 9, 2016 at 6:00am — 3 Comments

The First Irishman To Visit Tolstoy -- ‘Ireland’s One-Armed Patriot’

The first Irishman to visit Tolstoy was Michael Davitt. He…


Added by Nollaig 2016 on November 5, 2016 at 10:30pm — 1 Comment

Mícheál Ó Lócháin, Activist on Behalf of Gaeilge in the United States

Born in Milltown, County Galway in 1836, Mícheál Lócháin was…


Added by Nollaig 2016 on November 4, 2016 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Were Augustus Montague Toplady's Roots in County Wexford?

"Born at Farnham in Surrey in south-east England on 4th November 1740, Augustus Toplady was the son of Richard Toplady, a Royal Marines officer probably from Enniscorthy, Co Wexford. Richard Toplady had enlisted…


Added by Nollaig 2016 on November 4, 2016 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

Mayo Native William E. Shannon - U.S. Soldier, Attorney, Leader, Abolitionist

William E. Shannon (c 1821-November 3, 1850) was Born in Ballina, County Mayo, Ireland.  He passed the New York State Bar, was commissioned as a captain in the New York Volunteers, and given command of Company J.  He arrived in San Francisco on the Susan Drew on March 20, 1847 to take part in the California Conquest campaign of…


Added by Nollaig 2016 on November 2, 2016 at 9:00pm — No Comments

'To Sligo and Beyond . . . ': An Exhibition of Paintings by Fergus Lyons

Lough Gowra Reflection 61 cm. x 91 cm.  Oil on Canvas 

Fergus Lyons: Artist

"To Sligo and Beyond . . ."

   a new exhibition of paintings by …


Added by Nollaig 2016 on October 31, 2016 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

Those Who Would Sculpt Civil War General Philip Sheridan

Integrity Protecting the Works of Man (by Ward) on the pediment of the New York Stock Exchange Building, Integrity, in the center, wears the winged cap of Mercury, the god of commerce. The figures on her left represent mining and agriculture, and on her right, industry. The original pediment, carved from Georgia marble,…


Added by Nollaig 2016 on October 30, 2016 at 11:00pm — 3 Comments

Viking Women in Ireland

What can the artifacts found buried with Viking women in Ireland tell us about their lives? Maeve Sikora, assistant keeper at the National Museum of Ireland, focuses on everyday objects excavated at burial sites and what they tell us about the…


Added by Nollaig 2016 on October 17, 2016 at 8:00pm — 8 Comments

Facebook Competition (Best Picture of a Cillin)

Our thanks to Colm of for his donation (the first) of a prize for our ongoing "Best Photo of a Cillin" competition -- cillin description …


Added by Nollaig 2016 on October 16, 2016 at 6:30am — 6 Comments

'Let's Get Back to Focus': A Letter From Toni Maguire to Members

To Whom It May Concern,

The revelations surrounding the potential burial of infants and children at the Tuam Mother and Baby Home in Galway has resonated around the world and shocked our global community. We protest at the horror of it and demand justice for those who were the most vulnerable in Irish society at a time when such violation of basic civil rights…


Added by Nollaig 2016 on June 28, 2014 at 6:30am — No Comments

Report: Vaccine 'Intended for Cattle' Given to Children

Newstalk has reported that experimental drug trials were conducted on at least 290 children across 10 mother-and-baby homes in the 1960s and 70s.

The trials were said to be conducted at homes at Bessborough in Cork, St Peters in Westmeath, St Clare's in Stamullen, The Good…


Added by Nollaig 2016 on June 9, 2014 at 5:30pm — 2 Comments

Daniel O'Connell: The LI - BEER - ATOR

I wonder if Daniel would have been happy about this ad which was very popular c1900s. Here is some info from Wikipedia re his connections with the licensed trade

O'Connell assisted his younger son, Daniel junior, to acquire the Phoenix Brewery in James's Street, Dublin in 1831. The brewery produced a brand known as "O'Connell's Ale" and enjoyed some popularity.…


Added by Nollaig 2016 on May 28, 2014 at 6:00pm — No Comments

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