Neil F. Cosgrove's Blog (10)

The Sheas -- Three Generations of Olympic Greatness

Since the ancient past, societies have honored athletes.  Athletic competition may have developed out of pragmatic concerns such as training warriors, but it was soon realized that certain individuals were gifted with exceptional talents.  In the…

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Added by Neil F. Cosgrove on February 8, 2018 at 7:30pm — No Comments

An Epic Olympian, Tipp Immigrant Becomes 'The Prince of Whales'

There once was a time when Irish giants roamed the earth, their feats of strength and courage becoming legendary. However, these were not the mythical Cuchulain, or Finn McCool; they were real men who pushed the boundary of what was thought to be humanly possible. They were known as “the Irish Whales” for their size and strength and they dominated the strength events of the Olympics for the first part of the 20th century.…

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Added by Neil F. Cosgrove on August 6, 2016 at 12:00pm — 4 Comments

Young Irish Immigrant Awaits Recognition for His Heroism in Vietnam

Patrick Gallagher was born in Derrintogher, County Mayo, Ireland on February 2, 1944. At the age of 18, Patrick immigrated to the United States for the promise of a new life, one filled with opportunity. He quickly started on the immigrant dream: studying law while…

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Added by Neil F. Cosgrove on May 28, 2016 at 7:00pm — No Comments

After the Easter Rebellion, Justice Turned Her Back on Ireland

Dublin Castle was the seat of British rule in Ireland for over 700 years.  On top of the gate to the courtyard of the castle is a statue depicting Justice.  The statue is unusual for several reasons. The figure of Justice faces inward not outward as…

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Added by Neil F. Cosgrove on April 18, 2016 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

100 Years Ago, From the Ashes of Rossa Rise the Phoenix of 1916

Jeremiah O'Donovan Rossa was born Jeremiah O'Donovan in Reenascreena, County Cork, on 10 September 1831. While he was the son of tenant farmers, the family could trace their ancestry back to nobler days when, before the English confiscation of Irish land, they had held…

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Added by Neil F. Cosgrove on August 1, 2015 at 10:30am — 4 Comments

Dan Daly, 'The Fightinest Marine'

In the over 150 year history of the Congressional Medal of Honor, the United States Highest award for…

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Added by Neil F. Cosgrove on November 10, 2014 at 7:30pm — 4 Comments

The Irish-American Signers of the Declaration of Independence

As the July 4th holiday approaches, sadly as with many of our other holidays, the true meaning of the day is lost a midst ballgames, cookouts, and fireworks. We forget that on that hot…

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Added by Neil F. Cosgrove on July 3, 2014 at 1:00pm — 11 Comments

LCpl Patrick Gallagher, Courage Worthy of the Foremost Recognition

Over 250 men have been awarded the Medal of Honor who list as their place of birth “Ireland”.  Though uniforms, weapons and enemies have changed, their love and devotion to their adopted country that motivated…

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Added by Neil F. Cosgrove on May 25, 2014 at 9:30pm — 1 Comment

Brian Boru and the Battle of Clontarf

While the rest of Europe plunged into darkness with the fall of the Roman Empire, the light of learning and western civilization was kept flickering in Ireland, preserved in the monasteries…

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Added by Neil F. Cosgrove on April 11, 2014 at 8:30pm — 3 Comments

Lt. Michael P. Murphy, the Medal of Honor Awardee Behind 'Lone Survivor'

Opening in Movie theaters on January 10, 2014 “Lone Survivor” was the film adaptation of Chief Petty Officer Marcus Luttrell’s best-selling memoir, describing the heroism and sacrifice of a SEAL Reconnaissance Team in the…

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Added by Neil F. Cosgrove on December 29, 2013 at 2:30pm — 11 Comments

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