That's Just How It Was's Blog – February 2015 Archive (13)

Leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising: Tomás Mac Donnchadha

Tomás Mac Donnchadha, or Thomas MacDonagh (1 February 1878 – 3 May 1916), was born in Cloughjordan, County Tipperary, to Joseph and Mary MacDonagh (nee Parker).  Both his parents were intellectuals and…

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Added by That's Just How It Was on February 28, 2015 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising: Edward 'Ned' Daly

Edward "Ned Daly" is one of the 1916 Easter Rising leaders less known for his role as Commandant in the Irish Military Brotherhood.  Out of a family of ten children, he was the only son born to Edward and Catharine Daly (nee O’Mara) in Limerick.  His father…

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Added by That's Just How It Was on February 25, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

Leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising: Liam Mac Piarais

Liam Mac Piarais (William "Willie" Pearse) was born on the 15th of November in 1881 and was the younger brother Patrick Pearse, the well documented iconic figure of the 1916 Easter Rising.  It has been said that, to some extent, Willie lived in the shadow of his famous older…

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Added by That's Just How It Was on February 21, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

'That's Just How it Was' - A Book by Author Mary Thorpe

"That's Just How It Was" is a tribute to my grandmother.  It is a true story set against the background of the Famine (1844 -1847) the 1916 Easter Rising, and the War of Independence (1919-1921).…

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Added by That's Just How It Was on February 21, 2015 at 8:00am — 5 Comments

Mary Quaile: Trade Unionist

Mary Quaile, the Irish Trade Union Activist, was born in Dublin to parents who were themselves very active in equality for all people. Her father was secretary for the Irish Brick & Stonemasons Union. Her mother encouraged and supported him in his endeavors. The young Mary…

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Added by That's Just How It Was on February 20, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

Leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising: Tomás Séamus Ó Cléirigh

Tomás Séamus Ó Cléirigh (Thomas James Clarke) was born on the 11th day of March in 1858.  He was  one of the oldest members of the 1916 Rising.  Clarke was also known as Henry Wilson, an alias he used to counteract any publicity that his own name may attract in his role as…

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Added by That's Just How It Was on February 18, 2015 at 8:00am — No Comments

The Capuchin Friars and the Leaders of the Easter Rising

The heroes of the hour -- witnessing history as it unfolded. 

The Irish Order of the Capuchin Friars came to Ireland in 1615.  It was not until 1690, however, that their first friary was built.  Over time, they moved to Cork where they established the friary house (which…

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Added by That's Just How It Was on February 15, 2015 at 11:00am — 12 Comments

Leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising: Seán Mac Diarmada

Seán Mac Diarmada (Sean MacDermott) is yet another one of the 1916 Easter Rising leaders who has remained in the historical shadow of other prominent leaders who have enjoyed iconic status in the history books.  He has been described by some as one of the greatest of the…

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Added by That's Just How It Was on February 12, 2015 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

Diary of losing a baby: One woman writes about her devastating pregnancy and lack of acre in in Ireland

LAURA MCGLYNN SAYS she was disgusted to hear last week that Clare Daly’s bill is unlikely to pass through the Dáil. As a woman who has been through a termination for medical reasons, she fights passionately for better care for women in Ireland.

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Has Ireland still not learned the lessons of the past-with regard to  Pregnancy and supportive care 

 My story…

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Added by That's Just How It Was on February 11, 2015 at 9:01am — No Comments

Fond Memories from My Childhood in Bray, County Wicklow

Bray, County Wicklow lies on the eastern seaboard of Ireland and is known as the "gateway to the garden of Ireland."  Just twelve miles south of Dublin, it offers a  range of attractions to suit all ages.

The promenade starts at the northern end near the harbour and Martello…

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Added by That's Just How It Was on February 8, 2015 at 11:30am — 14 Comments

Leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising: Seán Heuston

Seán Heuston is yet another young man who is scarcely known as one of the leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising.  He does not share the historical iconic status that is accorded to James Connolly or Patrick Pearse, for example.  He was and still remains one of many leaders of the 1916…

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Added by That's Just How It Was on February 5, 2015 at 3:00pm — 4 Comments

Glendalough ; situated in Co Wicklow- known as the garden of Ireland ; Founded by St Kevin in the late 492- 500 .

As well as Wicklow  being the County of my birth - Glendalough is known as the home of one of the most important monistic sites in Ireland.  It is located in the Wicklow Mountains National Park. Long before it was known as a National Park- for thousands of years it had drawn visitors to its valley to view the ‘valley of the two lakes’ as well as taking part in…

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Added by That's Just How It Was on February 3, 2015 at 8:22am — No Comments

Leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising: Cathal Brugha

Cathal Brugha [Charles William St John Burgess] Is another man who is less known for his role in the 1916 Easter Rising. He was born and raised in Fairview, Dublin, July 1874, one of 14 children of Thomas and Maryanne Burgress [née] Flynn.  His mother was a Roman Catholic and his…

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Added by That's Just How It Was on February 1, 2015 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

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