That's Just How It Was's Blog – October 2015 Archive (3)

Ireland's Holy Wells

Holy wells can be found all over Ireland -- and evoked in our minds, as well. As children, we would pick the daisies and buttercups, and place them by a well. Or, if we happened to be playing in someone’s garden, we would dig a well, and pour water into it, placing the daisy and buttercups by the stones we would place…

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Added by That's Just How It Was on October 27, 2015 at 9:00am — 15 Comments

'That's Just How It Was' a Paean To Granny, Irish Indomitability

PRESTON, England – Bridget Nolan was born on September 12, 1884 in Ireland. During her lifetime, she battled poverty, found love and witnessed the births of several grandchildren, including author Mary Thorpe. Thorpe pays tribute to her grandmother and immortalizes her grandmother’s lifetime in her book, “That’s Just How it Was”…

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Added by That's Just How It Was on October 22, 2015 at 5:30am — No Comments

Bulmer Hobson, 'The Most Dangerous Man in Ireland'



Bulmer Hobson did not enjoy iconic status in the Irish history books, nor did he enjoy any real recognition in the Free State Government -- he has in fact, quite literally been confined to the margins of Irish history. Yet on all aspects of early 20th century Ireland, Hobson's name can be found in all the footnotes. He…

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Added by That's Just How It Was on October 21, 2015 at 10:00am — 9 Comments

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