Jim Hawkins's Blog (5)

The Forgotten Women of 1916

When President Michael D. Higgins gave the keynote address on International Women’s Day in Ireland this year, he spoke of the “diverse and often boundary breaking roles played by women in the Uprising of 1916, as well as the impact of the role of women in the post 1916 period in Ireland’s fledging Republic. Higgins…

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Added by Jim Hawkins on May 25, 2017 at 2:30pm — No Comments

'Do Not Be Afraid!' -- Seamus Heaney: An Appreciation

Seamus Heaney, considered by many to be the greatest Irish poet since William B. Yeats, texted his wife Marie a few hours before his death: “Do not be afraid!” How comforting these words were to her I do not know. They seem, however, appropriate words for a man who faced so many crises in his life, dealt with them with…

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Added by Jim Hawkins on August 27, 2016 at 2:00pm — 4 Comments

'Why Keep Irish Alive?' Douglas Hyde Responds, Takes Action

It is well known that Douglas Hyde (January 17, 1860-July 12, 1949) was the first president of the Irish Republic. What may not be as well known is that he was a fluent speaker of the Irish language, a wonderful poet and an avid collector of Irish folklore. He fiercely objected to the ongoing "Anglicising" of…

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Added by Jim Hawkins on October 17, 2015 at 4:30pm — 3 Comments

Storytelling ... Irish Style -- Catch Me in Monday’s Sibin

My love for stories started with my Uncle Jack Fallon and the stories I heard as a child growing up in Co. Westmeath in the 1940s and 50s. My Uncle Jack was not a "trained" storyteller, but he had a wonderful ability to weave and tell stories about the local people and everyday…

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Added by Jim Hawkins on January 25, 2014 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

St. Brendan's Irish Day in Long Beach, Long Island

On Saturday, October 5, Long Beach had it annual St. Brendan's Day parade and celebration. A very significant event this year considering the town is still recovering from Hurricane Sandy!

It was a wonderful Day! The weather was perfect and everyone seem to be having a good time. There was the parade of pipe bands from Long Island and New York City and their music could…

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Added by Jim Hawkins on October 24, 2013 at 11:00am — 4 Comments

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