Bernardo O'Higgins (1778–1842) was born in Chile -- not Ireland. However, his father, Ambrosio O'Higgins (a Spanish colonial Viceroy) was…Continue
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Who was "General O'Reilly," and how did a man with such an Irish name become the "Spanish Governor of Louisiana?"
While on a consulting assignment in August of 2000, I was bicycling through the streets of New Orleans and randomly came across a historic marker that read: "Fort St. Charles On Oct. 25, 1769, under Gen. O'Reilly, Spanish governor of…Continue
We’re marking the 69th anniversary of the atomic bomb attack on Hiroshima. And yes, an Irish national --- Julia Canny a.k.a. Sister Mary of Saint Isaac Jogues --- was present and survived. My story together with the accompanying photographs (reproduced below) appeared in the 11 August 1999 editions of two Irish…Continue
Guillermo (William or Liam) Brown (1777 - 1857) was an Irishman acknowledged as the “father of the Argentine Navy.” That’s right, an Irishman founded the Argentine Navy. The Argentine Navy Destroyer, Almirante…Continue
By Thomas Keneally (of "Schindler’s List" fame)
Reviewed by John Edward (Ed) Murphy
Overall a good book and a very scholarly work. Great Shame covers significant historical events in 19th century Ireland,…Continue
Passing for White: Race, Religion, and the Healy Family, 1820-1920
by James M. O’Toole
Reviewed by John Edward “Ed” Murphy
I first learned of the Healy family in January 1959, when I paged…Continue
"Don't Give Up 'til it's Over" is a really uplifting song by Johnny Duhan.
I’m a fan of The Dubliners, and particularly the group’s past lead vocalist, the late Roddy Drew. You can view and hear (what a voice!) Ronnie Drew and the Dubliners here:
There’s also another version recorded in Japan, shortly after the earthquake-tsunami disaster of 11 March…Continue