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The Belfast Cowboy

Happy Birthday, Van. Thanks for the joy and inspiration. Aug. 31, 1945

52 years ago a determined, multi-talented individual arrived in NYC and fought the greatest battle he had ever faced. His vision, thwarted by powerful men in suits and long black limousines, vindictive record companies,…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on August 31, 2021 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

The Norman Invasion of Ireland

On this day 23 August 1170, the Vikings returned to Ireland. They didn't arrive…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on August 23, 2021 at 11:28am — 7 Comments

Thomas Addis Emmet: Twice a Rebel

The next time you visit the East Village in New York City, and if time is on your side, walk to St. Mark’s-in-the-Bowery churchyard and give a nod to an Irishman who was initially interred there. The man, a well-known lawyer, also held the prestigious position of New York State Attorney General for a short period of…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on July 23, 2021 at 7:30pm — 4 Comments

Freedom From Fear

A…
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Added by John Anthony Brennan on July 8, 2021 at 5:30pm — 6 Comments

Waterford's Ernest Thomas Walton: The Father of Atomic Energy

A widely respected, much admired, modest, unassuming Irishman played a major role in the development of Atomic Energy. It could be argued that this man’s role in the development of Nuclear physics was so groundbreaking and historic, that several years later, it led directly to the invention of the first Atomic bomb.…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on June 25, 2021 at 2:46pm — 4 Comments

Clontarf

Every April 23 we remember with great pride another in the long line of Irishmen who despite all the odds stacked against them, nevertheless decided to take a stand against an oppressive enemy. So set aside a little time today and read his fascinating full story at the link at the end of this…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on April 23, 2021 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

The Pirates of Music

On 20 April 2020, we said farewell to a highly innovative Irishman who changed the world with his singular vision and desire to make the world a better place through the medium of music. His grandfather (The O'Rahilly) was an important figure in the quest for the independence of Ireland, a leader in the…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on April 20, 2021 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

Annie Russell: A Flower from Sweet Strabane

In school, if you ever looked at images of the surface of the Sun you would have seen what appeared to be dark areas dotted across the surface. These anomalies are known as sunspots and appear dark because they are cooler than other parts of the Sun’s surface. Occasionally you would also have seen…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on March 31, 2021 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

The Green Valley

I've been down in the green valley, the holy place.

The one where the pagan and saint walk the
blessed earth yet still, in silent mystic. The one…
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Added by John Anthony Brennan on March 20, 2021 at 8:00pm — 9 Comments

The Cellist, the Nightingale and Danny Boy.

I think it is fair to say that a great many of us are wringing our hands in despair at the state the world is in now. It seems that we are in total disagreement with each other and cannot or will not find common ground on which to unite. It is a case of widespread ‘he said-she said’ and every other…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on February 7, 2021 at 6:30pm — 5 Comments

Annaghmare: The Big Marsh

In the land of Mac Nessa where epitaphs are written in blood, and nocturnal shadows flit freely in the cold moonlight, when the white hoar frost of winter’s breath blankets the big marsh, envelops the bracken and heather, coats the blackthorns in a slick sheen, clings to intricate webs as bejeweled wonders and the bleak, frozen bogs shiver and sleep,…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on January 8, 2021 at 2:30pm — No Comments

The Pavees of Slieve Gullion

Slieve Gullion (from Irish: Sliabh gCuillinn, meaning "hill of the steep slope" or Sliabh Cuilinn, "Culann's mountain") is an extinct volcanic mountain in the south of County Armagh, Ireland. The mountain is the heart of the Ring of Gullion and is the highest point in the county, with an elevation…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on December 11, 2020 at 7:00pm — No Comments

A Woman of Ireland

One warm evening in August 1903 a large crowd gathered outside the Custom House in Dublin, Ireland. Nearby, the river Liffey, flowing slowly toward the sea, carried the sounds of the bustling city with it, on its never ending journey, as it had done for millennia. An imposing, well-dressed…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on November 25, 2020 at 5:30pm — No Comments

From Co. Armagh to the Heavens.

When it comes to astronomy, Ireland is blessed with many brilliant, world changing individuals, whose…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on September 25, 2020 at 10:30am — No Comments

The Botanist from Rathmines.

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This year 2020, is the 173rd anniversary of the ‘great Hunger’ that befell Ireland with the horror culminating in 1847. Otherwise known as ‘an Gorta mor’ or more commonly referred to as ‘Black ‘47’ it was a seminal turning point in the long tortuous history of Ireland.

Of the many devastating events that the Irish nation endured during its…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on September 12, 2020 at 3:34pm — No Comments

The Great Assembly at Tara (Part 4 of 4)

In the last week of July 431 A.D., Patricius left his residence at Ard Mhacha and traveled with his retinue south toward the kingdom of Midhe. He had been summoned, by royal decree, to a meeting with the reigning monarch, king Laoghaire Mac Neill at the court at Tara. His journey would take…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on March 16, 2020 at 10:30am — 10 Comments

The Great Assembly at Tara (Part 3)

In the Great Hall, the attendees had begun to arrive and take their seats. King Laoghaire, already seated in his royal chair in the middle of the hall, was surrounded by his ten hand-picked individuals who attended him at all times and included a “high ranking Nobleman to be his companion; a Brehon judge to…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on March 12, 2020 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

The Great Assembly at Tara (Part 2)

Druid Lochra’s prophecy: 

"A tailcenn (baldhead) will come over the raging sea, with his perforated garments, his crook-headed staff, with his table (altar) at the east end of his house, and all the people will answer 'Amen! Amen!"

Soon after Laoghaire Mac…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on March 8, 2020 at 4:00pm — 10 Comments

Geneva Barracks: Death Camp in Waterford

In 1782, the ruling Protestant Ascendancy in Ireland were given countrywide self-rule by the British Parliament, greatly increasing the powers of the Irish Parliament, situated at College Green in Dublin. One of the first items addressed by the new parliament was the Trade Agreement that restricted what…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on January 9, 2019 at 8:30pm — 6 Comments

The Croppies

There once was a particularly dark time in Ireland when the length of a man's hair determined his fate. If his hair was shorn close to the scalp as opposed to the longer hairstyles of most of Europe at that time, he ran the risk of arrest,…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on January 5, 2019 at 6:30pm — No Comments

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