I have a friend who was brought up in Belfast, and he has experienced "the parades" first hand and reports that the Orange Order parades are a sanctioned opportunity for loyalists to incite mayhem and cause violence and destruction of property. He has had very real, very bad, very visceral experiences. He is very educated, thoughtful and reflective. I find him to be a most credible witness, and I think the parades should be stopped in the furtherance of peace.
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Well, I couldn't go wrong as it was a Ken Loach film...it depicts the heart of Ireland and its people....I grew up in South Boston at a time when I did not know that people other than the Irish existed....those in the film and those I grew up with are one and the same.....the film embraced me....
Hey Gerry, we are not sure if my husband's people were Scots or Scots-Irish. I have done some work on them and it appears they may have immigrated quite early. There is so much more to learn. My father's people immigrated from Scotland to Ireland in the 1600's. Then from County Down to Pennsylvania in the early 1800's. My mother's people came from Cork and Kerry around 1880. Tell me more about your Irwin if you get the time. You never know...
Thanks so much for featuring the review of twenty years a growing. I am working on another piece now, and will post it in a couple weeks...life needs to slow down to give me more time to write!
I read your article on the Irwins of Hells Kitchen and was surprised to learn that they lived near my Irwin relatives. My grandfather was Joseph Irwin (1872-1948). They lived on 10th Ave. between 43rd and 44th st. Just wondering if you came across them in your research?
I wanted to inform you that a member with the name of James Pollard has just tried scamming with an "lost inheritance scam". I just want to urge you to please let folks know. This guy says something about a long lost relative that recently died and has no known heirs and then goes on to say he wants 50% and that I would need to keep it a secret. I have a copy of the email he sent. I do take full responsibility for communicating with someone from this forum with my own personal email on myself, that was stupid on my part.
Hey, Ger! Delighted to see the site is still here and with a great new look (not that the old one wasn't great either) ;) Thanks, also, for the invitation to dive right back in. I will be doing so over the coming days.
More importantly, I hope you and all your loved ones are safe and well during these unprecedented times!
Anyone here ever seen or has a copy of the miniseries Year Of The French? It's based on a novel about the United Irishmen ( Ancestors were members) and the landing of a French military expedition in county Mayo? I've been trying to track it down for decades. I heard it was banned by the British government for years for graphic scenes of Irish peasants being slaughtered by British soldierd