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'The Great Hunger': Famine or Genocide?

Started this discussion. Last reply by That's Just How It Was Mar 13, 2015. 18 Replies

I took a course at an American university called "Genocides and Crimes Against Humanity." …Continue

Tags: The Great Hunger, An Gorta Mor, Famine

Mrs. Obama and Your Ancestry Search

Started Nov 19, 2014 0 Replies

How much do you really want to know about your family history?  What if you discover an…Continue

Tags: Genealogy, American Civil-War, slavery, ancestry, Obama

Neutral ... on Hitler?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Nollaig 2016 Nov 2, 2016. 79 Replies

I have had several conversations recently about Irish neutrality during WWII.  I am curious…Continue

Tags: war, Germany, neutrality, deValera, WWII

'The Auld Triangle' - Which Version is Best?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gerry Regan Nov 18, 2013. 16 Replies

He's bringing Behan back?Justin Timberlake, with help from Marcus Mumford, has recorded a version of "The Auld Triangle" to be used in a new Cohen brothers film called Inside Lwelyn Davis.The song…Continue

Tags: Luke Kelly, Dubliners, Trad, Traditional, Music


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Stop the Parades?

A recent outbreak of violence in Belfast has me pondering parading.  My husband and I visited Belfast just a few days before the riots, and the streets were calm and peaceful.  It seems that the majority of the incidents in recent years have occurred at or around a Loyalist or Republican parade.  The non-parading faction usually takes umbrage at the chosen route, stages a protest, and tempers escalate.The president of the Capitol Hill-based Irish National Caucus,…See More
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Irish Bog Archaeology: Fadden More Psalter

Posted on May 5, 2015 at 4:00am 0 Comments

The Fadden More Psalter, a book of psalms as old as the Book of Kells, was found by turf cutters in a Tipperary bog in 2006.  It is written in Latin and includes illuminated letters and other decoration.  Dr. Eamonn Kelly and his team at The National Museum of Ireland dated the book to around 800 AD, and spent five years restoring it. 

The find was very exciting to Irish…


Irish Bog Archaeology: Meet the Bog Bodies

Posted on May 4, 2015 at 3:30pm 3 Comments

Turf cutters have unearthed more than home heating fuel from Ireland's bogs.  Bog bodies - naturally preserved human remains - are a fascinating study.  The chemical composition of the bog has antibiotic properties which kill the bacteria that would normally break down the flesh.  The…


Free Printable Irish Valentine!

Posted on February 7, 2015 at 2:30pm 1 Comment

Make your own Valentine card with an Irish twist!

I think that shamrocks and hearts play very nicely with each other as design elements.  What do you say?…


Nollaig na mBan Men’s Chore List

Posted on January 5, 2015 at 6:30am 9 Comments

Alright, lads. Your lady is out celebrating Nollaig na mBan (Women’s Christmas) with her girlfriends. Traditionally, this is your turn to take on a larger share of the household chores. Here are a…


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At 7:41am on April 30, 2013, Gerry Regan said…

Kelly, I'm pleased we can incorporate your insights and passion in our community. Failte!

At 10:58am on May 6, 2013, Gerry Regan said…

Kelly, we are delighted to feature you on WG, an bring this overdue attention to your contributions to our growing community. Ger

At 10:48am on May 8, 2013, Bit Devine said…

Céad míle fáilte romhat to my campfire Kelly. Well I have enjoyed your contributions. I look forward to getting to know you more as we go along

At 11:30am on September 18, 2013, Steve O'Rorke said…

Thank you! Actually my surname is supposed to have a "u" in it but for unknown reasons it was omitted by my great-grandfather in the late 1800's. We had so much trouble with genealogical searches until we discovered the error!

At 6:53am on October 25, 2014, Patricia Louise Hughes said…

Hi Kelly,

Glad to meet you!

At 8:15pm on November 16, 2014, John Anthony Brennan said…

Hello Ms. O'Rourke, it's a pleasure to meet you. 

At 3:44am on December 22, 2014, eilis mulroy said…

You might like to come to some of our heritage talks in Oranmore for inspiration. Our last one was about Irish soldiers in the British Army during world war 1. Website has to be updated but see

At 8:14am on January 18, 2015, Lonnie said…

Hi Kelly, sorry for delay in accepting friend request. I always forget to visit this great place!

At 5:07pm on February 21, 2015, Ricky Duffy said…

Thanks Kelly,looking foward to great discussions on Ireland and what ever comes around.........

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