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 A tribute to mt Granny . It encapsulates teh famine and all the horrors of the famine , the 1916 Easter Rising and the War of Independence Video below Youtube: …Continue


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"That's Just How It Was"
By Mary Thorpe

This work is a labor of love by the writer Mary Thorpe as a tribute to her much-loved Granny O Rourke (nee Nolan) in an attempt to place the stories she heard and was told into a true and historical context. As a social worker who came across many cases of social deprivation in modern times, in the various social work departments in which she worked in the southeast and northwest of England, Mary had the dawning realization regarding what her own grandmother had been through in even harder times in the late part of the 19th and early part of the 20th century in Ireland and sought to record this.

Mary uses the life of Bridget to celebrate the achievements of other women in Dublin and Bray, in fact, from all over Ireland, in this era, and as such, this story will be of interest to anyone with Irish ancestry. Mary hopes her readers will enjoy the mix of history and biography as an authentic record of times past and that this will be an addition to Celtic history from an empathetic and homespun point of view. Mary clearly believes that our roots are as important just as our word is our bond.

'That's Just How It Was' is available on Amazon (at a reduced price right now), Kindle, Ingham's, Bertham's, Barnes & Noble; and Gardeners World UK.

Waterstone' USA will now order my book for you ; Ireland an England ; Waterstones will order it via Ingrams for you 

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The Harp -- The Oldest Emblem of Ireland

Posted on April 6, 2017 at 10:00am 4 Comments

The oldest harp on which the ‘official’ national emblem of  Ireland is based is housed in the Long Room at Trinity College, Dublin. Two other medieval harps that have also been preserved from that era, are housed in The Museum of Scotland: The Queen Mary Harp 15th century - and the Lamont Harp [date being…


Shamrock: The National Emblem of Ireland

Posted on February 19, 2017 at 9:00am 10 Comments

The shamrock is thought by many Irish people globally, to be grown exclusively in Ireland, in…


Romancing the Truth -- The Legendary 'Molly Malone'

Posted on January 23, 2017 at 9:30am 5 Comments

Who was Molly Malone? . . . That is a very good question, a question that has had many historians baffled, and continues to be debated by experts in this field for many a decade. Stranger than fiction, an inspiration to many millions of people all over the world,…


Writer, Activist Alice Milligan -- Prodigy, Visionary, Humanitarian

Posted on November 8, 2016 at 6:30am 7 Comments

Alice Milligan (1866-1953) was born into a middle-class Methodist family, one of 11 children. (Some sources would suggest that there were 13 children.) Her father was Seaton Milligan, a writer, poet, antiquary, member of the Royal Irish Academy (RIA), and a businessman. Her…


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At 10:32am on November 12, 2014, Greg Lynch Jr said…

Hi Mary,

You can post the video to the Wild Geese site so it appears right on your page. Could you also write a brief summary of the book to post as a blog that way the members of the Wild Geese can get a better sense of what the book is about.

Good luck and welcome to the Wild Geese

Greg Lynch

At 10:33am on November 13, 2014,
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Greg ; have tried to gain access to The Wild Geese site . Unable to as I am computer illiterate !!!

At 10:41am on November 13, 2014, Greg Lynch Jr said…

Computers are tricky. What seems to be the problem gaining access to the site?

At 9:58am on December 26, 2014, Patricia Louise Hughes said…

Pleased to meet you online, Mary.

At 7:57pm on December 26, 2014, Patrick Francis Deady said…

Thank you, Mary.  Accepted with admiration.


At 6:05am on December 27, 2014,
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It is so lovely to have made all these new friends on the wild geese . My thanks to Kelly O' Rourke and Gerry Regan for helping me achieve this 

At 7:16am on December 27, 2014, Patricia Louise Hughes said…

It did leave huge gaps in people's lives when someone emigrated. For instance, just take a look at my blog entitled "The Real Honor Bright", she was my grandmother.

Please keep writing!

At 2:49pm on December 27, 2014,
Fran Reddy

Hi Mary! Glad to have you as a friend on here!

At 5:26pm on December 31, 2014, Brian Nolan said…

Ath-bhlian faoi mhaise daoibh! - Happy New Year to you.
Count your blessings instead of your crosses.
Count your gains instead of your losses.
Count your joys instead of your woes.
Count your friends instead of your foes.
Count your smiles instead of your tears.
Count your courage instead of your fears.
Count your full times instead of your lean.
Count your kind deeds instead of your mean.
Count your health instead of your wealth. 
Love your neighbor as much as yourself.

The Count himself, Count John McCormack, singing 'The sunshine of your smile' in 1916, when to be fair, there was very little to smile about at all. http://youtu.be/VMDs1sJ3PMI  
We should all count our blessings, however small.

Brian Nolan

At 6:13am on January 8, 2015, Ryan O'Rourke said…

Hi, Mary.  I don't know if you've noticed, but your blog post about your childhood has now eclipsed 3,000 views (and counting)!  Well done!

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