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Duffy's Cut

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gerry Regan Apr 6, 2013. 3 Replies

In 2009, a 10-year search for the bodies of 57 Irish immigrants at Duffy's Cut in the woods of Malvern, PA uncovered remains of only seven of them. They had been killed by vigilantes due to…Continue

 

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Gerry Regan liked Mike McCormack's blog post The Anglo-Irish Treaty
Dec 30, 2021
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The Patriot Game

by Mike McCormack, NYAOH Historian EmeritusOn New Year’s Day in 1957, an event occurred that is remembered in song to this day. It all began after World War II brought change to Northern Ireland as Loyalists and Nationalists shared the same bomb shelters breaking down the barriers of prejudice erected to keep them divided. The war also created a small measure of prosperity that satisfied many grievances. After the war in 1945, England had to rebuild those barriers to maintain control of the…See More
Dec 26, 2021
Mike McCormack's blog post was featured

The Anglo-Irish Treaty

One hundred years ago, on 6 December 1921 a treaty was signed with the British government that was to end Ireland’s 3-year war of independence and grant a measure of autonomy to Ireland. It was to be fully implemented by March 31, 1922, and the fighting would end; it had the opposite effect!  The Government of Ireland Act (GOI) of 1920 had already partitioned Ireland and…See More
Dec 14, 2021
Mike McCormack commented on Mike McCormack's blog post The Sing Sing of the IRA
"I will support memorializing the Brits who died IN Ireland killing Irishmen when America puts up memorials to Hitler's, Mussolini's and Hideki Tojo's followers.  They too believed in what they were doing, no one follows…"
Dec 8, 2021
Gerry Regan liked Mike McCormack's blog post The Sing Sing of the IRA
Dec 6, 2021
Mike McCormack commented on Mike McCormack's blog post The Sing Sing of the IRA
" It's only as fascinating as the terminology.  For example: was Washington a terrorist or a patriot defending his people?  Was our nation founded on murder because he killed so many of the enemy (the same enemy as Ireland…"
Dec 6, 2021
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AN HISTORICALLY UNFORGETTABLE CHRISTMAS

by Mike McCormack, AOH NY State Historian Emeritus Some ‘historians’ ignore facts in order to downsize their presentation. What is most egregious is when the contributions of the Irish are thus ‘written out’ as inconsequential. Take Washington’s Christmas crossing of the Delaware for example. The Irish around Trenton, like Paddy Colvin, who ran a Delaware River ferry; Paddy…See More
Nov 29, 2021
Gerry Regan liked Mike McCormack's blog post Four Who Fell
Nov 12, 2021
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Four Who Fell

by Mike McCormackAcross the racing current of the Shannon river stands many a bridge, but few as notable as the 13-arch bridge that connects the towns of Ballina, Co. Tipperary and Killaloe, Co. Clare. It was built in the early 1800s at a spot on the Shannon near Brian Boru’s ford. The ford was a shallow spot in the river where a man on horseback or a cart could easily wade across the river. It is called Brian Boru’s ford since High King Brian situated his royal palace of Kincora at Killaloe…See More
Oct 31, 2021
The Wild Geese liked Mike McCormack's blog post Sligo's John Patton: Revolutionary War Hero
Oct 22, 2021
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Sligo's John Patton: Revolutionary War Hero

Many Irish who contributed significantly to this nation have been undeservedly excluded from the pages of our school’s history books and their stories remain untold. One such is John Patton. Born in 1745 in County Sligo, John immigrated to Philadelphia about 1765. He met and married Jane Davis on 7 March 1777 and they had seven sons and four daughters. Although a family…See More
Oct 3, 2021
Mike McCormack posted a blog post

Sligo's John Patton: Revolutionary War Hero

Many Irish who contributed significantly to this nation have been undeservedly excluded from the pages of our school’s history books and their stories remain untold. One such is John Patton. Born in 1745 in County Sligo, John immigrated to Philadelphia about 1765. He met and married Jane Davis on 7 March 1777 and they had seven sons and four daughters. Although a family…See More
Oct 1, 2021
The Wild Geese liked Mike McCormack's blog post Two of America's Irish Heroes
Sep 10, 2021
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Two of America's Irish Heroes

In September 1862, two Irish-born men were about to put their lives on the line for their adopted American nation.  One was Dennis Heenan from Borrisokane, County Tipperary who arrived in Philadelphia in 1839.  He joined one of the many Irish militias defending Irish neighborhoods from the bigoted Know-Nothing nativists who burned two local Catholic churches in 1844.  The…See More
Sep 9, 2021
Mike McCormack posted a blog post

Two of America's Irish Heroes

In September 1862, two Irish-born men were about to put their lives on the line for their adopted American nation.  One was Dennis Heenan from Borrisokane, County Tipperary who arrived in Philadelphia in 1839.  He joined one of the many Irish militias defending Irish neighborhoods from the bigoted Know-Nothing nativists who burned two local Catholic churches in 1844.  The…See More
Aug 30, 2021
Mike McCormack's blog post was featured

The Galloping Hogan

After Cromwell’s conquest of Ireland, more than 40,000 Irish were relocated west of the River Shannon by the end of 1654. Those who weren’t were press-ganged into the British Navy or sold as indentured servants to the colonies. There was one group, however, who refused either. They eluded capture in the hills and glens near their ancestral homes and raided the new…See More
Aug 10, 2021

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The Patriot Game

Posted on December 26, 2021 at 4:00pm 0 Comments

by Mike McCormack, NYAOH Historian Emeritus

On New Year’s Day in 1957, an event occurred that is remembered in song to this day. It all began after World War II brought change to Northern Ireland as Loyalists and Nationalists shared the same bomb shelters breaking down the barriers of prejudice erected to keep them divided. The war also created a small measure of prosperity that satisfied many grievances. After the war in 1945,…

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The Anglo-Irish Treaty

Posted on December 8, 2021 at 1:00pm 0 Comments

One hundred years ago, on 6 December 1921 a treaty was signed with the British government that was to end Ireland’s 3-year war of independence and grant a measure of autonomy to Ireland. It was to be fully implemented by March 31, 1922, and the fighting would end; it had…

Continue

AN HISTORICALLY UNFORGETTABLE CHRISTMAS

Posted on November 29, 2021 at 4:30pm 0 Comments

by Mike McCormack, AOH NY State Historian Emeritus





Some ‘historians’ ignore facts in order to downsize their presentation. What is most egregious is when the contributions of the Irish are thus ‘written out’ as inconsequential. Take Washington’s Christmas crossing of the Delaware for example.…

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Four Who Fell

Posted on October 31, 2021 at 10:23am 0 Comments

by Mike McCormack

Across the racing current of the Shannon river stands many a bridge, but few as notable as the 13-arch bridge that connects the towns of Ballina, Co. Tipperary and Killaloe, Co. Clare. It was built in the early 1800s at a spot on the Shannon near Brian Boru’s ford. The ford was a shallow spot in the river where a man on horseback or a cart could easily wade across the river. It is called Brian Boru’s ford since High King Brian situated his royal palace of Kincora at…

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Comment Wall (4 comments)

At 2:01pm on April 3, 2013, Gerry Regan said…

Fàilte, Mike, to The Wild Geese. Got your call and will be calling you this afternoon. We appreciate your support, and all you've done to explore, preserve, promote and celebrate the epic heritage of the Irish, particularly their role in making the United States the great nation that it is today.

At 4:12pm on June 29, 2013, Gerry Regan said…

Nice to see you back in our pages, Mike. It seemed you were away for some time. BTW, Ned McGinley is now a member of The Wild Geese, as well. Perhaps you guys can team up and set up a Friends of the AOH group here. That'd be awesome.

At 11:23am on February 21, 2015, HermitsOf St-John said…
Have you read my comment to your article "St Valentine in Ireland"? Please do so.
At 3:41pm on January 22, 2017, John Anthony Brennan said…

Mike McCormack

Re my blog about the Spanish Armada in Ireland.

I amended the description regarding the gold and silver that was looted from the wrecks. It now reads,

"Amid the shattered remnants of the wreckage of several wooden ships, the contents of smashed war chests, gold, silver and jewels, were looted and carried off by bands of scavenging, local inhabitants."

Thanks for pointing it out, and I believe that the story reads better now.

Again, thanks for the input.

John A

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