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Draft Riot anniversary

Started Jun 29, 2013 0 Replies

THE DRAFT RIOTSby Mike McCormack, AOH National HistorianAs National Historian for the Ancient Order of Hibernians in America, I am concerned that the 150th Anniversary of the 1863 Draft Riots in New…Continue

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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Marilyn Jane Burns commented on Mike McCormack's blog post The True Story of Thanksgiving
"Very well researched and written. I knew the Indians had helped the Pilgrims and the Pilgrims would have perished without their help. However, I didn't know all the other history behind it with the tie in to Oliver Cromwell in Ireland. Nor was…"
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Patrick Francis Deady commented on Mike McCormack's blog post The True Story of Thanksgiving
"YUK, Cromwell, drove my people out of Kilkenny. And now, we are over here where most others would like to be.  Thanks, Ollie! PatNZ"
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frank mcloughlin commented on Mike McCormack's blog post The True Story of Thanksgiving
"a good story, but while you are on it look up the sons of the mayflower originals who actually returned to england and fought with cromwell in ireland."
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Robert (Bob) Schreiner commented on Mike McCormack's blog post The True Story of Thanksgiving
"Thank you for the Irish connections. As to the Americans, there were three main reasons that the Native population was unable to resist the English incursions. First, the Pilgrims were originally headed to the Virginia colony but chance landed them…"
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Halloween: It's a Celtic Feast!

May I respectfully add my take on the feast of Halloween?  Like their economy which was based on planting, growing and harvesting, the Celtic calendar was centered around the Sun and agriculture and determined by a lunar calendar.  The four major feasts were Imbolc on February 1 which introduced the season of planting; Bealtine…See More
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It's a Celtic Feast

Posted on October 30, 2016 at 11:30am 1 Comment

Like their economy, which was based on planting, growing and harvesting, the Celtic calendar was centered around the Sun and agriculture and determined by a lunar calendar. The four major feasts were…

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A Sincere Reply Regarding 'America's Birthday and the Irish'

Posted on August 4, 2016 at 4:30pm 2 Comments

It been a while since anyone held my feet to the fire over what I wrote, but Patrick O'Toole questioned some of the facts in my 7/5/16 blog America's Birthday and the…

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Bridie Halpin: Irish Patriot

Posted on March 5, 2015 at 12:30pm 6 Comments

Fifteen days before Christmas 1988, "Aunt" Bridie Halpin died. At 85, she had lived a good life, but it was still sad for the Halpin family for their Bridie was the beloved…

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The Women of Erin

Posted on February 28, 2015 at 1:30pm 0 Comments

During a 1986 interview with 1916 patriot Sam O’Reilly for the Irish Echo newspaper, Sam excused himself to retrieve some notes.  At that point, his wife Mary whispered, "Mike, would you ever tell our story?"  I said,…

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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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