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Leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising: Cornelius Colbert

Posted by Mary Thorpe on January 31, 2015 at 8:00am 0 Comments

Cornelius [Con] Colbert was another young man who is also less known for his role in Ireland's 1916 Easter Rising.  He was born in 1888 , one of thirteen children, into a small farming…

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A Big All-Irish Concert in NYC to Benefit the Benedictine Nuns at Kylemore Abbey

Posted by Mary Reed on January 30, 2015 at 12:00pm 0 Comments

The Kylemore Abbey Campaign in the U.S. will host a very special Irish Concert in New York City on March 16th at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in the Village.  An all-Irish concert will benefit the…

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Coats of Arms and Heraldry

Posted by Dee Notaro on January 24, 2015 at 5:30am 12 Comments

Heraldry is the profession, study, or art of creating, granting, and blazoning arms and ruling on questions of rank or protocol, as exercised by an officer of arms. Heraldry, the word, in its most general sense,…

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St. Brigid: The Second Patron Saint of Ireland

Posted by Totally Irish Gifts on January 30, 2015 at 1:30am 6 Comments

St. Brigid is the second patron saint of Ireland, whose feast day is her birthday -- the first day of spring, 1st February (Lá Fhéile Bhride). Brigid is also known as Muire na nGael or "Mary of the…

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Donegal Association of New York - New Website

Posted by Tommy Dullaghan on January 27, 2015 at 4:00pm 1 Comment

On behalf of our President, Katie Barrett, The Donegal Association of New York would like to invite you to view our new website (www.DonegalNY.org).  We feel strongly about promoting organizations and businesses who add value to our reader…

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Leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising: Eámonn Ceannt

Posted by Mary Thorpe on January 26, 2015 at 12:30pm 2 Comments

Éamonn Ceannt is a little-known leader of the 1916 Easter Rising. Born in Ballymoe in County Galway, he was one of nine children. His father was an RIC Officer…

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Irish Famine-Era 'Farthing' Sells for $102.50

Posted by Brian Nolan on January 27, 2015 at 9:30am 1 Comment

This farthing coin was recently sold on eBay for $102.50. When it was minted in 1842, as a trading token by James O'Flynn it was worth only a quarter of one penny. Ja…

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A Town and a Landlord Before the Famine and a Field Called Ballybeggarman

Posted by Jarlath MacNamara on January 23, 2015 at 10:30am 3 Comments

Patrick Sarsfield Gilmore grew up in a town called Ballygar, County Galway -- today a lovely place on the road from Roscommon to Galway. In the 1820s, the Landlord decided he would build a town because…

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Wicklow's Daughter, Beloved Mother: To the Girl on the Lawn at Cal

Posted by Jim Gregory on January 23, 2015 at 9:00pm 1 Comment

This year AVID students -- kids whose family backgrounds do not include a college experience -- invited me, their AP European History teacher, to go on the Northern California college tour, and I was…

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The Portrayal of the Irish in Movies

Posted by Lonnie on January 23, 2015 at 10:30am 3 Comments

When I first visited the U.S., in 1985 for a summer holiday, I was amused and entertained by the clever television advertisements. The one that sticks out in my brain has the line  "Let's talk about you. What do you think…

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