Thomas Meagher – Young Irelander in the American Civil War

Thomas Meagher was a leading Irish nationalist who took part in the 1848 Young Irelander Rebellion and brought the tricolour flag of greeen, white and orange to Ireland from France. He was sentenced to penal servitude for his part in the rebellion but escaped to the United States where he became a prominent figure in Irish American politics. He fought in the American Civil War and went on to become the Governor of Montana Territory. Continue reading “Thomas Meagher – Young Irelander in the American Civil War”

Joseph Plunkett’s official 1916 medal to be sold at auction

The official 1916 medal that was posthumously awarded to Easter Rising leader Joseph Plunkett is to go on sale ahead of the centenary commemorations.

It is the last of the official leaders’ medals to be accounted for and hasn’t been seen for 75 years. Continue reading “Joseph Plunkett’s official 1916 medal to be sold at auction”

Great Easter Rising animation from Irish teacher

Irish teacher John Ruddy has added the Easter Rising to his impressive collection of Manny Man history animations.

The talented artist brilliantly explains the story of the Rising in just 8 minutes, with his signature character portraying all the key characters. Continue reading “Great Easter Rising animation from Irish teacher”

Commemoration of the 100th anniversary of Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa’s funeral

A commemoration of the funeral of Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa took place this weekend in Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin.

O’Donovan Rossa is considered to be one of the great Fenians and his funeral on 1 August 1915 was a hugely symbolic event in the fight for Irish independence. Continue reading “Commemoration of the 100th anniversary of Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa’s funeral”

British Army was ‘40% Irish’ in Battle of Waterloo

When people think of Ireland’s military history, they often think of rebellions against the British and men such as Theobald Wolfe Tone and Michael Collins.

There are countless more Irish men who fought for independence, and many of them are now celebrated as national heroes.

However, there are several wars and battles that claimed the lives of thousands of Irish men that are somewhat overlooked. These forgotten Irishmen were fighting as part of the British Army. Continue reading “British Army was ‘40% Irish’ in Battle of Waterloo”

Remains of Duffy Cut massacre victim to be buried in Ireland

The remains of an Irish emigrant who died 183 years ago in the Duffy’s Cut massacre in America was finally laid to rest in Co Tyrone in June 2016.

Catherine Burns was 29 years old when she emigrated to America with her father-in-law John Burns, following the death of her husband. Continue reading “Remains of Duffy Cut massacre victim to be buried in Ireland”

Historic manuscript returns to Dublin after 400 years

A historic manuscript from the 14th century has been acquired by Trinity College Dublin and has now been returned to Ireland.

The medieval text was produced at St Mary’s Abbey in Dublin and contains a vast array of historical records from Ireland prior to the 14th century.

St Mary’s Abbey was a regular meeting place for the religious and political leaders in Ireland. The manuscript includes accounts of the Trojan War, the conquest of Ireland and numerous legal texts from the era. Continue reading “Historic manuscript returns to Dublin after 400 years”

St Patrick’s Breastplate – how the hymn saved his life

St Patrick’s Day is a major event for people of Irish heritage around the world. Each year, people celebrate with a few pints of Guinness and traditional Irish music.

The commercialisation of the festival in recent years has made it is easy to forget the real significance of the patron saint of Ireland, and the impact that he had on the country.

St Patrick’s Breastplate – how the hymn saved his life
One popular hymn that is sung in churches today is St Patrick’s Breastplate. There is an incredible story behind the hymn, based on a key event in St Patrick’s life. It took place on May 1st 433AD when he began his march on Ireland. Continue reading “St Patrick’s Breastplate – how the hymn saved his life”