Comedian Patrick Kielty berates ‘deluded’ British politician over Irish border

Guest writer, Nick Sinnott

Irish comedian Patrick Kielty has sent a blistering rebuke to British politician Boris Johnson for his “blundering delusions” over the border in Northern Ireland.

The Irish border has been become a major issue because of Brexit, the UK decision to leave the European Union following a bitter referendum campaign.

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‘The most dangerous woman in America’ – ‘Mother Jones’ was an Irish emigrant who fought for worker’s rights, believing that working men should be able to earn enough money from a hard day’s work to provide for their families. Her efforts landed her in court, where the prosecution labelled her the ‘most dangerous woman in America’. Find out more.

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”