Remembering W.B. Yeats with some of his most famous quotes

William Butler Yeats, born 13 June, 1865 in Sandymount County Dublin was an Irish poet, dramatist, prose writer and one of the foremost figures of 20th century literature. Yeats was born into a family that was very well to do.

Memories linger on

Martin Murray, who was born, reared and lived on the storm battered island of Inishark, 15km off the Galway coast, is preparing to write a book about his life on the island, which is now uninhabited, the last remaining islanders having been evacuated some sixty years ago. 

The Custom House – James Gandon’s crowning glory

Standing proudly by the banks of the River Liffey is one of the finest works of architecture in Dublin City; the Custom House. This magnificent creation, brainchild of the celebrated English architect, James Gandon, has dominated the north bank of the Liffey since its opening over two-hundred and thirty years ago.

The Priest and Parishioner Murdered in West Cork in 1920

It happened after noon on Wednesday December 15th 1920 when Canon Thomas Magner was taking his daily walk along the road at Ballyhalwick, just outside Dunmanway town. He came upon local Magistrate P.S. Brady who was having trouble with his stalled motorcar.

The Bonniconlon Ambush of April 1921

The Bonniconlon Ambush of April 1921 took place in the middle of the Co. Mayo  village but it was meant to take place further down the Ballina Road but the leadership were afraid of what might happen to the elderly people if it was held there, so they moved it closer to the village. There was a dance in the old school built in 1890 and the Tans were expected to raid, guided by the RIC from Ballina. 

Bertha von Suttner – A Remarkable Woman              ...

Described as a remarkable woman who was ahead of her time, Bertha von Suttner was a leading activist and internationalist who continues to provide inspiration to those who believe in the progress of humanity through reason, tolerance and peaceful resolution of conflicts.

Phoenix Park – That place called home

Home is where we were born, it is the place where we lived with our parents and siblings and that town or village or county is always referred to as ‘home.’ Many individuals emigrate to other destinations throughout the world and have a place there they which they refer to as ‘home,’ for some temporary, others remain and make it a permanent ‘home.’

From Campfire to Carnegie Hall: Tom and Paschal – Much Loved Limerick Comedians

Tom O’Donnell and Paschal O’Grady were born and bred, or bread and buttered as they themselves would have put it, in the centre of Limerick City – Thomas Street and Ellen Street, to be precise.

Tributes Paid to Tipperary Hurling Legend Theo English

Tributes have been paid to former Tipperary hurler Theo English (90) who passed away at South Tipperary General Hospital in Clonmel on Sunday January, 10 last. The Marlfield Clubman won five All-Ireland medals with Tipperary and was a selector with Tipperary in 1971 and again when they made their famous breakthrough in 1987 under Michael Babs Keating.

War-torn Syria to Ireland – One barber’s tale of battling with adversity

When a young Syrian boy aged 12, was forced to flee his home town and his country, with his parents and two sisters, because of terrible casualties in the civil war that began there nine years ago, he little realised he would be in Ireland for Christmas 2020, trying to make a success of his own hairdressing business, and a great admirer of Irish people and of Ireland.

Remembering Brendan Behan with some of his most famous quotes

Brendan Francis Aidan Behan, was an Irish poet, short story writer, novelist and playwright, who wrote both in English and Irish.

Tributes to Renowned HIV Campaigner Fr Michael Kelly SJ

Tributes have been paid to an Irish Jesuit priest who spent much of his life championing the rights of those with HIV in Africa. Father Michael Kelly SJ, who spent more than 50 years in Zambia as a missionary and educator, died on Friday January 15th 2021 after a short illness.

The Boss

Although best known for his involvement in racing, former Taoiseach Charles J. Haughey played Gaelic football and hurling at club level with some distinction. Born in Donnycarney he was educated by the Christian Brothers in Fairview, a noted GAA nursery. He won a county medal with Parnells in 1945 – a noteworthy year for him because he also achieved notoriety then for burning the Union Jack outside Trinity College.

Patrick Sarsfield and the Treaty of Limerick     

An exhibition titled Strangers to Citizens: The Irish in Europe, 1600-1800, was held at the National Library of Ireland in 2008. It told their story through commentaries and explanations with a number of visual aids of images and major facets about Ireland, Journeys, Colleges, Military, Merchants and Professionals.

From Ballygar to Haiti

Viatores Christi was founded in 1960. It recruits, prepares and places Irish people who are willing to volunteer overseas. Since 1960 over 2,000 people have volunteered abroad with Viatores Christi. Inspired by Gospel values and equipped with their experience and skills, they have gone to the poor and marginalised areas of countries in South and Central America, Africa, the Caribbean and Asia.

President James K Polk and his Donegal connection

James K Polk, the eleventh President of the United States, and the second Irish-American to hold the office, was born in North Carolina in 1795. His family had originally come from Lifford in County Donegal. He moved with his father to Tennessee and became a follower of the Democratic leader, Andrew Jackson.

The Day Máirtín Ó Cadhain Visited North Mayo

Ellaghmore is located in Bonniconlon, North Mayo in the foothills of the Ox Mountains and in the summer they have a dark green colour with the occasional light patch here and there with a stone path leading up to the bogs. The house where Sean Loftus was born and lived for most of his eighty - three years was located there not far from that path.

Thomas William Hazen Rolleston – Poet and Irishman

Rolleston was born on May 1st 1857, into what we would today loosely term the landed and privileged gentry, his father being a well-known Q.C. of the time. T.W., as he was known, was the third son of Elizabeth Richards and Charles Rolleston – Spunner of Glasshouse in King’s County, south of Shinrone.

Saint Patrick in Stained Glass

Saint Patrick is Ireland’s national saint, both for the north and south of the country. His feast day is March 17th, the date of his death. It is claimed that he made a great impact on Irish society, but modern research reveals that his missionary activities were confined to the northeast of the island.

Francis Rynd – the Dublin Doctor who invented the Hypodermic Syringe

While hundreds of thousands of Irish people wait to be injected with the Covid-19 vaccine, we know that the doses are applied by medical staff using hypodermic syringes. The invention of the fine hollow needles of the syringes is credited to a Dublin-born physician, Francis Rynd. Today, tens of billions of syringes are used around the world to combat illness.

Era of Lacemaking

Ireland of the late 17th and early 18th century was riven with poverty, hunger and destitution. There were, however, the comfortable families of the great houses of the titled descendants of the Planters. Ireland had gone through the throes of the Famine and persecution, but a tiny ray of hope began to emerge with the end of that era. Religious persecution eased; priests and religious slowly came to the fore.

Downpatrick – City of Saint Patrick

Downpatrick was originally known as Dún-da-leth-glas (Fortress of the Two Broken Fetters). In Gaelic or Irish, the word ‘Dún’ means a fort or stronghold.

Colourful Characters that once lived in the Marble City

It’s probably true to say that in my youth, every village, town and city of Ireland had its share of what were loosely described as “colourful characters”. Kilkenny, although the smallest city in Ireland, had more than its fair share of these so-called characters.

Charlie Poole – The Hell Raising Banjo Player

Charlie Poole was a banjo playing, hell raising bluegrass legend. He was born in North Carolina in 1892, one of thirteen children. Charles Cleveland Poole was his full name and his paternal grandfather had fled Ireland during the Great Famine and arrived in North Carolina in the 1840s.

Charles Byrne – the Irish Giant

Charles Byrne was born in 1761 in Littlebridge, Co. Derry, not far from the shores of Lough Neagh. His parents were of average height, but once Charles reached his early teens, he realised that he had extraordinary height and that this would provide him with an easy living.

When Sandy met Johnny

Sandy Kelly is among the all-time greats of Irish county music. Willie Nelson hailed her as “one of the top fifteen female artists in the world.” She has entertained for decades on both sides of the Atlantic and across the Irish Sea, but for many of us her singing duets with the great Johnny Cash will occupy a special place in our hearts, and in the glittering annals of showbiz history.

John Wayne’s Irish Rebel Roots

In 1791, a group of radical liberal men got together in Belfast and founded the Society of United Irishmen. This was a time when penal laws discriminated against Catholics and non-Anglican Protestants, and this new society crossed the religious divide to unite in the fight against unfair British rule in Ireland.

Irish Immigrant is First Cop To Die in Line of Duty

The first New York policeman to die in the line of duty was patrolman Thomas Lynch, 170 years ago. He entered this eternal rest on September 27th, 1849, fourteen months after he was assaulted during a disruption on a New York City street.

The Neolithic Builders

Neolithic people first arrived in what is now England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland about 9,000 years ago, and their arrival marked the end of the Stone Age. These people are best remembered as being megalithic builders – the word means “massive stones” – and the early stonemasons also inhabited parts of southern Scandinavia, northern Spain as well as Malta and North Africa.

Old Irish New Year Resolutions

The arrival of the New Year for us is always seen as a sign of hope and of good intentions to wipe the slate clean and start again. The origins of the first New Year resolutions, it is said, came from the Babylonians in Mesopotamia about four thousand years ago.