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Lt. Pamela D. Donovan

U.S. Army Nurse Corps 2nd Lt Pamela D. Donovan, a native of Ireland is just one of a number of native Irish who gave their lives while serving with U.S.
Military forces in Vietnam. A resident of Brighton, MA, (her family moved to the U.S. when she was a teenager) she became a U.S. citizen so that she
could enlist and join the Army Nurse Corps. She was a member of the 85th Evacuation Hospital in Qui Nhon, Vietnam and died due to illness on July 8th
1968. She had been in country 3 months at the time of her death. Her parents who had moved back to England explained that Pamela was much affected by
battlefield portrayals on the news and decided to volunteer in order to provide care to the soldiers. Her name is inscribed on Panel 53W-Line 043 of
the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. The Tipperary Remembrance Arch located near Tipperary Town shows the names of 2nd Lt Donovan along with other natives of Ireland who gave their lives in the pursuit of peace and freedom worldwide since WWII. Her name is in the middle column, 2nd from the top. The Remembrance Arch was dedicated by Mary McAleese, President of Ireland on 30 September 2005.

Very similar to American handball, Gaelic handball is a game where two players (singles) or four players (doubles) use their gloved hands to return a small rubber ball against a wall, with scoring similar to volleyball. Depending on where the ball is hit, either the left or right hand can be used. Gaelic handballers play against their counterparts in the U.S.

Timeline of Ireland

Circa 700 BC

Celts arrived from parts of Gaul and Britain, and divided Ireland into provinces.

Margaret Jackson Quote

“Ireland is rich in literature that understands the soul’s yearnings, and dancing that understands a happy heart.”

An Irish Proverb

Good as drink is, it ends in thirst.

Irish-American Facts

In 1855, nearly 17 percent of the New York City police department’s officers were Irish born. By 1900, five out of six NYPD officers were of Irish descent. Irish-Americans still made up 42 percent of the New York police force in 1960.

Irish Slang Word

“Ciotog” — used for a left-handed person.

Ballygally Castle

In County Antrim, Ballygally Castle was constructed by Lord Shaw in 1625. He was rumored to have locked his wife, Lady Isobel Shaw, in her room and denied her food, until she threw herself out a window to her death. Ballygally Castle is now a chain hotel, and supposedly one of the most haunted places in Ireland, with Lady Shaw rumored to knock on doors and then vanish into the night.

An Irish blessing for St. Patrick’s Day:

May your blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow,
And may trouble avoid you wherever you go.

Introduced locally in Cavan, Ireland, in 1978, this dark cola had a dark brown, frothy head and a distinctive taste that set it apart from other sodas. Cavan Cola was so popular in the area that it went national in the early 1990s, becoming a nationwide phenomenon. In 1995, the business was bought by another company, who began phasing it out. By 2001, Cavan Cola had disappeared, even in Cavan, despite various online campaigns endeavoring to resurrect the beverage.

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