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Bluebells of Ireland

Bluebells,2007-Glenarif Forest Park-Co. Antrim_edited








Bluebells of Ireland from Glenariff (Glen of the Plough), one of the Nine Glens of Antrim.

George M. Cohan



This year marked the 100th anniversary of the famous WWI song “Over There” by composer, lyricist and actor George M. Cohan. Cohan was born in Providence, R.I. on July 3rd, 1878 of Irish Immigrant parents from County Cork. The spelling of the family name was changed from Keohane to Cohan. George, who first appeared on the stage at age 8 received his many stage talents under the guidance of his parents and went on to become the first person from the world of arts and entertainment to receive the Congressional Gold Medal, one of the highest U.S. awards bestowed upon civilians for his composition of the songs ‘Over There’ and ‘A Grand Old Flag”. A U.S. Congressman from New York stated the Cohan was honored “because of his ability to instill in the hearts of the growing citizenry a loyal. and patriotic spirit for their country and what it stands for in the eyes of this world.” Cohan passed away on November 5th, 1942 but not before he was given a private showing of the movie “Yankee Doodle Dandy starring actor James Cagney in the role as Cohan. Cagney who also had Irish roots went on to win the Academy Award for best actor for his portrayal of Cohan. Famous quote-during the Gay Nineties he coined his famous curtain speech: “My mother thanks you, my father thanks you, my sister thanks you and I thank you.”

John B. Keane Quote



“He was the most marvelous liar I ever heard and while he talked about me I was so carried away
that I thought I was listening to the life story of a saint.”

From The Little Book of John B. Keane

Sean O’Casey

Sean O’Casey
Playwright, Born in Dublin

“The Shadow of a Gunman (1923), “Juno and the Paycock” (1924) and “The Plough and the Stars” (1926) are considered his three truly great plays.

“I killin’ meself workin’, an’ he sthruttin’ about from mornin’ till night like  Paycock!” From “Juno and the Paycock”

Roger David Casement

Roger David Casement
Irish Nationalist and Martyr.
Born in Sandycove near Dublin

“Despite international fame and knighthood conferred for humanitarian campaigns, despite pleadings by influential Englishmen, and despite his effort to prevent the underprepared 1916 Easter Rising, Casement was convicted and executed for treason.”

“It is a cruel thing to die with all men misunderstanding.”  Last letter to his sister (1916).

Boston, Massachusetts?


Co. Clare


No, Boston, Ireland: The village of Boston (Irish: Moinin na gCloigeann) is located in north County Clare near the border with County Galway. The village is situated in the parish of Kilkeedy. The ruins of Cluain Dubhain Castle & Skaghard Castle can be found nearby at Lough Bunny.


If I Should Need to Tear Aside

If I should need to tear aside
The veils that hide both Heaven and Hell
To tell you that a soul had died
That once but tried to love you well
No breath should blow those veils aside.

But if I found your soul could save
From Hell’s deep grave by sinking soul
Only if willingly you gave
I’d take—and then I’d crave the whole
Knowing you generous and brave.

Enjoying the Thatch!

Co. Clare-B_edited





This thatched roof John/Loo was found in County Clare. What a great way to enjoy reading the daily newspaper.


Summer Newsletter

For current news from the community organizations Conway Mill Trust supports through fundraising in the U.S., click here Conway Mill Trust Newsletter July 2017

Glencar Waterfall








Glencar Waterfall-County Leitrim

“Where the wondering water gushes
From the hills above Glen-car,
In pools among the rushes
That scarce could bathe a star,”

From “The Stolen Child”
William Butler Yeats-1886

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