Trinity College, Dublin, was founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth l to educate the Protestant elite of Dublin. It opened its doors to Catholics in 1793 and women were admitted in 1904.
The producer, director and members of the cast and crew of a new movie titled “The Rising” were hosted in New York recently by Irish Consul Barbara Jones. The film will focus on Sean Mac Dermott, said to be one of the architects of the Rising along with Tom Clarke. They are looking for funding to complete the project by April 2016.
There is a tunnel under Parnell Square in Dublin which was used by Michael Collins during the War of Independence. The entrance is in the Art Gallery of Oliver Cornet.
June 1853, John Mitchel, a member of “Young Ireland” escaped from the notorious prison, Freemantle in Australia, via the ship “Catalpa.” He had been sentenced to penal servitude for the crime of felony-treason. This law was passed to specifically target the” Young Ireland” group. His crime was as a founder of the newspaper “United Irish.” He was advocating passive resistance to British rule. Mitchel was a Protestant and the son of a minister and was moved by the plight of the poor during the “Great Hunger.” He eventually made his way to America where he worked as a journalist, never forsaking the Irish cause. His great-grandson became mayor of New York City in 1913.
June 10-July 7th is the time of the Oak Moon. The trees are beginning to reach their full bloom. The mighty oak is strong, powerful and towers over its neighbors. It rules over the summer months and was sacred to the Druids. They called this month “Duir”, the root word of Druid. It is connected to spells for protection, strength, fertility, money and success. Carry an acorn in your pocket for good luck. If you catch a falling oak leaf before it hits the ground, you will have good health for the following year.
Daniel O’Connell, also known as ‘the Liberator’, dominated Irish politics during the first half of the 19th Century. He was one of the first Catholics to enter the legal profession (1798). He won emancipation for the Catholics giving them back their dignity and self-respect.
Oliver Goldsmith referred to harpist Turlogh O’Carolan as “the last and the greatest of the Irish bards.”
Eamonn de Valera was the architect of the Irish Constitution.