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Roger David Casement

Roger David Casement 1864-1916 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 […]

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Irish Brigade Monument

    New York Irish Brigade Monument- Gettysburg National Military Park. This monument pays tribute to the 3 New York Regiments of the Irish Brigade; the 63rd Regiment, the 69th Regiment (‘Fighting 69th’), and the 88th Regiment. Colonel Patrick Kelly, a native of Co. Galway was the commander of the Irish Brigade at the battle […]

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Michael Davitt (1846-1906)

        Michael Davitt, 1846-1906: Michael Davitt, Irish Republican, Fenian, LaborLeader, Member of Parliament and Agrarian      Campaigner founded the Irish National Land League to agitate for land reform.  His efforts lead to several land acts one of which (Land Act of 1881) finally granted “the three Fs” – Fair Rent, Fixity […]

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Liam Mellows (1890-1922)

Liam Mellows, 1890-1922: Liam was an Irish Volunteer leader who had been a member of a republican youth movement Na Fianna and was imprisoned in 1915. He took part in the Easter Rising of 1916 and escaped to the U.S. Returning to Ireland he fought on the side of the anti-treaty forces during the Irish […]

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Bloody Sunday Anniversary

On January 30, 1972 thirteen Catholic civil rights marchers were killed by British paratroopers in Derry, Northern Ireland.

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Thanksgiving History

According to the “Chronological History of New England,” which tells the history of the colonists in 1631, a ship was sent to Ireland for provisions for the hungry pilgrims.  When the ship returned after months of waiting, a day of thanks was declared. Ireland was the only country, including the mother country England to aid […]

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Vikings in Dublin

Viking raiders landed in Ireland in the late 8th century and founded Dublin in 841 A.D. They built a fort on the site of what is today Dublin Castle and also established a settlement along the bank of the Liffey at Wood Quay. Much of their trade was in silver, slaves and piracy. Following their […]

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August 22 in Irish History

On August 22, 1922 Michael Collins was killed by anti-treaty forces.

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Movry Castle

Moyry Castle was built in 1600 by Lord Mountjoy, Queen Elizabeth’s most ruthless general, to protect the main highway from Dublin to Belfast which was plagued by highway men.  The area was called Rock of the Robbers.  Mountjoy cleared the area by cutting the woods and building the castle on a rock.  When a mapmaker […]

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Maude Gonne’s Birthdate

Maude Gonne, Irish revolutionary, wife of John McBride and muse of poet W.B. Yates, was born on Dec 20, 1868

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