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The Wild Geese – 1691

After the Treaty of Limerick in 1691 20,000 Irish soldiers went to France with Patrick Sarsfield. A force of 5,000 had already gone there under the command of Justin McCarthy, Lord Mountcashel.  These soldiers formed the “Irish Brigade,” which, for the next hundred years took a leading role in every battle fought by the French … Continue reading

Courage at Curranrue – 1847

The Maitland Mercury and Hunter River General Advertiser 20th March, 1847 p.4 (abridged) On Monday, as the Misses Crow, of Derriwillian, were returning from the sea-shore, to their lodge at Curranrue, they heard a shriek and, on turning, saw a little boy running towards them, exclaiming that his brother was drowning in the sea. Both … Continue reading

Midsummer Night

Midsummer’s night was one of the most solemn festivals of the ancient pagan world. It’s also known as the eve of St. John the Baptist. In pre-Christian times the first fire was lighted on the hill of Howth, on the east coast of Ireland, near Dublin, and the moment the flame appeared through the darkness … Continue reading

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Loughrea – 1840

South Australian 2nd April, 1840 p.6 In the Dublin Monitor of the 26th of October last, a long Report is contained of the proceedings of a recent meeting held at Loughrea, in the county of Galway, with the view of promoting emigration to South Australia. The meeting was attended by all the influential landed proprietors … Continue reading

Temperate times – 1849

Australian Chronicle 17th November, 1840 p.2 (abridged) To the Editor of the “Freeman’s Journal.” The Very Rev. Mr. Mathew, being on a visit at Kilcornan, the hospitable mansion of N. Redington., Esq., M.P., administered the total abstinence pledge, on the 21st and 22nd ult. to upwards of eight hundred postulants. Many from the neighbouring parishes … Continue reading

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Granuaile

The Recorder 22nd November, 1935 Ireland long bore the name of Granuaile, which is Gaelic for Grace O’Malley a chieftainess whose headquarters were on Clare Island, off the west coast of Ireland. There stood the Tower of Carrigahooley, which she called “the rock of her fleet.” She was a wild and successful warrior. Queen Elizabeth … Continue reading

Ireland – 1931

The Advertiser 23rd October, 1931 p5 (abridged) The following 12 organisations have been proclaimed illegal – the Saor Eire, otherwise the Irish Republican Army, the Oglach na Eireann, the Fianna Eireann, also the Cumann na mBan, otherwise the Women’s League of Friends, the Soviet Russia Labor Defence League, the Workers’ Defence Corps, Women Prisoners; Defence … Continue reading

Caherglissane – 1912

Tuam Herald 14th September, 1912 p2 Four miles from Kinvara is the fine old castle of Caherglissane, now like all such buildings, in ruins, but the walls are in fair order. Beside the castle is a fine old fort and near it also a chasm or deep opening in the ground – the result of … Continue reading

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