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June 22nd in Seal Beach History

On this date in 1916, fishermen on the Seal Beach pier had a close encounter with a large California gray whale. Not only were the fishermen surprised by the whale spouting a large spray of water over them, but the whale also forced the anglers to take cover by rocking one of the pier pilings while attempting to scrape barnacles from his (or her) back. 35 more words

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Monday Musings From The Writer's Desk

Good Morning Family Friends and Followers

In case you were wondering whether I will be continuing my blog, the answer is Yes.  I have had a break due to my husband being ill, however, the life and times of William Lyons are ever present in my mind.  548 more words

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Today is Bloomsday, the day in 1904 that the events in the James Joyce novel Ulysses take place. I confess I have only read pieces of it, because it’s so densely written, and some of it I just don’t get. 5,037 more words


Sacrificial Nationalism: 1916 Uprising

The 1916 Uprising, also referred to as the Easter Rebellion, was a pivotal moment in Modern Irish history. Though it appears to be a failure at first glance, it was a sacrificial act producing the momentum for Irish nationalists to gain Home Rule, and eventual independence in its entirety. 3,137 more words


Travel: When in Dublin...

In recent times, and partly driven by the need to ‘find things to do’ for friends visiting Dublin, we’ve begun to explore the city a lot more ourselves and to discover things and places that are easy to do/visit, and in many cases free or with a very modest charge. 937 more words

Second level students win UL History documentary competition

The Department of History today held a prize-giving ceremony for students from Scoil Íde agus Iosef for their winning documentary film. The 1916 centenary film documentary competition, organised by Dr Vincent O’Connell, was aimed at students in second level education.  291 more words

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