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#OTD in 1798 – United Irishman, Bartholomew Teeling, is hanged in Dublin.

Captain Bartholomew Teeling was born in 1774 in Lisburn, Co Antrim. He was a leader of the Irish forces during the Irish Rebellion of 1798 and carried out an act of bravery during the Battle of Collooney. 101 more words

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Discovering a Carrigart man on the centenary of his death

Just the other week, I came upon a grave in Trinity Churchyard in Carrigart, my hometown, on which was recorded a World War 1 death. Amazing to think that I grew up in a parish in north Donegal and never heard about a young local man who by the age of 23 had received two bravery awards and had given his life in the 1st World War… 1,187 more words


Chartism, Cholera and a Crystal Palace

We have now reached the third and final part of the section of A Purgatory of Misery that covers the famine years. It looks at events in Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom in the years following the summer of 1848.  91 more words

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'The Silver Tassie' by Sean O'Casey

The Silver Tassie is a four-act Expressionist play about the First World War, written between 1927 and 1928 by playwright, Seán O’Casey. It was O’Casey’s fourth play and attacks imperialist wars and the suffering that they cause. 391 more words

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The Banshee

As we move into the darkest months of the year, it seems fitting to visit a spectre as ancient as life itself – the Banshee. A banshee is a female spirit in Irish mythology who heralds the death of a family member, usually by shrieking or keening. 943 more words

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Flag of Peace

Today we have reached the winter of 1847-8 in the section of A Purgatory of Misery which deals with the famine years. It was at the end of this season that a group of Irish patriots called “Young Ireland” traveled to Paris to meet with French revolutionaries who gave them the idea for what would become the national flag of Ireland. 79 more words

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#OTD in 1601 – Battle of Kinsale.

The Spanish forces arrived in Kinsale, Co Cork in September 1601. However, their army was much smaller than the Irish leaders had hoped for. In spite of this, the Irish were in a good position at the onset of the battle. 184 more words

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