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Book Review: Easter 1916 the Irish Rebellion

Easter 1916 the Irish Rebellion by Charles Townshend. Published in 2015 by Penguin

I’m going to start this review with a warning: Charles Townshend is one of my favorite historians. 852 more words


On This Day - 26.1.1907  The 'Playboy' opens in the Abbey Theatre

J.M.SYNGE (1905)

It never ceases to amaze how far people will go out of their way to be offended. It’s a phenomenon on a par only with the numbers of those who will take gross offence at something they have neither seen nor heard, because, obviously, it is so offensive. 749 more words

What makes a small place so special?

So there was this conversation about what was the true Connemara – was it the mist-covered mountains, was it the bogs and the myriad lakes, was it the stone walls and the little fields or was it… 329 more words


Sinéad O'Connor And The Chieftains - The Foggy Dew

This is a great rendition of the famous rebel ballad. The movie footage helps the atmosphere. Heady days indeed.

Rebel Voice Music

On This Day - 5 May 1916 William Evelyn Wylie and the court-martial of William Corrigan

There were many unsung heroes of the 1916 Rising. The courageous Nurse Elizabeth O’Farrell, for example, who risked her life to carry Pearse’s flag of truce along Moore Street, and then took his surrender note, under heavy fire, to the remaining Volunteer garrisons. 670 more words