#OTD in 1912 – Birth in Dublin of poet, dramatist and lawyer, Donagh MacDonagh, son of 1916 Easter Rising Leader, Thomas MacDonagh.

Donagh MacDonagh was a writer, judge, presenter, broadcaster, and playwright. He was still a young child when his father Thomas MacDonagh, an Irish nationalist and poet, was executed in 1916. Tragedy struck again when his mother died of a heart attack a year afterwards while swimming at Skerries to Lambay, Co Dublin on 9 July […]

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#OTD in 1879 – Birth of teacher, barrister, poet, writer, nationalist, political activist, revolutionary and one of the leaders of the 1916 Easter Rebellion, Pádraig Pearse, in Dublin.

Pádraig Pearse was born in Dublin to an English father (he was a sculptor) and an Irish mother. Pearse became interested in the heritage and history of Ireland at a very early age and joined the Gaelic League when he was 21 years old. The purpose of the league was to promote Irish tradition and […]

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#OTD in 1932 – Birth of internationally celebrated Irish folk musician, artist, poet and storyteller, Tommy Makem, in Co Armagh.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam. Tommy Makem was an internationally celebrated Irish folk musician, artist, poet and storyteller. He was best known as a member of The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem. He played the long-necked 5-string banjo, guitar, tin whistle, and bagpipes, and sang in a distinctive baritone. He was known as […]

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‘A Lesson For His Lordship’ © Joe Canning 2017. All Rights Reserved.

‘A Lesson For His Lordship’ © Joe Canning 2017. All Rights Reserved. Cold sweat drenched his wrinkled brow. Perhaps guilt invaded his tortured slumber. In flight he went twixt hedge and thorny thicket, Panting, wheezing, grunting, puffing, unceasing. Capture would mean his Earthly extinction. The hunters to his rear bent on his destruction. Vulnerable at […]

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‘The Rebel’ © Michael Chambers 2016. All Rights Reserved.

‘The Rebel’ © Michael Chambers 2016. All Rights Reserved. Foreign lead flying through a Belfast street, That struck me down from my feet, As the blood from my body flows by, The media will be telling how, This man was a terrorist insane, His group that caused destruction all around, Have put many in the […]

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‘Burt Castle’ © Joanne Coyle. All Rights Reserved.

‘Burt Castle’ © Joanne Coyle. All Rights Reserved. On the crest of Castlehill, Under an Ulster umbrella stands a stone soldier. Fortress of the fields, keeper of crops, bawn of barley. Steps to tower and troops. Washed with centuries and shells. Musket holes of history, built in Burt. Photo: Burt Castle, Co Donegal, by Joanne […]

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Gullion: Mountain of Steep Slopes. © John A. Brennan 2015. All Rights Reserved.

Not far from my hometown of Crossmaglen, County Armagh, sits the rugged mountain, Slieve Gullion. The mountain, formed soon after the end of the last ice age, almost 11,000 years ago, figures prominently in the stories of the ancient mythology of Ireland. Please enjoy. “Gullion: Mountain of Steep Slopes.” © John A. Brennan 2015. All […]

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‘Silence Of The Stones’ © Joe Canning 2017. All Rights Reserved.

‘Silence Of The Stones’ © Joe Canning 2017. All Rights Reserved. Joe Canning ‘A look at Ireland in verse’ Oh what tales the stones could tell, Of Celtic men on mountain shelves, Of warrior, slave, of serf or early man. What would they say of those that lay, With warrior sword ‘neath Celtic clay, Of […]

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