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The First World War was a war of empires which drew men and women from all over the globe into its carnage. On this, one hundredth anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, along with remembering those who lost their … Continue reading

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The Leave-Taking

Recently, I came across an eye witness account from 1852 detailing the emotional scene of a group of families bidding farewell to loved ones who were about to emigrate from Ireland to far off lands. It was written by a … Continue reading

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Dublin 1916

  This year being the centenary anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising in Dublin, there has been more than the usual effort put into relating and remembering events that led to Ireland becoming an independent nation. Here, we don’t have a … Continue reading

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From Cork to Canada

There are perhaps hundreds of thousands of people descended from more than 2,000 Irish who traveled from Cork to Canada in the 1820’s as part of an experiment in assisted emigration. Over 50,000 people applied to be among Peter Robinson’s settlers, … Continue reading

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When Ellis Island officially opened on January 1, 1892, the first passenger registered through the immigration station was Annie Moore. The young Irish teenager and her two brothers, Anthony and Philip, had departed from Cork, Ireland on December 20, 1891 aboard … Continue reading

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This is a replica of an ancient lake dwelling, it’s boundaries made of high wooden fencing. The Craggaunowen Project in County Clare, Ireland, gives us a wonderful insight into how the Celts made their homes on a Crannog, which means ‘young … Continue reading

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Crime and Punishment

My last post got me thinking on how criminals were dealt with in the past, particularly as I recently bought Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment. I’ve been meaning to read this for such a long time as I’m interested in the psychology behind … Continue reading

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Past Meets Present.

The MSC Splendida, eleventh longest cruise ship in the world, docked in Cobh on May 12, 2015 carrying over 4,500 passengers and crew. It was  a beautiful sunny day and the place was buzzing with tourists. We even bumped into … Continue reading

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In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Intricate.” In 1847, with Ireland in the grip of a famine that had been ravaging the country for two years, a nun at the Presentation convent in Youghal, county Cork, came … Continue reading

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A Titanic Experience

 The Titanic Experience in Cobh, County Cork, Ireland. I recently paid a long overdue visit to the Titanic Experience in Cobh, not too far from where I live. Although not as big as the one in Belfast, it was well … Continue reading

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