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98-year-old Irish woman awarded US military medal for delivering crucial Mayo weather report which aided 1944 D-Day landing.

The United States has officially honoured an Irish woman whose weather report drastically changed the fortunes of the Allies in World War Two. In the early hours of June 3,…

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Culture

Patriot Lords Mayor Tomás Mac Curtain and Terence MacSwiney to be added to Roll of Honorary Citizens of Cork City

Pictured above: Tomás Mac Curtain and Terence MacSwiney On Friday 11th June, 2021 at 3.00 p.m. the Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. Joe Kavanagh, will host a Special Ceremony online…

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Culture

The Forgotten Ten: The Story of the War of Independence Executions in Mountjoy Prison

As the War of Independence progressed throughout 1920 and 1921, twenty-four men were executed in Ireland by the British Administration. Fourteen were shot by military firing squad in counties Cork…

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History

Minister Coveney pays tribute to Irish Peacekeepers on International Day of UN Peacekeepers

Image courtesy of William Murphy via Flickr Minister for Foreign Affairs and Defence, Mr Simon Coveney pays tribute to Irish Peacekeepers on International Day of UN Peacekeepers Mr. Simon Coveney…

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Culture

Jadotville Veterans to be Honoured in Kildare for 60th Anniversary

A group from Athy is to cycle the 100 kms from Athlone to Athy on 29 Juneto help commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Siege of Jadotville in the Congo,and…

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Culture

100 Years On — Remembering the Burning of the Custom House

As part of the Government’s Decade of Centenaries, the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage will this month remember the Burning of the Custom House (the Department’s headquarters), which…

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Culture

Exploring the Irish Wars Through Photographs, 1919-1923

Pictured above: Armoured car on Henry Street, Dublin The War of Independence (1919-1921) and the Irish Civil War (1922-1923) The aftermath of the First World War saw national borders re-drawn…

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Arts

The Weird History Of Easter Traditions

Image Courtesy of The National Library of Norway There are many slightly confusing holidays out there, but Easter, with its candy eggs, playful bunnies, and very serious religious element, might be…

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Culture

The History of The Cheltenham Festival

Racing in the Cheltenham area dates back 200 years to 1815 when the first recorded flat racing meeting was held on Nottingham Hill.  The Early Years (1818 – 1911) The…

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History

The 1972–3 Dublin bombings

Image Courtesy of History Ireland The ‘third man’ in the case of British agent John Wyman and Garda Sergeant Patrick Crinnion. On 1 December 1972 at 7.58 and 8.15pm, as…

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Culture

The 69th ‘Fighting Irish’ Regiment in the First World War

Soldiers of Company D, 1st Battalion, 165th Infantry Regiment, the Army’s famous “Fighting 69th” Irish regiment, move into position to replace French troops near Benomenil, France, March 1, 1918. The…

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Culture

1916–21 military service medals

Image courtesy of www.military.ie During the twentieth century the Irish Defence Forces have, like other armies, issued bravery medals (the Military Medal for Gallantry and the Distinguished Service Medal), service…

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Culture

A BRIEFLY DELICIOUS HISTORY OF PANCAKE TUESDAY

Image courtesy of Unsplash Today is the day we all go flipping crazy for pancakes! Pancake Tuesday, or Shrove Tuesday, to give it its proper name, always falls before Ash Wednesday…

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Culture

WOMEN’S VOICES FROM THE PAST

Donegal County Museum, the Regional Cultural Centre and the Museum and Heritage Service of Derry City and Strabane District Council have commissioned and produced a series of six short video…

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Culture

The Royal Navy in the War of Independence

The IRA attack on Fenit coastguard station and RIC barracks in June 1920. In most of the many accounts and histories of the Irish War of Independence very little, if…

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Culture

Richard Kyle Fox and his National Police Gazette

Image courtesy of National Police Gazette The Irishman who sold sex, sport and sensationalism in late nineteenth-century America. Richard Kyle Fox was born on the Albertbridge Road, Belfast, on 12…

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History

Five months of failure: The Battle of the Somme

The Battle of the Somme has been described as the blackest period in the history of the British Army, and 100 years later its consequences are still in dispute.The year…

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History

Dublin Metropolitan Police batons: The weapons that made their mark on the streets of Dublin in 1913.

Image courtesy of @Marion Curran Every afternoon a troop of policemen marched in solemn and majestic single file from the College Street police station. At regular intervals, one by one,…

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Arts

The enduring traditions of St. Brigid’s Day

February 1 is St. Brigid’s Day, also known as Imbolc, and marks the beginning of spring. Imbolc, also known as the Feast of Brigid, celebrates the arrival of longer, warmer…

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Culture

The True Story Behind ‘Siege of Jadotville’

Before reading the script for Richie Smythe’s The Siege of Jadotville neither Jamie Dornan nor Jamie O’Mara, had heard the harrowing tale of how 155 Irishmen deployed by the UN bravely fought…

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Culture

Eight Facts about Irish Workhouses

1. Why was it called a Workhouse? A “House of Industry” for the employment and maintenance of the poor was a 17th-century English concept. The able-bodied were expected to work…

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Education

Exhibition marks 200th anniversary of Kilmainham Courthouse revolt

A new exhibition has been launched by Kilmainham Gaol Museum to mark the 200th anniversary of one of the most dramatic events in the history of Kilmainham Courthouse. On 30 December 1820,…

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History

On this day: Danno O’Mahony makes American wrestling debut

The legendary Cork strong man first appeared on the US professional wrestling circuit 86 years ago today Today marks 86 years since professional Irish wrestler Danno O’Mahony first made his…

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History

Policing The Dublin Fog

Barry Kennerk writes about the trials and perils of Dublin’s Victorian Policeman. Now the city sleeps: wharves, walls, and bridges are veiled and have disappeared in the fog that has…

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