Molly Maguires,Roots of Irish America

The Roots of Irish America Part I

The Molly Maguires

molly maguiresThe Molly Maguires were a secret society started in Ireland in the 19th century. Originally known as the Ribbon Society before its expansion outside of West Munster and Northern Connacht, they conducted their meetings in  lodges across Ireland. The champions of the poor, they sent threatening letters, boycotted, or used violence against wealthy landowners who were charging ridiculous prices for rent and anyone accused of acquiring land where starving peasants were evicted.

An  Irish mafia in America.

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Ten Things You Didn’t Know About July 4th in America

Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Independence Day

 

1  Thomas Jefferson (3rd U.S president) and John Adams (2nd president of the United States) both died on July 4th 1826, the 50th anniversary of the of the Declaration of Independence.

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2  John Adams argued that Independence day should be July 2nd not July 4th as that was the day the Continental Congress voted for independence from Great Britain.

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ISIS In Ireland

How do we stay safe in America?

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The news is full of stories about ISIS, Immigration questions, and whether or not America should allow Syrian refugees into the country but should we turn our back on people from other nations who are in distress and what have we done in the past? What security measures are we taking now concerning immigration? 

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Why did the Easter rising fail?

Why did the Easter Rising of 1916 fail?

Or did it?

Success or failure in anything at all depends on 3 factors:

Timing,

Point of view,

Long term affects.

Easter Rising CommenorationLet’s look at the facts.

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10 Amazing Books for Kids

10 Irish  Books for Kids about Ireland

It is difficult to choose books for kids in this age of technology and instant gratification. Add a child’s short attention span, especially in the very young and you may as well be trying to teach him or her how to fly a plane! But wait. Can’t we use this to our advantage? Isn’t there a way to add knowledge and especially amazing facts into those sponge-like minds and how do we teach them something as important as history?

Enter the fabulous mind-bending, earth-shattering world of story-telling told in the form of Audio books, specifically, Irish myths and legends such as…………

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An Irish Solution To An American Victory

America was built by the Irish.

I’ve said that before but did you know the grass-roots of this fine country, the very fiber of America, the existence of the American government, the life blood that makes America great is due largely in part because of Irish Revolutionary soldiers followed by a few Scots and Scots/Irish, though to be fair, many of the Scots fought for the British and there is at least one notable Irishman in the British army.

Revolution Scots Irish Without these brave Irish men, America would likely not exist, which is why George Washington (the father of America and her first general)  loved his Irish soldiers.

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History, the 5 Things You Didn’t Know About Ireland

History and the 5 things you didn’t know about Irelaand

History of Ireland is a vast subject and sadly what we think of most is the 1916 Easter Rising, the Great hunger, and stories of evictions, starvation, social injustice. While all these things are true, and I certainly would not want to downplay any of it, there were other more positive things going on in Ireland, despite all that heartache and hardship. Below are 5 things You Didn’t Know About Irish History, from my new book, 100 Things You Didn’t Know About Irish History.

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Irish Pride I Learned From My Father

My father was extremely proud of being Irish, though I would learn later, our family was  also  part Polish with a smattering of Russian in the pot. See my post on the Polish Jews in Ireland.  Polish is one of the most popular languages in Ireland right now, with many traffic signs in both English and Polish. Though my father would never admit to being anything but Irish, it wasn’t our Irishness that he instilled in me but something more valuable: that one is worthy, no mater what anyone tells you. Though the Irish disease consumed my father in the end, he was an intelligent proud man. He could answer every trivia question on Jeopardy, something I find, even now, astonishing. I’m lucky to get one answer right on this highly competitive game show,Americans K Conflict where only the most brilliant  are allowed to participate.

My father was also in the army, during the Korean Conflict; it was a war not categorized as important but many of his friends unfortunately met their doom, most having no knowledge of why they were in Korea in the first place. Politics! The Vietnam Conflict was more of the same. Continue reading

An Irish Blue-Eyed American Indian?

William Johnson

William Johnson was made an American Indian and so given the name, ‘He Who Does Much’, so named by the Iroquois Indians, was one of the most influential people in Colonial America. He was born in County Meath, Ireland, a loyal subject of the English Crown, but it was his blood brotherhood with the  Mohawks, the Iroquois, and the Tuscarora that he held the most sway.

The eighteenth century of the New World was at best an exciting prosperous opportunity for any man who could tame the frontier and bend it to his will. For most it was a dangerous unpredictable time in history, filled with wild animals, unsettled territory and often hostile Indians.  William Johnson conquered both. Continue reading

Interesting Facts About the American Revolution

Fourth JulyWhat lead America to rebel against British rule? Not any one thing, though the Colonists did perceive many of King George’s taxes to be extremely unfair, so unjust in fact that some lost their homes and property. The British did the same thing in Ireland and other parts of the world. In fact it was after Benjamin Franklin visited Ireland and saw the deplorable poverty, he became more convinced that the only way to deal with England was through brute force. Continue reading