New Book Petticoat Rebels of 1916
By Brighid O’Sullivan
By Brighid O’Sullivan
Rebels or German Spies in 20th Century Ireland
Of all the Petticoat Rebels I have written about I think Sidney Gifford is one of my favorites. Perhaps it was because she never let anyone tell her she couldn’t do something. Like so many other female rebels in 20th century Ireland she accomplished extraordinary goals in a male dominated world.
Sidney Gifford was a writer but not just any writer. While it was acceptable for females to write about subjects such as housekeeping and cooking Miss Gifford took another path entirely with pen and paper. She wrote political and considered radical essays about Irish freedom and British tyranny. She did this in not one but 2 countries. Ireland and the America and took the pen name, John Gifford to make sure her articles were read.
Mizen Head beats tourist popular Cliffs of Moher every time !
The spectacular beauty of Mizen head rivals that of the Cliffs of Moher. Her swirling tides, high cliffs, and dramatic splendor not seen anywhere else in Ireland make her totally unique. No contest in my opinion. I’ve been to both Mizen Head and Cliffs of Moher but if I had to make a choice between the two destinations I’d pick Mizen Head every time. In fact I plan to go back.
.The Mizen Ring and its various strands make Mizen Head an area to explore. There is so much to see here! It will literally blow you away! Speaking of blowing you away, be careful of your hat on the Mizen Head bridge.
Experience geology of the coastline, breath taking flora and sea birds you’ll not find anywhere else in Ireland.
Its easy to take one whole day just exploring the peninsular with its crashing waves and the fantastic Mizen Head bridge that is so effortless to walk.You’ll feel like you are walking on air.
Everywhere around you is sea, sky and surf. On a sunny day, you won’t want to leave but bring a coat for the winds can be quite brisk.
Some highlights of your Mizen Head tour are an award winning maritime museum perched precariously on the side of the cliff, an altar dolmen, Crookhaven Harbor, a quarry that provided metal for the roads of Wales until 1945, several beaches, and much more.
. The Mizen Head Visitor Center has sandwiches and soup.
Picnic tables are right outside the door and toilets are appreciated after the long winding road drive. This is a great travel destination.
Close to Mizen Head, a visit to Toormore will take you through some Irish history. An Altar Church built during the famine as relief word and a wedge tomb from the bronze age are interesting finds. A restaurant is there as well.
There is more information on Elena Clancy’s travel blog R U In Ireland? Check her out for specifics on Mizen Head and other Irish destinations.
What was your favorite travel destination in Ireland or where would you like to travel?
HOW TO TRAVEL IRELAND BY IRISH BUS AND WHY ITS BEST FOR SOME
An Irish bus is the only way to travel for some people. Let’s face it. Driving in Ireland is not for everyone. The drawbacks are numerous including expense, lack of street signs, dangerous roads and definitely driving on the left if you come from the states or Poland. For some these are just part of the experience but for others it can scare someone into neglecting a trip to Ireland in the first place. DON’T LET THAT STOP YOU! There are other options. Bus travel may be the way to go.
How Beer Saved Ireland
Beer? Seriously? As my grand daughter would say. How did that happen.
With the history of the Great Hunger barely hundred years before, I was surprised by this trivia fact. England wrought what some would call heartless vengeance onto her own people once again.
During the Second World War, Ireland remained neutral, despite the fact Northern Ireland was part of the United Kingdom. The mother country was deeply engaged in mortal combat with Germany.
This decision did not bode well with England. In fact, Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of England was furious and resented Ireland’s neutrality. In an effort to bring Ireland into the war, he implemented several strategic actions by controlling ports and shipping supplies to Ireland. These strategies had disastrous consequences, hitting the Irish population at its poorest.
With the European conflict raging, Churchill prepared to deliver several embargoes that would devastate Ireland; that is until she brought out her secret weapon to defend herself. Check out the facts below.
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.
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.
BOOK ABOUT IRISH HISTORY AND MORE
TRUE FACT #1Over thirty four million Irish Americans live in the U.S alone, more than 7 times the population of Ireland.
How much do you know about Irish history?
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Did your ancestors emigrate to America, Austria, or Canada?
Are you planning a trip to Ireland or dreaming about one some day?
This book is for you.
100 Things You Didn’t Know About Ireland, filled with trivia, Irish achievements, culture, and Irish history, as well as 50 more facts is available at the sale price of $0.99 Dec 26th to 29th.
Over thirty four million Irish Americans live in the U.S alone, more than 7 times the population of Ireland.
Do you wish you knew more about your Irish ancestors? Do you have anyone to ask? Have your aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents passed on? Were you told ‘be proud you are Irish’ but not sure of what you should be proud of?
Do you know anything else in Irish history beyond the history of the Famine,corned beef and cabbage and St Patrick’s Day? Are your relatives dead or were you told not to ask questions about the past? Do you live in Ireland but know next to nothing about Irish history? Then 100 Things You Didn’t Know about Ireland is for you.
Schools do a poor job of getting kids interested in history for this one simple reason. How can you relate to a historical period without seeing it through the eyes of the people who lived it–explore their hopes, their dreams, their hardships and triumphs.? How can you grasp something that radically changed a person’s entire world when the world we live in, (specifically in America) is so settled, so easy and calm and for the most part, just? I’ve said before, Americans are spoiled. Unless you actually go looking for it, how do you become interested in history in the first place. Most often, people don’t develop an interest, and that’s a shame.
I hated history in school, but about six years ago I read my first historical novel which changed everything. When I started to research my own novel, The Sun Palace set in sixth century Ireland, I hadn’t wanted to add fantasy but but it naturally popped in through my research. I had no idea that fantasy actually began in Ireland and through Irish folklore. Continue reading