Category Archives: History

Bard: Rock Star of Gaelic Ireland

One of the things I enjoy doing every Sunday afternoon is listening to Into the 70s on WGHN – five hours of happy memories. As a kid, growing up in the dead coal-mining town of Export, PA in the 1970s, I … Continue reading

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A Great Pestilence

For many months, it was prominently featured in the headlines. For many months, panic bubbled just beneath the surface. For many months the same word was echoed throughout the world in grave apprehension: Ebola. In the Annals of the Kingdom … Continue reading

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What’s in a Name?

Cuibhlean stòlda mu dheas,  [The wheels of industry at a standstill,] Na fàsaichean a’ tuath,   [The northern lands wasted,] An taigh-mòr falamh an Dùn-éideann   [The empty house in Edinburgh] Gun chumhachd gun ghuth.  [Without authority or voice.]      (Macdonald, … Continue reading

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If it’s written in the annals…

I get a kick out of the commercial where a man’s using his State Farm app to diagram an accident. A female friend of his comes along and asks what he’s doing. She says, “I thought State Farm didn’t have … Continue reading

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Ireland=Middle-earth

My name is Kerry and I’m a Tolkien-junky. Over the holidays I saw The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey six times. The cinematography, special effects, and characters were so real I couldn’t help myself. Only snowstorms and icy roads kept me … Continue reading

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The Spear-Mighty

Overshadowed in legend by their contemporaries to the north, south, and west, the history of the Laigin tribes is no less rich. The land of these confederate tribes formed roughly what would become the Province of Leinster in southeastern Ireland. … Continue reading

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The Wool-Growers

To date, this site has received 2,583 visitors. Not bad for a remote little corner of the Internet. It’s fun to see what you all search for here. About half the time it looks like you’re finding your search topic. As … Continue reading

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