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A Forgotten Holiday: Evacuation Day

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Evacuation Day The last day of the American War for Independence was November 25, 1783, when, after an occupation of over seven years, the British evacuated New York City, and Washington, leading elements of the American Continental Army, entered the city in triumph. To celebrate the event, New York Governor George Clinton (of Irish descent, and himself one of Washington’s...

New Restrictions Announced In Ireland

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Less than a month after restrictions on nightclubs were lifted, a curfew has been put back in place by the Dublin government amidst rising Covid-19 cases. There were approximately 4,400 positive coronavirus cases yesterday and hospitals have been inching closer to full capacity. To combat this rise in positive cases the government has urged the public to reduce their social...

Remembering Augustine E. Costello & The Voyage Of Erin’s Hope

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Augustine E. Costello was born in Killimor, Co. Galway in 1846. Little is known of his early childhood years, which were lived during the Great Hunger (1845-1850). The Great Hunger took its toll on the parish of Killimor as it did elsewhere throughout Ireland. In the 1841 census, the population of Galway was 442,000. In the 1851 census, the...

Bronx Hibernians Set To Honor Community Leaders

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Former Congressman Eliot Engel, Danny O’Connell (National AOH President), Nuala Purcell (Irish community photographer and County Tipperary Association President) and Michael Shanley (Irish Northern Aid, representing American support for the 1981 Hunger Strikers), will be honored by Bronx County AOH on Sunday, November 21st, at Rory Dolan’s (890 McLean Avenue, Yonkers, NY). This year being the 40th anniversary of the 1981 Hunger Strike, the event...

Why Does Ireland Have Juryless Courts?

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Article 38, Section 5 of the Irish Constitution provides for trial by jury for those accused of criminal charges. This article applies except for cases involving minor offences, military tribunals, and as described in Section 3, Subsection 1, “cases where it may be determined in accordance with such law that the ordinary courts are inadequate to secure the effective...

The Celtic Origins Of Halloween

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Halloween – Oíche Shamhna The term “Halloween” is a short Christian way of saying, The Eve of All Hallows. The business of creatures from the nether world appearing after dark is an ancient Celtic superstition concerning the Celtic calendar, on which its New Year’s Day, the 1st of November, is the feast of Samhain. Because the ancient Celts believed that...

The “Voice From The Tomb” Calls Again

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In his famous "Voice From The Tomb" letter of 1873 to John Devoy in New York, a Fenian prisoner in Freemantle, Western Australia, James McNally Wilson wrote, “What a death is staring us in the face, the death of a felon in a British dungeon, and a grave amongst Britain’s ruffians. I am not ashamed to speak the truth,...

Gaeilgoirs Stage Protest At NYC British Embassy

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The Kathleen and Thomas Clarke Chapter of the Gaelic League, Cumann Cháitlín agus Thomáis Uí Chléirigh / Conradh na Gaeilge, staged a protest over the weekend of October 30-31 outside the British embassy in New York City to show their support for an Irish Language Act for the Six Counties, and to show their solidarity with their fellow Gaeilgoirs...

Why Is Quinnipiac University Closing Their Great Hunger Museum?

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The Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University is an incomparable source of information and artifacts from the 1845-1850 era in Ireland, referred to incorrectly by some as “The Famine”, or “The Potato Famine”, more accurately as “The Great Hunger”, agus as gaeilge “An Gorta Mór”, and most appropriately as “The Great Starvation.” Under the direction of new Quinnipiac President...

New Rochelle’s Irish Weekend October 15-17

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New Rochelle is going to be embracing its Irish roots throughout the weekend of October 15th to the 17th. On October 15th the New Rochelle Aeriocht is scheduled to begin at Spectator's Bar and Grill at 7pm. The Aeriocht began in New Rochelle back in 1948 and featured Irish music, Irish dancing, and Irish language competitions. According to historical sources,...