CURRENT ISSUE:  OCTOBER 2023

Illuminations: The Treaty of Versailles and Ireland – Part I

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World War I ended with the Armistice declared on November 11, 1918. The Paris Peace Conference convened in January 1919 at the Versailles Palace just outside Paris. The peace conference was called to establish the terms of peace after World War I.

All though nearly thirty nations participated in the conference, the representatives of “The Big Four” (England, France, the United States, and Italy) …

Illuminations: The Monastery at Clonmacnoise

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The monastic way of life, which began in Egypt in the 3rd century, was introduced into Ireland by St. Patrick. He wrote of consecrating, “The sons and daughters of the leaders of the Irish are seen to be monks and virgins of Christ!” Monastic communities in the strict sense, involving vows, complete seclusion and discipline, owes its origins in Ireland to

Illuminations: The Hessians

The Hessians

Most history books refer to the Hessians as “mercenaries,” but the more correct term for them would be “auxiliaries.” Mercenaries served

Illuminations: Glasnevin Cemetary

By Mike Finn Glasnevin Cemetery is a large cemetery in Glasnevin, Dublin, which opened in 1832. It is the largest cemetery in Ireland. Originally covering nine acres of ground, the […]

Illuminations: Captain William “Buckey” O’Neill

Bucky O'Neill Monument

Mike Finn explores the remarkable story of Captain William “Buckey” O’Neill, a first-generation Irish-American who served in the U.S. military and played a crucial role in the Spanish-American War. Learn about his early life, journalism career, and his gallant actions in the Battle of San Juan Hill. Discover the enduring legacy of this American hero.

Illuminations: Gibbet Rath Massacre

The statue of Saint Brigid at the Market Square of Kildare

Explore a somber chapter in Irish history as we delve into the 1798 United Irish Rebellion and the tragic events at Gibbet Rath in County Kildare. Learn about the rebellion, the terms of surrender, and the heart-wrenching massacre that unfolded.

Irish Lit: A Terrible Beauty is Born

The Decade of Centenaries in Ireland, from 2012 to 2023, marked significant historical events like the Easter Uprising and the Irish Civil War. The commemoration aimed to encourage reconciliation, peace, and a deeper understanding of the complex narratives and memories of this period. It promoted respect for diverse perspectives and local histories, resulting in rich historical resources and new interpretations. Sean O’Casey’s Dublin Trilogy, set during these times, is being staged by Druid O’Casey, providing an opportunity to reflect on this history.