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: The Escape from Lincoln Jail

By J. Michael Finn At the end of the Easter Rebellion in May 1916, hundreds of Irish were imprisoned by the British. In December 1916, due to pressure from Irish-America, […]

Illuminations: The Irish Race Congress, Paris 1922

Illuminations:  Irish Race Congress, Paris 1922 By:  J. Michael Finn The Irish Race conventions were a series of conventions or congresses held intermittently between 1881 and 1994 by various Irish […]