A brief friendship with a remarkable man
26 years ago Garret Fitzgerald examined the significance of 1916. In the centenary of this rising it is worth remembering the thoughts of the late Irish statesman. … Read more “The significance of 1916”
Irish history has returned to the curriculum of Australia’s leading university, the University of Melbourne, after an absence of a number of years.
It is the 1850’s in Australia. An English man Edward Hargraves has just discovered a ‘grain of gold’ in a waterhole near Bathurst.
Newstalk, Ireland’s national talk radio station, will feature a new five part series on Irish Australian history in 2015. The ‘Talking History’ show, broadcast on Newstalk on… Read more “Newstalk to broadcast new Irish-Australian history series”
The screens are full of it, the airwaves awash with it, the obligatory picture is snapped. Irish emigrants are coming home for Christmas. We have had stories… Read more “This Christmas, Give thanks to an emigrant”
An interesting map shows the areas in the United States that have the heaviest concentration of Irish-Americans.
We all know The Boys of Bárr na Sráide, City of Chicago and the Christmas thumper Fairytale of New York but what about those gems of Irish emigration songs that are sometimes forgotten.
A harp played lightly as canapés were served gracefully. The welcome mat was out on the other side of the world for Mary McAleese.
A cartoon in the West Australian newspaper on the subject of Irish nurses coming to Australia has provoked a furious reaction from the Irish community here. The… Read more “Irish stereotypes raise their head again Down Under”
“Man’s flesh is delicious. It tastes far better than fish or pork” these were the words of Monaghan man Alexander Pearce just before he was hung in… Read more “The Irish Cannibal”
Emigration has been a staple part of the Irish diet for generations, yet for those Irish who have to digest it, no seat is given at the… Read more “Give emigrants a vote”
The news the Bill O Herlihy lobbied on behalf of the cigarette companies (while he was ambassador of the Irish Cancer Society) was met with a whimper… Read more “The Generation that failed Ireland”
A Government decision on whether Ireland should proceed to call a referendum to allow its diaspora to vote in Irish presidential elections could be made before Christmas.