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1916 in Dublin 2016.

1916 in Dublin 2016.

A Traveller’s Tale by Historian, Dianne Hall April 2016 was a great time to be visiting Dublin, not only was the weather good, but the energy and enthusiasm in commemorating the events of the 1916 Rising was infectious. While I was not in town for the official events at Easter, I was standing outside the … Continue reading

HEANEY’S HOUSE

HEANEY’S HOUSE

A RECOLLECTION  by Danny Cusack Reproduced with permission from The Journal, the Australian Irish Heritage Association (WA) quarterly. In the summer of 1985, soon after my first move to Ireland, I attended the International Association for the Study of Anglo-Irish Literature (IASAIL) conference in Belfast. On the closing day a small man in his mid-60s came over … Continue reading

History is in the graveyards.

History is in the graveyards.

Exploring Glasnevin The process of providing detailed and dignified funerals for the Catholics of Ireland had been one that faced harsh limitations until the 1830s. The Penal Laws and ongoing discriminatory actions by religious and government officials journeyed through a process of repeal and debate, however it was a funeral in 1823 that altered the … Continue reading

Walking out of the Fog of Indignant Righteousness

Walking out of the Fog of Indignant Righteousness

So they locked hands and fled into the depths of night, seeking to put quick distance between them and any who might try to follow, defying the dead weight of the past and the scourge of present anger, with a light drizzle perhaps freshening the route and the light of the moon gleaming in the puddles as they left the familiar night sounds of home, the heavy movement of the cow and calf, the restlessness of sheep. Continue reading