#irishmusic #irishhistory #amwriting Stemming from an incident in Gortagleanna during the War of Indepence (1921), there are several versions of this song extant. These lyrics are based on a poem by Bryan MacMahon, which in turn is based on oral histories and older poems, some of which are lost today. A haunting version of this … Continue reading The Valley of Knockanure
This post first appeared on giffordmacshane.com on 3/17/15
Read any biography of Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, and you’ll find that he was born in the late 4th century somewhere on the island of Britain. Patrick was kidnapped while still in his teens, and sold as a slave in Ireland. Some histories place the blame on Irish pirates, while others blame the Romans who had conquered the island centuries earlier. Whoever was responsible, for six years Patrick was a slave, and then he escaped back to Britain.
Twelve years after his escape, having studied at a monastery and being ordained, Patrick returned to the Emerald Isle as a bishop and missionary. After twenty years, he left behind an organized church under the authority of the See of Armagh, and an island that was nearly completely converted to Catholicism.
Little did Patrick know that, over a thousand years later, those conversions would be the justification for a new…
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My second attempt at a photo prompt. Since it worked so well last time, I decided to write another vignette that can easily be converted into a scene in my WIP, The Winds of Morning. Kills two birds ... (on the other hand, why kill them at all?) Enjoy! As the small ship sailed into … Continue reading NWW Photo Prompt: Palm Fronds
It's been awhile since I talked about where I stand in terms of my manuscripts. My first completed novel, WHISPERS IN THE CANYON, is being queried, and the second, THE WOODSMAN'S ROSE, has gone through my edits and is now with my extremely helpful critique partners. I'm also just finishing up my final edit of … Continue reading UPDATE: Part 1 is Done!
In the mid-19th Century, most transatlantic crossings were still done by sailing ship, although steamship passage was available for those who could afford it, primarily through the Cunard Line of Britain and the Inman line of the US. A steamship would routinely make the voyage in 11 to 13 days, but until 1860, most steamships … Continue reading Tuesday Trivia: The Transatlantic Crossing
Many people consider the Great Irish Potato Famine of 1845-1852 to be an unprecendented occurrence, and believe it caught the country's government by surprise. However, the failure of the potato crop that began in 1945 was no stranger to Ireland's inhabitants. Crop failures had plagued Ireland in both the 18th and 19th centuries prior to … Continue reading Tuesday Trivia: The History of Potato Crop Failures
15-year-old Annie Moore arrived from Ireland on January 1, 1892, and became the first person to enter the United States through Ellis Island. Over 12 million people entered the United States through the Ellis Island immigration center from 1892 to 1954. Contrary to what you may think, Ellis Island was only one of many ports … Continue reading Tuesday Trivia: ELLIS ISLAND
I’ve mentioned before that The Society of Friends (also known as the Quakers) provided an immense help to the native Irish during the Great Potato Famine in the mid-19th century by running soup kitchens to feed the starving populace. However, once the British Government took over that job, the Quakers continued giving support to those … Continue reading The Quakers and The Great Irish Famine
Ever wonder why Irish dancers keep their hands totally still at their sides when they dance? Many sources attribute this custom to the Traveling Dance Masters of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. For a fee, this Dance Master would teach Irish children jigs, reels and hornpipes. Accompanied by a fiddler and/or piper, the Dance Master … Continue reading Tuesday Trivia: Irish Dancing
Today's song is an Irish ditty that was borrowed by America during the Civil War. I'm posting both versions here, starting with the American one. The Johnny referred to was Johnny Reb. The original Irish version follows. It's traditionally sung with a pause before the last line of both the verses and refrain. It is, … Continue reading Johnny, I Hardly Knew Ye