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Eoin MacNeill: Building an Army for the Easter Rising

Eoin MacNeill

by Tim Pat Coogan ‘MacNeill’ was Eoin MacNeill, the ostensible leader of the Irish Volunteers, a Gaelic scholar and professor at University College Dublin. Eoin MacNeill had envisaged the corps as having a purely defensive role. Coming into action only

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Posted in Military History, Modern History

Incredible Things You Never Knew About Ireland

I never knew about Ireland

by Christopher Winn Things I Never Knew About Ireland There was an awful lot I never knew about Ireland before I went there to research my book – I never knew that the center of Ireland was made up largely of

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Posted in Modern History

Homer Matters: Why?

Why Homer Matters

by Adam Nicolson Chapter 1 One evening ten years ago I started to read Homer in English. With an old friend, George Fairhurst, I had just sailed from Falmouth to Baltimore in southwest Ireland, 250 miles across the Celtic Sea.

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Posted in Ancient History

When Britain Burned the White House: Harry and Juana Smith

When Britain Burned The White House; Harry and Juana Smith

by Peter Snow Harry and Juana Smith Many a soldier has had an exciting life. It’s not often that a solider shares the excitement and danger with his wife. But it is true of one redoubtable young officer and his

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Posted in Military History
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