The History Corner

Fourteen Days

Posted on: 3rd April, 2018 in The History Corner

“The path to peace is never easy. They have chosen hope over hate, the promise of the future over the poison of the past.” – Bill Clinton on the Good Friday Agreement   The Troubles spanned four decades. Ireland was...

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The Irish Question

Posted on: 9th March, 2018 in The History Corner

“Is fearr Gaeilge bhriste, ná Béarla cliste.” – “Broken Irish is better than clever English.” The power of the Irish language is evident in that it is one of the main components in keeping the padlock on the doors of...

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The unknown nurse

Posted on: 6th February, 2018 in The History Corner

Stories of ‘ordinary’ men and women healing the participants of war and dealing with its aftermath are rarely noticed or remembered in history. In this regard, the memory of Easter 1916 is no different to any other war. The staff...

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How Blythe was ‘deported’ from West Cork

Posted on: 6th February, 2018 in The History Corner

It was a crisp Sunday morning in 1923 when, as mass ended at St John the Baptist church in Newcestown, a lorry of Free State troops pulled up outside the church gates and rounded up the first few men coming...

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The original feminist

Posted on: 15th January, 2018 in Highlights

“I was elected by the women of Ireland, who instead of rocking the cradle, rocked the system.”  Mary Robinson. Hanna Sheehy-Skeffington was articulate, well-spoken, unimaginably determined, focussed, loyal and possessed a wonderful array of vocabulary. She was a blinding light...

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Immortalised in song

Posted on: 11th December, 2017 in The History Corner

“There can be no greater delusion than to imagine that a language can be kept alive alone by teaching. A language can have no real life unless it lives in the lives of the people.” – Eoin MacNeill Joseph Mary...

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A revolutionary wife

Posted on: 13th November, 2017 in The History Corner

“The secret of freedom lies in educating people, whereas the secret of tyranny is in keeping them ignorant.” Maximilien Robespierre Kathleen Daly came from a fiercely nationalist Limerick family. Her uncle was John Daly, an IRB man who took part...

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Bandon remembers ‘the boy Allen’

Posted on: 13th November, 2017 in The History Corner

The 150th anniversary of the Manchester Martyrs falls this month. On November 23,1867, a crowd, estimated at 10,000, gathered outside Salford Gaol in Manchester to witness the execution of three men who would go down in Irish history as The...

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