This photograph, of the officers of the 2nd Tipperary Brigade, was taken in May 1920 by Ed McGrath, the brigade’s vice commandant. My maternal grandfather, Michael “Mike” Dwan, is pictured...More
As March is Irish Heritage Month, there are countless gatherings and events planned worldwide to celebrate all things Irish. We at Irish America are encouraging the Irish diaspora to reunite on...More
Ireland was in the background at this year’s Democratic and Republican National Conventions, but it was there. On the eve of the Democratic Convention in Denver, Senator Barack Obama appeared in...More
On this day in 1832, in Glasnevin, Dublin, the first ever burial took place at Glasnevin Cemetery. Officially named Prospect Cemetery but rarely referred to as such, the cemetery was the first non-denominational burial ground in Ireland. Daniel O’Connell was among the voices that called for a space where anyone could bury their dead. This was especially important for Catholics, who had been barred from performing their full funeral ceremonies at Protestant burial grounds under the Penal Laws. Glasnevin was officially opened on February 21, and on the following day the body of four-year-old Michael Casey of Francis street in Dublin was the cemetery’s first interment. Since then it was seen an estimated 1.5 million burials, including those of O’Connell, Michael Collins, Eamon de Valera, Maud Gonne and Brendan Behan.