The 20th Ulster-American Symposium hosted at Quinnipiac University was held this past June in conjunction with Ireland’s Great Hunger Institute. Since 1976, the Ulster-American Heritage Symposium...More
Cycle along the outer streets of Dublin and farmland and grassy fields are still visible beyond rambling stone walls; drive through the round-abouts into the city and catch a show at the Abbey...More
On this day in 1914, Irish nationalist Sir Robert Casement met with German leader Franz von Papen in the U.S., in an effort to win support for Ireland’s quest for independence from Britain. Born in Dublin in 1864 and founder of the Irish National Volunteers, Casement travelled to the U.S. to gain support for his organization. He failed to gain American support, so turned to Von Papen instead, suggesting that an Irish Brigade fight alongside the Germans in WWI. Von Papen turned down Casement’s suggestion and the Irish did not ally with the Germans. Instead, the 1916 Easter Rising took place without aid. Casement was tried for treason by the British and was executed on August 3, 1916, but he is still remembered as a hero of Irish nationalism.