The National Library of Ireland recently announced that it will be digitizing their parish records and providing free online access starting on July 8th. These records are considered the most...More
Some puns are born great (Daddy tomato is walking. Baby tomato can’t walk so fast. Daddy tomato turns to baby tomato, squishes him, says “catch up!”), some puns achieve greatness (What’s...More
The Carlin name is found in County Limerick, where they held a family seat in ancient times, as well as in the counties of Meath, Derry, Cavan, Monaghan and Tyrone. The name is derived from the...More
The Irish Rebellion of 1798, led by the United Irishmen began in Wexford on May 27 and lasted until June 21 when General Lake took Vinegar Hill and pushed on through into the town of Wexford. The leaders of the rebellion, including Father John Murphy were executed by British soldiers after first being tortured. Murphy was stripped, flogged, and hanged. His decapitated head was placed on a pike as a warning to other rebels and his body was burned in a barrel of tar. Fr. Murphy, who was initially against the rebellion, was the parish priest of a small village called Boolavogue and he is remembered in the ballad “Boolavogue” which was written for the 100th anniversary of the rebellion.