Weekly Comment:
The Boyne and Aughrim

How the Battle of the Boyne, celebrated annually on July 12 in Northern Ireland by Ulster loyalist marching bands, and the Battle of Aughrim changed Ireland’s religious and political infrastructure so much that we still see its effects nearly 330 years later. ℘℘℘ On July 1, 1690, in Oldbridge, County Meath, the Battle of the Boyne took place between William of Orange, the recently crowned...

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Cyprus Avenue’s Stroll Off-Broadway

David Ireland’s Cyprus Avenue opened for its debut in North America at the Public Theater in New York City on June 25th. Starring Stephen Rea, the play is a discomfiting cross between cathartic and alienating, summoning painful notes of recognition along with a worrisome awareness that everything in this world is just slightly, tragically, off-kilter. Directed by Vicky Featherstone, the...

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Weekly Comment:
Hercules Mulligan: Tailor, Patriot, Spy

How an Irish tailor named Hercules Mulligan, and his accomplice, and enslaved man named Cato, twice saved George Washington from capture during the Revolutionary War. ℘℘℘ Hercules Mulligan was born in Coleraine, of what was then called County Londonderry to Episcopalians Hugh and Sarah Mulligan, on September 25, 1740. Six years later, the Mulligan family immigrated to New York, where Hugh...

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Weekly Comment: The Carrowkeel Cairns

The celebration of summer solstice on June 21, when the sun rises before 5 a.m. in the northern hemisphere, marks a sacred tradition in Ireland dating back 5000 years, when the power of the sun is celebrated at the burial places of ancient gods, since pre-Christian times. ℘℘℘ Ireland has a number of megalithic monuments. Well-known sites such as the passage tomb called the Mound of the...

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Weekly Comment: Flags of Ireland

Whether for a warrior identifying friend from enemy, a nationalist wanting to represent their views, or a G.A.A. supporter flying their county’s colors, flags have played an important part throughout Ireland’s history. As we celebrate Flag Day here in the United States, let’s take a look back at the flags that have represented Ireland over the years. Some of the earliest...

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