The Founding Father of the National Parks

The story of Thomas Moran, the Irish American artist whose
canvases helped create the world’s first National Park

By Geoffrey Cobb Each year, 3.5 million visitors flock to Yellowstone National Park, the world’s first national park. Although Yellowstone is world famous, the story of Thomas Moran, the Irish American landscape painter, whom some call ” the Founding Father of the National Parks,” is not. When Dublin-born Thomas Moran Sr. arrived in Philadelphia  with his family from...

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The Slave who Became the Singing Sensation ‘The Black Swan’

By Christine Kinealy Historian Christine Kinealy is documenting black abolitionists who visited Ireland, including singer Paul Robeson, abolitionist Frederick Douglas, and this week, Elizabeth Taylor Greenfield. Born into slavery, Elizabeth became known in her life-time as the Black Swan who broke down barriers where ever she sang, and who, like Robeson and Douglas, had a special...

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Margaret Gallagher, An Update

Last week we brought you the video of Margaret Gallagher who lives in a 280+year old thatched roof cottage in Belcoo, County Fermanagh. Margaret turned 78 on January 26th, she still walks down through the field to fetch fresh spring water and stokes the fire each day to cook, keep warm, and keep a roof over her head.  The video from the Irish Times is from 2019 as Margaret gives a...

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A Card Trick that Tells the Story of Michael Collins

Dylan Murray, a 22 year old magician from Keadue, County Donegal created this original card trick as a tribute to the life of Irish hero Michael Collins. Dylan has won numerous talent competitions including Derry’s Got Talent in 2016, the Dublin Talent Variety 2017, and has been named Ireland’s Magician of The Year twice. This captivating card trick highlights the historic rise...

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Paul Robeson – Singer, Actor, and Renaissance Man – Had a Love for Ireland

By Christine Kinealy Paul Robeson was born in in Princeton in New Jersey in 1898. His father was a former runaway slave who had become a Presbyterian minister and his mother was part of a Quaker abolitionist family. His mother, Anna Louisa Bustill, died in a fire when Robeson was aged 6. Despite growing up in an era of segregation, Robeson proved to be gifted in both in sports and...

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