The Black Stone
on Bridge Street

Montreal’s memorial to Irish Famine victims. ℘℘℘ In 1997, Irish people around the world will remember the 150th anniversary of the Famine that resulted in one million deaths and forced one million and a half to emigrate to Canada and the United States. The deplorable conditions these immigrants endured aboard ship resulted in a typhus epidemic that decimated many en route to a new a...

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Francis Sheehy Skeffington’s Granddaughter to Retrace her Grandmother’s U.S. Tour

Irish activist re-creating grandmother’s 1917 tour of United States in documentary film, Hanna and Me. ℘℘℘ During Easter Week 1916, Irish pacifist Francis Sheehy Skeffington was shot without trial by British firing squad. A year later, his widow, Hanna, escaped to the United States under a false passport, giving speeches across the country exposing the truth about her husband’s...

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The Beautiful Northern Ireland Locations of Game of Thrones

Season seven of Game of Thrones premieres this week. Rickon is still dead; Jon Snow is still not dead; Cercei is still terrible; Daenerys is coming home; and Tyrion may or may not be a Targaryen (but definitely is). With the action shifting back to Westeros and the North (No king but the king in the North whose name is STARK(-Targaryen?)), most of the season is filmed in Northern Ireland. Scroll...

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The Boys of Summer

Writer Holly Millea on how an old baseball photo convinced her father to embrace technology. ℘℘℘ For years my father, Roger Millea, a retired urologist, has refused to use a computer. So for his 83rd birthday, I flew to Rapid City, South Dakota, presented him with an iPad, and tutored him against his will in the ways of email and the internet; encouraging him to connect to the modern world...

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Is “The Star Spangled Banner” a Traditional Irish Melody?

At first glance the claim seems like pure pub blarney: an Irishman wrote the melody for “The Star Spangled Banner.” There is, however, a strong basis to assert that the melody of our national anthem, in fact, is an adaptation of an Irish tune written by Erin’s greatest composer. If you half paid attention in school you know the Anthem’s story. On September 14, 1814, during the War of 1812...

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