The Irish in Chicago

The Irish in Chicago

By 1890, Chicago had the third highest population of Irish emigrants in the USA. The city's Irish-American heroes include Butch O'Hare, Captain Francis O'Neill, Richard Daley, Mother Jones and the men who built the I&M Canal. Unlimited access for €1 a month / €12 a...
Mick Gallagher (1932-2022), Farm Labourer – Collooney, County Sligo

Mick Gallagher (1932-2022), Farm Labourer – Collooney, County Sligo

‘The cuckoo comes in April,’ says Mick Gallagher matter-of-factly, ‘and sings her song in May. In the middle of June she whistles her tune and in July she flies away.’ We are standing outside Mick’s cottage on the slopes of County Sligo’s Ox mountain. He was heading...
The Choctaw Nation’s Extraordinary Gift to Ireland, 1847

The Choctaw Nation’s Extraordinary Gift to Ireland, 1847

Above: In the summer of 2015, Kindred Spirits, a sculpture by Alex Pentek was unveiled at Bailic Park in Midleton, County Cork, to commemorate the Choctaw Nation and their kindness to the Irish. [1] It stands just across the N25 by-pass from the site of two stone...
Thomas Connolly’s  – Holborn & Markievicz Street, Sligo Town

Thomas Connolly’s – Holborn & Markievicz Street, Sligo Town

During the 1930s, Sligo was the second biggest port in north-western Ireland. Every week, cargo ships from Poland, Denmark, Scotland and such like would dock, laden with corn, tea, timber and coal. The hardy sailors frequently piled into Connolly’s to drink ‘rum and...