Stephen Collins Foster (1826-1864) – Musical Pioneer

Stephen Collins Foster (1826-1864) – Musical Pioneer

Return to Contents of 1847   Cincinnati, Ohio. Friday 5 March 1847 ‘Why is Santa Anna like a wet day?’ asked M. J. Tichenor, lead singer of the Sable Harmonists. ‘Because he reigned as long as he could, and then mizz-led.’[1] It’s trickier to fathom seventeen...
Reflections on Irish Identity, 2024

Reflections on Irish Identity, 2024

See also The Irish & the White House   *****   Only one world leader is guaranteed an annual audience with the US president at the White House – An Taoiseach (prime minister) of the Republic of Ireland. Every March 17th since 1952, he (and it has only...
The Life & Death of Ned Kelly

The Life & Death of Ned Kelly

  As he reined up outside the Glenrowan Inn that fateful dawn, Ned Kelly’s mind was diverted. A bolt had slipped from the knee-length armour suit he was wearing. The 25-year-old outlaw eased himself out of the saddle to attend to the bolt. As he touched the...
Johnny Meehan & the Spanish Civil War

Johnny Meehan & the Spanish Civil War

Lopera,  Southern Spain,  28  December  1936. The Irishmen were making their way uphill when the Junker planes reappeared. As they sprinted for the cover of an olive grove, a bullet whizzed into Gerry Doran’s upper arm. Moments later, a chunk of shrapnel slammed into...

The San Patricios and the Mexican War of 1847

In the winter of 2001, I chanced to stay with friends of friends in the affluent suburb of San Ángel outside Mexico City. It was my first time in Mexico and, at my hosts suggestion, I went for a walk around the neighbourhood. My attention was drawn to a marble...