Category: irish

Irish men in the street with their greyhounds in Derry city,…

Irish men in the street with their greyhounds in Derry city, December 17, 1955. Photographed by Bert Hardy.

pogphotoarchives: James “Jim” Hatch holding bu…

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James “Jim” Hatch holding bunch of Irish potatoes on Hatch farm near Portales, New Mexico

Date: 1934

Negative Number: 058893

Polish immigrants picked up pieces from the fi…

Polish immigrants picked up pieces from the fire after ethnic Irish gangs attacked and burned their homes during the 1919 Chicago race riot for not being racist enough against blacks. August 5, 1919

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PEOPLE OF THE ANCIENT WORLD: Flann Sinna (High…

PEOPLE OF THE ANCIENT WORLD: Flann Sinna (High King of Ireland)

FLANN Sinna (r. 879-916 CE) was a High King of Ireland from the Kingdom of Mide (Meath) and a member of the Clann Cholmain, a branch of the Southern Ui Neill dynasty. His name is pronounced “Flahn Shinna” and means “Flann of the Shannon”. He is best known as an effective high king of Ireland who consolidated the power of the Kingdom of Meath while honoring his obligations to other kingdoms, famous for his victory at the Battle of Ballaghmoon in 908 CE, and erecting monuments to commemorate his achievements; most notably the Cross of the Scriptures at the Abbey of Clonmacnoise.

He was an important patron of this religious community and is also responsible for the cathedral (also known as Temple McDermot) and possibly the South Cross still extant at the site. This patronage seems at odds with accounts from the Annals of the Kingdom of Ireland (also known as The Annals of the Four Masters, c. 1616 CE) which report that Flann Sinna was responsible for the sack of a number of churches and monasteries throughout Ireland, and this has led to criticism of his reign by later writers.

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Irish poet Sheila Wingfield, The Solent, 1932

Irish poet

Sheila Wingfield,

The Solent, 1932

Delivering Bread in the Irish Civil War. 1920&…

Delivering Bread in the Irish Civil War. 1920’s.

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Winston Churchill campaigning in Dundee in 190…

Winston Churchill campaigning in Dundee in 1908, and on the left, Irish suffragette Mary Maloney, who followed him for a week ringing a large bell every time he started to speak.

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An interesting tidbit of information is that the word “heckler” in it’s current context originated in Dundee.

Irish girl in a Catholic funeral procession, s…

Irish girl in a Catholic funeral procession, surrounded by British troops. Derry, 1972

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Irish children jeer at British troops in Derry…

Irish children jeer at British troops in Derry, Northern Ireland, 1972

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THE VIKINGS IN IRELAND: IN early Medieval Euro…

THE VIKINGS IN IRELAND: 

IN early Medieval Europe, a prime subject of frightening tales-come-true were the famously marauding and pillaging Vikings, spilling out of their dragon-headed longships in a state of bloodlust, thirsting for gold. With their menacing presence eventually stretching from eastern Europe and the Mediterranean all the way to North America, no land seemed safe – and it was early on in their globetrotting exercise that the Vikings zoned in on the appealing green shores of Ireland

From 795 CE onwards, monasteries and towns were looted or destroyed in persistent raids, followed by the building of forts and settlements which allowed these Norsemen to become wildcard players on the Irish political scene. The Vikings, although losing their autonomous power in the late 10th to early 11th century CE, had by then already integrated into Irish society through intermarriage and close contact with the locals, and left a lasting mark on both commerce and culture.

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