CHARLES THOMSON

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 The name of Charles Thomson is not as familiar today as it was in the early days of America when it was widely known and respected. Born in County Derry, Thomson was one of the most influential men of the entire American Revolution. He served as Secretary of the Continental Congress for over 15 years (the entire life of that body) and was, in fact, the Chief Executive of the … [Read more...]

CIVIL WAR COMES TO IRELAND IN JUNE

The Four Courts on fire in June 1922

Sinn Féin won 73 out of the 105 Irish seats in Parliament in the post-war General Election in December, 1918. They refused to sit at Westminster and instead set up their own government called Dail Eireann on 21 January 1919. On that same day the War of Independence began. After almost three years of brutal warfare, with British atrocities on a civilian population that they felt … [Read more...]

SAINT COLMCILLE

Saint Colmcille

 by Mike McCormack, AOH National Historian On 12 May, 563, Saint Colmcille established a monastery on the island of Iona.  Thirty-four years later he died on 9 June 597, which is his universal feast day.  In that short time, he exceeded the herculean task that he had set for himself of bringing 3,000 souls to Christ. The story of how and why this all came about is a remarkable … [Read more...]

A TALE OF TWO O’HARES

The OHares

Here are two stories and both are absolutely true – and worth reading!  The first began on 5 September 1893 when a son was born in St. Louis, MO to Irish-American parents Patrick Joseph and Cecilia Malloy O'Hare. Then named him Edward and he grew up to be a successful lawyer. He married Selma Louth who gave him three children: Edward (1914), Patricia (1919) and Marilyn (1924).  … [Read more...]

Mary MacSwiney

Mary MacSwiney

On March 27, 1872, Mary MacSwiney (Maire Nic Shuibhne) was born in Surrey, England, of an Irish father and an English mother. She grew up in Cork beset by illness which culminated with the loss of an infected foot. Educated as a teacher, by 1900 she was teaching in a convent school. Her mother's death in 1904 led to her return to Cork to head the household and secure a teaching … [Read more...]