National Radio Day 2017 is upon us and what better way to celebrate than with a look at the incredible Irish connections of radio inventor Guglielmo Marconi and his mother’s famous family. Yes, National Radio Day on August 20 is a day made for the Irish, who have a great fondness for radio, maybe because of our great fondness for chatting and talking.
As the world mourns the loss of the Rhinestone Cowboy, here's what you need to know about the singer's Irish connections. Country legend Glen Campbell passed away at age 81 on August 8 after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease.
The most telling piece of ancestry comes straight from Campbell's mouth. Campbell told the Scottish Daily Record, "My mom Carrie Stone came from Tipperary in Ireland.
Over four million Irish immigrants came to the United States between 1820 and 1930. Their surnames are still common around the country, especially in historic enclaves in the Northeast.
Many originally had a tell-tale “O” before the name, which meant “descendant of” in Gaelic, but it has largely been dropped. With or without the O, according to a tally of surnames in the 2000 U.S.
If so, then my advice to you is to take a good shot from the bottle here and now before you read the rest of this quite shocking story. You will need it.
It is time to knock down a widely-circulated misconception that the number of Irish Americans in the United States is going down.
This has become a prominent canard, usually peddled by those who have little time for Irish America, to begin with.
This thesis that Irish America is fading is relatively simple to disprove.
Below is a bar graph showing the results from the US Census Bureau from 2000 and 2014.
In September 2015, over 2.5 million images of Irish births, deaths and marriage records from the General Register Office (GRO), were released online for the first time.
The images, available on www.irishgenealogy.ie, date back as far as 1864. Among the records are the birth, marriage and death register for Tom Crean, the Antarctic explorer. Crean’s grandson Brendan O’Brien joined the Irish Government Ministers Heather Humphreys and Leo Varadkar at the release launech event the National Library.
A collection of autograph books owned by prisoners during the 1916 Rising has been published online for the very first time.
The Office of Public Works says the books are among the popularly requested items when people visit Kilmainham Museum Gaol in Dublin.
Niall Bergin, who works at the museum, told RTÉ, "People always have stories along the lines of 'my great-great-grandfather was involved in 1916.