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I’ve felt like a part of me is missing, lately, which brings me to wonder where that part may be. I’ve been thinking a lot about my heritage and from where my family originates. While my family does keep in touch with a more modern version of our heritage, I’ve felt the need to connect with my culture on a deeper level. These thoughts have inclined me to delve slightly deeper into my family’s history, to try to retrace the path of my ancestors and find where they used to live and what their lives were like.

I’ve felt like a part of me is missing, lately, which brings me to wonder where that part may be. I’ve been thinking a lot about my heritage and from where my family originates. While my family does keep in touch with a more modern version of our heritage, I’ve felt the need to connect with my culture on a deeper level. These thoughts have inclined me to delve slightly deeper into my family’s history, to try to retrace the path of my ancestors and find where they used to live and what their lives were like.

Today marks the birthday of Admiral William Brown, born on June 22, 1777 in Foxford, County Mayo. They commemorated Admiral William Brown in the sun at Recoleta cemetery in Buenos Aires on St. Patrick's Day.

In the tree lined passageway between the marbled mausoleums for the once rich and famous, the Argentinean naval band played "Saint Patrick's Day in the Morning" in their annual tribute to the national hero.

Today marks the beginning of Vice President Joe Biden’s six-day trip to his ancestral home in Ireland. A big part of his message will be slamming Donald Trump for his anti-immigrant rhetoric.

Lately Biden has joined the fray against Trump as he announced his strong backing for Hilary Clinton despite long time tensions between the Biden and Clinton camps.

Trump had originally planned to be in Ireland too, visiting his Doonbeg resort but Irish Central reported exclusively that the trip was off.

New York City is home to the nation’s largest and oldest St. Patrick’s Day Parade, with millions of spectators lining Fifth Avenue every March. The Irish immigrant story is largely set against New York’s streets — from the gritty Five Points neighborhood of Manhattan in the 1800s to the Norwood area in the Bronx in the 1980s.

But that’s changed. As Irish immigrants earned more economic capital, they moved out of the city, and their social and cultural institutions followed.

Today marks the 201st anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo. The bloody battle on June 18 1815 took place at Waterloo, in present-day Belgium and saw Napoleon Bonaparte’s French army defeated by the Seventh Coalition, an Anglo-led Allied army under the command of the Duke of Wellington, and a Prussian army under the command of Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher, Prince of Wahlstatt.

Though many will know of the Battle what they might not know is that the Duke of Wellington was an Irishman, born, it is believed on today's Merrion Square, and one-third of his army at the Battle of Waterloo were Irish.

If Ellen Alden’s daughter Jillian hadn’t asked to see a photo of her in elementary school, who knows whether the letters of her great-great-grandfather Florence Burke would ever have emerged.

But she did, and it was thanks to this question, asked on an otherwise ordinary day three years ago, that Ellen made the discovery of a lifetime, one with wide-ranging reverberations for herself and her family and for our larger understanding of what it meant to be an Irish immigrant fighting in the American Civil War.

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