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Book Review – Richmond Barracks 1916: “We Were There” – 77 Women of the Easter Rising

“The old idea that a woman can only serve her nation through her home is gone.” —Countess Constance Markievicz, Irish social activist, revolutionary, and politician We are currently in the middle of a big decade for Ireland. From 2012–2022, the modern Republic of Ireland celebrates the 100-year anniversaries of the some of the most important moments […]


Review – Richmond Barracks

The Restored Cupola atop the Gymnasium Richmond Barracks Dublin Ireland

I first saw the crumbling, run-down hulk of Richmond Barracks in 2014 on a Let’s Walk and Talk tour led by renowned Dublin historian Pat Liddy. At the time, the barracks were little more than a historical footnote in a neighborhood that had seen better days. Pat, with his own personal brand of flair, put […]


Dublin’s Garden of Remembrance

Garden of Remembrance Dublin Ireland

  In the darkness of despair we saw a vision, We lit the light of hope and it was not extinguished. So reads part of the poem, “We Saw a Vision” by Liam Mac Uistín, carved in gilded lettering on the top wall in Dublin’s somber Garden of Remembrance. It isn’t big, it isn’t flashy, but it’s […]


Dublin Recognizes the Easter Rising

Garden of Remembrance Dublin Ireland

  One hundred years ago this weekend—minus one month thanks to liturgical calendar hijinks—a ragtag army of Irish volunteers kicked off what would later be named the “Easter Rising,” jumpstarting Ireland’s War of Independence and eventually leading to the founding of the modern Republic of Ireland. That’s a lot of history distilled, but you can fill […]


1916 Centenary Walking and Talking

Pat Liddy at Arbor Hill Cemetery Dublin Ireland

  This year, Ireland marks the 100-year anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising—the failed rebellion that kicked off Ireland’s War of Independence and ultimately led to victory over the British and the establishment of the Republic of Ireland. During the weeklong battle of the Rising, the Irish Volunteers seized important British strongholds around the country, but the best-known […]


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