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101 Years on the Easter Rising

The 2016 gathering to commemorate the Easter Rising in Anaconda, Montana. April 24, 2017, marks the 101 anniversary of the Easter Rising, the spark setting the fire leading the establishing the Irish free state.  We will not and cannot forget the brave deeds of the […]

Justice ‘Skeff’ Sheehy (1918-2017)

Justice ‘Skeff’ Sheehy (1918-2017)

This past month, John “Skeff” Sheehy, former Montana Supreme Court Justice, passed away on Friday, 7th April 2017. He was 99 years old. His life can be distinguished by his memorable character and outstanding legal career spanning several deacades, what more, the aspect of his […]

When Gaelic football roamed Montana…

When Gaelic football roamed Montana…

Irish heritage in Montana is so rich and vast. When I arrived here I was delighted to find there was not one but two thriving hurling teams in Missoula; the University team, the Griz, and the Thomas Francis Meagher hurling club. However, I was surprised […]

Insider tricks to successfully learn Irish!

Insider tricks to successfully learn Irish!

So you know how to say ‘Conas atá tú?’ – what next? I recently moved from Ireland to Missoula, Montana. On my first day in Missoula snow fell (no surprise there) and I welcomed the distraction of the splash of my boots along the pavement. […]

On the great Thomas Francis Meagher

On the great Thomas Francis Meagher

Claíomh – Sword – Thomas Francis Meagher 1823 to 1867. Thomas Francis Meagher Statue in front of the State Capital Building in Helena, Montana. The Helena Division of the Ancient Order of Hibernians is named after Thomas Francis Meagher Thomas Meagher was an Irish Patriot and […]

August 1, 1915 – The Graveside Oration for O’Donnovan Rossa by Padraig Pearse

August 1, 1915 – The Graveside Oration for O’Donnovan Rossa by Padraig Pearse

“And we know only one definition of freedom: It is Tone’s definition; it is Mitchel’s definition; it is Rossa’s definition. Let no one blaspheme the cause that the dead generations of Ireland served by giving it any other name and definition than their name and […]

Remembering one of the visits of Countess Contance De Markievicz and Kathleen Barry visit Anaconda, Montana

Remembering one of the visits of Countess Contance De Markievicz and Kathleen Barry visit Anaconda, Montana

From the front page of the Anaconda Standard newspaper,  April 29, 1922. On the left is Kathleen Barry and on the right is Countess Markievicz. The Anglo-Irish Treaty was signed in December of 1921 – but it was not ratified for a little over a […]

May 3, 1916 – a perspective from the west on May 3rd 2016

May 3, 1916 – a perspective from the west on May 3rd 2016

Top left Thomas MacDonagh, right Thomas Clarke, and lower left Padraig Pearse, all executed May 3, 1916. 100 years ago today, May 3, 1916, three of the leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising were murdered at the hands of an English Firing Squad. Thomas James […]

Éirí Amach na Cásca agus Anaconda, Montana 1916-2016

Éirí Amach na Cásca agus Anaconda, Montana 1916-2016

The Easter Rising and Anaconda, Montana 1916-2016 The gathering of AOH Divisions from across Montana at the General Post Office in Anaconda, Montana April 23, 2016. This is the first in a series on the commemorations of the Easter Rising taking place in Montana. The […]

The Tri Color and Montana

The Tri Color and Montana

  On this day in 1848, April 14, the Immortal Irishman himself, the great Thomas Francis Meagher returned from France to Ireland with the Tri-Color Flag that would come to be the National Flag of Ireland, hoisted above the General Post Office in Dublin in […]


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