In the winter of 1847, the people of Ireland were suffering from a devastating famine. Meanwhile, members of the Choctaw Nation of American Indians, one of the five great southern tribes of the United States, met in a small town in Indian Territory called Skullyville. There, members of the tribe discussed the experiences of the Irish poor. It was proposed that they would gather what monies they could spare. This wasn’t going to be much in the wake of their recent removal from their tribal homelands east of the Mississippi River.Ultimately, they collected US$170, a sum roughly equivalent to US$5,000 today. Rather than use what money they had to buy badly needed resources in the new territory — land, food, housing, and so on — the tribe made the altogether remarkable decision to send a goodly portion of their money to those who were starving and destitute in Ireland.There was an unprecedented global response to the Irish Famine of 1845-52, and aid came from many … [Read more...] about How a small American Indian tribe came to give an incredible gift to Irish famine sufferers
By Tom English BBC Scotland chief sports writer 10 Jul From the section World Cup Share this with Digg Facebook Google LinkedIn Reddit StumbleUpon Twitter Copy this link http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/44783648 Read more about sharing. World Cup semi-final: Croatia v EnglandVenue: Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow Date: Wednesday, 11 July (19:00 BST)Coverage: Full match commentary on BBC Radio 5 live, text commentary, report and highlights on BBC Sport app and onlineIt's only now, almost 20 years later, that I can write about the day on the roller coaster in Queensland, Australia. And it's only now, with all this talk of football coming home, that I have something to compare it to. There was this adventure park, you see. At the centre of the adventure park was this ride called the Tower of Terror. Once upon a time it was considered the biggest, scariest rollercoaster in the world and … [Read more...] about World Cup 2018: How should Scots, Irish & Welsh fans feel about England’s success?
The perception among many people on this side of the pond of Irish American music is something akin to Maureen O’Hara singing Isle of Inisfree in The Quiet Man. However, Moloney says there’s more to the genre than that. “A lot of people think Irish American songs are Danny Boy and Irish Eyes are Smiling but there’s a much bigger picture than that,” he says. “We specialise in the Irish-American side of things, songs about settlement, immigration, coal mining, building the canals and railroads, urban politics, tenement life. They’re more associated with the Irish in America than the Irish in Ireland.” Green Fields of America will perform in Dublin Castle on May 21 as part of the programme for Coming Home: Art and the Great Hunger exhibition and Mick says they have tailored their set list to suit the subject. “Because it’s the famine exhibition we’ll concentrate on themes of leaving, immigration, settlement. I … [Read more...] about ‘There’s more to Irish American music than Danny Boy and Irish Eyes are Smiling’ – musician Mick Moloney
As Tom Waits re-releases much of his back catalogue, Des O’Driscoll speaks to various Irish people about their love of the great American troubadour.PHILIP KINGPhilip King, the Kerry-based broadcaster and musician, filmed Tom Waits for a 2001 TV documentary Freedom Highway: Songs that Shaped a Century.He met with Waits at Prairie Sun, the rural studio 100 miles north of San Fancisco where the Bone Machine album and much of his output through the 1990s were recorded. Fittingly, Waits arrived in a pick-up truck.“In the back of the truck, he had a ship’s piano, an old Dynacord guitar, a little amp, a five-string banjo and a harmonium,” recalls King. “We walked into the room we were going to work in and he said ‘Let’s do this thing in here; I’ll be right back’. He came back with his buddy, and his son Sullivan Waits and they were carrying a barn door with the hinges swinging off it.“And then he went out and came back again and … [Read more...] about Tom Waits and me: We hear about Irish people’s love for the great American troubadour
CONGRATULATIONS to Londonderry on being chosen as the UK City of Culture for 2013. Londonderry has had a long and chequered history with the Siege there in 1688-89 a highly significant landmark in the annals of these islands and, through the centuries from the origins of the Scottish Plantation, Ulster-Scots have made a meaningful contribution to life in the Maiden City and in the wider North West. Londonderry was a main port for the emigration of Ulster-Scots Presbyterians from the north of Ireland to America and many from this diaspora were prominently involved in the establishment of the United States as the bedrock of global democracy and independence. The list of US luminaries is impressive.DR MATTHEW THORNTONOne of the signers of the American Declaration of Independence in 1776, he was born in Londonderry county and he emigrated to America with his Presbyterian family as a four-year-old in 1718.Thornton became a medical practitioner working in the New Hampshire town of … [Read more...] about A distinguished list of Ulster-Scots from Londonderry who helped make America