Friday, 16 October 2020

The Irish Ancestry of Joe Biden - Ancestor Network

The Irish Ancestry of Joe Biden - Ancestor Network: The Irish Ancestry of Joe Biden Joe Biden’s ancestry traces back to the famine years in Ireland when hunger, despair and destitution propelled many of the Irish population to cross the Atlantic in search of a better future. Born on 20 November 1942, Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. was the first born of Joseph Robinette Biden ...

Sunday, 11 October 2020

Saturday, 10 October 2020

Billy the Kid's Irish mother would welcome his pardon |

Billy the Kid's Irish mother would welcome his pardon | The news that the governor of New Mexico Bill Richardson may be about to finally pardon Billy the Kid brings to a close a major chapter in Irish American history as wellWhen Pat Garrett finally tracked down and killed Billy the Kid in 181 a subtext of the killing was the Irish identity of the two famous protagonistsPat Garrett was the grandson of Irish immigrants while Billy the Kid was really William McCarty, both of whose parents came from IrelandAs Wikipedia notes Little is known about McCarty's origins, but many reputable scholars of western history 'contend that he was born on the eve of the Civil War in the bowels of an Irish neighborhood in New York City at 70 Allen Street)'While his biological father remains an obscure figure, some researchers have theorized that his name was Patrick McCarty, Michael McCarty, William McCarty, or Edward McCarty

Monday, 5 October 2020

Saturday, 3 October 2020

Ireland's History

 Now posted on my Facebook is my mini-essay on Ireland's History -  Class realities and 16 shades of *Irish* - or a *Colony* in the BRITISH [ but never Irish ]    Empire ? 

It dissects common, lazy and data-free assumptions and claims that too often pass for serious historical analysis.