It was seven years ago when I identified Fulmoth Kearney of Moneygall, Ireland as the most recent immigrant on the maternal side of Barack Obama's family tree. Inheriting land in Ohio from a brother, Fulmoth's father, Joseph, left Ireland for the United States in 1849.
Back in 2007, I researched then-candidate Barack Obama's roots and identified one of his third great-grandparents, Fulmoth Kearney of Ireland, as the most recent immigrant on his mother's side of the family.
It won't be long until genealogy fans and history buffs can get another hit of watching celebrities time travel to their roots. TLC's next season of...
I held my boyfriend's hand the other day. I caught it and held it until we reached the main gates of University College Cork, as I usually do on campus, only this time I didn't let go after we'd passed through. We moved along the Western Road, toward Washington Street, and as we reached the innards of Cork City, something strange lingered over me.
Discovering an ancestor's elusive Irish birthplace is a big deal for genealogists. On what we might think of as "the scale of genealogical difficulty," tracing Irish roots is right there near the top of the list.
Shiny and new has a certain charm (hey, I'm from Las Vegas, epicenter of shiny and new). But sometimes I like hotels that come with a little baggage. Love of history can be such a personal thing, but I swooned for the stories behind this particular bunch. So pack your suitcase and join me on a historical trip around the world, with stops at my favorite "hotels with history."
It became clear that we'd need to add another focus: history. Not to have done so would have been like going to Philadelphia and missing the Liberty Bell.
All you need is to let yourself get inspired by Katniss' warrior ways. Here's what we think Katniss would like to do on vacation, given the chance -- and what you can do, too!
Investment is pouring into the economy. Employment is up. A once-sprawling British army barracks is being transformed into a residential community. The notorious Crumlin Road Jail where paramilitaries were held is now a museum. You can feel the public confidence returning in the downtown area.
Although traveling with a toddler is totally doable, not all destinations are created equal. Here are 9 reasons why Ireland is one of our favorites.
Human rights would be empowered by a proportional and rational response, but knee-jerk fear has a history of racism in this country when it comes to public health. Unfortunately, current media reactions, prevalent in mainstream and social media, are fanning flames of xenophobia in America and withholding care from those that need it most.
In only one year, Schools for Sustainability (S4S) has cultivated a beautifully dynamic team. We honor diversity as we attract support from members ...
As the "Blood Moon" comes to fruition later this week -- the second of two rare "Blood Moons" this year, the last one being in April -- New Yorkers wi...
Count Dracula may stalk the Transylvanian countryside; but his origins are much closer to Bram Stoker's homeland of Ireland. As a frail child, Bram's mother whetted his appetite for the blood thirsty character by fuelling the author's imagination with supernatural tales.
We arranged most of our time in Dublin with the arts and history in mind, and in those areas the place shines, as it does in urban beauty, walkability and general pleasantness -- thanks in no small part to its populace, who live up to their reputation for easy friendliness.
Imagine someone, anyone, telling you that. Imagine hearing, "You're 50, you shouldn't be skydiving." Or, "You're too old to garden." Or, "You need wheelchair assistance... your days of traveling are over."