The Vikings in Ireland

Screenshot from a video game called War of the Vikings showing fighting Vikings, with some of their ships visible, too. / Photo by John Rickne, Community Manager, Paradox Interactive, Wikimedia Commons What exactly motivated the Vikings to set sail for Ireland (or the British Isles in general) is subject to ongoing debate. By Emma Groeneveld / 12.11.2017 Historian In early[…]

The Road to Irish Independence

© MIDIWAVES By John Bruton / 04.09.2018 Former Irish Prime Minister Ireland will soon commemorate a conflict that took place between 1919 and 1923. It is customary to refer to the conflict between 1919 and 1921 as the War of Independence and that between 1922 and 1923 as the Civil War. In fact, both were civil[…]

Ten Things to Know about the Real St. Patrick

Saint Patrick. Thad Zajdowicz By Dr. Lisa Bitel / 01.16.2018 Professor of History and Religion Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences University of Southern California On March 17, people around the world will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by parading in green hats, sporting images of shamrocks and leprechauns – tiny, grinning, fairy men – pinned to their lapels. Patrick’s[…]