History Stories
CATEGORY: Ireland
The Extraordinary Secret Life of Dr. James Barry
March 24, 2017

How—and why—did a groundbreaking physician pass as the opposite sex for more than 50 years? Read More

When America Despised the Irish: The 19th Century’s Refugee Crisis
March 16, 2017

More than 150 years ago, it was the Irish who were refugees forced into exile by a humanitarian and political disaster. Explore this era of scorn the Irish initially encountered and find out how they became part of the American mainstream. Read More

Globetrotting Vikings: The Raiding of Ireland
December 16, 2016

Ireland appeared to be an easy target for the Vikings, but the politically fractured island’s apparent weakness turned out to be its greatest strength. Read More

Easter Rising and the Unknown Fight for Equality
April 22, 2016

Explore how Easter Rising was not only a fight for Irish independence, but also a fight for equality. Read More

Bear Bone Discovered in 1903 is Evidence of Stone-Age Humans in Ireland
March 24, 2016

Scientists say a single bear bone found in 1903 suggests humans inhabited the Emerald Isle some 2,500 years earlier than previously thought. Read More

Medieval Skeleton Rises from Grave With Uprooted Tree
September 17, 2015

When a violent storm toppled a 215-year-old tree in Ireland, a creepy surprise was discovered entangled in its roots. Read More

Teen Debunks Professor’s Claim That Anti-Irish Signs Never Existed
August 12, 2015

A 14-year-old girl has proven that historical scholarship is not solely the realm of tweedy academics. Armed with her curiosity and an Internet connection, Rebecca Fried has debunked a history professor’s claim that “No Irish Need Apply” signs were not historical realities, but “a myth of victimization. Read More

The Warship of Peace That Fed Famine-Stricken Ireland
March 16, 2015

On the eve of St. Patrick’s Day, revisit America’s first major foreign disaster relief effort when a warship delivered food to Ireland during the potato famine. Read More

Did an Irish Monk “Discover” America?
March 17, 2014

A century after St. Patrick, another Irish saint embarked on a legendary voyage that some believe took him to North America. Read More

Viking-Era Ring Unearthed in Northern Ireland
September 12, 2013

A recently discovered piece of Viking jewelry may date back to the 10th century. Read More