Welcome internet traveller to this publication of the recognition of Irish heroes mainly, though not always, from outside Ireland. It is not intended to be a tome of each individual's exploits or detail behind their achievements. It is simply a pointer to their existence that will encourage the interested visitor to want to find out more, which is already well documented.
Many of those listed will astound you. And sure why not; for such a small little country, Ireland has always punched above its weight.
Its main contribution to the human race has been its people and the need for them to have to leave its shores. With the exception of the famine, the majority have left since the great mistake of the inauguration of the Irish Republic at the turn of the 20th century for, not only is it too small to sustain itself, it is wholly incompetent to rule itself, as it was predicted, and has proved itself to be and, especially, given its craven behaviour surrounding the banking collapse of 2008.
But what has always intrigued me is that, whilst so many achieved fame and greatness abroad, particularly in Britain, rarely - if ever - did the begrudgers of the 'auld country' celebrate or acknowledge it or them. It was as if the horrors of those who stayed behind and took over the kip were beside themselves with jealousy. Either that or it is inherent in the situation of the psyche they found themselves in - like the Russians after the revolution - that the management wouldn't allow them that grace or favour. Even the laughable lunacy of the long-fella, De Valera, stupidly signing the book of condolences for the death of the shit 'Herr Hitler' whose behaviour caused the death of tens of millions of people, displayed an example of little-minded devils that the Irish Republic management showed itself to be. Yeh! verily I say it was, since 1916, the 'Devil-era' in both name and control. In fact, let me take this opportunity to celebrate and express a gratitude to the huge number of Irishmen who left the place and joined the army, the British Army, as they had done in WW1 - to fight Hitler and bring a degree of respect back to Ireland's belittled reputation. It deserved much less for the attitude they had otherwise shown to their neighbour island.
They say there are some 40 million Americans who claim Irish heritage and, undoubtedly, that's true but there are as many again in other countries throughout the world, especially Britain, Australia and Canada. But, as you will see from the articles in this blog, they also brought their spirit, genius, wit and repartee to many other places like France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Japan, China, Russia, South America in fact, all over the globe.
The Irish are known as people who stand up for their rights and the rights of others. This has been sadly wanting ever since the banking crisis of 2008 but, nonetheless, there have been signs of rebellion and to those who have taken to the streets in protest, such as those against evictions and water charges, we say you are now following a proud tradition of "We, the people" and never has such a requirement been sorely needed or demanded by the world.
So, be inspired and be proud of the many who wore the mantle of 'Irish' and who have been ignored or disparaged by their own begrudging kind who, as the hapless and the helpless, were left behind to be ruled by the hopeless.