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Memorial Day: Recalling Those Irish-Americans Who Gave Their Last Full Measure

Posted by The Wild Geese on May 23, 2015 at 2:30pm 0 Comments

Memorial Day, originally titled Decoration Day, has a somewhat murky origin. But what is clear is that on May 30, 1868, 146 years ago today, 5,000 gathered at Arlington National Cemetery to commemorate the 20,000 fallen warriors buried there, with the help of remarks by General and future President…

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Winfield Scott: Defender of Irish Rights ... Once

Posted by Joe Gannon on May 26, 2016 at 1:30pm 0 Comments

Winfield Scott is well known as the hero of the Mexican War and as the over all commander of Federal forces during the beginning of the Civil War. Few have heard much about his experiences in the War of 1812, however. One…

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Father Aloysius P. McGonigal: Battlefield Hero Without a Gun

Posted by The Wild Geese on January 19, 2013 at 5:30am 0 Comments

MANY MEN BECOME known as heroes for their bravery in battle, for their willingness to face death in an effort to kill the enemy and obtain an objective, for helping…

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Irish Dominate Medal of Honor List

Posted by The Wild Geese on January 19, 2013 at 5:30pm 0 Comments

By John J. Concannon

By a stroke of good fortune, I became involved in an Irish/Irish American book writing project that is dear to my heart.

(Left: "Brothers of Ireland" by Don Troiani depicts the 69th New York and 9th…

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The 28 Irish GIs Who Died in Korea (July 2006)

Posted by The Wild Geese on January 19, 2013 at 4:30am 0 Comments



Left, Marine Pfc. John Patrick White, born in Caherdaniel, County Kerry.

Five of the 28 Irish-born GIs who perished in the Korean War were born in County Kerry, including Marine Pfc. John Patrick White (left). Four were born in Cork, Roscommon and Limerick. Mayo was the birthplace for three, Leitrim and Antrim two, and Longford, Galway,…

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Irish Gifts for the Dad(s) In Your Life

Posted by Totally Irish Gifts on May 22, 2016 at 5:00pm 0 Comments

Get ready for Father's Day...

Sunday, June 19th

This week's HOT DEALS are on a selection of gifts for Father's…

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This Week in the History of the Irish: May 22 - May 28

Posted by The Wild Geese on May 21, 2016 at 11:30am 0 Comments

DOMHNAIGH -- On May 22, 1805, Young Irelander Michael Doheny (right) was born in Fethard, Co. Tipperary. Doheny joined O'Connell's Repeal Association in the 1830s and wrote for the Young Irelanders' publication, The Nation, under the name Eiranach.…

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The Kilmeena Ambush, May 19, 1921: Seeds of Victory in a Defeat

Posted by Joe Gannon on May 18, 2016 at 9:00pm 3 Comments

In the early part of the Irish War of Independence there had not been any major ambushes of Crown forces in County Mayo, unlike several other counties, notably County Cork. However, in May 1921, the Irish Volunteers began to…

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Breandán Breathnach's 'Folk Music and Dances of Ireland'

Posted by james lawrence dore on May 16, 2016 at 7:30pm 2 Comments

Growing up on Long Island with two Irish-American parents was not a particularly Irish experience. Carmel Quinn records played on our stereo and were appreciated by all. My father regularly annoyed my mother by listening to bagpipe music. The truth was…

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The Journey

Posted by Claire Fullerton on May 16, 2016 at 6:00pm 2 Comments

I’m partial to the west coast of Ireland for its myriad wonders, which appear in small towns that are hidden like gemstones in neat grids of logic separated by rambling, idle roads. There are worlds within worlds in these Irish small towns: history and…

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