We're highlighting some of the great romances in Irish history during our Grá XOXO campaign this Valentine's season; but it's likely that some of the greatest Irish love stories are ones most people have never heard. True stories of love and romance aren't only for the rich and famous.
We're asking you to share with The Wild Geese community your own great Irish love stories. Maybe it's a story from one of your ancestors, or perhaps its your own love story. We'd love to hear it and add it to the catalog of inspiring tales of true love.
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I don't prsonally have an Irish story but I think the greatest one in Irish history is that of Robert Emmet and Anne Devlin. Not a romantic love but one of devotion and dedication not only to the man but to a cause.. She was jailed for refusing to give information about Emmet and spent three years in a rodent infested , windowless cell and was subjected to torture by a sadistic warder with very little to eat because she wouldn't give up Emmet's co-conspirators. Hers was a hard and dreary life when she could have accepted large sums of money if she had cooperated. She died sick and in poverty
Great point, Jean. Mike McCormack has just posted a lovely article about Emmet and his love, Sarah Curran. In the article, he does make reference to Anne Devlin:
Great Irish Romances: Robert Emmet and Sarah Curran
1957: A very handsome, very Irish, young man was home from basic training. He sported the really curly hair, the wonderful twinkle in those Irish eyes, the easy smile, and yes, even the dimple in the chin. He'd broken with his girlfriend and was about to be deployed to Korea for about a year and a half. His good friend kept after him and eventually persuaded him to go to a YWCA dance. It was Saturday night and Monday he was to ship out.
Even the 'old tales' can't beat this. What a beautiful life. Many more to you both.
Irish love stories from the diaspora. I'm reminded that.these are the good old days.