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From Dunkirk to Nagasaki: The Long War of Dr. Aidan MacCarthy

Posted on October 13, 2017 at 10:35pm 3 Comments

Aidan MacCarthy crouched low in the air raid shelter he and the other POWs had dug themselves. They had seen two American B-29 bombers flying toward the city of Nagasaki before they went into the shelter. A few POWs had stayed outside though, wanting to see bombs fall on the Japanese for a bit of retribution for…

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The Confederate Monument Issue: Is It Pride or Prejudice?

Posted on September 26, 2017 at 9:00pm 3 Comments

They have called us Rebels and Traitors,

But themselves have thrown off that name of late;

They were called it by the English Invaders,

At home—in the year of "Ninety-Eight ..."

-- from "Kelly’s Irish Brigade"…

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The Rineen Ambush: Hell Comes to County Clare

Posted on September 2, 2017 at 8:30pm 12 Comments

Come all you gallant Irishmen, come listen for a while

I’ll sing to you the praises of the sons of Erin’s Isle

’Tis of an awful, awful ambush I’d have you to beware

That happened in Rineen, in a spot in County Clare.…

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Valentine Trant McGillycuddy: Crazy Horse's Friend

Posted on August 7, 2017 at 11:00pm 7 Comments

On a hot September day in 1877 on the Pine Ridge reservation in the Dakota Territory (now South Dakota), a large group of angry Sioux were crowded around the guard house. Writhing in pain on the ground before them, bleeding profusely from his abdomen, lay…

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'Peg-Leg' Shannon: 'Lost Boy' of the Lewis & Clark Expedition

Posted on June 21, 2017 at 10:30pm 6 Comments

(“Lewis and Clark at Celilo Falls, Columbia River” from a mural by Frank H. Schwarz)

Nineteen-year-old George Shannon nervously trotted his horse across the flat…

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The Carrowkennedy Ambush: Revenge Is a Dish Best Served Cold

Posted on May 20, 2017 at 9:00pm 7 Comments

It was late afternoon of a…

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This Week in the History of the Irish: May 14 - May 20

Posted on May 13, 2017 at 10:00am 3 Comments

MÁIRT -- On May 15, 1847, The Syria, the first ship to arrive during what Quebecois would call the 'Summer of Sorrow,' landed at the Canadian quarantine station in the St. Lawrence River, just north of Quebec. The French had called…

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The St. Patrick's Day Champ: Clare's 'Bold Mike' McTigue

Posted on May 9, 2017 at 9:30pm 7 Comments

The exhausted Irish boxer stood in the middle of the makeshift boxing ring in the smoke-filled La Scala opera house in Dublin. Sweat was trickling down his face, tinged scarlett with a bit of blood oozing from a cut above his left eye. His chest was…

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The Wild Geese commented on Joe Gannon's blog post From Dunkirk to Nagasaki: The Long War of Dr. Aidan MacCarthy
"A before and after aerial photo the center of Nagasaki. "
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The Wild Geese commented on Joe Gannon's blog post From Dunkirk to Nagasaki: The Long War of Dr. Aidan MacCarthy
"The first supply drop at MacCarthy's camp included this note from the crew of the "Lucky 13."  Transcript: Hi ya fellas, Here’s some good old army chow, don’t know when we’ll be back again. Hope you enjoy all…"
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The Wild Geese commented on Joe Gannon's blog post From Dunkirk to Nagasaki: The Long War of Dr. Aidan MacCarthy
"After the surrender American planes dropped leaflets telling the POWs to paint "P W" on top of their camp buildings so they could drop supplies. They would be dropped by B-29s, the same planes that had killed or nearly killed them in the…"
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From Dunkirk to Nagasaki: The Long War of Dr. Aidan MacCarthy

Aidan MacCarthy crouched low in the air raid shelter he and the other POWs had dug themselves. They had seen two American B-29 bombers flying toward the city of Nagasaki before they went into the shelter. A few POWs had stayed outside though, wanting to see bombs fall on the Japanese for a bit of retribution for the three long years…See More
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Joe Gannon commented on Joe Gannon's blog post The Confederate Monument Issue: Is It Pride or Prejudice?
"I'm not sure how many monuments there are to kings or queens, but there are hundreds to Irishmen who fought in the British army in various wars as well as many to Irish units in various British wars, or to just the wars themselves. You can see…"
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T.S.Flynn commented on Joe Gannon's blog post The Confederate Monument Issue: Is It Pride or Prejudice?
"A very informative article. I wonder how many monuments to Imperialism, in the form of statues of British Kings, Queens and generals survive in the Republic?"
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Joe Gannon commented on Joe Gannon's blog post The Rineen Ambush: Hell Comes to County Clare
"Thanks, Mike. Recently I find myself more and more fascinated with the Irish War of Independence. Ernie O'Malley did a series of books called "The Men Will Talk to me" that cover several of the western counties that I purchased…"
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Mike McCormack commented on Joe Gannon's blog post The Rineen Ambush: Hell Comes to County Clare
"Outstanding account Joe.  I've been on that road many times, but now I am looking forward to doing it again with a different view.  You wrote almost as if you were there.  I knew of the Mid-Clare Brigade, and heard of the Rineen…"
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The Confederate Monument Issue: Is It Pride or Prejudice?

They have called us Rebels and Traitors, But themselves have thrown off that name of late; They were called it by the English Invaders, At home—in the year of "Ninety-Eight ..."-- from "Kelly’s Irish Brigade"For those of us here at TheWildGeese.irish, the issue of Confederate monuments and memorials is a complicated one. Far more…See More
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At 10:19am on September 21, 2011, Gerry Regan said…
Joe, glad you found your way here. And again, happy birthday!
At 9:35pm on April 29, 2013,
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Jane Sherry Gardner
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Nice photos, Joe!

At 11:29am on May 4, 2013, Ryan O'Rourke said…

Joe, where in Ireland do your people come from?

At 12:05pm on May 4, 2013, The Wild Geese said…

I have a McLaughlin line on my mother's side that we know was from Co. Cavan, but left way back in the 1830s. Gannon is a Mayo name, but we can only trace that side of the family back to a great-grandfather who was born in England, where they must of gone for work.

At 12:32pm on May 4, 2013, Ryan O'Rourke said…

I ask because we have good friends in Connemara here who are Gannons.  There is a significant pocket of them in Leitir Móir, which is where our friends are from.

At 4:46pm on July 11, 2013, michael hogan said…

Glad to be aboard, Joe. Here is the site for the Irish Soldiers of Mexico. We have over 3,000 visitors who share information about the San Patricios and the Irish Mexican connection. Lots of photos, historical conversations, videos and more. Hope you'll all pay us a visit.

http://www.facebook.com/IrishMex

 

At 3:02am on July 27, 2014, Denise McDunn said…

Thanks for friending, Joe :) 

At 2:26pm on September 10, 2015, Ivan Lennon said…

Drop me a line Joe   navilenn65@gmail.com  or call 585 288 0636

Thanks  for getting the word our re Burgery ambushes - Shades of GUESTS OF THE NATION  is it not?

Ivan Lennon

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