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The Irish in the American Civil War

Started Mar 16, 2015 0 Replies

 America commemorates the end of its worst war, its Civil War which ended 150 years ago April 9, the date General Lee surrendered his army to General Grant at Appomattox Courthouse. 200,000 men of…Continue

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The Erie Canal and Buffalo

Started Mar 10, 2015 0 Replies

The articles written by Wild Geese members were very informative and accurate. A further point to be made is that the Erie Canal did much to foster Buffalo as the nation's largest inland port and its…Continue

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'Himself' Underscores All Our Ancestors' Journeys

The more presentations I make of my book, HIMSELF, A CIVIL WAR VETERAN'S STRUGGLES WITH REBELS, BRITS, AND DEVILS, the more readers and commentators lead me to read further and think deeper. If I were to rewrite this historical novel, I would include episodes depicting how poorly received were Northern veterans upon returning home, how much they were forced to turn to one another to find solace and understanding for what they experienced, and what…See More
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'Himself' Underscores All Our Ancestors' Journeys

The more presentations I make of my book, HIMSELF, A CIVIL WAR VETERAN'S STRUGGLES WITH REBELS, BRITS, AND DEVILS, the more readers and commentators lead me to read further and think deeper. If I were to rewrite this historical novel, I would include episodes depicting how poorly received were Northern veterans upon returning home, how much they were forced to turn to one another to find solace and understanding for what they experienced, and what…See More
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Feb 13
William J. Donohue replied to Nollaig 2016's discussion An Appeal for Civil War Descendants in the group The Blue, Gray and Green
"Fran, I have but one photo of my Uncle John Donohue but many stories from the life of my great grandfather, Patrick Donohue. Both served in the Corcoran Legion, the 155th Regiment NYV. I published a book about their Civil War experiences and the…"
Feb 10
William J. Donohue commented on Joe Gannon's blog post Mayo's Robert Horatio George Minty: Past Imperfect Hero
"Let me add. I like the systematic and historical way Joe Gannon reviewed Robert Minty's life. Joe, is it possible you would do the same for THE IMMORTAL IRISHMAN? At some point too, the excellent work of Tip historian Liam Hogan exposing the…"
Jan 24
William J. Donohue commented on Joe Gannon's blog post Mayo's Robert Horatio George Minty: Past Imperfect Hero
"The tale of General Minty is well narrated. It reminded me of Tim Egan's THE IMMORTAL IRISHMAN, the life of Thomas Francis Meagher. Meagher likewise was a heroic figure both in the New Ireland revolt of 1848 and as a Brigadier General in…"
Jan 24
William J. Donohue commented on Fr. John R. Sheehan, SJ's blog post Singing Us Out: Father John's Farewell Concert Is January 17
"Recently read THE IMMORTAL IRISHMAN by Timothy Egan. Not only was it a great story about a forgotten Irishman who played a major role in the Civil War, but it brilliantly recounted periods of Irish/English history. It also summed up the core…"
Jan 16
William J. Donohue commented on Gerry Regan's group The Blue, Gray and Green
"I have done more research on Bishop Timon recently only to find out as Vincentian Visitor he was heavily involved with slavery especially at the Vincentian seminary at Perryville, Missouri. It seems his appointment to Buffalo was a very freeing…"
Jun 26, 2016
William J. Donohue commented on Joe Gannon's blog post Tom Barry: 'We May Have Great Men, But We’ll Never Have Better'
"Gannon writes clearly, succinctly, and professionally. I enjoyed his piece on Tom Barry very much."
Jun 26, 2016
William J. Donohue left a comment for James Donohue
"Jim, Please introduce yourself and tell me why you asked me to be your Wild Geese friend? I welcome new friends as an adventure and a blessing. Bill"
Apr 13, 2016
William J. Donohue and James Donohue are now friends
Apr 13, 2016
The Wild Geese commented on William J. Donohue's blog post Bishop Timon
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Feb 13, 2016
The Wild Geese liked William J. Donohue's blog post Bishop Timon
Feb 13, 2016
William J. Donohue commented on The Wild Geese's blog post This Week in the History of the Irish: February 7 - February 13
"Bill Donovan was perhaps the most famous person to come out of the Irish First Ward of Buffalo. His life overlapped with half of the life of my great grandfather, Patrick Donohue, who was the himself of the book I wrote of the same title. They…"
Feb 11, 2016
William J. Donohue posted a blog post

Bishop Timon

His parents emigrated from County Cavan in 1796. Anyone have an opinion as to which port they might have used?See More
Feb 11, 2016

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'Himself' Underscores All Our Ancestors' Journeys

Posted on March 20, 2017 at 8:30am 0 Comments

The more presentations I make of my book, HIMSELF, A CIVIL WAR VETERAN'S STRUGGLES WITH REBELS, BRITS, AND DEVILS, the more readers and commentators lead me to read further and think deeper. If I were to rewrite this historical novel, I would include episodes depicting how poorly received were Northern veterans upon returning home, how much they were forced to turn to one…

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Bishop Timon

Posted on February 11, 2016 at 6:28pm 1 Comment

His parents emigrated from County Cavan in 1796. Anyone have an opinion as to which port they might have used?

Cork-Born MD a Hero, Patron for Buffalo's Laborers, Clergy

Posted on August 25, 2015 at 10:00am 5 Comments

I ran across a man and his daughter lost in the 19th century history of Buffalo, Dr. John Cronyn (pictured) and Juliana Cronyn. They were extraordinary people by any stretch of the imagination.

John Cronyn was born in Blackrock, a suburb of Cork City, in 1825 and moved with his parents to Toronto. He finished first in his medical…

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Irish Tourism Board

Posted on March 26, 2015 at 10:09am 0 Comments

In 1983 I was New York Commerce Commissioner under the late Governor Mario Cuomo. In that post I also headed up the I LOVE NY campaign. 1983 was an anniversary year for I LOVE NY, perhaps its 10th, and I decided to visit the Irish Tourism Board in Dublin. They were the original consultants for the campaign and therefore the principal source of its success. What I found was that the Board had far surpassed the stage it was at ten years earlier and there was much to learn from this highly…

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At 7:10pm on December 12, 2013, Gerry Regan said…

Bill, hope you join us at Blue, Gray and Green, as well.

At 5:17pm on December 15, 2013,
Admin
Fran Reddy
said…

Welcome to the Geese William : )

At 9:16pm on November 2, 2015,
Founding Member
Kevin P Gorman
said…

"Finished the book a few weeks ago Bill while traveling. Have framed up the review. Will be emailing you a few questions in the coming days. Great read!"

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