Featured Blog Posts – April 2014 Archive (41)

The Drama of the Irish Language: Chatting with Darach Ó Tuairisg of Irish Theatre Company Fíbín

The following is a transcript of the LIVE members' chat hosted here at TheWildGeese.com on Wednesday, April 30,…

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Added by The Wild Geese on April 28, 2014 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

Fine Dining Dons 'Three Shades of Green'

Members might like to experience three takes on the Irish food experience by joining chef Noel McMeel and cookbook authors Judith McLaughlin and Margaret Johnson at the prestigious James Beard House in New York. Mark your calendars for May 29! Check the menu and make reservations at…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on April 28, 2014 at 6:00am — 1 Comment

Eight Must-Do's in Ireland

1. Go to a GAA match

Whether it’s hurling or football, this is a definite must on your visit to Ireland.

Hurling is believed to be the world’s oldest field game as well as the fastest game played on grass. It is an amazing game to watch full of speed and…

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Added by The Irish Store on April 25, 2014 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

The Mystery of the 69th Pennsylvania's Irish Flags

On the afternoon of July 3, 1863 Pickett's Virginians charged the Bloody Angle at the Gettysburg battlefield. This was the main confederate attack to crack  the Union line. Defending the left side of the…

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Added by Michael H.J. Kane on April 24, 2014 at 11:00am — 5 Comments

Picturing Ireland's First High King

If your mind is anything like mine, you have wondered and imagined what important historical figures may have looked like in the flesh. Before the photograph came into play -- and even centuries before its forerunner, the Daguerrotype, came on the scene -- men and women of high status and important positions were posed for portraits by the best painters of their own days.…

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Added by Ryan O'Rourke on April 23, 2014 at 10:00am — 4 Comments

Willie Walsh's Wake

Willie Walsh was every inch the typical Mayo man, hardworking and well disposed to help his fellow villagers, and indeed it was just such an act of kindness which brought about…

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Added by DJ Kelly on April 23, 2014 at 1:30am — 7 Comments

Priceless Easter Rising Footage Made Available Online

A priceless film archive which includes extensive footage of the Easter Rising and its aftermath has been released online by British Pathé.

The multimedia resource has made its entire archive, consisting…

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Added by Ryan O'Rourke on April 22, 2014 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Brian Boru Country: Footprints of History

Brian Boru Country. Co. Clare

One thousand years ago tomorrow, on April 23rd 1014,…

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Added by clarevirtually.ie on April 22, 2014 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

Easter Eggs - A County Galway Tale

With nine million chocolate Easter eggs being eaten in Ireland over Easter, I wondered if our children have any idea what life was like for our parents and grand-parents.

My grandfather,…

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Added by Brian Nolan on April 22, 2014 at 5:30am — 1 Comment

The Wild Geese’s Latest Initiative: Relentlessly Uncovering Our Irish Ancestry

We in The Wild Geese social network, now 13 months old, are experiencing a swell of interest and passion in exploring Irish ancestry among our growing membership. No surprise, considering that we as a…

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Added by The Wild Geese on April 21, 2014 at 4:00pm — 4 Comments

When President Reagan Visited Ballyporeen

During his 1984 presidential visit to Ireland, a reporter asked Ronald Reagan what he thought of the groups who were protesting about various American policies. The president replied that it…

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Added by P.J. Francis on April 19, 2014 at 11:30pm — No Comments

A Quiet Pint

About three decades and a half ago there was a pleasant bar where I used to drop in for a quiet pint.

That was a practice I have not participated in for several years. I am the worse for that. If I had…

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Added by P.J. Francis on April 19, 2014 at 11:00pm — 2 Comments

Wisconsin Miners, Faithful Hail 'Father Kelly' of St. Patrick's

Benton, Wisconsin is located on State Route 11 between Monroe to Dubuque. The town consists of well-maintained restaurants, bars, churches, garages and residential buildings.

Saint Patrick’s Church and…

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Added by P.J. Francis on April 19, 2014 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Canadians Pay Tribute to Flaherty's 'Irishness'

On Thursday April 17th, Toronto's St. James Cathedral was a sea of green scarves and ties as mourners lined the streets at the state funeral for Canada's former Finance Minister James…

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Added by Alannah Ryane on April 19, 2014 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Recapping the 2014 Cúirt International Festival of Literature

The Cúirt Literature Festival in Galway thrilled bibliophiles again this year.  Here is a recap of a few events that I was able to enjoy:





'Noir by Noir West'



This event was the launch of a collection of short fiction by 30 Irish authors.  The book’s…

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Added by Kelly O'Rourke on April 18, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments

Top 5 Spectacular Walking Trails in Ireland

See what the Emerald Isle has offer on foot. Walk along gigantic cliff faces, sandy dunes and beaches,…

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Added by The Irish Store on April 17, 2014 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

Go Five for Five -- Win 'Live From the 33rd County'

Time for another Flash Contest!

This time, it's a Five for Five! In this case, the first five members who bring in five members each will…

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Added by The Wild Geese on April 16, 2014 at 5:00pm — No Comments

The Battle of Clontarf

"The obituary of Domnall Ua Neill in 980 is the first contemporary record of the term Árd-ri Erenn (High King of Ireland), which was to be given a spurious significance by the so-called ‘men of learning’ who shaped the pseudo-history of Ireland. From the mid 9th century…

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Added by Tom O Connor on April 16, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

J.M. Synge and 'The Playboy of the Western World'

John Millington Synge was one the leading figures of the Irish Literary Revival towards the end of the 19th century and the early 20th century.

Like Lady Gregory, Synge was also a dramatist portraying the Irish…

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Added by Mercier Press on April 16, 2014 at 4:30am — No Comments

Erin's Lament - Galway's Gain

Eugene Daly was dreaming, in a deep sleep. In the dream, he was playing his uileann pipes to a rapturous audience of dancers in the ship's sumptuous main ballroom. He played like a man possessed, jigs and reels, in perfect pitch. The audience were thrilled. All of a sudden he panicked and woke. He had woken up to the sound of water lapping under his bunk. Unused to…

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Added by Brian Nolan on April 14, 2014 at 8:00pm — 6 Comments

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