Featured Blog Posts – April 2015 Archive (41)

The Boar of Ben Gulbain

In days long gone, at a time that is long past, the steward of Aengus the greatest magician in Ireland fathered a child by the wife of Donn a member of the Fianna. Donn was away on the battle field…

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Added by Mallon, The Ancestral Foundry on April 30, 2015 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

Irish Myths and Legends Part 4: Aoife's Tale

Lir is known to many as the father of the boys and girls turned into swans by their wicked step mother Aoife in "The Children…

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Added by The Wild Geese on April 30, 2015 at 4:08am — 1 Comment

Fiacc the Raven

In days long gone, at a time that is long past, Fiacc, the great raven, watched as the King of Ulster, Conor Mac Nessa arrived at the home of Phelim, a storyteller.  Fiacc knew…

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Added by Mallon, The Ancestral Foundry on April 29, 2015 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Irish Myths and Legends Part 3: The City Beneath the Waves

Whether ancient legends or modern family tales, the stories of Ireland and Scotland have…

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Added by The Wild Geese on April 29, 2015 at 6:00am — 4 Comments

'The Cauldron of Bran' by Mallon Foundry

In days long gone, at a time that is long past, there was a king of Wales called Bran, the Raven.  It was a time of war, and Bran the King sought the strength of an alliance with Ireland.  So a marriage…

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Added by Mallon, The Ancestral Foundry on April 28, 2015 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

Irish Myths and Legends Part 2: Cúchulainn

Given the history of Scotland and Ireland - two sibling nations with fierce and loyal ties to each other but also marred (and often scarred) by bloody…

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Added by The Wild Geese on April 28, 2015 at 3:00am — 1 Comment

The Woods of Kylemore Abbey

If one is travelling through Connemara, one of the more compelling tourist destinations is Kylemore Abbey, a Benedictine monastery since 1920, which sits…

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Added by Claire Fullerton on April 27, 2015 at 6:00pm — 2 Comments

'The Salmon of Knowledge' by Mallon Foundry

In days long gone, at a time that is long past, a great salmon named Bradan rested calmly in the Pool of Wisdom on the River Boyne.  The salmon fed on the nuts from the nine hazel trees growing around the pool and all the wisdom of the world became…

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Added by Mallon, The Ancestral Foundry on April 27, 2015 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

Hanging With Storyteller Rab Fulton in The Virtual Síbín

Rab is a Galway-based storyteller who originally comes from Scotland. He specialises in reimagining Irish and Scottish myths, folklore and urban legends. His "Celtic…

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Added by The Wild Geese on April 27, 2015 at 6:30am — 7 Comments

Introducing: Mallon Foundry

We are new to TheWildGeese.Irish and pleased to sponsor this week of Myths and Legends.  It was these Celtic stories, told by our ancestors around their firesides which inspired us to create a…

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Added by Mallon, The Ancestral Foundry on April 26, 2015 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

In Pursuit of Lincoln's Assassin: Roscommon-Born James Rowan O'Beirne (Part 1 of 2)

On Sunday April 16, 1865, Secretary of War Edwin McMasters Stanton was in his office dealing with the sudden blow of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln two nights earlier, at Ford’s…

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Added by Bill O'Neill on April 25, 2015 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

A Visit to The Hope Foundation in Kolkata, India

Last night Susan McManamon​ and I joined the night rescue team of The Hope Foundation​, supported by Irish Aid. We spent 3 hours driving through areas of Calcutta where people live…

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Added by Aine Edwards on April 23, 2015 at 4:30am — No Comments

The Irish Experience in Australia Study

Fidelma McCorry Breen is seeking out participants for a survey she is doing on the Irish Experience in Australia. Please read the following post to see if you can help her out.…

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Added by Greg Lynch Jr on April 22, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

Thomas McKean -- From Ulster to Pennsylvania

Thomas McKean (March 19, 1734 – June 24, 1817)…

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Added by Dee Notaro on April 22, 2015 at 5:00am — No Comments

New Member Hello -- Brendan O'Byrne, An Fear Ceol

Hello to all ...

My name is Brendan O'Byrne and I am delighted to be accepted into The Wild Geese community. I am a professional musician, songwriter and composer, and resident musician to Ashford Castle Hotel in Cong, Ireland. I am an artist and love to oil paint.

In my professional life…

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Added by Brendan OByrne on April 22, 2015 at 4:30am — 2 Comments

Book Review: 'The Longing'

Book review

"The Longing," by Kimberly Mae

Friesen Press, 2015

Reading this warm-hearted…

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Added by Patricia Louise Hughes on April 22, 2015 at 4:00am — No Comments

Lt. Michael P. Murphy Honored in County Cork

The Irish Examiner…

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Added by The Wild Geese on April 21, 2015 at 9:00pm — No Comments

ANZAC Day Centenary - 25th April, 2015

The centenary of ANZAC Day is approaching, (ANZAC Australian and New Zealand Armed Corps), which commemorates the anniversary of the first engagement of…

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Added by Brian Nolan on April 21, 2015 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

'Compassionate Stranger' -- An Intimate Glimpse at Famine-Era Ireland

Book Review:

"Compassionate Stranger: Asenath Nicholson and the Great Irish Famine"

By Maureen O’Rourke Murphy

Syracuse University Press, 2015

366 Pages…

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Added by Fr. John R. Sheehan, SJ on April 19, 2015 at 12:00pm — No Comments

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