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This Week in the History of the Irish: November 19-25

LUAIN-- On the morning of Nov. 20, 1917, the 16th Irish Division of the British army assaulted an area of the German lines known as "Tunnel Trench," named for an elaborate tunnel system that ran along…

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Added by The Wild Geese on November 18, 2017 at 12:39pm — No Comments

That Time of Year Again

 I haven’t posted for a few weeks and my Irish guilt is gnawing at me! So it’s back to business as “that time of year,” aka “the holidays,” is fast approaching. I’ve already started…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on November 15, 2017 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Project USS Gallagher Update

Our Goal: A US Navy Ship To Be Named For Cpl. Patrick "Bob" Gallagher USMC, NC

We write to tell you about our most recent achievements with regards to having the US Navy name a ship in honor of Cpl Patrick "Bob" Gallagher! It…

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Added by The Wild Geese on November 14, 2017 at 9:13pm — No Comments

Hercules Mulligan – Washington’s Man in New York

By Liam Murphy

The last day of the American War for Independence was 25th November 1783, when, after an occupation of over seven years, the British evacuated New York City, and Washington, leading elements of the American Continental Army,…

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Added by The Wild Geese on November 14, 2017 at 6:30pm — No Comments


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The Dromkeen Ambush: Down Into the Mire in County Limerick

On the cool, pleasant night of St. Stephens day, December 26, 1920, over two hundred men and women were dancing, eating and enjoying themselves at Caherguillamore House, three miles northeast of Bruff, in County Limerick. The Martin brothers from Bruff were providing the music. This was not a commonplace…

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Added by Joe Gannon on November 13, 2017 at 10:00am — 4 Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: November 12-18

DEARDAOIN -- On Nov. 16, 1814, Michael Kelly Lawler, general in the Union army during the American Civil War, was born in County Kildare, Ireland. Lawler emigrated to the United States with his family at just 2 years of age. His family moved from New…

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Added by The Wild Geese on November 11, 2017 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

The Poet



To the memory of a visionary born on this day 10 November 1879.

Thank you, Patrick, for your bravery, commitment and inspiration.

This is a personal tribute to a handful of dreamers, the brave men and women of Ireland, the poet and the grocer, the tobacconist and the…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on November 9, 2017 at 9:00pm — 12 Comments

Confronting the Dark Side of the Irish ‘Down Under’

Image: 'Falling' by Jane Theau (2017)

When I was asked to write a series of poems for an art exhibition in Australia earlier this year, I embarked on a dark voyage of…

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Added by Anne Casey on November 6, 2017 at 12:30am — 1 Comment

150th Anniversary of the Execution ('Judicial Murder') of 'The Manchester Martyrs'

On the 150th anniversary of their deaths (November 23rd), let us pause to commemorate, the brave Fenian heroes forever known in Irish history as  “THE MANCHESTER MARTYRS” .  

(Left: A 19th century…

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Added by Robert J. Bateman on November 5, 2017 at 12:30pm — 4 Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: November 5-11

DOMHNAIGH -- On the morning of Nov. 5, 1688, William of Orange, King of the Netherlands and son-in-law of King James II of England, arrived in Brixham, England, with a large Dutch army. He had been invited by the Protestant noblemen of the country…

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Added by The Wild Geese on November 4, 2017 at 10:30am — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: October 29 - November 4

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The Heart of the Wild West: Choose Your Own Adventure!



As of today, you now have the opportunity to virtually visit the Wild West of Ireland.…

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Added by Wild West Irish Tours on October 29, 2017 at 10:00am — No Comments

Death of WG Founding Member and Producer Maryann Tracy Leaves Us Bereft

We are indeed saddened to announce that Maryann Tracy, a founding member of TheWildGeese.irish and one of our earliest staff members, died September 6 in Syracuse at the age of 63. Maryann began her tenure with us in February 2012 as part of the small…

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Added by The Wild Geese on October 24, 2017 at 10:00am — 4 Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: October 22 - October 28

LUAIN -- On October 23, 1641, implementing a plan by Rory O'More and led by Phelim O'Neill (left), the Irish rose up against the English. Their plan had called for the seizing of Dublin Castle on the…

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Added by The Wild Geese on October 21, 2017 at 11:00am — No Comments

More Ideas for the Great Pumpkin!

As promised in my last post, here’s another interesting recipe using one of fall’s most popular ingredients---pumpkin. Since most cooks find it more efficient to purchase canned pumpkin rather than to cut and scrape the flesh from a fresh one, this…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on October 16, 2017 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

This Week in the History of the Irish: October 15 - October 21

DOMHNAIGH -- On Oct. 15, 1763, Lord Edward Fitzgerald, military leader of the United Irishmen, was born in Carton House, Co. Kildare. Like Wolfe Tone and Emmet,…

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Added by The Wild Geese on October 14, 2017 at 10:30am — No Comments


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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 prisoners of war 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…

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Added by Joe Gannon on October 13, 2017 at 10:30pm — 5 Comments

John Boyle O'Reilly: Fenian Rebel, Convict and Poet

On October 12, 1867, after picking up cargo from Sheerness and Plymouth harbors, a fully rigged, 875-ton frigate, cast off from her moorings at Portsmouth on the south coast of England. The vessel, bound for Western Australia, her hold full to overflowing…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on October 12, 2017 at 9:30pm — 7 Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: October 8 - October 14

DOMHNAIGH -- On October 8, 1862, Irish-born Confederate General Patrick Cleburne commanded a brigade at the battle of Perryville, Kentucky. Cleburne's brigade was part of the…

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Added by The Wild Geese on October 7, 2017 at 11:00am — No Comments

An Gorta Mor: The Great Hunger

This year 2017, is the 170th anniversary of the ‘great Hunger’ that befell Ireland in 1847. Otherwise known as ‘an Gorta mor’ or more commonly referred to as ‘Black ‘47’ it was a seminal turning point in the long tortuous history of…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on October 6, 2017 at 5:00pm — 7 Comments

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