Featured Blog Posts – December 2013 Archive (31)

'This Lovely Coast'

This is a video demo of the opening scene of "The Last Torch." It is just a demo for creative purposes. O'Rourke is out scouting when he sees the Spanish Armada in trouble off the west coast of Ireland. The visuals are…

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Added by The Last Torch on December 31, 2013 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

If Not Oswald then Who?

I recently met a woman born on the very day of Kennedy’s assassination, Erica fervently…

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Added by James Francis Smith on December 31, 2013 at 4:00pm — No Comments


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Waterford Crystal and the Times Square Ball

Into the new millennium (1999-2007)

The three most recent incarnations of the ball: the fourth ball (on display at Waterford Crystal's headquarters in Ireland), the centennial ball (on display at Times Square Visitors Center), and…

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Added by Nollaig 2016 on December 31, 2013 at 12:30pm — No Comments

From Béarra to Bréifne: The Epic March of O'Sullivan Beara

On New Year's Eve of 1602, Donal Cam O'Sullivan Beare (Domhnall Cam Ó Súilleabháin Bhéara), Chieftain of the great O'Sullivan clan of west Cork and 1,000 others from the area over which he ruled set out on one of the most…

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Added by Ryan O'Rourke on December 30, 2013 at 1:30pm — 10 Comments

Lt. Michael P. Murphy, the Medal of Honor Awardee Behind 'Lone Survivor'

Opening in Movie theaters on January 10, 2014 “Lone Survivor” was the film adaptation of Chief Petty Officer Marcus Luttrell’s best-selling memoir, describing the heroism and sacrifice of a SEAL Reconnaissance Team in the…

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Added by Neil F. Cosgrove on December 29, 2013 at 2:30pm — 11 Comments

What Nerved Brutus to Slay Caesar: James McParlan and the 'Molly Maguires'

Beau Riffenburgh’s biography of James McParlan, titled “…

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Added by Anne Flaherty on December 28, 2013 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

Capaillíní Chonamara: Ireland's Most Iconic Animal

This one's for all you animal lovers out there, and especially for all you equine lovers.  On second thought, this is something that will be enjoyed by anyone who loves Ireland, her unique landscapes, and her grand auld…

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Added by Ryan O'Rourke on December 27, 2013 at 10:04am — 2 Comments

The Night of the Big Wind - St. Stephen's Day 2013

'Oiche na Gaoithe Moire' - The night of the big wind! That phrase usually refers to one of the most devastating hurricanes that ever hit Ireland, which made land during the night of Little…

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Added by Brian Nolan on December 27, 2013 at 7:00am — 16 Comments

St. Stephen's Day Primer

The traditions on the 26th of December in Ireland have not largely carried over to most sectors of the worldwide Irish diaspora.  Known as St. Stephen's Day or Wren Day in Ireland, this is a brief crash course on the…

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Added by Ryan O'Rourke on December 26, 2013 at 6:30am — 6 Comments

The Wrenboys

“The wran, the wran, the king of all birds,

on Stephen's day was caught in the furze.

His body is little but his family is sweet

so rise up landlady and give us a treat.

And if your treat be of the best

your soul in heaven…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on December 26, 2013 at 3:30am — 2 Comments

Keeping 'The Irish' in America’s Irish Pubs: Q&A With Waterford Native Brendan Barry

(Left, left to right, Brendan Barry and new recruit and County Meath native Conall Finn with County Kildare native Emmet Gallagher, owner of McMahons Irish pub in Warrenton, Virginia.)

NEW YORK – Just prior to a recent reception for the…

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Added by The Wild Geese on December 24, 2013 at 4:21pm — 15 Comments

The Legendary Christmastime Curiosity of a Young Irish-American

Eight-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of New York's Sun, and the quick response was printed as an unsigned editorial on September 21, 1897. The response by Francis Pharcellus Church, a…

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Added by Kelly O'Rourke on December 24, 2013 at 9:00am — 3 Comments

Book Review: Irish Rebel: John Devoy and America's Fight for Ireland's Freedom

(First published in 1998) Joseph Gannon's review of Terry Golway's book

Revolution has usually been a young man's game. John Devoy was definitely an exception to this rule; -- a man who lived to a very old age, through times which would have thrown…

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Added by The Wild Geese on December 20, 2013 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

2013's Most Popular

A.D. 2013 has been a big year for The Wild Geese.  It was just nine months ago that the new and improved version of TheWildGeese.com was launched.  As 2013 winds down to a close, we thought it would be…

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Added by The Wild Geese on December 19, 2013 at 4:29am — 2 Comments

For the Grace of a Happy Death

December 18, 2013, marked the 135th anniversary of the execution of John Kehoe at Pottsville, Pennsylvania. On that day in 1878,…

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Added by Anne Flaherty on December 18, 2013 at 2:30pm — 4 Comments

My 'Wexford Gathering' in Druidic Carne

For 13 years I had been looking for "The Cross of Ballysheen" County Wexford in historical records and on my journeys with Google streetview.  Finally I was here at 'The Lobster Pot' at Carnsore Point which sits right on the crossroads dividing the old townlands of Ballysheen and Ballyfane.  I had quickly…

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Added by Alannah Ryane on December 18, 2013 at 11:00am — 6 Comments

Romantic Ireland: Irish Stories, Myths and Traditions

Looking to land an Irish lad or lassie like they do in the movies? Planning a trip for your honeymoon in Ireland?  Researching…

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Added by margopenelope on December 17, 2013 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Snuff at a Wake and Other Pipe Dreams

While yet a teenager, I collected most of these clay pipes around Loughrea, in county Galway, some from the lake shore, some from under the water using a snorkel and mask, the smallest ones from the bottom of a hole I was digging in Elephant and Castle, while working as a student in…

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Added by Brian Nolan on December 16, 2013 at 6:00pm — 3 Comments

Introducing: The Wild Atlantic Way

The Wild Atlantic Way will be Ireland’s first long-distance driving route, stretching from the Inishowen Peninsula in Donegal to Kinsale in west Cork.  With a launch date of March 2014, this route…

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Added by Ryan O'Rourke on December 15, 2013 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

'Irish Rebels Greeting Is Flashed in Times Square,' 1983

It was a cold night in November 1983, and I was in the middle of my 12-hour night shift driving a yellow cab in NYC.

Coming down Broadway in upper Manhattan, four people flagged me down. Three jumped in the back and one into the front, never a good plan from the perspective of the driver. The passenger in the front said: “Can you hurry up and get to Times Square?” and promised to take care of me when we arrived –- a…

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Added by John McDonagh on December 13, 2013 at 4:30pm — 6 Comments

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