Featured Blog Posts – December 2014 Archive (54)


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Fighting the Vampire: Irish Commandos in the Boer War

(Above: The Irish Brigade who fought alongside the Boers against the British army in the Anglo-Boer War. Col. John Blake is sitting in the front row 2nd to the left of the concertina player.

In far-off…

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Added by Joe Gannon on December 31, 2014 at 8:00pm — 7 Comments

Ath-Bhlian Faoi Mhaise Daoibh! (Happy New Year to You!)



Count your blessings instead of your crosses.

Count your gains instead of your losses.

Count your joys instead of your woes.

Count your friends instead of your foes.

Count your smiles instead of your…

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Added by Brian Nolan on December 31, 2014 at 5:30pm — 2 Comments

Mr William Butler and Mrs George Yeats

When Olivia Shakespear introduced her ex-lover, W.B. Yeats, to her niece-by-marriage, Georgie, in London in 1917 she knew he…

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Added by Patricia Louise Hughes on December 31, 2014 at 4:07am — 5 Comments

The Wild Geese Top Ten in 2014

A.D. 2014 has been a magnificent year for The Wild Geese Irish Social Network.  As this year draws to a close, we thought it would be interesting to compile the most popular articles and videos from the…

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Added by The Wild Geese on December 28, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments

What To Do Between Christmas and the New Year?

Yes indeed, what to do?  After the festivities are festivitied - after all the ceremonies, the lighting of…

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Added by Eoin Mac Lochlainn on December 27, 2014 at 7:00am — 4 Comments

Irish-American New Year's Traditions

New Year’s eve had been celebrated with cheerful noise for many years, but in New York City on December 31, 1888, that all changed with the formal addition of music to the annual celebration and it took an Irishman…

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Added by Mike McCormack on December 24, 2014 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

Here's to the Three Birds: An Irish American Holiday Toast

"Here's to the three birds! May you always have a bird on the table, a bird in your glass and an eagle in your pocket."

I first heard that toast when I was very young from an elderly neighbor. It was a toast from her childhood in the early 1920s. The toast her mother and…

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Added by Sarah Nagle on December 24, 2014 at 10:30am — 3 Comments

Island of Ireland Peace Choir in Messines, Belgium

Messines - I had the privilege to travel to Messines with the Island of Ireland Peace Choir last weekend. This is our story.

Don Mullan, author, humanitarian and Christmas Truce ambassador, stood in front of two graves in Messines, Belgium. On the left was Private T Delaney of the Royal…

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Added by Jillian Godsil on December 24, 2014 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

Burying Baby Jesus: A Galway Christmas Story

My dad, Guard John Murphy (Killimor, Ballinasloe) died in Our Lady’s Hospice (Harold’s Cross, Dublin) aged forty-four, leaving my mother, aged thirty-nine, with ten children aged two and a half to eighteen…

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Added by Brian Nolan on December 24, 2014 at 4:00am — 5 Comments

‘Who Turned Those Lights On? Kill the B------’: Christmas at Sea 1942

Part 3 of 3 of the Series 'We Will Probably Land Christmas Day’: At War in the Atlantic, 1942 

This…

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Added by Gerry Regan on December 23, 2014 at 5:00pm — 5 Comments

Wild Geese Membership Brings Wonderful Rewards

I have just made a wonderful connection via The Wild Geese Irish Social Network and thanks to my…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on December 23, 2014 at 9:00am — 4 Comments

Pennsylvania's 'Molly Maguires': Irish Terrorists or Christian Martyrs?

In January 2015, Fordham University Press released "The Sons of Molly Maguire." Mark Bulik’s upcoming work is the latest in a line…

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Added by Anne Flaherty on December 19, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Getting to be My Favorite Christmastime Song

The Boys of Barr na Sraide

Oh the town, it climbs the mountain and looks upon the sea

At sleeping time or waking, 'tis there I'd long to be

To walk again that kindly street, the place where life began

And the Boys of Barr na Sráide went hunting for the wren

With cudgels…

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Added by Jim Curley on December 19, 2014 at 9:00am — 6 Comments

Christmas Baby and Signer of the U.S. Constitution

William Paterson (December 24, 1745 – September 9, 1806) was born in County Antrim to William Paterson and Unknown named mother. (How about it, Ireland – who is she?) He immigrated to the U.S. at the…

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Added by Dee Notaro on December 19, 2014 at 6:00am — No Comments

Finte Eaglasta Oidhreachtúla na hÉireann (Ireland's Hereditary Ecclesiastical Families) - Part 3

Na Mná / The Women

Ó am go ham, feicimid sna hAnnála tagairt do mhná céile agus d'iníonacha na cléire oidhreachtúla, mar sna samplaí thíos.…

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Added by Jerry Kelly on December 17, 2014 at 9:30pm — 2 Comments

Irish Fireside is the Cure - Chasing away the Pangs of Eire-Sickness

I awoke this morning to the sound of rain beating down on a tin roof.  I was hoping that somehow, in my dream time hours, the faeries had come and carried me home.

Sadly, I opened my eyes, looked out my…

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Added by Bit Devine on December 17, 2014 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

Watch: Irish Christmas Gifts Drawing

On…

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Added by The Wild Geese on December 17, 2014 at 9:30am — 10 Comments


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“Copper Beech” is a substantial home tucked away just off Dock Road within walking…

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Added by RE/MAX Ireland on December 17, 2014 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

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Reveille presents Ireland's military story by bringing you eyewitness accounts from veterans, travelling to military heritage sites, and…

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Added by The Wild Geese on December 17, 2014 at 7:30am — 2 Comments

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