December 2016 Blog Posts (29)

This Week in the History of the Irish: January 1 - January 7

SATHAIRN THROUGH MÁIRT -- From December 31, 1862, to January 2, 1863, Irish-born Confederate Gen. Patrick Cleburne commanded a division at…

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Added by The Wild Geese on December 31, 2016 at 12:30pm — No Comments

The Founding of Royal Mide

Most people today will tell you, if you ask, that there are four provinces in Ireland, namely, Ulster, Munster, Leinster and Connaught. What many people are not aware of is the fact that in the distant past, there were actually five…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on December 27, 2016 at 12:00am — 6 Comments

Food For The Week Between

After all the Christmas cooking — and the Christmas eating — it’s not easy to think about a recipe for the week between two major holidays. But unless you’re planning to start your diet this week, you will still need a few more meals before New Year’s…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on December 26, 2016 at 9:00am — No Comments


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Happy 20th Anniversary!

Where would we who must keep current on things Irish be without The Wild Geese?  Gerry and Joe, founding fathers, have given to us all the gifts of Irish history, Irish culture, and Irish…

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Added by John M. Walsh on December 25, 2016 at 11:30am — 8 Comments


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This Week in the History of the Irish: December 25 - December 31

DOMHNAIGH -- On Dec. 25, 1808, Stephen Clegg Rowan who would serve in the U.S. Navy during the Civil War and later be…

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Added by Joe Gannon on December 24, 2016 at 1:30pm — No Comments


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Representations of Jews in Irish Literature Exhibition

Waterford Institute of Tecnology

Feb. 1-28

I am very proud that my great-grandparents will be featured.…



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Added by Valerie Lapin Ganley on December 23, 2016 at 4:00am — 1 Comment

The Winter Solstice

This year’s shortest day of the year is on Wednesday, December 21, which will also mark the longest night of the year. Every year, the winter solstice marks the turn of the calendar as autumn ends and the winter begins. From an astronomical standpoint,…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on December 21, 2016 at 1:00am — 2 Comments

The Battle of Cúl Dreimhne (Battle of the Book)

In early Christian Ireland the old Druidic tradition collapsed due to the spread of the Christian faith. The study and learning of Latin, coupled with the new Christian theology in monasteries, was flourishing. In 561 AD a seminal event…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on December 19, 2016 at 7:30pm — 2 Comments

Bing & Burl: Irish Americans' Pace Our Christmas Music Repertoire

For music historians, the names Bing Crosby and Burl Ives conjure up many different thoughts, yet they had some things in common. They were born six years apart in the 1900s, and both came from very modest backgrounds. Both of them were…

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Added by Barry Stapleton on December 19, 2016 at 4:00pm — 4 Comments

Eggnog, Crimson Mimosas -- These Favorites Light Up Yuletide!

From traditional to trendy, mulled wine to mimosas, ‘tis the season for all things hot, cold, and boozy. Merry Christmas to all!

BOGO: It’s not too late to buy a signed copy of my Christmas Flavors of Ireland cookbook and receive a…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on December 19, 2016 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

This Week in the History of the Irish: December 18 - 24

LUAIN -- On December 19, 1877, Land League organizer Michael Davitt was released from Dartmoor Prison. Davitt, revolutionary and agrarian agitator, was born in Straide, County Mayo. Davitt's family was evicted from their small farm when he was just a boy.…

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Added by The Wild Geese on December 17, 2016 at 3:30pm — No Comments

In Time for Christmas

'Christmas is coming; the goose is…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on December 15, 2016 at 11:30pm — 2 Comments

Making Merry With Mincemeat

Mincemeat, a mixture of chopped dried fruits, spices, and spirits, is one of Ireland’s most popular Christmas foods. It was developed more than 500 years ago in England as a way of preserving meat without salting or smoking. Some early recipes for…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on December 12, 2016 at 11:00am — No Comments


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Some Irish Nannies to the Rich and Famous

Margaretta Alexandra Eagar (1863 — 1936), was a Limerick woman who served as a nanny

 to the four daughters of Emperor and Empress Nicholas II…

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Added by Nollaig 2016 on December 11, 2016 at 4:00pm — No Comments

The Slaughter at Magh Cru (Field of Blood)

The following story tells of a seminal event that took place in Ireland during the latter half of the first century A.D., and which set in motion a chain of events that would influence and forever change the political and economic landscapes of Ireland,…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on December 10, 2016 at 5:00pm — 6 Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: December 11 - December 17

MÁIRT -- On Dec. 13, 1862, the Irish Brigade of the Army of the Potomac suffered horrendous casualties as they assaulted massed Confederates firing…

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Added by The Wild Geese on December 10, 2016 at 11:00am — No Comments

For the Ireland of Ages Past, Go to the Far North

By John Yacobian

Special to TheWildGeese.com

John Yacobian, producer for Grace Pictures' documentary, "An Unreliable Witness," offered tips on travel to Ireland's spectacular north country—Derry, Donegal, and Antrim for us back in 2004.…

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Added by The Wild Geese on December 8, 2016 at 9:30pm — 1 Comment

John Winston Lennon: Gone But Not Forgotten

Dear John, 

You were a rebel from the beginning and could not have been any other way. You got your survival instincts from your grandparents, who were from County Down, Ireland.

After you were born,…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on December 8, 2016 at 5:00pm — 14 Comments

The 'Start' and the Finished: The Pub and Irish Emigrants to Britain

A short extract from a chapter in my book about the history of the role of the pub in the lives of Irish emigrants. This is a part of  Chapter 7 of 'Have Ye No Homes To Go To? The History of the Irish…

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Added by Kevin Martin on December 8, 2016 at 8:00am — 4 Comments

More Delicious Scents Of The Season!

For one more gingerbread-inspired holiday treat, try this rich, spicy pear and ginger cake reminiscent of an upside-down cake your mother might have made. This recipe starts with a raisin-studded pear and caramel bottom that’s topped with…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on December 5, 2016 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

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