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Mary Harris Jones: One Tough 'Mother' - Part 2 of 3: 'Wherever There Is a Fight'

Mary Harris Jones: One Tough 'Mother'

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Private Willie Mitchel: An Irish Confederate Boy

[EDITOR'S NOTE: Many who have read Irish history are familiar with the name of John Mitchel (left), Irish revolutionary, Young Irelander, and publisher of The United Irishman, who was born 182 years ago, on Nov. 3, 1815; however, many are unaware of Mitchel's life in America. During the American Civil War,…

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Irish Heritage Co-Stars in 'Million Dollar Baby'

Special to TheWildGeese.com

Warner Bros.…
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The First 'Sister of Mercy': Catherine McAuley could have given her wealth to the poor. Instead she gave her life.

By Joseph E. Gannon

In Drumcondra, County Dublin, on September 29, 1778, a daughter was born to the McAuley family. The McAuleys were one of the handful of Catholic families that had attained upper-middle class status during the years of the Penal Laws. They named their…

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Did Ratzinger Pick Befuddle Malachy?

By Joe McGowan and Gerry Regan

St. Malachy

Though he apparently struck out with the papal enclave's selection of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, one of Ireland's most beloved seers still carries an impressive track record of predicting Popes.

The man with the (usually)…

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Father Aloysius P. McGonigal: Battlefield Hero Without a Gun

By Joseph Gannon

Many men become known as heroes for their bravery in battle, for their willingness to face death in an effort to kill the enemy and obtain an objective, for helping win the war for their country.

They are…

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Remembering the Irish Who Fell at Fredericksburg

Remembering the Irish Who Fell at Fredericksburg

Fontenoy and Fredericksburg! Inscribe them side by side;

Sarsfield, Dillon, Meagher, all men of the Brigade –

Who for every friendship given to their land beneath high heaven

In the coinage of their heart's…
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Making Films That Afflict the Comfortable: A Chat With Director Ken Loach, Part 1 of 2

British filmmaker Ken Loach took time out from editing his latest film, about the exploitation of immigrants in Britain, to chat with WGT. He spoke on a range of subjects, including "The Wind That Shakes the Barley" (his second film set against the Irish War for Independence, now on screens in the U.S.), British policies in Ireland, his unusual casting techniques, his passion for football (soccer), his hopes for the North of Ireland, his…
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'The Magdalene Sisters' Hits America's Shores

Miramax Films

A nun leads stars Dorothy Duffy, Nora-Jane Noone, and Anne Marie Duff (left to right) in Peter Mullan's "The Magdalene Sisters."

Called "a rancorous provocation" by a Vatican newspaper, Peter Mullan's film highlights the Church's role in the ruin of thousands of Irish women…

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'The Irish Volunteer' Finds His Bard: David Kincaid's new CD resurrects passion, war, and politics of the Union's Irish soldier with sparkle and dance:

OTHER WGT REVIEWS: 

IRISH REBEL: John Devoy and America's Fight for Ireland's Freedom, By Terry Golway — Review by Joseph E. Gannon, August '99

'The Irish Volunteer' Finds His Bard

David Kincaid's new CD resurrects passion, war, and politics of the…

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"Faithful to us here, we loved him to the last.": Col. Patrick Kelly

NEWS FROM THE IRISH BRIGADE ASSOCIATION  

AN IRISH HERO OF THE BATTLE OF GETTYSBURG

More Than 100 Turn Out to Honor Slain Irish Brigade Commander Patrick Kelly


"Faithful to us here, we loved him to the last."

WOODSIDE, N.Y. -- With these words, Col. Patrick Kelly's family and comrades-in-arms…

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MV Kerlogue at War: Serving Neither King Nor Fuehrer, But Humanity: PART 2 OF A 2-PART SERIES

By Marie-Claire McGann

Special to TheWildGeese.com

Sixty years ago this month, the 11-man crew of this Irish cargo ship braved tempestuous seas and possible RAF attack to save 168 German…

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The 28 Irish GIs Who Died in Korea (July 2006)



Left, Marine Pfc. John Patrick White, born in Caherdaniel, County Kerry.

Five of the 28 Irish-born GIs who perished in the Korean War were born in County Kerry, including Marine Pfc. John Patrick White (left). Four were born in Cork, Roscommon and Limerick.…

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2 GIs From Cork Village Face Separate Fates in Korea

Courtesy of Denis Forde

Cork native Denis Forde in uniform during the Korean War…

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MV Kerlogue at War: Serving Neither King Nor Fuehrer, But Humanity

Courtesy of Kenneth King

Seen here in its wartime colors, plying the seas alone, the…
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IN HIS OWN WORDS: WRITER THOMAS KELLY

'Empire Rising' Author Explores New York Irish's 'High Noon'

IN HIS OWN WORDS: WRITER THOMAS KELLY

WGT Arts Writer Doug Chandler recently interviewed author (and former political operative and construction worker) Thomas Kelly, focusing on Kelly's new book, "Empire…
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'Empire Rising' Author Explores 'High Noon' for City's Irish

'Empire Rising' Author Explores 'High Noon' for City's Irish

By Doug Chandler

Author Thomas Kelly feels such a keen attachment to Irish-American history that he often wishes he lived in the 1930s, a period he calls "high noon for the Irish in New York."…

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James J. Shields: Tyrone Native Served America Well—and Often

By Pat Hickey

No textbook tells the story of James J. Shields, but his personal story and resume are among the most impressive of any American, in any era.

(Left: "Churubusco" by James Walker, 1819-1889. James Shields fought there during the Mexican…

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Long-dead James J. Shields faces GOP in new tussle

Long-dead James J. Shields faces GOP in new tussle

By Gerry Regan

Producer, TheWildGeese.com

Library of Congress

James J. Shields, still fending off Republicans.

After battling Republicans in elections throughout much of his nearly 50-year-long career, Irish-American politico and Civil War hero James J. Shields may go another round with the GOP in a fight for his 112-year-old perch in Washington, D.C.

Illinois State Rep. Robert Pritchard, a Republican from…

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