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This Week in the History of the Irish: December 10 - December 16

DOMHNAIGH -- On December 10, 1710, the Irish regiments in the service of Spain fought in the battle of Villaviciosa during the…

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Added by The Wild Geese on December 9, 2017 at 11:00am — No Comments


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“The Scourge of Tralee”: Stalking the “The Major”

Late on Christmas night 1920, Irish Volunteers John Leen (24) and Maurice Reidy (25) stealthily made their way to the home of John Byrne, the creamery manager in Ballymacelligott, County Kerry. The cottage had been raided…

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Added by Joe Gannon on December 3, 2017 at 9:30pm — 4 Comments

Biscuits for Breakfast and Beyond

If you’ve already run out of ideas for what to serve at your holiday drinks party, think “biscuits” — not your average breakfast biscuits, but these yummy bites from Kerrygold. Laden with sage and walnuts, these buttery bites are a…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on December 4, 2017 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

Interview with Billy O'Callaghan

When one writer encounters another that blindsides them with staggering awe, the inclination is to rush out and spread the joy with those who love the written word. I feel this way about Billy O'Callaghan and extend deepest gratitude to Ger…

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Added by Claire Fullerton on November 28, 2017 at 11:30am — 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…

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Added by Joe Gannon on November 13, 2017 at 10:00am — 5 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…

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Added by The Wild Geese on November 14, 2017 at 6:30pm — 3 Comments

Help With Bid to Honor Mayo-Born Marine Via Navy Ship

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 U.S. Navy name a ship in honor of Cpl. Patrick "Bob" Gallagher!…

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Added by The Wild Geese on November 14, 2017 at 9:00pm — 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 plumping my fruit for the several varieties…

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

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

The Judicial Murder of 'The Manchester Martyrs' -- 150 Years On

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…

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

Confronting the Dark Side of the Irish ‘Down Under’

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 discovery into the lives of Irish immigrant children 150 years ago.

Image: 'Image Above: Falling' by Jane…

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

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.

The…

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

Ireland – The Birthplace of Halloween

It seems to me people start Halloween the first of October. They claim it has overtaken Christmas as the best holiday of the year. Approximately 100 countries celebrate Halloween…

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Added by Dee Notaro on October 1, 2014 at 5:30am — 3 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


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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

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

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

The Israeli Occupation: Different Voices

Very recently I heard a young Israeli called Yehuda Shaul being interviewed on Radio Ulster. Yehuda is the co-founder of Breaking the Silence, an organization that aims to expose the harsh realities of the Occupation to fellow Israelis. His words made such…

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Added by Colm Herron on September 27, 2017 at 7:00am — No Comments


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The Confederate Monument Issue: Is It Pride or Prejudice?

They have called us Rebels and Traitors,

But themselves have thrown off that name of late;

They were called it by the English Invaders,

At home—in the year of "Ninety-Eight ..."

-- from "Kelly’s Irish Brigade"…

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Added by Joe Gannon on September 26, 2017 at 9:00pm — 4 Comments

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