Ships, Real and Imaginary
It’s a piece of rock with a wonderful beginning.
A cause for marvelling in a right of its own.
Formed deep in the magma of earth.
Mainly composed of…Continue
"Selma," a new film that just went wide to screens around the US, is an Interesting film, and for me as a student of the American, as well as the Irish, experiences, one well worth the investment to watch. The film narrates the epic events from…Continue
And then when we got to Miami, the Gesu Church, which is a beautiful Catholic church, an old church in the heart of Miami, they had big signs posted as you entered, ‘Colored seat from the rear.’…
Compiling family history can be a fascinating pursuit, particularly when a living descendant bequeaths a story as colorful and riveting as that of brothers Tom and John Irwin. The young men, among my grandmother’s numerous first cousins, shared a cold-water flat in…Continue
The first of a three-part series recalling the time before Patrick, before Jesus, even, when Goddesses, such as Maeve, Eriu, Banba, Fotla, and many others, dominated the panoply of Celtic deities.…Continue
St. Brigid is the second patron saint of Ireland, whose feast day is her birthday -- the first day of spring, 1st February (Lá Fhéile Bhride). Brigid is also known as Muire na…Continue
One of the many events held during 2016 to honour those who took part in the Easter Rising 100 years before was a stage play From the Backbone Out, which told the story of Richard O’Carroll, a labour leader…Continue
Added by James O'Brien on January 22, 2017 at 7:30pm — No Comments
When the wind whips, as is often the case in January and February, a bowl of soup is a welcome offering at lunch or dinner. When it’s creamy, rich, seafood-laden chowder, it’s even better! This recipe, which originally appeared in my Irish Pub…Continue
When St. Brendan got back from his travels discovering America in a small wooden and leather boat around 564 AD, he wrote a book in Latin, 'Navigatio Brendani' or 'The Voyage of Brendan', which, some 900 years later (1477) convinced Christopher Columbus that there…Continue
The Irish Cultural Society announces its annual writing contest for students in the 9th through 12th grades in the Nassau County high schools. …Continue
In Part 3 of WG's 3-part series "When the Goddess Ruled," Ronnie Drew-Kopp explains why Brigit remains a uniquely Irish figurehead, with a legacy of both Goddess and Christian saint.
By Ronnie T. Stout-Kopp
Special to The Wild Geese…Continue
It is a frigid-2 degrees morning with glittering sun-gold snow mounds and I am in need of prayer. I’ve been weakened by the flu and the vicissitudes of life. And yet I am hopeful and grateful this day, even if another foot of snow looms ahead. It is St. Brigid’s Day, February 1st. And because freedom to believe and…Continue
LUAIN -- On January 30, 1879, Edme Patrice de MacMahon (right) retired…Continue
Added by The Wild Geese on January 28, 2017 at 12:30pm — No Comments
I see the long, blue line, push back the rebel pickets
Far stretched o’er hill and dale; through break and thickets.
My old heart leaps
As up the steeps
Rock-crowned and flinty:
I see the…
Customs & Traditions…
The immigration experience of the Presbyterians in colonial Virginia was an oppressive time for the Scotsmen from Northern Ireland. Subject to the penalties imposed on them by the Established Church of England, their presence in Virginia, especially, in Hanover and…Continue
I’ve come to the conclusion that potatoes are really the stuff of greatness and no more so than in a potato cake, to which any number of other ingredients can be added — bacon, cheese, herbs to name a few. A perfect side-dish, this recipe…Continue
We're celebrating St. Brigid's Day with a special offer for Wild Geese members on bronze St Brigid's Crosses made in Ireland, in time for world-wide shipping before 1st February 2017.
Order deadline for shipping in time for St. Brigid's Day (1st…Continue
Added by Totally Irish Gifts on January 9, 2017 at 5:30pm — No Comments
When I’m really stuck for a quick supper, I turn to eggs! Not fried, poached, or scrambled, but to what the French (and the Irish) call a tart or a quiche. While many use the term interchangeably, the main difference, I’m told, is the amount of egg mixture…Continue