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Life Along the Border in 1920s Ireland (A Short Story)

He'd had a narrow escape the day before. They had almost caught him and he…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on December 16, 2017 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

'Truth Within the Fiction': Q&A with Author 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 Gerry …

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Added by Claire Fullerton on November 28, 2017 at 11:30am — No 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

An Irish Christmas Cookbook -- Add Your Own Recipes!

We have a dynamic collection of members' own special Irish Christmas recipes building…

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Added by The Wild Geese on December 5, 2013 at 7:00am — No Comments

Irish Christmas Facts -- Traditions of the Celtic Holiday Season

Christmas whitewashing: Around Christmastime, you’ll still find the odd farm building out in the Irish countryside that looks like it’s just been whitewashed. Long ago, farm families cleaned and then whitewashed…

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Added by Celtic Myth Podshow on December 4, 2013 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

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

'Women's Christmas' in Ireland

January 6th is celebrated in Ireland as "Women's Christmas" (Nollaig na mBan).  More commonly known in other parts of the world as the Feast of the Epiphany, it marks the end of the Christmas period in…

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Added by Dee Notaro on January 5, 2015 at 4:30am — 2 Comments

Irish Christmas Songs and Stories in the Virtual Síbín

[Below is a link to a recording of an interactive broadcast of Irish Christmas songs and stories, part of TheWildGeese.Irish…

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Added by The Wild Geese on December 8, 2014 at 8:30am — 10 Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: December 17 - December 23

DEARDAOIN -- On Dec. 17, 1803, rebel leader Michael Dwyer, whose guerrilla attacks had maddened British colonial authorities since 1798, surrendered. Dwyer was born in County Wicklow and he participated in the 1798…

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Added by The Wild Geese on December 16, 2017 at 12:30pm — No 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


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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 — 6 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

The Poet



On this day, April 24, 1916 one of the most important events in the long history of Ireland took place. 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 piper, the…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on April 1, 2018 at 5:00pm — 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 — 1 Comment

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 — 5 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

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