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A Poem To Salute St. Brendan the Navigator.



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…

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Added by Anna Kelly on January 30, 2017 at 2:00pm — 4 Comments

Heroism at 'Selma': Were the Irish On The Right Side of History?

"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…

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Added by Gerry Regan on January 10, 2015 at 12:00pm — 7 Comments

A Sailor in Wartime Dixie: Startled by Catholic Apartheid

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.’…

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Added by Gerry Regan on July 27, 2015 at 5:32pm — 2 Comments

Baa, Baa 'Black Sheep': A Chat About the Infamous Irwins

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…

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Added by Gerry Regan on January 30, 2017 at 3:30pm — 9 Comments


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When the Goddess Ruled

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.…

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Added by Joe Gannon on February 19, 2013 at 8:00pm — 7 Comments


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St. Brigid: The Second Patron Saint of Ireland

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…

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Added by Totally Irish Gifts on January 30, 2015 at 1:30am — 11 Comments

Production Team Moves From Easter Rising to 'Snow Falls'

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…

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Added by James O'Brien on January 22, 2017 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Sidle Up To Hot, Delicious Seafood Chowder

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…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on January 23, 2017 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

Prayer of St. Brendan the Navigator

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…

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Added by Brian Nolan on January 25, 2017 at 6:30am — 6 Comments


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The Gaelic Quatrain -- Students, Sharpen Your Pencils

IRISH SOCIETY WRITING CONTEST

The Irish Cultural Society announces its annual writing contest for students in the 9th through 12th grades in the Nassau County high schools. …

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Added by John M. Walsh on January 23, 2017 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment


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Brigit: The Goddess Who Became a Woman, and a Saint

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…

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Added by Joe Gannon on February 19, 2013 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

A Woman Needs a Woman to Pray To!

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…

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Added by Cynthia Neale on February 1, 2015 at 9:00am — 4 Comments

Recalling the Inextinguishable Fire of Saint Brigid

On the first day of February, somewhere in Ireland, a ewe is born and peacefully nestles at…

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Added by Susan O'Dea Boland on February 1, 2016 at 1:00am — 8 Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: January 29 - February 4

LUAIN -- On January 30, 1879, Edme Patrice de MacMahon (right) retired…

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Added by The Wild Geese on January 28, 2017 at 12:30pm — No Comments


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Mayo's Robert Horatio George Minty: Past Imperfect Hero

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…

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Added by Joe Gannon on January 14, 2017 at 9:30am — 9 Comments

Irish Capes and Shawls and the Charm of Heritage Fashion



Irish Fashion

Customs & Traditions…

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Added by Blarney Woollen Mills on January 10, 2017 at 6:00am — 3 Comments

Researching the Scots-Irish of 18th Century Virginia: Pt. 2

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…

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Added by David Joyce on January 7, 2017 at 6:30pm — 4 Comments

In Praise of the Pratie -- World-Class Bacon-Potato Cakes

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…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on January 17, 2017 at 3:30pm — 4 Comments


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St. Brigid's Cross Special Offer For Wild Geese Members

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…

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Added by Totally Irish Gifts on January 9, 2017 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Eggs For Supper!

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…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on January 9, 2017 at 7:00pm — 3 Comments

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