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Capaillíní Chonamara: Ireland's Most Iconic Animal

This one's for all you animal lovers out there, and especially for all you equine lovers.  On second thought, this is something that will be enjoyed by anyone who loves Ireland, her unique landscapes, and her grand auld…

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Added by Ryan O'Rourke on December 27, 2013 at 10:04am — 2 Comments

The Night of the Big Wind - St. Stephen's Day 2013

'Oiche na Gaoithe Moire' - The night of the big wind! That phrase usually refers to one of the most devastating hurricanes that ever hit Ireland, which made land during the night of Little…

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Added by Brian Nolan on December 27, 2013 at 7:00am — 16 Comments

Keeping 'The Irish' in America’s Irish Pubs: Q&A With Waterford Native Brendan Barry

(Left, left to right, Brendan Barry and new recruit and County Meath native Conall Finn with County Kildare native Emmet Gallagher, owner of McMahons Irish pub in Warrenton, Virginia.)

NEW YORK – Just prior to a recent reception for the…

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Added by The Wild Geese on December 24, 2013 at 4:21pm — 15 Comments

Q&A: Morning Star's Mary Courtney on Her Influences, Musical and Otherwise

(First publish 11/15/11) Mary Courtney is a Kerry-born folk artist and New York resident, and she is lead singer, guitarist and bodhran player for Morning Star [pictured below], a traditional Irish band that regularly travels between shows in the United States and Ireland.  Her music incorporates…

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Added by The Wild Geese on May 25, 2013 at 6:59pm — 1 Comment

Book Review: Irish Rebel: John Devoy and America's Fight for Ireland's Freedom

(First published in 1998) Joseph Gannon's review of Terry Golway's book

Revolution has usually been a young man's game. John Devoy was definitely an exception to this rule; -- a man who lived to a very old age, through times which would have thrown…

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Added by The Wild Geese on December 20, 2013 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

2013's Most Popular

A.D. 2013 has been a big year for The Wild Geese.  It was just nine months ago that the new and improved version of TheWildGeese.com was launched.  As 2013 winds down to a close, we thought it would be…

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Added by The Wild Geese on December 19, 2013 at 4:29am — 2 Comments

My 'Wexford Gathering' in Druidic Carne

For 13 years I had been looking for "The Cross of Ballysheen" County Wexford in historical records and on my journeys with Google streetview.  Finally I was here at 'The Lobster Pot' at Carnsore Point which sits right on the crossroads dividing the old townlands of Ballysheen and Ballyfane.  I had quickly…

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Added by Alannah Ryane on December 18, 2013 at 11:00am — 6 Comments

For the Grace of a Happy Death

December 18, 2013, marked the 135th anniversary of the execution of John Kehoe at Pottsville, Pennsylvania. On that day in 1878,…

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Added by Anne Flaherty on December 18, 2013 at 2:30pm — 4 Comments

Snuff at a Wake and Other Pipe Dreams

While yet a teenager, I collected most of these clay pipes around Loughrea, in county Galway, some from the lake shore, some from under the water using a snorkel and mask, the smallest ones from the bottom of a hole I was digging in Elephant and Castle, while working as a student in…

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Added by Brian Nolan on December 16, 2013 at 6:00pm — 3 Comments

Introducing: The Wild Atlantic Way

The Wild Atlantic Way will be Ireland’s first long-distance driving route, stretching from the Inishowen Peninsula in Donegal to Kinsale in west Cork.  With a launch date of March 2014, this route…

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Added by Ryan O'Rourke on December 15, 2013 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

Crosswords at the Crossroads: An Irish Christmas

It's time for the next offering in our popular Irish-themed interactive crossword puzzles feature, "Crosswords at the Crossroads."   

This time around, we focus on the season at hand -- Christmas.  We've put together a puzzle which both tests puzzle…

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Added by The Wild Geese on December 10, 2013 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

10 Places in Ireland Where History Isn’t Boring

I’m not sure why so many people think history is boring. Sure, a dull teacher can ruin any good story, but history, in the right setting is not only intriguing, but it is alive. You’ll be amazed at the history you can discover during a driving tour of Ireland. The lens of history is…

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Added by margopenelope on December 13, 2013 at 1:30pm — 8 Comments

The Story of Irish Women Political Prisoners

Book Review

"In the Footsteps of Anne, Stories of Republican Women Ex-Prisoners"

Compiled by Evelyn Brady, Eva Patterson, Kate Mc Kinney, Rosie Hamill and Pauline Jackson

Shanway Press

$35 from…

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Added by Sandy Boyer on December 9, 2013 at 12:30pm — 4 Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: December 8 - December 14

Smithsonian Institute

James Hoban and George Washington inspect the unfinished White House in 1798. Washington would never live in it.…

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Added by The Wild Geese on December 7, 2013 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

'Honest Dan': The Man from Derry Who Took on Tammany Hall

 

It is impossible to write the history of nineteenth century American politics without noting the overwhelming presence of the Irish in the affairs of state. In part this was due to mere…

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Added by Niall McArdle on December 6, 2013 at 8:00am — 3 Comments

Nelson Mandela, Model of Reconciliation in World of Conflict

Former South African President Nelson Mandela has drawn quite a bit of attention at The Wild Geese, and not only within the past 24 hours since this legendary leader's passing.

Here are some of the tributes members have posted:

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Added by Gerry Regan on December 6, 2013 at 12:00pm — 11 Comments

Cleburne: A Confederate 'Meteor'

Historical Art Prints

The final, tragic, moments of…
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Added by The Wild Geese on January 18, 2013 at 7:30pm — No Comments

The Fairies

By Patrick Bonar

Irish folk lore is part of our heritage and the tradition of storytelling runs strongly through our veins. It would be difficult to find an Irish person who did not hear the stories of…

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Added by The Wild Geese on November 29, 2013 at 2:00pm — 8 Comments

The Scum of England, or Ordinary Men? A Review of DJ Kelly's 'Running with Crows'

Running with Crows: The Life and Death of a Black and tan

A novel by DJ Kelly

Published by PublishNation (6 Mar 2013)

Available from…

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Added by John J. Gaynard on November 22, 2013 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

Tara: Ireland’s Royal Board Game – A Review

As we know from the ancient Celtic legends, our ancestors were very fond of a board game named Fidhcell by the Irish and Gwyddbvyll by the Welsh. It was like chess, often being proclaimed as one of…

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Added by Celtic Myth Podshow on November 28, 2013 at 5:00am — 6 Comments

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