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Sketches of Spain

There is a link with Spain that is revealing itself. I was looking for a flamenco guitarist for for my Irish/Spanish musical. I scoured the web looking for people and came across a tapas bar that had flamenco guitar. I got an email and sent it off. A week passed and I wondered but decided to let it go. I got an email from an entertainment website where I have a profile because there were jobs matching me. I thought I would contact guitarist needs singer. Said nothing but…

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Added by The Last Torch on September 17, 2013 at 7:00am — 9 Comments

Picturing Life in 1930s Galway

I just recently came across these lovely colourised photos from circa 1930 which depict life as it was for most folks in Connemara and in the Claddagh area of Galway Town.  What's striking, to me, is that the lifestyle shown would not have been…

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Added by Irish Homeland Photography on September 14, 2013 at 4:00pm — 4 Comments

So, Irish is a 'Dead Language', is it? Yeah, Right.

After watching the videos produced by Coláiste Lurgan in Connemara and posted here a few weeks ago, I think a few eyes have been opened.  Any…

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Added by Ryan O'Rourke on September 14, 2013 at 6:00am — 6 Comments

'The Irish Sword': A Community Chat All About Dick Dowling, with Mike Harrington

The following is a transcript of the LIVE Wild Geese Community Chat hosted here at TheWildGeese.com on Sunday, September 8, 2013 with historian…

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Added by The Wild Geese on September 9, 2013 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Using Y-DNA to Close-in on my Irish Ancestors' Genetic Homeland

Part one of my interview with Tyrone Bowes of Irishorigines.com described how we can use our Y-DNA Chromosome test results to go back 800 to 1000 years to…
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Added by The Wild Geese on March 30, 2013 at 6:30pm — No Comments

The Recess Boycott

This summer, driving through Connemara, I pulled into Sraith Salach, (Willow Stream) as Recess is now officially called, on the N59 Galway Clifden Road. All Gaeltacht villages throughout Ireland now only have the Irish name, though it caused such a furore in Dingle/ Daingean that they made an exception. The village…

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Added by Rónán Gearóid Ó Domhnaill on August 30, 2013 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

Rare Collection of Galway Photographs from 1879

In June of 2013, Chetham's LIbrary in Manchester, England published an album, containing about 120 excellent prints of coastal scenes of rural Galway. Many of them were dated to 1879.  Founded…

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Added by Irish Homeland Photography on August 27, 2013 at 8:30am — 9 Comments

A 19th Century Account of The Claddagh

Galway City has historically been among the "most Irish" of all Irish towns/cities -- some would even argue that it would top that list.  For evidence of this, one need look no further than Galway's unofficial…

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Added by Ryan O'Rourke on May 28, 2013 at 10:30am — 8 Comments

Bittersweet Glimpse Into Waning Days of Gaelic Ireland



The image above on the left is a detail from Richard Bartlett's A.D. 1602 map of Ulster showing the inauguration of the O'Neill chief/king at Tullyhogue, County…

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Added by Ryan O'Rourke on August 24, 2013 at 11:00am — 3 Comments

'Barley' Writer Paul Laverty Brands CIA 'Terrorist Organization'

Sixteen Films screenwriter Paul Laverty (pictured at left) has called out CIA chief John Brennan, seeking an apology from him "for all the misery and murder that the institution has caused around the world." The former human rights lawyer was speaking in Effernagh, County Leitrim, at an August 16 commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the Irish government's expulsion of…

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Added by Gerry Regan on August 24, 2013 at 9:30am — 17 Comments

Education System Failing Irish Language Learners

Mícheál Ó Foighil (left) manages Coláiste Lurgan, the Irish language summer camp for teens, located just around the corner from our house.  You may have heard of Lurgan because of their wildly successful music videos, some of which have been posted…

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Added by Kelly O'Rourke on August 20, 2013 at 2:30am — 19 Comments

When Storytelling and Music Collide

Drawing in your audience with an alluring description of the tunes you will be playing is a wonderful addition to the art of music. We had the pleasure of seeing the great Brendan Begley recently at the Harcourt Sessions in Dublin and he shows just how important this is when doing a live…

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Added by Tony Lawless on August 18, 2013 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Radio Free Eireann Interview with Ed Moloney

John McDonagh (JM) and Sandy Boyer (SB) interviews author and journalist Ed Moloney (EM) who provides updates on the Boston College case and comments on the possible presidential candidacy of Peter King. (Eliza Butler (EB) also…

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Added by Sandy Boyer on August 12, 2013 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Irish a Dying Language?

Have you heard that the Irish language is dying, spoken only by a few old men and women on the fringes of the western seaboard?

Watch these videos made by the young people attending Irish summer courses at Coláiste Lurgan in…

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Added by Gerard Cappa on August 1, 2013 at 5:30am — 57 Comments

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