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'Lebor na gCeart' - The 'Book of Rights'

 

Lebor na gCeart, the "Book of Rights", details the rents and taxes paid by the King of Cashel to various others in Ireland.  The original manuscripts date to the 11th or 12th century, and it contains a treasure trove of references to the customs and practices of Irish nobility in…

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Added by Ryan O'Rourke on October 18, 2013 at 5:00am — 2 Comments

Priceless Collection of Recordings of Irish Speakers now Online

The Doegen Records Web Project (Tionscadal Gréasáin Cheirníní Doegen) has made available a treasure trove of audio recordings from the 17 counties of Ireland, mostly concentrated in the northwest.  This multi-media archive is a project of the Royal Irish Academy Library in…

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Added by Ryan O'Rourke on October 16, 2013 at 12:30pm — No Comments


Heritage Partner
Welcome To The Irish National Caucus and Irish Peace Foundation

CEAD MILE FAILTE — Hundred thousand welcomes! Thank you for visiting the Irish National Caucus profile here within…

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Added by Fr. Sean McManus on October 9, 2013 at 3:47pm — No Comments

What's an 'Ubh'?

Sometimes, my husband has these crazy ideas:

"Let’s move to Ireland!” 

“Okaaaaay ...”

“It would be cool to get some chickens!” 

“Really?”

“I bet you could decorate these egg shells somehow.”  

“Umm ... I think I could!”



Sometimes, my…

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Added by Kelly O'Rourke on October 5, 2013 at 11:56am — 9 Comments

Always Remember ~ Cumann na mBan

Mary (Mollie) Gill, Murphystown, Dundrum - first President of Cumann Camógaíochta na nGael from 1923-1941

Frances Mary Josephine Gabriel Hurley, Ballybrack - released from the North Dublin Union on 29 September 1923

Dollie Jeffares,…

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Added by Bit Devine on September 29, 2013 at 12:00pm — 8 Comments

The Irish of Laurel Hill (Part Two)

We might have been called “narrow-backs” or “Micks” or “Donkeys” but the Irish of Laurel Hill were joined together as a community. My dad was in the Holy Name Society. He read the Epistles at Mass in St. Theresa’s. We would travel to Gaelic Park to watch Uncle “Mick” or Uncle Martin beat…

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Added by Kevin Gleeson on October 2, 2013 at 7:00am — 11 Comments

Nicholas Gray: Irish Rebel - War of 1812 - Land Office

I believe the portrait at left is Nicholas Gray.

Nicholas Gray was an attorney in Co. Wexford, Ireland and in 1795 married Elinor Hughes. His life changed dramatically when he took part in the 1798 Rebellion as the Secretary to the Rebel Council of Wexford and also as Aide -de-Camp to Beauchamp Bagenal Harvey…

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Added by Don Gray on September 21, 2013 at 9:00am — 9 Comments

'Bold' Robert Emmet

by Mike McCormack, AOH National Historian

Two Hundred and ten years ago on August 25, 1803, a tragic event befell Irish history. It all began when the United Irishmen, a group of Catholics and Protestants united to work for…

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Added by Mike McCormack on September 20, 2013 at 2:30pm — 3 Comments

The Kate Mullany National Historic Site

The Kate Mullany National Historic Site in Troy, NY is pleased to join the Wild Geese Blog.  The following is a recent article for Berkshires Week.  For more information go to:…

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Added by Paul F. Cole on September 20, 2013 at 10:00am — 3 Comments


Founding Member
Hofstra Irish Studies Program Hosts Talk on 'Riders to the Sea'

Dr. Nicholas Grene, professor of English Literature at Trinity College, Dublin, lectured on J.M. Synge’s “Riders to the Sea” on September 17, 2013 at Hofstra University.  Dr. Grene’s host was the Irish Studies Program co-directed by Dr.Maureen…

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Added by John M. Walsh on September 19, 2013 at 6:00pm — 4 Comments

'Blood From a Shadow' Is a Wild Ride

I recently finished Gerard Cappa’s thriller, "Blood From a Shadow."  If you had been with me at the time, you would have heard a loud exhale as the little readometer on my…

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Added by Kelly O'Rourke on September 17, 2013 at 5:30pm — 4 Comments

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

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