All Blog Posts Tagged 'Australia' (44)

John Boyle O'Reilly: Fenian Rebel, Convict and Poet

On October 12, 1867, after picking up cargo from Sheerness and Plymouth harbors, a fully rigged, 875-ton frigate, cast off from her moorings at Portsmouth on the south coast of England. The vessel, bound for Western Australia, her hold full to overflowing…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on October 12, 2017 at 9:35pm — 7 Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: September 24 - September 30

DOMHNAIGH -- On September 24, 1798, United Irishman Bartholomew Teeling was executed in Dublin. Teeling was the son of wealthy linen merchant in Lisburn, County Antrim. His father was involved in both the Defender and United Irish…

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Added by The Wild Geese on September 23, 2017 at 10:00am — No Comments

Flying Back, I Barely Recognise My Hometown

When at 18 or 20, or in my case 24, you fly away on the adventure of a lifetime, you aren't thinking of your future self. When I first winged my way to Australia, I had no inkling where it would lead. Or all the losses it would lead to. For me. For my…

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Added by Anne Casey on August 28, 2017 at 5:00am — 5 Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: August 13 - August 19

MÁIRT -- On August 15, 1909, the Ancient Order of Hibernians dedicated a monument to victims of the Great Hunger at Grosse Ile, in Quebec, Canada. More than 60 years had passed since more than 5,000 Irish men, women, and children had…

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Added by The Wild Geese on August 12, 2017 at 10:30am — No Comments

'Would You Ever Think of Coming Home?'

I am surely not the first Irish emigrant to have heard these words from their heartbroken mother. Guilt at the impact of my decision to leave Ireland and grief at the loss of my beloved mother are…

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Added by Anne Casey on July 25, 2017 at 4:00am — 6 Comments

Wexford's Thomas Gray: Rebellion of 1641's Siege of Fort Duncannon

Irish loyalties in the Rebellion of 1641 were intertwined between religion and the destabilization of English politics. "The Catholic  landowners desire to recover their lost land was one main reason for the rebellion. The…

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Added by Don Gray on June 2, 2017 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

This Week in the History of the Irish: Feb. 26 - March 4

LUAIN - On February 27, 1735, Thomas Conway, a soldier in French and U.S. armies, was born in Cloghane, County Kerry. Conway was taken to France at the age of six to be educated and, in 1749, he joined the…

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Added by The Wild Geese on February 25, 2017 at 11:30am — No Comments

Irish Pilgrim Paths Day and the Irish Pilgrim Tag™

National Pilgrim Paths Day is a new Easter Festival based on Ireland’s dense network of medieval pilgrim walking routes. This new heritage themed event is organised by the local communities adjacent to each of…

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Added by Thomas R. on February 16, 2016 at 2:30am — No Comments

Mayo Man Louis Brennan: Inventor of the Guided Missile

An Irishman walking along the bank of a slow moving river near Castlebar, Co.…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on October 10, 2015 at 7:00pm — 7 Comments

Connecting With Roots, Loss, in Belfast the Beautiful

The whole day that I spent in Belfast and the evenings on either side really need more than one blog post. That day we went to so many places and I was shown so many things. It was mind-blowing and at times very emotional. Belfast is a lovely place and I…

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Added by The Last Torch on October 6, 2015 at 3:30am — 4 Comments

Roscommon Poet Becomes Bard for 100,000 Aussie Workers

Songs of the Snowy Mountains: The Settlers (Editor: Shannon O’Boyle)

Reviewer: J.A. O’Brien

Summary: Songs of the Snowy Mountains: The Settlers represents an important new contribution to the history of Australian…

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Added by James O'Brien on July 31, 2015 at 5:00am — 1 Comment

'Sheep Stealer' Sir George Arthur French

George Arthur French was born at Roscommon, Ireland in 1841. He was educated at the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, and the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, and commissioned in the Royal Artillery in 1860. 

In…

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Added by Dee Notaro on May 9, 2015 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

The Irish Experience in Australia Study

Fidelma McCorry Breen is seeking out participants for a survey she is doing on the Irish Experience in Australia. Please read the following post to see if you can help her out.…

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Added by Greg Lynch Jr on April 22, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

New Member Hello -- Brendan O'Byrne, An Fear Ceol

Hello to all ...

My name is Brendan O'Byrne and I am delighted to be accepted into The Wild Geese community. I am a professional musician, songwriter and composer, and resident musician to Ashford Castle Hotel in Cong, Ireland. I am an artist and love to oil paint.

In my professional life…

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Added by Brendan OByrne on April 22, 2015 at 4:30am — 2 Comments

ANZAC Day Centenary - 25th April, 2015

The centenary of ANZAC Day is approaching, (ANZAC Australian and New Zealand Armed Corps), which commemorates the anniversary of the first engagement of…

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Added by Brian Nolan on April 21, 2015 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

History Comes Ashore in Sligo

You can imagine my surprise when I saw a large piece of wood washed up on Streedagh Strand recently. (For more information on the ongoing discoveries at Streedagh Strand go to…

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Added by The Last Torch on February 22, 2015 at 10:30pm — 7 Comments

Irish Coffin and Convict Ships

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Added by Lonnie on January 18, 2015 at 8:00am — 10 Comments

'Roses from the Heart'

Clonmel: July 16th, 1843

"My dear Wife, I have received your kind and welcome letter of the 20th of…

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Added by The Last Torch on December 3, 2014 at 5:30am — 3 Comments


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The Diary of an Emigrant and Dissenter

Book Review

"Against the Wind", by J.A. O'Brien

 Reviewer: Michael Halpenny

 

The full title of this book is "Against the Wind: Memoir of a Dissident Dubliner." However, this is not the diary of someone strenuously opposed to the Good Friday Agreement,…

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Added by Against The Wind on November 30, 2014 at 1:00am — No Comments

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