All Blog Posts Tagged 'Britain' (19)


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From Dunkirk to Nagasaki, The Long War of Dr. Aidan MacCarthy

Aidan MacCarthy crouched low in the air raid shelter he and the other prisoners of war had dug themselves. They had seen two American B-29 bombers flying toward the city of Nagasaki before they went into the shelter. A few POWs had stayed outside, though, wanting…

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Added by Joe Gannon on October 13, 2017 at 10:30pm — 5 Comments

Paddy the Navvy

"In eighteen hundred and forty-four

I landed on the Liverpool shore

Me belly was empty me hands were raw

With working on the railway, the railway

I'm weary of the railway

Poor paddy works on the railway"

(from Poor Paddy on the Railway by The Dubliners…

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Added by Kieron Punch on June 2, 2017 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

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


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Lucille Yseult Dudley: The Woman Who Shot Rossa

In 1885, Lucy Coverdale, aka Lucille Yseult Dudley, made an unsucessful attempt on the life of Rossa. She was found to be insane at trial and ended up in a lunatic asylum at Auburn, in New York.…

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Added by Nollaig 2016 on November 27, 2016 at 7:00pm — 13 Comments

Sir David Goodall: Irish Genealogist

David Goodall was born in 1931. One side of his family had Wexford ancestors who were on both sides of the 1798 Rising. Though he had no professional involvement in Anglo-Irish relations until 1982, Goodall had a lifelong scholarly…

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Added by Don Gray on August 14, 2016 at 11:00pm — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: April 10 - April 16

DOMHNAIGH -- On April 10, 1923, General Liam Lynch, chief of staff of the Irish Republican Army, was mortally wounded by Free State troops in Tipperary. Born in Limerick, Lynch commanded the…

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Added by The Wild Geese on April 9, 2016 at 10:00am — 6 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

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

Tracing the Irish at War: From Stono Ferry to New Orleans: Part 1

Just over 200 years ago this past January came a climactic moment in military history with numerous surprising Irish connections.  The battle fought by…

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Added by Robert A Mosher on March 30, 2015 at 2:30pm — No Comments

The Pending Birth of Yeats' Illegitimate Son

On a Picture of a Black Centaur by Edmund Dulac

by W.B. Yeats

Your hooves have stamped at the black margins of the wood,

Even where horrible green parrots call and swing.

My works are all stamped down in the sultry mud.

I knew that horse-play, knew it for a murderous…

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Added by Patricia Louise Hughes on December 18, 2014 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Queen Elizabeth's Irish Phrasebook

In the 1560s, Queen Elizabeth I began to see the value in becoming familiar with the Irish language.  The Queen was already well versed in the French, Italian, Latin and Greek languages.  There can be little doubt that her…

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Added by Ryan O'Rourke on June 4, 2014 at 3:00am — 5 Comments

Boyer: The St. Patrick's Day Parade Versus Irish Freedom

When the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) marched up Fifth Avenue in New York’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade it should have been crystal clear, if it wasn't already, that this parade is incompatible with any serious effort to support Irish freedom. The PSNI is the…

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Added by Sandy Boyer on March 25, 2014 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

Your 'Great Irish Spot' Deserves Your Great Irish Story

A $100 gift card from world-class retailer…

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Added by The Wild Geese on March 5, 2014 at 4:00pm — 5 Comments

Use of Poison Gas in the Middle East Is Not New

New York -- With Western powers, most notably the United States, Britain and France, weighing how best to punish the Syrian government for its alleged use of poison gas on its own restive civilians, we recalled a story we produced a decade ago, in the run-up to the March 2003 invasion of Iraq by a primarily Anglo-American…

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Added by Gerry Regan on August 29, 2013 at 11:00pm — 9 Comments

The Inspiration for 'Ghost of Gallipoli': Chance Discovery or Twist of Fate?

As a writer I often find that inspiration comes from the strangest of places. But none so odd as that for my ebook, "…

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Added by Margaret Whittock on July 20, 2013 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

The Irish Impact on America's Revolution

We extend our best wishes to all our American Wild Geese on this Independence Day.  The contributions of Irish-Americans in the War Between the States is well documented and much discussed.  Perhaps less so is the impact some of the earliest Irish immigrants had upon the American…

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Added by The Wild Geese on July 4, 2013 at 10:30am — 6 Comments

'No Irish Need Apply'

As some will be aware, I am chiefly researching P.S. Gilmore at present. However, while researching Irish musicians and their contribution to the American Civil War, I started researching another topic slightly related to…
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Added by Jarlath MacNamara on May 27, 2013 at 5:30pm — 14 Comments

Gaels Looking Forward to Warmer Weather

New York -- Today I once again had the pleasure of communing with several dozen gathered at the Irish Consulate’s monthly and…

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Added by Gerry Regan on April 5, 2013 at 12:00pm — No Comments

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