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This Week in Irish History - April 30 - May 6

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Confederate Memorial Hall, New Orleans

The flag of Co. H, 6th Louisiana Volunteers.

DEARDAOIN -- From April 29 through May 4, 1863, the 6th Louisiana Infantry, a largely Irish Confederate regiment, fought at the 2nd…

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Added by The Wild Geese on April 29, 2017 at 2:00pm — No Comments


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Westward, Ho! John J. Healy, Montana Pioneer

(Above: "When Wagon Trails Were Dim," Charles Russell's depiction of a wagon train in the American west.)

Many men and women with Irish roots participated in the “winning” of…

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Added by Joe Gannon on March 14, 2017 at 10:30pm — 6 Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: May 29 - June 4

Maj. C. Donohue and D. Egan, 1869

Depicted somewhat imaginatively, O'Neill's soldiers launch their assault at Ridgeway. Above the harp on the Fenians' flag are the…

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Added by The Wild Geese on May 28, 2016 at 2:00pm — 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

Cork-Born MD a Hero, Patron for Buffalo's Laborers, Clergy

I ran across a man and his daughter lost in the 19th century history of Buffalo, Dr. John Cronyn (pictured) and Juliana Cronyn. They were extraordinary people by any stretch of the imagination.

John Cronyn was born in Blackrock, a suburb of Cork City, in 1825 and moved with his parents to Toronto. He finished first in his medical…

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Added by William J. Donohue on August 25, 2015 at 10:00am — 5 Comments

'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. 

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

'Loneliness and Isolation ... Feelings Every Emigrant Can Identify With’

Nonprofit Pieta House's 'Darkness Into Light' walk / run takes place each May in scores of locations in Ireland, in New York City and a growing number of other venues outside Ireland. The mission: to highlight depression among the Irish, wherever they are…

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Added by Pieta House Inc on May 8, 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

Hamilton's Irish Cholera Victims Unacknowledged

One of the saddest tales in Hamilton’s history is that of the Irish cholera epidemic victims who came here on the immigrant ships of the 1800s, looking for new life -- only to find death on our shores. It’s the story…

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Added by Robin De Danann on December 10, 2014 at 7:30am — 2 Comments


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'The Irish Pub' Film in Cinemas From Today!

Hello, fellow Wild Geese! 

We're delighted to announce that The Irish Pub…

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Added by The Irish Pub film on October 24, 2014 at 5:30am — 6 Comments

North American Time Zones

At exactly noon on November 18, 1883, American and Canadian railroads begin using four continental time zones to end the confusion of dealing with thousands of local times. The bold move was emblematic of the power…

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Added by Dee Notaro on September 15, 2014 at 4:00am — No Comments

Another Gift from Ireland

His great grandparents were Dennis Harrigan, (born 1781 in Cork) and Catherine Driscoll (Cork).

His grandparents were Dennis Harrigan Jr, (born 1832 in New Brunswick, Canada) and Catherine Ahearn (born in Canada, father from Cork).

His mother was Catherine Helen Harrigan (born 1873 in Stillwater,…

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Added by Dee Notaro on August 27, 2014 at 5:30am — 1 Comment

Manhattan's Duffy Square: The Man Behind the Name

Duffy Square as it was in 1904…

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Added by Ryan O'Rourke on August 7, 2014 at 6:30am — 4 Comments


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New Figures on the Irish Who Fought for Canada in WW1

There's a very good article here from The Irish Times on new numbers from the Department of National Defence in Canada on the Irish who served in the Canadian Expeditionary Force during World War 1, although the number is likely underestimated. There is a new history project initiative in…

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Added by Fran Reddy on August 1, 2014 at 2:30pm — 5 Comments

Irish Stick-Fighter Making Film About His Father

I have been researching the history of Irish martial arts - styles of wrestling, boxing and stick-fighting - for about 30 years now. To the best of my knowledge, Glen Doyle of Newfoundland, Canada is the only person on earth who still practices a living style (not one recreated through books or manuals) of Irish stick-fighting. He learned and inherited…

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Added by John W. Hurley on July 29, 2014 at 7:00pm — 7 Comments

An Irish-American of Renown - General Richard Montgomery

Brigadier General Richard Montgomery – died during the

campaign for Quebec - County Donegal.

He was the 2nd of eight Brigadier Generals appointed by the Continental Congress

An Excerpt from James Francis Smith’s Irish in the American Revolution

Brigadier General Richard Montgomery

As he gazed at Fortress Quebec, the Donegal-born heir of a British Parliament member wondered what his father would have thought about his accepting a high rank in America’s…

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Added by James Francis Smith on July 11, 2014 at 4:54pm — No Comments


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The Fenians & Thomas D'Arcy McGee: Irish Influence in Canadian Confederation

On July first, we Canadians celebrate what we refer to as ‘Canada Day’, that day in 1867 when The British North America Act brought the Provinces of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia together with the formal…

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Added by Fran Reddy on June 30, 2014 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

'The Real McCoy'

In our genealogy classes, we often investigate the origin of the surname.  In one case, this led to an interesting historical fact about the phrase “The Real McCoy.”…

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Added by Dee Notaro on June 15, 2014 at 5:00am — 3 Comments


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Luke Gibbons - My Remarkable Great Grandfather!

My Great-Grandfather Luke Gibbons is named after his grandfather who was born around 1780 in Ireland, probably in…

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Added by Fran Reddy on June 6, 2014 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Canadians Pay Tribute to Flaherty's 'Irishness'

On Thursday April 17th, Toronto's St. James Cathedral was a sea of green scarves and ties as mourners lined the streets at the state funeral for Canada's former Finance Minister James…

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Added by Alannah Ryane on April 19, 2014 at 9:30pm — No Comments

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