All Blog Posts Tagged 'Politics' (25)


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One of 'The Boys of Wexford' Returns: JFK in Ireland

On June 23, 1963 the people of Ireland fell in love with a member of “The Wild Geese” who had less than five months to live. If ever an American politician had a style and ease that allowed the people of Ireland to see the “Irish” in him, it was John…

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Added by Joe Gannon on June 12, 2018 at 4:00pm — No Comments

American Psycho? Three Thoughts About Trump

By way of introduction I should tell you that I have great affection for the United States of America. Just over a century ago most of my uncles and aunts migrated from a dirt-poor part of Donegal to settle in Chicago. If my mother hadn’t married a…

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Added by Colm Herron on December 5, 2016 at 7:30am — 8 Comments

Ask Not Why

'My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.' -- JFK…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on November 21, 2016 at 12:00am — 13 Comments

The Kennedy Crevasse

For over 50 years, the practice of cherry picking, to prove a specific presumption, has trapped those…

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Added by James Francis Smith on July 4, 2016 at 3:00pm — No Comments


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W. T. Cosgrave, The Quintessentially Pragmatic Republican

William Thomas (Liam) Cosgrave was not one of the iconic figures of the early 1900s, nor indeed was he a man who had any real status of leadership in the 1916 Rising, although he was a chief adviser to Eamonn Ceannt during the 1916 Rising at South Dublin…

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Added by That's Just How It Was on March 26, 2016 at 12:30pm — 6 Comments


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A Short History of Michael Collins, Ireland's 'Big Fellow'

One of the most iconic figures that emerged out of the Easter Rising was Michael Collins. Born in 1890, he was the third son in a family of eight children. Some sources would suggest that the Collins family were part of a very ancient clan who…

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Added by That's Just How It Was on January 16, 2016 at 8:00am — 19 Comments


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Jennie Wyse-Power: Entrepreneur, Revolutionary, Treaty Supporter

Jane [Jennie] Wyse-Power nee O'Toole was born in Baltinglass, County Wicklow, in 1856 to Edward And Mary O’Toole [nee Norton]. Her father owned his own business and before she was two years of age her father had sold his business and moved the family to Dublin. Some sources say she attended attended Warrenmount National School or the Loreto Day School Dublin.

Pictured, 'Liberty Girls,' with Wyse-Power in the…

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Added by That's Just How It Was on August 5, 2015 at 8:00am — 5 Comments

Making of 'Jimmy's Hall': Part 1, 'Long Distant Ripple from Nicaragua'

In the following three-part series, Sixteen Films' screenwriter Paul Laverty writes about the genesis of "Jimmy's Hall." His observations were first published in Sixteen Films' Production Notes, and are reproduced here with permission. Production Photos see here…

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Added by The Wild Geese on July 24, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments

‘Days of Brave Music’: Dark Clouds Over 'Jimmy's Hall'

The real Jimmy Gralton in 1944

By Donal Ó Drisceoil

Jimmy Gralton returned to Leitrim from New York in June 1921, just as the…

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Added by The Wild Geese on July 14, 2015 at 5:30pm — 8 Comments


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Will the Luck of the Irish Shine on Israel on St. Patrick's Day?

Israeli citizens are poised to go to the polls March 17th to vote in an election that will determine who will be the next Prime Minister.  According to yesterday's New York Times front…

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Added by Valerie Lapin Ganley on March 12, 2015 at 4:00pm — No Comments


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Bernadette Devlin McAliskey: A Gutsy Lady

Berndadette Devlin McAliskey, born in 1947 in County Tyrone, is a memorable political figure in the making of Ireland’s history.  As a founding member of the People’s Democracy, she was…

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Added by Meabh Ann on March 4, 2015 at 2:00pm — 3 Comments

Hanna Sheehy-Skefffington: Irish Suffragette

Hanna Sheehy-Skefffington, (above, center) born 24 May 1877, was one of Ireland’s most ardent promoters of women’s rights. She was an influential figure during the…

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Added by The Wild Geese on March 2, 2015 at 1:00am — No Comments

Grandma Gregory and the Pendergast Machine

Somewhere we have a penciled thank-you note from John W. Davis, who is about as famous as whichever team finished third in the National League pennant race in 1939. (It was the…

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Added by Jim Gregory on January 21, 2015 at 12:30am — 2 Comments

Irish Brigade Clears Way for Governor Mario Cuomo, March 1991

New York -- News of the passing of former New York state Governor Mario Cuomo reminds me of one of several serendipitous encounters I had with the Governor, whom I once happily envisioned as US president. With his flights of eloquence, his progressive views, and staunch…

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Added by Gerry Regan on January 6, 2015 at 3:00pm — No Comments

'Machine Made': A Second Look at Tammany Hall

In "Machine Made: Tammany Hall and The Creation of Modern American Politics," author Terry Golway doesn’t sugar-coat the negative aspects of a New York institution…

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Added by Jim Curley on July 3, 2014 at 3:30pm — 8 Comments

James Kennedy McGuire, the 'Boy Mayor' of Syracuse

James Kennedy McGuire, the “boy mayor” of Syracuse, NY, is…

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Added by Maryann Tracy on March 20, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

Remembering JFK: A Community Chat

The following is a transcript taken from the LIVE Community Chat chat hosted here at TheWildGeese.com on Friday, November 22, 2013 -- the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's assassination.  Some editing has been applied for clarity.

The…

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Added by The Wild Geese on November 22, 2013 at 9:30pm — 1 Comment

NYC Turn-of-the-Century Gangs (Irish and Others)

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Originally posted at ArtOfNeed blog for the Auld Irishtown Trilogy

By Eamon Loingsigh

Well, I’ve finally turned in the manuscript and in a month or so, I’ll hear back from Three Rooms Press concerning any edits considered.

The last few weeks, I tried to…

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Added by Eamon Loingsigh on June 19, 2013 at 9:00pm — 3 Comments

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