All Blog Posts Tagged 'The' (23)

Oliver Plunkett, Tomás Ó Fiaich and The Bard of Armagh

Three hundred and forty-four years ago, on a bleak, frigid night in January 1674, Bishop Oliver Plunkett and his close friend John Brennan, Bishop of Cashel, were forced to flee the town of Drogheda and run for their lives. Wearing long, hooded…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on December 31, 2017 at 6:00pm — 6 Comments

The Battle of Cúl Dreimhne (Battle of the Book)

In early Christian Ireland the old Druidic tradition collapsed due to the spread of the Christian faith. The study and learning of Latin, coupled with the new Christian theology in monasteries, was flourishing. In 561 AD a seminal event…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on December 19, 2016 at 7:30pm — 2 Comments

Every Writer Thrives and Survives on Memories

On a July day nearly 130 years ago, an unknown and homesick young Irish writer trudged along a busy London street. He stopped suddenly and stood still, for he thought he could hear the tinkling of water in the midst of the bustling thoroughfare.…

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Added by Colm Herron on August 25, 2016 at 7:30pm — 10 Comments

Do You Really Know Irish-American History? Free book!

In remembrance of the 1916 Easter Rising, the Kindle edition of James Francis Smith's The Irish-American Chronicle, will be free starting March 28th through Thursday, March 31st.

The 44-pages dedicated to Kennedy's assassination and funeral…

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Added by James Francis Smith on March 27, 2016 at 1:30pm — No Comments

A Peak at the Disappearing Supermac

I did not eat out very much on my 2015 visit to Ireland. For most of the time I had cooking facilities available for my exclusive use. It was practical as I was being fiscally prudent. I…

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Added by P.J. Francis on February 10, 2016 at 4:30pm — 4 Comments

'Famine Folios' -- Ireland's Great Irish Famine Revisited

Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut, has just published four new folios of research into the period of The Irish Famine under the collective title Famine…

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Added by Brian Nolan on November 9, 2015 at 6:00am — 3 Comments

'The Cormack Brothers' -- A Dramatic Film About Injustice in Tipp

The Cormack Brothers is a 111-minute feature film completed this year, shot in Tipperary.  It tells the story of two brothers wrongfully hanged for murder in 1858 after a local land agent was shot and killed.  They were reburied in 1910 in their home parish of Loughmore. 

Made on a micro budget, with the support of the parish…

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Added by Alan Brown on July 2, 2015 at 4:30pm — 5 Comments

The Wild West of Ireland: Return to Kilmakedar

I want to return to Western Ireland for spiritual and artistic reasons. In college I fell in love with Irish literature, from the pagan/pre-medieval myths to the current day. I love Irish music, too. And oddly enough, I married a man from County Cork (we met in college). My mother’s family has a lot of Irish heritage as well. We are descended from a man who came on a ship to New York Harbor on Christmas Eve, 1847. I can only imagine what was in Martin’s heart when he left Cork and when he…

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Added by Cara O'Sullivan on June 10, 2015 at 5:30pm — 4 Comments

The Real Honor Bright

Mary Kate Neill was born on June 11th, 1900 in the tiny township of Graiguenaspiddoge in County Carlow. The 1901 census shows her ten months old. Her mother was Catherine or Kate Neill (née Cullen) aged 38, and her father Michael Neill aged 51. Born in 1850 just after the potato famine of 1845-7, he was a blacksmith. Graiguenaspiddoge was a row of 28 houses beside a main road in the countryside,…

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Added by Patricia Louise Hughes on January 1, 2015 at 5:59am — 1 Comment

Croick Church

    Croick Church is not everyone’s list of places to visit on a trip to Scotland. Edinburgh and Sterling Castles, yes. Loch Ness, definitely. The Isle of Skye if we have time. John O’Groats? Perhaps next time. What church?      

  Croick Church was built in 1827 at a cost of 1,426 pounds…

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Added by P.J. Francis on November 16, 2014 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Linkedin Long-Form Posts

I've been invited to publish Long-Form Posts on Linkedin & decided to share them with my readers on Wild Geese.  Here are my first posts. Hope you enjoy them.

Linkedin Long-Form Post #1

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Added by James Francis Smith on July 9, 2014 at 1:06pm — No Comments

Dennis O’Kane and the Philadelphia Brigade of the Pennsylvania 69th

Excerpts from James Francis Smith’s The Civil War’s Valiant Irish

The Begining

The Derry native nodded to his brigadier commander, Joshua Owen. Not expecting nor receiving a return greeting, he didn’t bother to salute. O’Kane crossed to the most distant campfire, where Duffy and Devereux joined him. His first question was a repeat of one he asked every night.

“Is that bastid Welshman drunk or sober?”

Tonight, Duffy responded. “He’s well on his way, but not there…

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Added by James Francis Smith on June 30, 2014 at 3:42pm — No Comments

Irish and Ireland in Middle Tennessee: Where to Go to Learn About Ireland

Meaití Jó Shéamuis Ó Fátharta is a member of The Irish Gift, a group based in Middle Tennessee that promotes and preserves the Irish culture in this area. The Irish Gift also has a huge online presence as we…

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Added by The Irish Gift on March 11, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Sean-Nós Singing: Irish Singing and Irish Singers Online

by Karen Campbell

Two years ago, I was captivated by an…

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Added by The Irish Gift on March 4, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

An Interview with Irish Comic Creator Paddy Brown

First off, Paddy is a Hell of a nice guy! Secondly, he gives an IMPRESSIVE interview!

You can visit his site here: http://paddybrown.co.uk

Read on to find out more about the Belfast Cartoonist….…

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Added by John Walsh on January 3, 2014 at 11:55am — 1 Comment

Listening to Ghosts

I desire silence. I want to be free from the noise that humans make. I fear I will never be free from this noise. I'm often in the woods and I still hear a car that is miles away or a plane flying overhead. And even my…

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Added by Cynthia Neale on December 6, 2013 at 10:30am — 3 Comments

Human Rights Are Under Threat in the North

By Sandy Boyer

Fifteen years ago, the Good Friday Agreement promised a Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland. Today there is still no Bill of Rights, and human rights are under a severe and sustained attack.  

Internment without charge or trial is back; “special” political offenses are being…

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Added by Sandy Boyer on September 11, 2013 at 1:30pm — 11 Comments

Making Films That Afflict the Comfortable: A Chat With Director Ken Loach, Part 1 of 2

British filmmaker Ken Loach took time out from editing his latest film, about the exploitation of immigrants in Britain, to chat with WGT. He spoke on a range of subjects, including "The Wind That Shakes the Barley" (his second film set against the Irish War for Independence, now on screens in the U.S.), British…

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Added by The Wild Geese on January 19, 2013 at 5:00am — No Comments

REVIEW: 'The Gangs of New York' by Herbert Asbury

REVIEW: 'The Gangs of New York' by Herbert Asbury

By Patricia Jameson-Sammartano 

Special to The Wild Geese Today

To buy Herbert Asbury's book, click on the cover.…

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Added by The Wild Geese on January 18, 2013 at 10:21pm — No Comments

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