Fran Reddy's Blog (15)

Winner Still Kvelling About Experience in 'Wild West of Ireland'

Our esteemed Irish Heritage Partner Wild West Irish Tours has kindly supplied us with some new photos of last year's successful ‘Wild West of Ireland: You Won’t Forget Your First Time’…

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Added by Fran Reddy on March 9, 2016 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Easy, Engaging Pathway to Great Irish Books, CDs, DVDs

If you're looking for great Irish books, CDs or movies, please have a look in The Wild Geese Marketplace Bookstore -- there are all kinds of great Irish books on History, Genealogy, Travel and Military History. If you are looking for Irish films and documentaries or great Irish music, there is…

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Added by Fran Reddy on November 13, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments

Pilgrimage to Knock

On our trip to County Waterford that we won back in 2013, my husband Bill and I  decided to take some extra days and trek northwest while in Ireland, to see the Knock Cathedral in County Mayo. After passing through Waterford we headed up through Tipperary and Offaly before heading into the beautiful Counties of Galway and Mayo, which of course are part of the Wild West of…

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Added by Fran Reddy on May 20, 2015 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Irish Holocaust as Subject of Comedy Series? Here's How You Can Voice Your Objection

Screenwriter Hugh Travers is now writing Hungry, a sitcom about the famine commissioned by Channel 4 in Ireland.  Hungry came  came about after Channel 4 read one of the 31-year-old Dubliner's other…

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Added by Fran Reddy on January 1, 2015 at 9:00pm — 24 Comments

Free Course from Trinity College!

Did you know that Trinity College in Dublin offers free courses? There's one offered right now that you can still get in to called Irish Lives in War and Revolution: Exploring Ireland's History 1912-1923

Explore the lives of men,…

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Added by Fran Reddy on September 9, 2014 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

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

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

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

'One Great Irish Spot': 900 Years Young, Reginald's Tower, Waterford City

My great 'Irish Spot' is Reginald's Tower in Waterford City! I remember being blown away by the history of the Tower on my trip to Ireland after winning the Waterford Gathering competition! It was…

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Added by Fran Reddy on March 7, 2014 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Tweaked poem

I had a look at my God Bless Ireland poem and I decided to tweak it a little. I just wasn't happy with it and so I am re-posting it with a few changes.

God bless Ireland

In her patchwork dress so green

Her blue Atlantic eyes are smiling…

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Added by Fran Reddy on January 13, 2014 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Another poem

I woke up at 4:45 am a few days ago and within 5 minutes, this was forming in my head so I got up and starting jotting down some the words. I went back to bed but the thoughts wouldn't let me sleep! So I got up again and by 7 am I had this tweaked and ready. I submit it for your thoughts.

God bless Ireland

In her patchwork dress so green

Her blue Atlantic eyes are smiling

Full…

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Added by Fran Reddy on November 27, 2013 at 11:53am — 6 Comments

'Ireland' -- A Poem by Fran Reddy

Your beauty has beguiled it seems,

Of mountainside patchwork fields I dream

Moody sky with clouds dark-clad

Give way to sun that warms hearts glad

Blooming pathways, hidden charm

The windswept way to hillside farm

Painted sheep dot sweeping hill

Listen to the swallows trill…

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Added by Fran Reddy on November 5, 2013 at 8:30am — 8 Comments

Looking for critique on a poem

Hey there all. Since my trip to Ireland with The Waterford Gathering this June past, I have been smitten with the place and have taken even more of an interest in all things Irish! I have even written a poem which although personal, I would like to have critiqued by someone literary. I am a complete amateur so don't expect anything amazing ; ) Would anyone here be willing to give it a go? Warning! - I am very sensitive so go easy on me as it is only meant to be personal, well, at least for…

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Added by Fran Reddy on October 24, 2013 at 12:31pm — 11 Comments

How I won a trip to Ireland!

Ok, here is the story of my winning a trip to Ireland!

Around St. Paddy's Day, some advertisements started popping up in my news feed on facebook (as I love all things Irish) and I noticed a couple that said "Win a trip for 2 to Waterford" in Ireland and as much as I don't like giving out my info to contests, I dearly wanted to see Ireland somehow and I figured it was worth the risk to possibly win a trip there. You can't win if you don't enter right? So I went to the site and you were…

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Added by Fran Reddy on October 16, 2013 at 3:42pm — 4 Comments

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