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The Man Behind the Long Green Lines (and It's Not Patrick) - Part One

Posted by The Wild Geese on January 20, 2014 at 9:30pm 4 Comments

By James Doherty

Waterford City, Ireland - From his perch as rector of the Irish College of St. Isidore in Rome, Waterford-born Franciscan Friar Luke Wadding welcomed a steady stream of refugees from the land of his birth - men forced to leave Ireland to pursue their vocations. He came to understand then,…


Sober St. Patrick's Day - A Community Chat with Bill Reilly

Posted by The Wild Geese on March 10, 2014 at 6:00pm 0 Comments

Winners Announced! Bill generously provided the following prizes to the following winners chosen at random! Tickets to the event go to Jim Curley. Hats with the event logo go to Thomas Besore and Catherine White! Congrats!

The following is a transcript taken from the LIVE Community Chat chat hosted here at …


Na San Patricios (The St. Patrick Battalion)

Posted by Charles G O' Brien on March 16, 2020 at 1:00pm 4 Comments

This winter I was travelling through Mexico -- almost into Guatemala and as far up as the deserts bordering the U.S. The last time I had been down Mexico way was in 2010 when I presented the Irish language documentary…


I Just Love a Good Mystery!

Posted by Brian Nolan on March 16, 2020 at 8:00am 9 Comments

Those pictured above -- more likely both of them -- had witnessed and survived another pandemic, the Irish Famine, where generations of whole families were swept away by starvation, typhoid and influenza. Their weather-beaten lined faces tell a story of resilience, and perhaps…


This Week in the History of the Irish: March 15 - March 21

Posted by The Wild Geese on March 14, 2020 at 8:30pm 1 Comment

LUAIN -- On March 16, 1828, Patrick Cleburne, one of the finest generals produced by either side during America's long, bloody civil war was born at Bride Park Cottage in Ovens Township, Co. Cork, just outside Cork City. Robert E. Lee would one day say of…


Betsy Gray ... Irish Joan of Arc (Ballynahinch, 1798 Rising)

Posted by That's Just How It Was on February 18, 2020 at 8:30am 0 Comments

A heroine, beyond any doubt, our own Irish Joan of Arc, was Betsy Grey  ...   a folk hero to all of Ulster, with both Loyalist and Republicans claiming her as their own,   due to the facts that she was  a known to be a Presbyterian ... with links to the United Irishman, a  non-sectarian …


Elevate Tea Sandwiches From Great to Fabulous

Posted by Margaret M. Johnson on March 4, 2020 at 7:00am 1 Comment

By definition, chutney is a relish-like sauce made with fruit, sugar, spices, and vinegar. It was often made to give late summer and autumn fruits a long shelf life and was used to add contrasting flavor to meats, especially poultry and game. It’s also a great — make that fabulous — addition to a…


The Clonbanin Ambush: 'To Hell With Surrender!'

Posted by Joe Gannon on March 1, 2020 at 9:30pm 4 Comments

March 5, 1921, dawned bright and clear on the Mallow-Killarney Road (N-72 today) west of Clonbanin, Co. Cork. The men of Seán Moylan’s Cork No. 2 (North) Brigade and Thomas McEllistrim’s Kerry No. 2 (South) Brigade of the Irish Volunteers began to move into position on the north and south sides of…


World War II Ace Tom McGuire: The Iron Major

Posted by Joe Gannon on January 18, 2020 at 5:30pm 5 Comments

Lieutenant Tom McGuire was at 12,000 feet above Oro Bay, New Guinea in his P-38 fighter scanning the sky for Japanese planes. The 431st Fighter Squadron had scrambled from their Dubodura airbase to intercept a flight of Japanese bombers and their fighter escort on that October 17, 1943. McGuire…


U.S. Warship Comes to Queenstown, November 1863

Posted by Liam McAlister on January 25, 2020 at 10:30am 0 Comments

In the 1860’s Queenstown (now Cobh) was a busy seaport and its townspeople were used to seeing naval vessels coming and going. Such was the case on the night of November 2, 1863, when the USS Kearsarge dropped anchor, to the east of the “Spitbank” lighthouse. In pursuit of the Confederate raider CSS…



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