Please use this thread to introduce yourself to your fellow Wild Geese. In particular, we would love to hear your Irish story. What are your ties to Ireland? Have you or are you in the midst of uncovering your genealogy? What are your particular Irish interests? The arts? Cooking? Literature? Travel?

Please tell us also about yourself. What are your occupations and hobbies? What are your goals and ambitions? Where are you from?

And finally we would love to hear what brought you to The Wild Geese and how can we help you uncover, share, and preserve your Irish Story!

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Hi, I'm Ada Kornmeyer, my mothers maiden name was Dougherty both of her great grandfathers on her fathers side came from Ireland prior to 1850. William Dougherty came from Derry and Joseph Ferguson came from Dublin. In 2007 my sisters and our husbands travel to Ireland for a little research and a wonderful trip to discover what it means to be Irish. While the genealogy search didn't produce any results,it was a wonderful opportunity to see not only the areas of family origins but as much of the rich countryside from south of Dublin all up the west side of Ireland and parts of Northern Ireland where the Dougherty name is so abundant. I continue to search for records of our ancestors in Ireland and have a blog telling my genealogy stories. Since I live and work in the USA as a building designer only my spare time is allocated to the joy of researching family. Hoping to connect with cousins on the beautiful green isle and elsewhere.

Hello Ada,

Thanks for your reply. It is vitally important to re-connect with your ancestors.

Try this path. Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland.

They are located in Merrion Square in Dublin.

Donal Fenlon is the man to contact.

Let me know how you get on.

All the best

John A. 

The genealogy site Find My Past have just put on-line Irish Dog Licences. (from 1865-1912). They are a mine of information.

Hello Everyone,

My name is David Joyce and I just joined The Wild Geese. My Irish story is long one, but its worth telling. I first became interested in Ireland as a child when I heard Irish Music and saw for the first time, Scottish kilts. I know that kilts are primary used in Scotland, but, never the less I thought they were Irish at the time :}. From that point on a seed of curiosity was planted, especially when I learned that Joyce is an Irish surname. 

As the years passed I dug into my Irish Genealogy until I took the next step and took a DNA test to trace my ancestry. Interestingly enough, even though I can't trace my Joyce ancestors to Ireland the Y-DNA results show that my family did come from Ireland. In fact, family tradition says that they came from Ireland. Oh yes, I have a Kelly line from Ireland as well! 

Years earlier, I started to study Irish Gaelic. Later on, I became a translator and now I own a small online service to tutor students of Gaeilge. So, as you can see, I take my Irish pride to the extreme :}. 

Welcome David.

Try contacting the RSAI (the royal society of antiquaries of Ireland)

They are located in Merrion Square. Dublin. I found them very knowledgeable and friendly. I believe the Joyce sept were based in Connaught originally.

Interesting! I will definitely contact them.


No problem David. Ask for Donal Femlon.

Hello Kevin,

I think that is quite an accomplishment to learn to speak such a difficult language.  Best of luck to you in your online business efforts and welcome aboard.

Hello Kevin

Thanks, I appreciate it :}. 

hello to all,

terry barry here from dublin,came across the site while browsing  very interesting

iam recently retired as a self employed haulage contractor

i have an interest in photography and video,and gardening and wild life,, all kinds of transoprt etc,

looking forward to reading some posts  and videos

Hello, Terry, and welcome to the "flock!"  Glad to have you aboard.

Hope to see some of your photos / videos here in the coming days / weeks!

~ Ryan

Hi Terry.  Welcome to the Wild Geese.  I hope you get great enjoyment from the site, and I look forward to seeing some of your photography in the future.


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