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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Patrick Joseph Cavanagh and Josephine Herlihee.

I"d like a list of schools. Thanks

Hi, I'm Caroline Doherty de Novoa. I was born and grew up in the countryside outside Strabane, Co. Tyrone. Since leaving Ireland in 1997, I have lived in Manchester, Madrid and Oxford. I now split my time between London and Bogotá.

I am a novelist, entrepreneur and co-founder of Hotel Trail. My first novel, Dancing with Statues, is set in contemporary Northern Ireland and Colombia. I hope the book helps people see the two wonderful places that I call home in a new, more positive light. 

I'm really excited that Wild Geese gives people across the world with an interest and love of Ireland a platform to connect. I'm looking forward to hearing the stories of other Wild Geese. 

Start-ups, entrepreneurship, travel, story-telling, writing and literature are my biggest passions. 

If anyone has any questions about Colombia, or if there's anything else I can help with please do get in touch.

Below is a picture of me enjoying an Irish/Colombian coffee here in Bogotá this St. Patrick's Day. 

Love the picture! I share your passion for writing and entrepreneurship! Welcome!

Thanks Tiffany - love this initiative and looking forward to watching it grow. 

Caroline, I like the set-up for your novel. You are one of at least nine published authors in the community, a number that seems to grow weekly. Must be something in the air here, or in the genes there! ;-)

Have you connected with fellow member, author and landsman Colin BroderickOwen Rodgers is from Tyrone, too, and is very active here in NYC promoting the epic heritage of the Irish. And Antrim native Gerry Cappa is publishing his second novel in the fall. We're working with him to promote his soon-to-be series on WG. Our Green Pages are available now, in beta, 1st month $1 US for a limited time, and we have informally launched our Heritage Partner sponsorship program. We believe in our members, and aim to support them with all the resources we can muster. Let me know how we might support your muse and your passion for the Irish experience.

Book Description

February 13, 2013
Will our history always define us? What does it take to move on from the tragedies of our past? These are questions Laura has been avoiding since that day ten years ago when her mother took her own life, when Laura was just a teenager. Until she meets Miguel, a Colombian lawyer investigating a bombing that took place days before her mother’s death, towards the end of the Northern Irish “Troubles”. Initially, Miguel's love gives her hope for a brighter future. But when he starts delving into the past, asking questions about her mother and the circumstances surrounding her death, their relationship begins to unravel and Laura is finally forced to revisit her family’s history in search of answers of her own.

Thanks Gerry. I think the Irish are natural story-tellers so I'm not surprised that there's a growing community of authors within the Wild Geese flock. On our second date my husband gave me a copy of Garcia Marquez's 100 Years of Solitude (they are very proud of their Colombian Nobel prize winner). I had a harder time choosing a book for him given the wealth of literary talent Ireland has produced. In the end, I chose Yeats.

I am in touch with Colin, and in fact I'm reading and thoroughly enjoying That's That right now. I must check out Cappa's Blood from a Shadow. 

I don't know Owen Rodgers, but I am familiar with the Famine Tribunal's work. The Colombian character in Dancing with Statues is an expert in Truth Commissions and that's why he is in Northern Ireland. One of the central questions the book asks is whether we need to examine the past and get the truth out in the open before we as a society can truly reconcile and turn the page.

I will definitely check out the Green Pages - thanks for putting me on to that. Caroline

Oh, and I forgot to add that my mother's maiden name is Mullen - her family are also from Tyrone.

Glad you connected with Colin. Love the passion of you Tyrone natives, perhaps stemming from living in a war zone. A collague of ours, Chuck Laverty, grew up near The Moy and emigrated in the early 1950s. His Dad raised horses and sold them, by the boatload, the armies throughout Europe, including to the Greek cavalry.

Hello, My name is Sandra (Crowley) Bonagura (married name) and most of my ancestors are from Ireland. I have visited Ireland 4 times now and love to go and fill my camera with beautiful pictures and wish I could find a living family connection.

My family names are Hoar and Burke (I found them misspelled as Noar on a Census before they left the New Castle area of Limerick). Crowley, O'Neil, Landrigan(sp), Wall, Brennan, Kelly, Maloney, McCormack, Casey, Eagan. Because many of these are common names, I have not been able to pinpoint any family thru and I just do not have enough information other than what county in some cases.

I am especially interested in Wall as this is my Mom's maiden name and we would so love to find out history. There is a website called The Wall Family in Ireland and also a book of the same name, which is really interesting.

Also my gg grandparents, John O'Neil and Ellen (Helen) Landrigan (could also be Lonergan or something else similar). When they met, he was a carriage driver and her family owned land (as the story goes). They fell in love, eloped and as a result her father disowned her. She lost her first baby at sea coming to America.  Her two sister's came to NJ, USA to visit her but were appalled at the small and poor living conditions that the railroad workers in the mid/late 1800's lived in. So they did not even get their luggage off the train, they turned around, left and returned to Ireland. John and Ellen (Helen) lived out their lives in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. I did find them on a census in NJ.

Happy to find this website - thank you.

Sandy, you seem to have quite a bit of family lore to draw from. Hope you share some of these fascinating anecdotes and research with us via your blog here. Have you considered DNA to expand your search? Many genealogists have come to embrace this technology. Here's an article we posted last year on the topic.
Check out this discussion on conditions for rail workers near Philadelphia nearly 200 years ago:


My name is Edmund Roycroft, I was recommended to join this group by Gerard Cappa whom I met on the Goodreads group. I am 36 (Capricorn) and live in Ireland in a small commuter town called Portarlington (Cul an tSudaire) in Co. Laois. I was born here and have lived here all my life. I have a twin brother (David) whom I get continuously mistaken for and I'm sure the same can be said for him.

I am about to try and trace our families heritage, i have delved back a little and found some interesting links so that will be a future project. I also wish to rediscover my Irish tongue and embrace it more than I did during my school years. Currently I love to read books on various genres and my album collection is my Zen, sometimes, depending on the mood.... I exercise frequently as I am a Personal Trainer and involved with the local GAA under 16 Gaelic footballers and I love to watch hurling and sports in general. I also write short stories and poetry as a bit of a hobby but would love to pursue it more in time.

I have traveled a lot over the past ten or so years and I find other countries cultures fascinating. I am here as I wanted to be involved in a social networking group that has a little more to offer and I look forward to networking with everyone.


Excellent!  So glad to have you in our burgeoning community, Edmund.  I was especially glad to hear that you are taking a keener interest in learning the Irish language.  Seems more and more folks are doing the same.  It's becoming cool to speak Irish!


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