Great Photos Bit. We at Wild Geese love it when you share. I see one of a Rag Tree. When was your trip? Belinda :)
Mar 21, 2013
Bit, how did you come to discover your passion for Ireland?
Mar 22, 2013
Would love to do a quick q & a with you in the chatroom. Tell me when you are available.
Mar 28, 2013
Ocooch Mountain Acres LLC, near Westby, WI.
There you go.....!!! :)
That would be the name of his farm (aka ranch in AZ), in Westby. No wonder I had never heard of this "mountain range". LOL
Apr 9, 2013
I would be delighted to accept your friend request. Please guide me wrt how it works - similar to Face Book?
Jul 10, 2013
My name is Sean Hood I am the Historian for Div 17 Long Beach NY.
Jul 17, 2013
Hi Bit - The picture you are using, is it your parents? grandparents? It's wonderful!
Jul 23, 2013
Go raibh maith agat a Bhit.
Jul 25, 2013
Bit, sorry it took me so long to respond. A variety of things occupied my life in the last several months. Will start following Wild Geese more closely.
Jul 29, 2013
come to lisdoonvarna sept 16 one week of great craic..dancing....inhaling the fresh air and maybe fall in LOVE ..if you have a LOVE spend the week loving eachother...:)
Aug 3, 2013
Thanks, I hope to be there or be square. I Love Ireland. My family is from Cork. Soon, I will spend my life there forever and for ever, amen! Robert says Peace & Love To You
Aug 6, 2013
Hello Bit, sir! Thanks for befriending me. I want to emigrate from this corrupted country and move to the country whence my family once came. Cork is my new home. I will be there asap or sooner... as soon as my new book gets finalized into contract. Thanks again. I look forward to seeing you in real life.
Thanks for the welcome Bit. Don't know too much about history but I might provide some thoughts on music if that suits. Looks like a great community here. Glad to be a part of it. Tony
Aug 7, 2013
Go raibh mile maith agat, a Bit! If you're a writer, too, I'd like to know about what you're creating! Pat McA
Aug 26, 2013
Wow, Bit, that's quite a compilation of creativity! It wasn't until I retired from my job a few years ago that I've settled into writing seriously. My first novel, Out of the Mist is ready for shopping around. The second (#2 in the series), Alice of the Angels, is through second draft and needing a thorough polish and tweaking. My novel which will use a renovated Madeleine Laundry for the setting is mostly in my head and in note form after all the research. I've wanted to write a story with a ghost character and if the M. laundries aren't haunted, I don't know what is! I'm interested in hearing your point of view on the laundries or what you know about it being a loaded topic.I write fiction and don't want to be considered as opinionated or judgmental (at least in the book).
Sorry for the delay in friending you. Although your email came to me, it was intended for the Irish Cultural Society. It seems I am both myself and the ICS. I hope I can adjust to a Jekyll and Hyde existence. Stay well.
Aug 28, 2013
Thanks Bit for adding me! I've been on your email newsletter list and following you on facebook, for some time now. My main interest is genealogy and Irish history. I got so hooked on it that I studied to become a professional genealogist! I'm based in Dublin. I saw your post about 'brick walls'. If I can help any of your followers I'd be happy to. I have loads of free advice and tips on my website www.hiberniaroots.com or on my facebook page: www.facebook.com/hiberniaroots. I'd be happy to answer anyone's questions also.
Aug 30, 2013
Bit, You are certainly more computer savvy than I am. We are friends twice over, thanks to you. I wanted to "friend" you but couldn't figure out how to do it.
Stay well, John Walsh
My story starts back in the 90's when I became curious about my heritage which I knew nothing about. I read a book on Irish history and was stunned to find that it spanned more than 2,000 years!!
I decided if I want to really learn about the culture I would have to learn the language which I have. I founded my language school The Irish Gaelic Circle of Connecticut and currently teach Beginner's through Intermediate classes for the past 15 years. Some classes are held at the Greater Danbury Irish Cultural Center and others are on Skype.
My contact info is www.irishgaeliccircle.blogspot.com and Facebook.
I am looking forward to working with the Wild Geese.
Sep 2, 2013
Thank You. My McQuaid's came to Monson Massachusetts from Tummery, Dromore Tyrone in 1880. They survived the famine, but not the Land Wars. My other Tyrone lines are Barrett, McCourt and Gallagher. My Great Grandfather married in the US, to a Moriarty from Blennerville, Annagh, Kerry. My other Kerry lines are Griffin, Crowley and Craiggue (Craig). My Grandfather married a Lynch. They arrived in England before the 1851 census and came to Massachusetts in the 1870's. My GGrandfather Lynch married a Flynn. They went to Scotland before 1851 and came to Massachusetts in the late 1880's. I don't know where the Lynch's & Flynn's come from in Ireland. I also have Malone, Collins and O'Day lines that show up as maiden names on GG... Grandmother's death records. I have a Family history Blog; http://forgottenjourneys.blogspot.com/. I went to Ireland last year for two week. The tea was on and five car loads of cousins came to meet us at the Homestead, in the picture.
Sep 30, 2013
FAO: Bit Devine
Mike Quane is a friend of mine, and suggested that I sign up to be a New Wild Goose! Mike was one of the first people to be aware of my new book, Ireland in Word and Image. It's a 300 page coffee table book of my photos from the month that I spent shooting in Ireland this year and last. The photos are paired with Irish literature excerpts appropriate for each image.
I'm a photographer for Getty Images and was asked to do this book by the publishers of Welcome Books, the art book house of Random House. I've got some other professional interests in journalism and medicine. I'm delighted to be here among some people to remind me of the wonderful friends that I made in Ireland.
Oct 1, 2013
thank you. good to connect.
Oct 5, 2013
Thanks Bit, the midlands has been left out of so much over the years ..
Jan 24, 2014
Bit, do you know Aurora and/or Newmarket? I was raised in Aurora and married and lived in Newmarket for 24 years : ) And I know Richmond Hill well.
Apr 8, 2014
G'day Bit Devine,
Delighted to accept you as a friend. Sent this as well as clicking yes on your request just in case. Am enjoying your lively comments on WG site.
Cheers, James (Against The Wind).
Apr 12, 2014
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Jun 30, 2014
Thank you for befriending me. I'm working on my Keough/Keogh story and will share it as I find it.
Robert Keough, Long Lake, NY (That's the Adirondacks)
Jul 18, 2014
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Jul 31, 2014
Hi, nice to 'meet' you...Bit...I'm too curious about your name NOT to ask! Nickname, short for something else? Thanks! Cindy
Aug 13, 2014
Bit, what a darling childhood story! Thank you for sharing it with me - that was so sweet!
Aug 14, 2014
Thanks for the welcome. Much of my writing currently is in the sciences. I am particularly interested in the genetics of early Irish races. Hope to bring more information out to the modern Irish on this.
Aug 29, 2014
Looks like I'm rotated!!
Sep 19, 2014
thank you bit for your comments i have just put up a profile picture
Sep 25, 2014
By your picture, I am assuming that you are a photographer. Please send me
any of your works by email. Thanks,
Oct 1, 2014
Hello Bit. Have been researching my Irish family with a very English name, I have a grandfather George (1761) when he is witness at 2 weddings in Dunsany, Co.Meath but lost him after that. George and William run through the family until the present time. Have loads of info. about them all but this George is so elusive. Maybe he does not want to be found! Sorry, the English name is Webb.
Oct 2, 2014
HI NICE TO HEAR FROM YOU!I I live in Argentina and work in Dublin in July, travel with my stdents to our partner school CES in Dublin. I reun the O'Keefe school of English in La Plata and love my Irish roots
My dad was born to Carlos Eduardo O'Keefe son of Daniel O'Keefe and Margaret Fitzgerald and grandchild of Dennis O'Keefe ( born in Ireland ) married to mary Prindable . They came to Argentina in 1886.
My father married Maria teresa Bird Dolan,
my mum's mum was Sofia Teresa Dolan Murray, her grandfather was William Dolan Brown ( born in 1847 in co. Longford married to Elena Murray They arrived in Argentina in 1865
one of my mum's once removed cousins, Passionist Reverend Louis Dolan Kehoe ( NEW YORK) 11.3.1921- 15-10-2000 son of Juan Jose Dolan Murray, visited Ireland many times and left a letter telling us he met in MOATE CO Westmeath Pat and Betty Dolan, who lived in meyvoughly. Moate westmeath Pat's grand father was >LUIs's grandfather's brother .
I ve never met any relative of mine when in Ireland though I've been travelling to the island since 1994, and next year I would love to meet some meember of my ancient tribe!!!! hope you will be able to help me. Looking forward to hearing from you, Maureen O'Keefe www.okeefeschool.com.ar
Oct 8, 2014
Thanks for the welcome .I am in my Daddy's arms on the left.
Oct 15, 2014
Dear Mr. Devine, may I call you Bit? Thank you for the lovely welcome, what a delightful surprise. Although I am presently living in Pinetop I am a Brooklyn, New York lady. Miss the east especially the wonderful PEOPLE, THEY ARE THE GREATEST. Goal to get back perhaps Rhode Island. I wonder can I send a photo to the Astoria, Queens address and can someone just add it on your site?. Hate to admit not sure how to e-mail from my camera. Your website is so interesting I haven't had a chance to look at it all but loved the Connemara Castles and each article interesting and of course being Irish CHARMING. CAN THE IRISH BE ANYTHING ELSE. BEST WISHES. CHERYL .
Hi thanks for the friend request.
Oct 27, 2014
Nov 12, 2014
Thank you, Bit
Hi Bit! Good to see you here - I was asked to join WG by Gerry and am just now setting up my account. I did make it to the Aran Islands last summer for a 'research' trip :-) and hope to get out there again this Spring to film, do you recognise this place in the photo?
Dec 3, 2014
Hi Bit! Good to see you here - I was asked to join WG by Gerry and am setting up my account. I made it to the Aran Islands last summer for a 'research' trip :-) and will get there again to film in Spring. Here's a photo of my last trip - do you know where it was taken? :-)
Thank you for the welcome :)
Dec 15, 2014
Thanks, Bit i´mhonored to accept your request
Jan 14, 2015