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Too young to fly

Started Jun 17, 2015 0 Replies

'He had the world before him, fully fledged, full of confidence, ready for the off. He stood…Continue

Tags: Berleley, balcony, collapse, Ireland, Dublin

Some cures really are worse than the illness. The Irish Schools Folklore Collection 1937 has yielded a few!.

Started Mar 6, 2015 0 Replies

In France, they eat them! In Germany they race them! In Bikini Bottom they keep them as pets, but here in Galway,..... well, we cure warts with them!Yes, imagine having a wet, green, slimey snail…Continue

Tags: cures, dandruff, asthma, waist-coat, dalystown

Is Your 'Local' Irish Pub the Best in the Whole World? Which of the 7,000+ Irish Pubs Would You Vote For?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ron Redmond May 15, 2015. 3 Replies

The Irish pub - now there's a welcome sign! No matter where in the world you are, it brings…Continue

Tags: powers, paddy, Jameson, redbreast, Middleton

Certificate of Irishness - a load of BLAH?

Started this discussion. Last reply by macthunder Sep 12, 2014. 1 Reply

Ian O'Doherty makes a fair point in his article in the Irish Independent this week, but misses the real issue. …Continue

Tags: irish, diaspora, independent, Ian, O'Doherty

 

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I Just Love a Good Mystery!

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 determination and pride. Their home-spun, bespoke clothes are not of the poorer quality,…See More
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Gerry Regan commented on Brian Nolan's blog post I Just Love a Good Mystery!
"Mud on their shoes! Love her shawl! She's very sweet looking. What's that she's holding in her right hand? Looks like he's got part of a meal lingering on his vest by the right collar. He's holding something he's proud…"
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Brian Nolan commented on Brian Nolan's blog post I just love a good mystery!
"I know, but the use of the photo in the article on the Queen's visit to Dublin in 1900 is just a red herring. Great research by you though. B"
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Nollaig 2016 commented on Brian Nolan's blog post I just love a good mystery!
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Brian Nolan commented on Brian Nolan's blog post I just love a good mystery!
"Ok, just to rebut... Queen Victoria visited Ireland just 4 times, 1849, 1853, 1861 and 1900. She never visited Lisdoonvarna, so the idea of them (mother and son) going to see the Queen is incorrect. Likely it was a stock photograph used to embellish…"
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Brian Nolan commented on Brian Nolan's blog post I just love a good mystery!
"Interesting... I couldn't make out the writing... perhaps in the original it might be obvious... he does have a street singers gimp to him.... "
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Nollaig 2016 commented on Brian Nolan's blog post I just love a good mystery!
"John L. Stoddard's lectures. SUP.1. Stoddard, John L. (John Lawson), 1850-1931.  https://hdl.handle.net/2027/uiug.30112073259894?urlappend=%3Bseq=131 apparently the came to see the Queen"
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Nollaig 2016 commented on Brian Nolan's blog post I just love a good mystery!
"This pair may have had something to do with Newtown Castle near Ballyvaughan in Co. Clare. Apparently, this is a ballad singer and his mother. The paper the son is holding is a printed poem with the heading Lines on the Scenery round St.…"
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I Just Love a Good Mystery!

Posted 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…

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Everything Changed for Ireland After King Charles I's Execution

Posted on January 30, 2018 at 10:30am 1 Comment

This poem was penned after the death of King Charles I, who was beheaded outside Whitehall Palace in London on the afternoon of January 30th, 1649, exactly 368 years ago, today. 

"He nothing common did or mean

Upon that memorable scene:

But with his keener eye

The axe’s…

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Prayer of St. Brendan the Navigator

Posted on January 25, 2017 at 6:30am 6 Comments

When St. Brendan got back from his travels discovering America in a small wooden and leather boat around 564 AD, he wrote a book in Latin, 'Navigatio Brendani' or 'The Voyage of Brendan', which, some 900 years later (1477) convinced Christopher Columbus that there might just be something out there beyond the western…

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Unpacking 'The Wreck of the Hesperus'

Posted on January 7, 2017 at 8:30am 6 Comments

'You look like the wreck of the Hesperus' was a much-used phrase in our house in Loughrea, 20 miles from the sea at Galway Bay. Boys, well you know boys, they never comb their hair, never wash their hands, wear the same clothes forever. . . . You know the type, and obstinately oblivious of their appearance. In Ireland,…

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Comment Wall (4 comments)

At 2:36am on June 8, 2013, Ryan O'Rourke said…

Hi, Brian.

Just wanted to take a minute here to welcome you to The Wild Geese.  I see you're in Galway, as am I.  Great to have you among us.

Hope you've had a look around the site already -- some great articles, discussions, resources, etc.  Quite a little blossoming community here, and only bigger things to come!

So are you a lifelong Galwegian?  What are your interests as far as "Irishness," as Michael D. calls it?

Welcome aboard, Brian!

~ Ryan

At 10:35am on June 8, 2013, Gerry Regan said…

Failte, Brian. Looking forward to learning about your particular Irish passions, and some of your Irish story(ies). Ger

At 4:51pm on June 11, 2013, Ryan O'Rourke said…

Was just looking around on your personal blog, Brian.  Great stuff.  Hope you'll share some of your thoughts on the blogs here!

At 6:49am on January 1, 2015,
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That's Just How It Was
said…

Thank you Brian for that wonderful song ; I remember my Grand-mother/ Mother wanting to listen to it . It brings back fond memories .

The video below - will take you to a book I have dedicated to my Grandmother in particular . The past shapes us and makes us what we are . 

Youtube: http://youtu.be/oT0oOa0jx28

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