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Irish-American Impresario P.S. Gilmore the Subject of New Radio Documentary

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jarlath MacNamara May 23, 2018. 1 Reply

Hello everyone! A radio documentary was launched this month by Athlone Community Radio in Ireland titled "The Bandmaster," highlighting the life of the great Irishman Patrick Sarsfield Gilmore. This…Continue

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Meeting yesterday in the Dail re P S Gilmore story and its implications

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Yesterday we met Eamon Gilmore TD {former Tanaiste or Deputy Prime Minister } to discuss the…Continue


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I just added a few tissue thin poems to my collection including this one below . It has faded and is wafer thin so some of the words are obliterated . If anyone has any knowledge of this poem please…Continue

The Great Irish Famine

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For anyone in Ireland or visiting in February , please note the following seminar on Emigration in the Famine .Seminar on Irish Emigration in the 19th CenturyEdenderry Historical Society in county…Continue


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Gilmore's Two Extraordinary July 4th Concerts, Six Years Apart

Patrick Sarsfield Gilmore (or P.S. Gilmore), from Ballygar, County Galway, was an emigrant like a million others fleeing the famine in 1849. By 1872, Gilmore was Ireland's best-known face in America. Musician, Conductor and Bandmaster; he was a household name to Americans across the young country.  He led the most famous musical organization of the 19th Century called  “Gilmores Band." For…See More
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Ireland's First Superstar Stars in RTE Documentary

Posted on November 6, 2018 at 7:30am 0 Comments

Hello America,

Two days ago this radio documentary was launched by RTE in Ireland to great applause about P. S. Gilmore, 1829-1892, with the help of great historians like TheWildGeese.irish's own Gerry Regan; New York Irish History Roundtable's…


RTE Radio To Highlight Irish Legacy in America's Civil War

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Over the next two Sundays, RTE Radio 1 in Dublin will broadcast programmes on the legacy of the Irish in the American Civil War . Programme 2 will feature the importance of P. S. Gilmore as the unofficial 'bandmaster general' of the Union Army and the role that music played in the propaganda of the war.  The programs will air on…


Seeking Info on Irish Activist John Boyle O'Reilly in Boston

Posted on October 24, 2015 at 11:00am 1 Comment

I'm seeking some background on John Boyle O'Reilly and his life in Boston, particularly his involvement with the Irish community then (including the Catalpa Affair). I have uncovered some wonderful inks between…


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At 1:48pm on October 4, 2011, Gerry Regan said…
Welcome, Jarlath. Thrilled to have you join us here in the 'clubhouse' for TheWildGeese.com's most committed.
At 4:59pm on October 17, 2011, Gerry Regan said…
Thank you, Jarlath, for you kind words about our efforts to honor Gilmore. By the way, are there any Gilmore-related concerts planned. Please use the events feature, found in the right column, to share with us any upcoming historical events.

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