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The Gaelic Quatrain -- Students, Sharpen Your Pencils

Posted on January 23, 2017 at 6:00pm 1 Comment


The Irish Cultural Society announces its annual writing contest for students in the 9th through 12th grades in the Nassau County high schools.  The materials describing the contest, named the Martin J. Kelly…


Happy 20th Anniversary!

Posted on December 25, 2016 at 11:30am 8 Comments

Where would we who must keep current on things Irish be without The Wild Geese?  Gerry and Joe, founding fathers, have given to us all the gifts of Irish history, Irish culture, and Irish contemporary life.  They invite us to go to Ireland, to listen to…


Easter Rising the Focus of Irish Cultural Society Writing Contest

Posted on January 16, 2016 at 7:00pm 1 Comment

The Irish Cultural Society has announced its annual writing contest for students in the 9th through 12th grades in Nassau County (NY) high schools.  The materials describing the contest have been mailed to the English Departments of the Nassau schools, public and private, and they have been posted on the…


The Irish in Baseball

Posted on September 14, 2014 at 5:00pm 0 Comments

Those attending the Irish Cultural Society meeting in the Garden City Library on September 10, 2014 now know how baseball got its term “pinch hitter.”  When John McGraw was asked why he signed the over-the-hill player Mike (Turkey Mike) Donlon to the team, McGraw explained that Turkey Mike was good in a…


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At 12:00pm on August 21, 2013,
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Valerie Lapin Ganley

Hello John,

Thank you for your speedy response to my message.  

Now you've got me curious about your correspondence with Begin. I believe Begin and Briscoe had differences of opinion when it came to tactics. Did his response suggest that?

My apologies for such a curt request to you. Since I didn't have an email address for you, I relied on the Friend Request format which only allows 200 characters. I had hoped to tell you more about Shalom Ireland and what we had in mind.

If you'd like to continue our dialogue, my email address is (You can check out the film too at .)

Best wishes,


At 1:35pm on September 4, 2013, Gerry Regan said…

John, go raibh maith agat for sending me that fascinating article about the heritage of Ireland's Jewry, and the letter sent to you by Menachem Begin. I hope you might consider posting on WG that article and the copy of the remarkable dialogue. Ger

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