Featured Blog Posts – January 2014 Archive (32)

The Unquiet Grave

A tale of love and loss, a poem, a tradition, a ballad, a folk-song, forever in our hearts.

Can you imagine how hard life was in the 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th century here in…

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Added by Brian Nolan on January 31, 2014 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

Great Irish Romances: Michael Collins and Kitty Kiernan

The story of Kitty Kiernan and Michael Collins evokes ancient themes from Greek or Shakespearean tragedy, and also reminds us that “It’s Complicated” applied to relationships long before the internet age. 

Kitty’s family owned the…

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Added by Kelly O'Rourke on January 30, 2014 at 8:00am — 5 Comments

Great Irish Romances: Diarmuid and Gráinne

Gráinne is the daughter of Cormac mac Art, High King of Ireland. She is betrothed to Fionn mac Cumhail, the leader of the Fianna, who, while still a mighty warrior, was at this time getting old. The famous chiefs of the Fianna were all assembled at Tara for the wedding feast and as…

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Added by Finbarr O'Regan on January 30, 2014 at 6:00am — No Comments

'Walls Along the Barricades' or Why Can't Protestants and Catholics Get Along?

A Book Review: "Walls – Travels Along The Barricades"

by Marcello Di Cintio

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Added by Sandy Boyer on January 29, 2014 at 10:00am — 4 Comments

Great Irish Romances: Oisín and Niamh

I don’t know what to make of this story, a great adventure of pre-Christian Ireland. There are many variants to this tale, but here are the basics: Oisín (oh-SHEEN) is one of the…

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Added by Jim Curley on January 29, 2014 at 9:00am — 11 Comments

A Tenner for a Tenor

So you have always told your wide-eyed, disbelieving grand-children that those scratchy 78's you have carefully stored in the attic would some day be worth money, y'know, the ones that you have been collecting for years at 'garage sales' and storage-lot auctions? Well they just got…

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Added by Brian Nolan on January 29, 2014 at 7:00am — 6 Comments

Great Irish Romances: Charles Stewart Parnell and Kitty O'Shea

Katharine O'Shea

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By Joseph Gannon

“None…

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Added by The Wild Geese on January 29, 2014 at 2:30am — No Comments

Saint Valentine in Ireland



by AOH NY State Historian Mike McCormack

In ancient Rome, February 14th was a holiday to honor Juno – the Queen of the Roman Gods and Goddesses and the Goddess of…

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Added by Mike McCormack on January 28, 2014 at 2:30pm — No Comments

St. Valentine Relics in Dublin Church

Not everybody who goes to Whitefriar Street church is Catholic, and not every Catholic who visits is a regular Mass-attender. There are a steady number of people who pass other interesting…

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Added by Liam Foley on January 27, 2014 at 3:00pm — 4 Comments

The Wild Geese Virtual Síbín with Storyteller Jim Hawkins

 

We hope you enjoy the above video which was broadcast LIVE here at …

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Added by The Wild Geese on January 25, 2014 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

Cruel Times for Ireland's Many Abandoned Horses

In this, the Year of the Horse, I am becoming more and more disheartened by the news stories and social media postings of various Animal rescues of Ireland with whom I am associated. There seems to be an epidemic of sorts. Horses left to starve in fields, locked in barns without food or water, left to the elements of these…

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Added by Bit Devine on January 24, 2014 at 2:30pm — 9 Comments

Film Review: 'Lone Survivor'

A war movie, particularly a war movie that is the true story of a real group of men and women, is hard to make and hard to watch. Anything short of the truth is disrespectful, but the truth is hard to define, hard to acknowledge, hard to understand.…

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Added by Sarah Nagle on January 23, 2014 at 2:00pm — 4 Comments

The Irish Character?

I am NOT advocating revolution or organization in any manner but I do have something I would like all of us to consider if you will.

Do you not find it to be a bit insulting to have the Irish alway characterized as brawling stiffs and drunkards?

Why, everywhere I travel I find novelty shops selling items show…

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Added by Danny Alexander on January 22, 2014 at 10:30am — 105 Comments

Review: 'Atlas of the Great Irish Famine'

Review by John Bruton

Atlas of the Great Irish Famine

Edited by…

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Added by The Wild Geese on January 22, 2014 at 6:30am — 6 Comments

The Fairies

by Patrick Bonar

Irish folk lore is part of our heritage and the tradition of storytelling runs strongly through our veins. It would be difficult to find an Irish person who did not hear the stories of ‘Oisin in the Land…

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Added by The Wild Geese on January 21, 2014 at 1:00pm — 4 Comments

Letters: Lifelines to the Old Country

 

We live in the age of the instantaneous. Emails, instant messaging, phone calls and video Skyping put us in almost immediate contact with our loved ones and our friends. Even if they live an ocean away, thanks to modern technology, the means of instant communication is…

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Added by Jim Goulding on January 21, 2014 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

Barrow St. Theatre - Malachy McCourt & 'Light of the Diddicoy'

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What an incredible evening. I am really finding myself to be quite possibly the luckiest writer on the circuit. After arriving in the city, I hung around Greenwich Village and visited the old haunts of my grandparents and great-grandparents at 463 Hudson Street, the saloon that was in my family from 1906 to the late 1970s. A bit nervous about the reading, I had a few drinks…

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Added by Eamon Loingsigh on January 19, 2014 at 1:30pm — 4 Comments

Flow Gently, Sweet Afton

Twelve of us set off from Felda at 10 am. I led the group as far as the Greengates, then pulled in to encourage them to go to the front. The strong group pulled away rapidly and I was happy to see them…

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Added by Pat Kilboy on January 12, 2014 at 7:30am — 6 Comments


Founding Member
James Joyce: 'Does Nobody Understand?'

On 11 January 1941, James Joyce underwent surgery in Zurich for a perforated ulcer. While he at first improved, he relapsed the following day, and despite several transfusions and fell into a coma. He awoke at 2 a.m. on 13 January 1941 and asked for a nurse to call…

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Added by Nollaig 2016 on January 11, 2014 at 9:00am — 13 Comments

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