January 2015 Blog Posts (76)

Quiz: Can You Name These Irish Sights?

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Added by The Wild Geese on January 15, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

Derivation of your Surname

There is a site on the web devoted to finding out the history of your surname and what is the Irish Equivalent of you surname. It's a pretty spartan affair, but the website is very easy to use.

You can find it here: Sloinne 

Thanks to the Irish Central website for the tip

From the website:


'Sloinne' is the Gaelic translation for 'Surname', the purpose of this website is to develop a comprehensive…


Added by Greg Lynch Jr on January 14, 2015 at 12:15pm — No Comments

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Eamon de Valera Speech to be Analyzed

Irish Society Writing Contest

The Irish Cultural Society announces its annual writing contest for students in the 9th through 12th grades in the Nassau County high…


Added by Irish Cultural Society of GC on January 13, 2015 at 4:00pm — 5 Comments

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Author of - That's Just How It Was

 While I was researching my Grand- mothers story ; I found it facilitating  that I had know all these things about my grand-mother ; but did not really [in my child's mind] connect them to reality. 

When she spoke about the cabins - as in ' you do not go cabin hunting'  [to her grand-children] - I honestly thought that this was just a phrase she used  to ensure that we did not stay in other peoples homes. 

What in fact she was telling us was that her life had been spent in a…


Added by That's Just How It Was on January 13, 2015 at 7:46am — No Comments

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Leaders of the world take note .

'The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.'
         -- Edmund Burke

Added by That's Just How It Was on January 11, 2015 at 6:13am — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: January 11 - January 17

National Army Museum

An officer from an Irish regiment of the Spanish army, 1808. The uniform coat would have been sky-blue.

DOMHNAIGH -- On January 11, 1775, Louis De Lacy,…


Added by The Wild Geese on January 10, 2015 at 8:00pm — No Comments

The Woman Who Married Irishmen

What’s hard about doing your family tree is finding some branches you’d rather break off, and one that comes to mind is a Kentuckian, a Gregory, whose 19 slaves were identified only by gender and age in the 1850 census, as if they were machine parts rather than human beings. That’s…


Added by Jim Gregory on January 10, 2015 at 2:00pm — 4 Comments

Heroism at 'Selma': Were the Irish On The Right Side of History?

"Selma," a new film that just went wide to screens around the US, is an Interesting film, and for me as a student of the American, as well as the Irish, experiences, one well worth the investment to watch. The film narrates the epic events from…


Added by Gerry Regan on January 10, 2015 at 12:00pm — 7 Comments

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On the subject of Nollaig na Mban

Nollaig na mBAn ; women’s Christmas  - or Old Chrstmas Day as it later became know as .

For the lucky women who were able to participate in Nollaig na mBan  - it was considered a tradition to be a part of women’s gathering together  for a celebration of their right to a ‘day off’ if you will !.

As it was a common held thought that a women was at the hearth of the family and on beck and call for their menfolk ; being entirely responsible for the whole running of the household…


Added by That's Just How It Was on January 10, 2015 at 11:16am — No Comments

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Excerpts from - That's Just How it Was

' For the whole family , makeshift beds lined the wall's with little else in the way of furniture -possibly a couple of chairs, cloths, and well worn blankets that had been given to them by local charities'. 

Added by That's Just How It Was on January 10, 2015 at 8:19am — No Comments

Surnames: Caledonia and Hibernia - 'Mac' or 'Mc'

Mac, Gaelic for "son", is the most common element of Scottish and Irish surnames. In both countries, Mc is always an abbreviation of Mac.…


Added by Dee Notaro on January 10, 2015 at 4:30am — 3 Comments

'Stand Up and Fight' to chronicle Limerick’s Military Heritage

I found this on the Limerick County Council website and thought I should share. I thought it especially apropos since the exhibition starts with Siege of Limerick and the Flight of the Wild Geese.

(Left: King John's Castle, Limerick)

Friday, 9th January 2015

Private collectors and members of the public are being asked to…


Added by The Wild Geese on January 9, 2015 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Not Too Frigid To Hear the Story of The Irish in 'Da Big Easy'

New York -- About 20 stalwarts, including three members of The Wild Geese, trekked to American Irish Historical Society last night in near sub-zero temperatures for a presentation on "…


Added by Gerry Regan on January 8, 2015 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

John F. Kennedy: A Very Personal Retrospective

From November 2013

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I’ve been thinking about the assassination of President Kennedy a lot the last two weeks. I will be…


Added by Jim Gregory on January 7, 2015 at 7:30pm — 3 Comments

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Excerpts --That's Just How It Was

'Bridget's assumption that that her grandparents had been tenant farmers was gleaned from the many conversations that she would hear her parents and the neighbors talk speak about as times went by . These people who had evicted from their homes as the rich English Landlords all had to try and exist and live by any means available to them '

Added by That's Just How It Was on January 7, 2015 at 10:33am — No Comments

In the Footsteps of Giants

The only Irish attraction to make Conde Naste Travel Magazine's "20 Most Beautiful UNESCO Word Heritage Sites" was County Antrims's Giant's Causeway.  The 40,000 basalt stone columns that stretch into the sea…


Added by Michael Quane on January 7, 2015 at 10:30am — 3 Comments

The Goldfinch

One day I watched my father from high up in the branches of the old Rowan tree that grew close to our house. He was walking down the creamery road, his brown felt hat pushed back on…


Added by John Anthony Brennan on January 6, 2015 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

Reply just received from CHANNEL 4 - Do you believe it , I certainly dont ?

Dear Mr MacNamara,

Thank you for your email in response to recent newspaper articles around Hungry, a recently commissioned script from Dublin-based writer Hugh Travers. The script is in the development stage and is not currently planned to air.

As a broadcaster, we always ensure that any programme or series produced on our behalf, complies with guidelines set down by the Ofcom Broadcasting Code.

Finally, please be assured that your concerns around the proposed content…


Added by Jarlath MacNamara on January 6, 2015 at 6:00pm — 3 Comments

Irish Brigade Clears Way for Governor Mario Cuomo, March 1991

New York -- News of the passing of former New York state Governor Mario Cuomo reminds me of one of several serendipitous encounters I had with the Governor, whom I once happily envisioned as US president. With his flights of eloquence, his progressive views, and staunch opposition to the death penalty, he seemed to exude the self-assurance and humanism…


Added by Gerry Regan on January 6, 2015 at 3:00pm — No Comments

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