January 2016 Blog Posts (25)

This Week in the History of the Irish: January 31 - February 6

LUAIN -- On February 1, 1702, the Irish Brigade of France added to its growing reputation as elements of the Brigade fought at the battle of Cremona during the War of Spanish Succession. With the city nearly overrun by Prince Eugene's Austrians, only the taking of the Po…


Added by The Wild Geese on January 30, 2016 at 1:00pm — No Comments

American Saga of Wexford-Born Immigrant Loftus Crosier Gray

The above is a picture of Loftus and Mary Gray, my great-great grandparents. Jack Holt, the husband of Mrs. Billie Jo Holt (who provided the above photo) is also a descendant of Loftus Gray. Jack's maternal grandfather was Walter Gray. The picture was given to Mrs. Holt by Anne Holt and later verified…


Added by Don Gray on January 30, 2016 at 8:30am — No Comments

Heritage Partner
Failte to The House of Monaghan

Hello fellow Wild Geese members!

Brian Monaghan here, founder and roaster at House of Monaghan - Custom Coffee Roasters.  I'm working on getting my profile up and hope to connect with lots of folks here.  My journey to roasting my own specialty coffee actually began in Ireland!  I'll be sharing more of that…


Added by House of Monaghan on January 25, 2016 at 6:00pm — 4 Comments

Great Great Grandad John Doherty's Pension

I live in County Clare, Ireland. All my family originate from the West Of Ireland, My GGGrandad John Doherty was a pensioner in 1866. The only way he could have a pension is from the military. Does anybody know how to find this out? I know that most Irish fought for the Irish Brigade.

Regards Ray (Doherty)

Added by Raymond Patrick Doherty on January 25, 2016 at 8:30am — 17 Comments

Graphic Novel About The Great Hunger

Hello again, I know I am posting another great piece. This is about the Great Hunger in Ireland but its done in a totally new way - a graphic novel. I am hoping to get a copy for myself and give it a read.…


Added by Catherine White on January 25, 2016 at 2:00am — No Comments

Epilogue -- The War Continues: Part 8, Trauma at The Burgery

Two months after the ambush at the Burgery, on the 18th of May, the body of Pat Keating was disinterred for burial in Kilrossanty, at the request of his family.

Above: In the front, left to right, are Tommy Boyle, George Lennon, Michael Foley. In the rear…


Added by Ivan Lennon on January 24, 2016 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

Colin Farrell Narrates '16 Rising Guided Tour

I wasn't sure if this had been posted yet, but I saw it online and thought it would be of interest to the members. I have watched it, and it is amazing to see the different places associated with the 1916 Easter Rising. Here's the link. More info can be…


Added by Catherine White on January 23, 2016 at 4:30pm — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: January 24 - January 30

DEARDAOIN -- On January 24, 1862, Miles Byrne, United Irishman and officer in Napoleon's Irish Legion, died in Paris. He was active in the 1798 Rising in Wexford and fought all its major battles, right through the rebels' climactic defeat at Vinegar…


Added by The Wild Geese on January 23, 2016 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Like the Frontier, 'Revenant' Is Brutal, Beautiful, Without Romance

The West, the American West, is the place in our souls where romance and reality meet head-on. Ironically it is also the place where reality and romance have always met head-on. Ever since “the West” was that ill-defined space on the map west of the White Mountains, west of the…


Added by Sarah Nagle on January 21, 2016 at 5:30pm — 7 Comments

Roots: Clashmore, Waterford

In 2011, I explored the farming area of Ardsallagh in the Clashmore parish of Waterford. My Hogan ancestors farmed in this area, which overlooks the Blackwater River. We enjoyed crossing the bridge to Youghal in County Cork and doing research in the Waterford library in Dungarvan, where my Whelan ancestors lived. Would love to…


Added by John hogan on January 21, 2016 at 3:30pm — 3 Comments

Founding Member
Easter Rising the Focus of Irish Cultural Society Writing Contest

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…


Added by John M. Walsh on January 16, 2016 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

This Week in the History of the Irish: January 17 - January 23

DOMHNAIGH -- On January 17, 1860, Dr. Douglas Hyde, Gaelic scholar and first President of Ireland, was born at Castlerea, Co. Roscommon. Hyde was the son of a Protestant minister and was educated at Trinity College, Dublin. He had a great facility for languages, learning Latin, Greek, Hebrew, French and German, but…


Added by The Wild Geese on January 16, 2016 at 2:00pm — No Comments

John Gregory Bourke: Part 2 - Warrior, Author, Humanitarian

(Above: Lt. Bourke saving bugler Elmer Snow in "Battle of the Rosebud" by Andy Thomas)

On June 17th, on the…


Added by Joe Gannon on January 16, 2016 at 2:00pm — 6 Comments

John Gregory Bourke: Part 1 - Warrior Anthropologist

Not many people in the United States or the world today know who Irish-American John Gregory Bourke was, and that is unfortunate. Few historical figures have ever had his rare combination of heroism in a major war; chronicling and participating in two decades of conflict with a fierce indigenous foe;…


Added by Joe Gannon on January 15, 2016 at 9:30pm — 5 Comments

The Iron Man

I'm not hugely into sports. I watch the big soccer and rugby games when Ireland plays. I appreciate the skill in a good boxing bout and I sit in awe whenever the Olympics is on and I can watch those jaw-dropping displays the gymnasts put on. Other than that, I’m not that pushed. However, my…


Added by David Lawlor on January 14, 2016 at 6:00am — 4 Comments

A Banter That Sings

The streets of Galway were gray that night. Everywhere I looked, gray buildings, gray sidewalks, gray sky, beneath a mist that floated inward from the Atlantic and hovered ominously, casting contrasting coronas of light upon the sidewalk from the interior lights of the handful of pubs still open in the midnight hour. Our…


Added by Claire Fullerton on January 12, 2016 at 5:30pm — 19 Comments

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

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…


Added by Jarlath MacNamara on January 11, 2016 at 6:00am — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: January 10 - January 16

LUAIN -- On January 11, 1775, Louis De Lacy (right), soldier in the armies of Spain and France, was born in St. Roque, Spain, near Gibraltar, of Irish parents. Louis' father, Patrick, was an officer in the Irish Ultonia regiment of the Spanish army. Louis entered his father's regiment at the age of only fourteen.…


Added by The Wild Geese on January 9, 2016 at 4:30pm — 3 Comments

Founding Member
'Himself': A Sweeping Saga of One Irish Immigrant's Experience

Himself: A Civil War Veteran's Struggles with Rebels, Brits and Devils.  By William J. Donohue 319 pp., 2014 Buffalo Heritage Press www.BuffaloHeritage.com, softcover $19.99…


Added by Kevin P Gorman on January 7, 2016 at 7:30pm — 3 Comments

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