February 2014 Blog Posts (73)

Fáilte Chuig Texas!

Most folks look to the East Coast, Boston, New York, Washington D.C., when they think of the Irish in America and their contributions historically. However, it was the Irish who were among the first Settlers in what was then Spanish-ruled Texas.

Hugo O’Conor, Roscommon…


Added by Bit Devine on February 28, 2014 at 3:00pm — 4 Comments

The Aldred History.

John Aldred was born near Galway Ireland in 1815.

Added by John W. Martin on February 28, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Irish American Heritage Month

Just a reminder to all, March begins the time dedicated to Irish-Americans and the irish everywhere. It is a time to celebrate our history, culture, accomplishments and ties to the homeland!  

The following is from the website of the same name. If you haven't visited it would be well worth your time.  I plan to post the video from that site on my Facebook page for all to see!



Added by Danny Alexander on February 28, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

Introducing The Wild Geese Irish Ancestry Group

We are pleased to announce the debut of the latest members' group here in The Wild Geese community.  The "Irish Ancestry" group is open to all members of The Wild Geese, and will become the hub for all things relating to ancestry and genealogical research.  Within this…


Added by The Wild Geese on February 28, 2014 at 8:00am — 9 Comments

Happy Birthday, John Montague

John Montague is one of Ireland’s best known contemporary poets. He is the author of many books of poetry, stories, memoirs and essays. In his work Ireland is a recurring theme and in many of his poems he draws on his experiences as a young boy in Tyrone (for example, in The…


Added by Mercier Press on February 28, 2014 at 4:30am — No Comments

St. Patrick's Relics

For generations, the sacred remains of Saint Patrick, the great Apostle of Ireland; Saint Brigid, the renowned Virgin; and Saint Columcille, the illustrious missionary, lay far distant from each other. When St Patrick died at Saul in 493, a question arose over where to bury him.…


Added by Mike McCormack on February 27, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

Irish Family Trees

How I am Finding (and Strengthening) My Irish Roots

by Kristin Waggoner, for The Irish Gift

I couldn't tell you when it…


Added by The Irish Gift on February 27, 2014 at 9:30am — 7 Comments

How I Learn Irish Gaelic Online

A Life-Long Fascination with Gaeilge

by Crystailín Narayana, for The Irish Gift

Ever since I was a…


Added by The Irish Gift on February 27, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

The Irish Soldiers of Mexico

The True History of the San Patricios

One of the least-known stories of the Irish who came to America in the 1840s is that of the Irish battalion that fought on the Mexican side in the U.S.-Mexico…


Added by michael hogan on February 27, 2014 at 7:30am — 13 Comments

‘Birthday Boy’: Seeking Patrick O’Connor

I have not always been Gerry Regan.

I was born Patrick O’Connor, on February 26, 1953, to a woman I finally met 44 years later. And on learning my first and last name, I was frankly surprised. The name seemed stage-Irish, recalling for me, Harrigan and Hart. For a…


Added by Gerry Regan on February 26, 2014 at 12:30pm — 28 Comments

Celebrate Seachtain na Gaeilge 2014

Seachtain na Gaeilge (Irish Language Week) is an international Irish language festival and one of the biggest celebrations of our native language and culture that takes place each year in Ireland and in many other countries. 

This year’s festival is running from 1 –…


Added by Ryan O'Rourke on February 26, 2014 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

Learn the Irish Language, Wit and Charm

Did you know there is no Gaelic term for yes or no in the Irish language? Or did you know that there is no j, k, q, v, w, x, y or z in the Irish alphabet?   Have…


Added by The Irish Store on February 26, 2014 at 5:00am — 3 Comments

Looking for

I’m looking for paintings and sketches of Wolfe Tone, his capture, and trial. The 1790’s Armagh disturbances, peep of the day and Orange Boys wrecking parties.

Added by David Dinning on February 24, 2014 at 7:02pm — No Comments

The History of Saint Patrick

Saint Patrick’s Day as been celebrated on March 17th since the early seventeenth century. The day commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, as well as the celebration of all things Irish; culture and heritage. It is widely celebrated all around the…


Added by The Irish Store on February 24, 2014 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Limerick the City

I am amazed at how often the descendants of Limerick emigrants come back to Limerick and are shocked that we do not look like the photo above, with barefooted children an women in shawls:

It has been said to me "Oh! I thought you all lived in the…


Added by Limerick's Life on February 23, 2014 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

The Irish Gift - Online Irish Language Classes and Much More

Welcome to The Irish Gift, an Irish organization that provides online classes in the East Galway music tradition and the music of Eddie Kelly. We also offer classes in the Irish language, sean nós singing and sean nós dancing. Online classes in bodhrán and uilleann pipes are also…


Added by The Irish Gift on February 23, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: February 23 - March 1

Hulton Deutsch

Roger Casement being led out of Pentonville Prison, where he would later be hanged.

DOMHNAIGH -- On February 23, 1965, Irish patriot…


Added by The Wild Geese on February 22, 2014 at 4:30pm — No Comments

‘St. Pat’s Drinking Team’: Taking On Irish Stereotypes

Sign Our Petition Taking On Irish Stereotypes

“Irish I Were Drunk” -- huh?

Sadly, you can readily find these words emblazoned on merchandise at a retailer near…


Added by The Wild Geese on February 22, 2014 at 1:30pm — 26 Comments

Color Sergeant Michael Brady: The Luckiest Irishman in America's Civil War

If you have seen seen the movie "Gettysburg," you might notice that during the climatic Pickett's Charge, behind the Union line at the Bloody Angle are two flags, the Regimental stars and stripes, and the state flag--green with a gold trim. This green flag was the only Pennsylvania flag not…


Added by Michael H.J. Kane on February 21, 2014 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

Six Weeks to Learn the Irish Language

Colaiste Lurgan, the creative and ever-blossoming Irish language school in Connemara, is preparing for the March 3rd launch of their massive initiative to help people who would like to learn the Irish language.

Here's Lurgan's description of the initiative they're calling “Sé Seachtaini” (six…


Added by Ryan O'Rourke on February 21, 2014 at 4:30am — 2 Comments

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