February 2016 Blog Posts (38)

'Cásca'16' -- Birth of a Nation?

May 27th, sees the opening night of Cásca '16' -- a musical drama based on the events of the Easter Rising of 1916.

The production, penned by myself will be held at the South Birmingham College, For further information you'll find me on

Cásca'16 web page.

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Added by Risteárd Sinclair on February 29, 2016 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

Irish in the American Revolution

Mary Thorpe

Thank you for the comment on my blog. I recently purchased "That's the Way it Was." Wish I had it when I wrote, "The last of the Fenians."

Most Irish-Americans know of Washington crossing the Delaware. Few, however, know of how he got to the Pennsylvania side in the first place. Four Irishmen, Moylan, Barry, Colvin & McConkey saved his army from annihilation.

Were you aware that Irish born James Smith signed the Declaration of Independence?



Added by James Francis Smith on February 28, 2016 at 5:34pm — 1 Comment

Easter Rising to Irish Civil War Archive Available Online

The Modern Records Centre at the University of Warwick Library has digitised a selection of photographs, booklets, postcards and reports relating to the Easter Rising, Irish War for Independence and Irish Civil War. The collection is free to view …


Added by Kieron Punch on February 28, 2016 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Is Ireland Still There?

Pete Hamill, a prolific writer residing in New York City, was born and raised by parents who had emigrated from Belfast, Ireland. Writing about his first trip to Ireland – a journey not taken till he was a grown man -- he talks about boarding the plane as “a newspaperman, trained by vigorous masters to…


Added by Susan O'Dea Boland on February 28, 2016 at 11:30am — 11 Comments

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Erskine Childers: Author, Irish Gunrunner, Churchill's Bête Noire

Robert Erskine Childers {Erskine} 25th June 1870 – 24 Nov1922 -  was born in Mayfair London the second son in a family of five children – to Robert Caesar Childers and Anna Mary Henrietta Barton.…


Added by That's Just How It Was on February 28, 2016 at 9:30am — No Comments

The Last Torch - Melbourne Fringe Festival - October 2014 - ACT TWO

Hard to hear the lyrics in the next scene. So here's one I prepared earlier. "The Queen" from The Last Torch…


Added by The Last Torch on February 27, 2016 at 9:30pm — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: February 28 - March 5

MÁIRT -- On March 1, 1776, Irish-born Andrew Lewis was appointed a brigadier general in the Continental…


Added by The Wild Geese on February 27, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

George Thomas: The Irishman Who Would Be King - Part 2

Unfortunately Thomas’ new employer, like so many of chiefs in the region, was dishonorable and motivated by greed and little else. Still, as had been the case with The Begum, Thomas was an honorable man in a dishonorable world. He served his new employer well, refusing several chances to…


Added by Joe Gannon on February 26, 2016 at 9:30am — 5 Comments

The Lark -- A Magazine For Children

The Lark is a magazine for children containing stories, poems, artworks, riddles plays and more!

It is an independent ad-free publication with a strong focus on engaging young readers with characters and content they will come to know…


Added by Anna O'Faolan on February 25, 2016 at 12:30am — No Comments

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Commemorating the Martyrs of 1916

Following the surrender of the Easter Rising, the  Rebel leaders were tried, court-martialed and executed by firing squad in the former stonebreakers yard at Kilmainham Prison, Dublin, from May 3rd to May 12th 1916, with Roger Casement being court-martialed and hanged in the U.K. on 3rd August 1916.

General Sir John…


Added by Totally Irish Gifts on February 24, 2016 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

George Thomas: The Irishman Who Would Be King - Part 1 of 2

To say the prospects of children born into poverty-stricken Irish Catholic families in the 18th century were poor, with the Penal Laws still being used to oppress the Catholic population, would be a…


Added by Joe Gannon on February 24, 2016 at 8:00am — No Comments

Pearse's Footprints

There is an exciting buzz in the build-up to the centenary 1916 Easter Rising celebrations that are going on around the country at the moment.  Here in Ros Muc the community is in full swing preparing for all the different events that will be held throughout the year. Known also as Ros Na gCaoireach in the literary world Ros…


Added by Bernie Joyce on February 21, 2016 at 7:00pm — 8 Comments

The Final-Word on Kennedy's Assassination

I’d like to take a moment and explain my absence from contributing to “The Wild Geese.” I caught the bug. In my upcoming novel, “The Final-Word,” covering Kennedy’s assassination, I’m bringing SH over from England to resolve the century’s most intently studied, but as yet, unsolved murder. The world’s most famous detective would likely describe his task as assembling an extensive jigsaw puzzle. A puzzle missing many of the pieces — some by intent, others by sloppy…


Added by James Francis Smith on February 20, 2016 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: February 21 - February 27

LUAIN -- On February 22, 1886, Conservative Party politician Lord Randolph Churchill, father of Winston Churchill, gave what many consider one of the single most destructive speeches in Irish history, inciting militant loyalists at Ulster Hall…


Added by The Wild Geese on February 20, 2016 at 9:30am — No Comments

Is Irish Pride on the Wane?

In the 2010 census over 38 million acknowledged their Irish ancestry. Recently IrishCentral.com pegged the number at 36 million.

I believe the decline occurred because Irish-Americans in general don't understand what our…


Added by James Francis Smith on February 19, 2016 at 7:30pm — 1 Comment

'The Wolf and the Shield': A Boy in 5th Century Ireland

I'm new to the Wild Geese flock so I thought I'd post about a few things. But the spirit of St. Patrick carries through all of them. 

The Wolf and the Shield: An Adventure with Saint Patrick

For those of you who know children ages 8-12, you might be interested in my book,…


Added by Sherry Weaver Smith on February 19, 2016 at 5:00pm — 5 Comments

The Goat

Her name was Gray, which I found fitting because her eyes were that stormy blue-gray you seldom see, and when the sky was overcast, you had to squint to bring what little blue they had into focus. She had an arresting face and a delicate manner, but she dressed with neither forethought or self-awareness, usually…


Added by Claire Fullerton on February 17, 2016 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

Irish Pilgrim Paths Day and the Irish Pilgrim Tag™

National Pilgrim Paths Day is a new Easter Festival based on Ireland’s dense network of medieval pilgrim walking routes. This new heritage themed event is organised by the local communities adjacent to each of our principal penitential routes and is aimed at raising…


Added by Thomas R. on February 16, 2016 at 2:30am — No Comments

Commemorating the Famed Connaught Rangers


Added by Thomas R. on February 16, 2016 at 2:30am — No Comments

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