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This Week in the History of the Irish: June 2 - June 8

DOMHNAIGH -- On June 2, 1567, Shane "the Proud" O'Neill was murdered. The eldest son of Conn O'Neill, 1st Earl of Tyrone, Shane became chief of the O'Neills in 1559. Shane alternately fought and negotiated with the English through the years. In 1562, Shane went to London to make peace…

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Added by The Wild Geese on June 1, 2019 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Hy Brasil, Songs of the Irish in Latin America

I'm a musician by trade but have also worked a good bit in documentary film over the last few years. Hy Brasil, as well as being the title of my new album, is an island from Irish mythology. "That shadowy isle" appeared on maps until the 1860's until they realised that it wasn't there at all, as…

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Added by Charles G O' Brien on June 1, 2019 at 9:30am — No Comments


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The Kilmallock Barracks Attack: Burning Down the House

Tomás Malone, aka Seán Forde, looked down at the gaping hole in the roof of the Royal Irish Constabulary barracks and hurled in another Mills bomb, hoping that this time he would see the roof explode in flames. They had thrown several gasoline-filled bottles into the gaping hole already from their…

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Added by Joe Gannon on May 27, 2019 at 2:00am — 3 Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: May 26 - June 1

DOMHNAIGH-- On May 26, 1706, Col. Charles O'Brien, 5th Viscount Clare, died from wounds suffered at the…

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Added by The Wild Geese on May 25, 2019 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Potatoes -- The Stuff of Greatness

I’m writing this post from Dublin, where I’m finishing up another great visit to Ireland. You know what that means? I’ve had potatoes [nearly] for breakfast, lunch, and dinner in as many shapes and textures as one can imagine: fried potatoes for breakfast, chips to go with fish at lunch, and…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on May 24, 2019 at 10:00am — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: May 19 - May 25

DOMHNAIGH -- On May 19, 1798, Lord Edward Fitzgerald , military…

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Added by The Wild Geese on May 18, 2019 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Castlebar Honors Native Son, Inventor Extraordinaire

Louis Philip Brennan was born on Main Street, Castlebar, County Mayo, on January 28, 1852, the 10th child of Thomas Brennan, a hardware merchant in the town. 

After the death of at least five of his older siblings…

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Added by Brían Hoban on May 15, 2019 at 6:00pm — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: May 12 - May 18

DOMHNAIGH -- On May 12, 1916, the British army executed Sean Mac Diarmada and James Connolly, the last of the Rising leaders they would kill in Dublin. The treatment accorded to Connolly, a hero among the poor of Ireland for his…

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Added by The Wild Geese on May 12, 2019 at 9:30am — No Comments

Review: 'The Labour Hercules' by Jeffrey Leddin

THE LABOUR HERCULES: The Irish Citizen Army and Irish Republicanism 1913-1923

[Irish Academic Press ISBN: 9781788550741]

Jeffrey Leddin’s latest book charts the rise and activities of Irish Labour’s first urban working-class militia. The Irish…

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Added by DJ Kelly on May 7, 2019 at 3:30am — No Comments


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This Week in the History of the Irish: May 5 - May 11

DOMHNAIGH -- On May 5, 1981, Bobby Sands (right) died on hunger strike at Long Kesh prison. He had begun the strike on March 1, in…

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Added by Joe Gannon on May 4, 2019 at 7:00pm — No Comments


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Eugene Daly: Westmeath Piper Barely Survives Titanic's Sinking

It had been about a half hour since 29-year-old Eugene Daly had been startled awake from his bunk on the Titanic by the strange screeching noise. As he came up the stairway and emerged on the 3rd class well-deck near the bow, what he saw filled his heart with dread. He…

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Added by Joe Gannon on May 3, 2019 at 9:00pm — 5 Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: April 28 - May 4

DOMHNAIGH -- On April 28, 1916, as the rebels in Dublin were being squeezed harder and harder by the British and nearing the end of their resistance, outside the city the rebels were achieving a small victory. Led by Thomas Ashe, a group of Irish Volunteers ambushed a 40-man unit of the…

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Added by The Wild Geese on April 27, 2019 at 11:30pm — No Comments

The Poet



On Easter Monday 1916 one of the most important events in the long, tortuous history of Ireland took place. The event, so shocking and bold, is still debated and analysed until this very day. This is a personal tribute to that  handful of dreamers and visionaries, the…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on April 21, 2019 at 5:00am — 12 Comments

‘Blood Upon The Rose’: Poet's Universal Easter Contemplation

I see his blood upon the rose

And in the stars the glory of his eyes,

His body gleams amid eternal snows,

His tears fall from the skies.…

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Added by Gerry Regan on April 20, 2019 at 10:30pm — No Comments

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

MÁIRT -- On April 23, 1014 the Battle of Clontarf, one of the most famous and important battles in Irish history, was fought just north of Dublin. It was a bloody stand-up battle, fought mainly with ax and sword, with Brian Boru's men prevailing. This battle would later enter Irish legend as the place where…

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Added by The Wild Geese on April 20, 2019 at 4:30pm — No Comments

'Eaton Mess' An Easy Springtime Dessert

While locally grown berries are not quite in-season yet in most parts of the U.S., their wide availability makes them popular year-round. For a quick and delicious Easter dessert, you might want to serve this easy-to-assemble berries-and-cream dish known as Eton Mess. Despite its rather inelegant…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on April 16, 2019 at 2:30pm — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: April 14 - April 20

LUAIN -- On April 15, 1848, in Dublin, Thomas Francis Meagher presented the tricolor national flag of Ireland to the public for the first time at a meeting of the Young Ireland Party. Meagher had recently gone to Paris with an Irish delegation sent to congratulate the French republicans on…

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Added by The Wild Geese on April 13, 2019 at 11:30am — No Comments

'Mad Mike' Hoare Turns 100 Years Old

Mad Mike’ Hoare believed you get more out of life by living dangerously. And yet about 35 family and friends gathered in Durban, South Africa, on 17 March, St Patrick’s Day, to honour Mike as he turned 100 years old. Among them were five of the Wild Geese who fought with him in the Congo in the…

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Added by Christopher Sean Hoare on April 12, 2019 at 8:30am — No Comments

Fascinating and Hilarious Entertainment

I’m celebrating new membership in The Wild Geese. Recently I read Colm Herron’s A Maiden So Bewitching and asked him if I might post a comment. Having read other of his books and essays, how could I help but notice right away that this is something different – totally different – from his earlier…

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Added by Jude ODell on April 11, 2019 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Fr. Sylvester Malone: Famed for Love of America and Ecumenicism

When Fr. Sylvester Malone died Dec. 29, 1899, almost at the very end of the century, it signaled the end of an era not only for the Catholic community  in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, but also for the entire neighborhood. A beloved and respected figure among all local residents, Fr. Malone (pictured left) had…

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Added by Geoffrey Cobb on April 7, 2019 at 8:30pm — No Comments

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