March 2013 Blog Posts (54)

Like Father, Like Daughter: Q&A With Fiddler Marie Reilly

(All photos by James Higgins)

Fiddler Marie Reilly, 58, clearly has much to be grateful for, not the least of which is a much praised new album, “The Anvil,” her first, created after a 23-year self-imposed pause from playing.  Irish Echo reviewer Dan Neely, for example, called the…


Added by The Wild Geese on March 30, 2013 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Using Y-DNA to Close-in on my Irish Ancestors' Genetic Homeland

Part one of my interview with Tyrone Bowes of described how we can use our Y-DNA Chromosome test results to go back 800 to 1000 years to…

Added by The Wild Geese on March 30, 2013 at 6:30pm — No Comments

A Day in the Life of Irish Genealogists: Q&A With Nicola Morris, Helen Kelly

At The Wild Geese, we work every day to weave the threads of individual Irish stories into the tapestry of heritage“wherever green is worn.” Whether you are still pulling at strings or have a fully woven view of your own Irish story, a professional genealogist may hold the key to learning…

Added by The Wild Geese on March 30, 2013 at 6:30pm — No Comments

The Irish-American Story

When considering changing the title of my book The Life and Times of Liam O'Donnell to The O'Donnells of Philadelphia, an Irish-American Saga, 1918-1946, I became inspired:


The Irish-American Story

James Francis Smith


We dug the coal mines and…


Added by James Francis Smith on March 30, 2013 at 6:10pm — No Comments

Blessings of Easter to The Wild Geese ... Worldwide

Illustration by Maryann Tracy

Beannachtaí Na Cásca Ort!

Happy Easter!

From Your Friends at The (New) Wild Geese…

Added by The Wild Geese on March 30, 2013 at 12:30pm — No Comments

The Ill-Effects of Unity: How it Caused Ireland to be Reconquered by the Tudor Dynasty

By Riocard Ó Cruimin

            The Tudor period of English history ran from the late 15th Century to the early 17th Century, beginning during the…

Added by Riocard Ó Cruimín on March 27, 2013 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

'We Are To Be Shot in the Morning'

Paddy Nolan's final letter home to his parents. Click on the

image to see a larger view.

3 teens among 7 IRA 'irregulars' executed 90 years ago in Kildare

'We are…


Added by The Wild Geese on March 26, 2013 at 9:00pm — 3 Comments

The Cremean Family Journey, From Ireland to Appalachia

By Riocard O'Cruimin

Cremeans family history is an interesting one to say the least: Our forefathers hailed from southern Ireland, where the Cremeans and its variants came into being in the late 14th century as a major second branch of the MacCarthy Reagh lineage. Its territories stretched from the counties of Kerry to its final home in the Barony of Carbery in an area called Duhallow, and it was with in…


Added by Riocard Ó Cruimín on March 26, 2013 at 5:30am — 10 Comments

Dusting Off the Travel Memories - Part 2

Ireland to Texas, the Circle is Complete

In the most unlikely places, connections can be found linking two cultures, two worlds and two vastly different centuries. Such was the case in a small, village in County Laois, Ireland.

At the edge of Ballybritas, on the back road to Vicarstown, sits the dairy farm of Michael and Brigid Dempsey. It is a quiet, unassuming…


Added by Bit Devine on March 26, 2013 at 2:00am — 4 Comments

Gaeilge á Labhairt Anseo ~ Irish Spoken Here

Word Nerd Alert! I am a self-professed word-aholic. Even in my young years, I read dictionaries for fun. It was no surprise then to anyone when I chose English as my major in college. It was also no great surprise that my two minors were Native American Studies and Celtic Studies. The only great curiosity was what I was going to do with all of that knowledge.

One of the research papers which I submitted in my final year covered commonly used words or phrases in day to day English…


Added by Bit Devine on March 25, 2013 at 2:36pm — 1 Comment

Spring Poems ~ A Favorite of Mine


NOTHING is so beautiful as spring --

When weeds, in wheels, shoot long and lovely and lush;

Thrush's eggs look little low heavens, and thrush

Through the echoing timber does so rinse and wring

The ear, it strikes like lightnings to hear him sing;

The glassy peartree leaves and blooms, they brush

The descending blue; that blue is all in a rush

With richness; the racing lambs too have fair their fling.

What is all this juice and all this…


Added by Bit Devine on March 25, 2013 at 2:35pm — No Comments

The Cremean Family -- From Ireland to Appalachia


                    By Riocard O'Cruimin  …


Added by Riocard Ó Cruimín on March 25, 2013 at 2:30pm — 7 Comments

Comparing and Contrasting African and Irish Slavery in Revolutionary America

When the term "slavery" as it pertains to the United States is mentioned, almost all minds immediately turn towards thinking of the enslavement of Africans by pre-Civil War American citizens. While the images that are conjured up by contemplating this era of human indignity…


Added by Riocard Ó Cruimín on March 25, 2013 at 11:30am — No Comments

'Cruiskeen Lawn' -- a family heirloom

Cruiskeen Lawn

A song I learned from my father, who learned it from his father.

Added by Fr. John R. Sheehan, SJ on March 24, 2013 at 8:30pm — 6 Comments

An old pub closing song -- 'The Parting Glass'

Parting Glass

An old pub closing song that also works well at funerals.The Parting Glass 

Added by Fr. John R. Sheehan, SJ on March 24, 2013 at 8:30pm — 5 Comments

An Appalachian Mother's Love


Ah! A mothers love what wonderful memories we have of our mommas. This book by Tony Smith is a Masterpiece! I am suppose to write contradictions in an essay but how can I on…

Added by Riocard Ó Cruimín on March 24, 2013 at 2:30pm — 3 Comments

Plight of Past Irish & the Freedom of Modern Irish


When asking people around the globe the simple question of what their nationality is, a significant amount of responses would include Irish or part-Irish. For most people, this simply means that their ancestors, at some…

Added by Riocard Ó Cruimín on March 24, 2013 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Dusting Off The Travel Memories

In a way of introducing myself, I thought I might share some of my "Trail Tales" from previous journeys home...

I think we shall start with this one:

Sing Us a Song, Cowboy!

By Catherine Lilbit Devine © August 18, 2006

Whispers of the West has made our second journey to the Emerald Isle to perform our Music…


Added by Bit Devine on March 22, 2013 at 10:44am — 1 Comment

the Corridor studio

Added by Séamus Ó Dubsláine on March 21, 2013 at 10:20am — 3 Comments

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