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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

This Week in the History of the Irish: April 7 - April 13

DOMHNAIGH -- On April 7, 1865, Brig. Gen. Tom Smyth was mortally…

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Added by The Wild Geese on April 6, 2019 at 10:30pm — No Comments


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Derryman Robert Evans: Last Man Standing at the Alamo





Inside the roofless old Spanish chapel, the first rays of the early morning Texas sun were illuminating the room with a soft golden glow through the acrid air, clouded by black powder smoke. But what was being illuminated by that rising sun in the chapel of this mission called…

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Added by Joe Gannon on March 31, 2019 at 5:00pm — 5 Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: March 31 - April 6

MÁIRT -- On April 1, 1776, Irish-born Edward Hand (right) was appointed a brigadier general in the Continental Army. Hand first came to the colonies as a surgeon's mate and later an ensign in the 18th (Royal Irish) Regiment of the British army. In 1774, he resigned from the army and settled…

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Added by The Wild Geese on March 30, 2019 at 8:00pm — No Comments

William Sampson: United Irishman and Protector of Religious Freedom in Precedent Setting New York Court Case

William Sampson is one of the most important Irish-Americans in the legal history of New York State, but sadly few remember his name or how this Protestant Irishman made an invaluable contribution both to the rights of Catholic New Yorkers and to the religious freedom of all New Yorkers. Sampson was born…

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Added by Geoffrey Cobb on March 25, 2019 at 10:00pm — No Comments

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

LUAIN -- On March 25, 1846, Michael Davitt  (right), revolutionary and agrarian…

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Added by The Wild Geese on March 23, 2019 at 4:45pm — No Comments

Fin Dwyer: Irish Podcaster with Worldwide Fan Base

As a historian, I attend many historical lectures, book readings and walking tours, but notice that sadly few young people seem to be interested in the past. That is why the success of Kilkenny’s Fin Dwyer’s podcasts with people of all ages is even more impressive.

I…

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Added by Geoffrey Cobb on March 23, 2019 at 12:00pm — No Comments

'Wild Bill' Donovan -- Irish-American War Hero and CIA Founder

Among “Wild Bill “ Donovan’s many fascinating friends was Ian Fleming, creator of James Bond, the fictional, globe trotting superspy. Donovan’s real-life feats, however, surpassed even Bond’s wildest exploits.

Perhaps no other Irish-American served his country more daringly, yet Donovan’s largely…

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Added by Geoffrey Cobb on March 17, 2019 at 9:30am — No Comments

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