April 2013 Blog Posts (72)

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

The original color scheme of the Irish tricolor, with the orange near the staff.

LUAIN -- On April 15, 1848, in Dublin, Thomas Francis Meagher presented…


Added by The Wild Geese on April 14, 2013 at 1:00am — No Comments

Ghosts From the Past, Part II

I learn more and more about the ghosts from my past. My ancestors are, after all the stuff of me. My family is...colorful. I don't know much about them when they were in Ireland but I know a lot since they arrived in America. I know my great, great grandpa John married a fiery, headstrong lass from County Tipperary. John arrived in 1865. His bride Margaret some years earlier. John was Catholic, didn't know how to read or write, and came from a simple farmers family. Margaret, was educated,…


Added by Kerry Murphy on April 13, 2013 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

Researching In Salt Lake City's LDS Family History Library

By Susan Kimura

Salt Lake City — I conduct family-history research every day as finding my ancestors and learning about them is an important part of my life. I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints (LDS), also known as Mormons.

The LDS website states: "FamilySearch is a service provided by…


Added by The Wild Geese on April 12, 2013 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Irish Moms Working it on Twitter!

I was going through our Twitter feed @thewildgeese to see who and what's up in the Irish Twitter world I came across this post from 


Added by Alannah Ryane on April 12, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments

'The Last Torch' Musical Set in 16th Century Ireland Needs Your Help

Set in Ireland with a touch of fantasy, "The Last Torch" is a new exciting musical poised to take the world by storm. It's Les Miserables meets Game of Thrones. This musical is an adventure through time and space connecting the past to the present through music. Although taken from history, it contains supernatural and…


Added by The Last Torch on April 12, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments

Tragedy Visits Mayo Village on the Titanic, 101 Years Ago

One hundred and one years ago today, 14 people from Addergoole Parish, County Mayo, left for America from Queenstown (today known as Cobh) on the maiden voyage of the Titanic. Only three would survive.

These emigrants are still remembered by relatives each April with an early morning ceremony in Lahardane, County…


Added by Jim Curley on April 11, 2013 at 1:00pm — 3 Comments

Searching Robert Campbell's Family Tree for Fortune

By Lawrence Campbell 

My interest in genealogy began when I was told that my grandfather, William Hagen Campbell, inherited money from America. Depending on who told you the story (and how much they had imbibed), it varied between £500 and £10,000! The only way to find out was to get the facts myself. I only had one clue to go on -- a small…


Added by The Wild Geese on April 10, 2013 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Irish Convicts to Botany Bay Brought to Life by Author (First publish 2/12/12)

Since the discovery of her Dublin Highwayman ancestor, Australian genealogist and author Barbara Hall has lovingly devoted herself to researching those Irish transported from their homeland to Australia on five convict ships.  Along with Cassie Mercer, editor of…


Added by The Wild Geese on April 10, 2013 at 7:30pm — 1 Comment

Western Civilization Now The Irish-American Chronicle

When a real-estate agent has less foot traffic than desired, he remodels the house, paints it, gets rid of the clutter, adds features the competition doesn’t have, and reduces the price.

That’s what happened to Western Civilization. It endured a title change, a new cover, a price reduction, and new features to educate while telling an interest-gripping story.

Visit my blog www.theirish-americanstory.com for…


Added by James Francis Smith on April 10, 2013 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Remembering 'Bloody' Maggie's Role in the Hunger Strikes

Margaret Thatcher's passing yesterday brings to mind a very stormy period in Anglo-Irish relations, the period of The Hunger Strikes [CAIN Web Service], which Dame Thatcher oversaw. The protest began with Bobby Sands' decision…


Added by The Wild Geese on April 9, 2013 at 12:30pm — 6 Comments

Author James Francis Smith's Eye Fixed on Irish America

Philadelphia native James Francis Smith, a graduate of LaSalle University, has an MBA from Pacific Lutheran University, an unlikely pedigree for a historical novelist. The credential served him well in his first career, in industry and finance. Putting those aside, Jim, who recently won WG's Tell Your Irish Story contest,  turned to his first love—historical novels.…


Added by The Wild Geese on April 8, 2013 at 7:30pm — 2 Comments

Dusting Off The Travel Memories - Part III

Happy Trails, Doolin to Victorville

By Catherine Lilbit Devine © August 18, 2006

On the West Coast of Ireland, in the picture perfect village of Doolin, there is a Bodhran player with a passion for something other than his music. Though the passion for his traditional Bodhran playing is plainly evident, it is his passion for one of America's iconic Cowboys that brought Lester, Chris, Casey & I together at McGann's Pub on a rainy Saturday July evening.

"Are ya real…


Added by Bit Devine on April 8, 2013 at 11:12am — 1 Comment

Searching for the Irish ancestor awarded your surname? Dublin scientist's new DNA venture has answers (First publish 3/2/12)

How hot is genealogy DNA testing these days?  The largest DNA testing laboratory, Family Tree DNA, posted that, as of Wednesday, they had a total of 361,933 records.  According to biotechnologist Tyrone Bowes, "It is the size of this database that facilitates the pinpointing of one’s ancestor, as many of the surnames associated with Ireland are well represented." In…


Added by The Wild Geese on April 7, 2013 at 11:00pm — 1 Comment

My Grandparents




Added by Riocard Ó Cruimín on April 7, 2013 at 6:04am — No Comments

This Week in Irish History - Apil 7 - April 13

DOMHNAIGH -- On April 7, 1865, Brig. Gen. Tom Smyth was mortally wounded at the battle of Farmville, Virginia. Born in County Cork,…


Added by The Wild Geese on April 6, 2013 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Gaels Looking Forward to Warmer Weather

New York -- Today I once again had the pleasure of communing with several dozen gathered at the Irish Consulate’s monthly and public “First Friday Business Breakfast.” Imbibing orange…


Added by Gerry Regan on April 5, 2013 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Some references relevant to William Lamport aka Guillèn de Lombardo

In lieu of a proper essay or introduction (which I hope to do later; photos of visit to 3 Lamport sites in Mexico City to follow sooner...), here are some online references as background, relevant to William Lamport aka Guillèn de Lombardo - "The Irish Zorro":

Gary D. Keller,

"Noble Bandits in the Context of the Humanities and Media Studies"

Arizona State University / Noble Bandits project,…


Added by Oisín Ó Conail on April 5, 2013 at 12:19am — No Comments

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