April 2014 Blog Posts (71)

Wisconsin Miners, Faithful Hail 'Father Kelly' of St. Patrick's

Benton, Wisconsin is located on State Route 11 between Monroe to Dubuque. The town consists of well-maintained restaurants, bars, churches, garages and residential buildings.

Saint Patrick’s Church and graveyard is located at the east end of the main street. A shrine at the…

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Added by P.J. Francis on April 19, 2014 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Canadians Pay Tribute to Flaherty's 'Irishness'

On Thursday April 17th, Toronto's St. James Cathedral was a sea of green scarves and ties as mourners lined the streets at the state funeral for Canada's former Finance Minister James Flaherty. 

Fondly known as the 'little leprechaun' with the big heart, Irish charm…

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Added by Alannah Ryane on April 19, 2014 at 9:30pm — No Comments

This Week in Irish History - April 20 - April 26

DOMHNAIGH -- On April 20, 1772, William Lawless, revolutionary and officer in Napolean's Irish Legion (a…

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Added by The Wild Geese on April 19, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Recapping the 2014 Cúirt International Festival of Literature

The Cúirt Literature Festival in Galway thrilled bibliophiles again this year.  Here is a recap of a few events that I was able to enjoy:





'Noir by Noir West'



This event was the launch of a collection of short fiction by 30 Irish authors.  The book’s…

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Added by Kelly O'Rourke on April 18, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments

Top 5 Spectacular Walking Trails in Ireland

See what the Emerald Isle has offer on foot. Walk along gigantic cliff faces, sandy dunes and beaches,…

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Added by The Irish Store on April 17, 2014 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

Great Day for Tipp Hill -- Syracuse To Grab Green Spotlight



Syracuse, N.Y. -- Syracuse is proud to host the Irish event of the year on Wednesday, 30 April 2014.

Featuring history, sports, film, music and song, this is an occasion not-to-be-missed -- combining the efforts, support…

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Added by The Wild Geese on April 16, 2014 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

Go Five for Five -- Win 'Live From the 33rd County'

Time for another Flash Contest!

This time, it's a Five for Five! In this case, the first five members who bring in five members each will receive "Live from the 33rd County" CD, featuring Mary…

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Added by The Wild Geese on April 16, 2014 at 5:00pm — No Comments

The Battle of Clontarf

"The obituary of Domnall Ua Neill in 980 is the first contemporary record of the term Árd-ri Erenn (High King of Ireland), which was to be given a spurious significance by the so-called ‘men of learning’ who shaped the pseudo-history of Ireland. From the mid 9th century “the doctrine of the High Kingship was being elaborated for the…

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Added by Tom O Connor on April 16, 2014 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

J.M. Synge and 'The Playboy of the Western World'

John Millington Synge was one the leading figures of the Irish Literary Revival towards the end of the 19th century and the early 20th century.

Like Lady Gregory, Synge was also a dramatist portraying the Irish on stage as a means of reviving interest in Irish heritage and…

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Added by Mercier Press on April 16, 2014 at 4:30am — No Comments

Assessing Titanic's Irish Connections Part 2: A 'Titanic' Legacy, In Film and Story

By John Walsh

Lovers Jack Dawson (Leo DiCaprio) and Rose DeWitt Bukater (Kate Winslet) take to the floor at a hooley in steerage in James…
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Added by The Wild Geese on April 15, 2014 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Assessing Titanic's Irish Connections: Part 1 -- 'From Titanic. Good Bye all.'

By John Walsh

"Titanic Sinking" by Willy Stöwer. Click on image to see a larger…
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Added by The Wild Geese on April 15, 2014 at 10:00pm — No Comments

The Morris Minor

When I was growing up on a farm in the west of Ireland in the 1950s and 60s, a Morris Minor did not warrant a second glance. They were everywhere. They provided utilitarian transportation for countless families. Occasionally a convertible version driven by a British tourist…

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Added by P.J. Francis on April 14, 2014 at 10:30pm — 2 Comments

Erin's Lament - Galway's Gain

Eugene Daly was dreaming, in a deep sleep. In the dream, he was playing his uileann pipes to a rapturous audience of dancers in the ship's sumptuous main ballroom. He played like a man possessed, jigs and reels, in perfect pitch. The audience were thrilled. All of a sudden he panicked and woke. He had woken up to the sound of water lapping under his bunk. Unused to…

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Added by Brian Nolan on April 14, 2014 at 8:00pm — 6 Comments

Easter Rising Parliamentary Debates - M.P. Laurence Ginnell's Defiant Speech to House of Commons

I would like to share the following passionate speech that was made by Independent Nationalist M.P. for Westmeath North, Laurence Ginnell, on 11 May, 1916, during a debate in the British House of Commons on the continuance of Martial Law in Ireland following the Easter…

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Added by Kieron Punch on April 14, 2014 at 5:00am — 2 Comments

Circuit of Ireland

Easter in my childhood meant time off school, the prospect of cream filled chocolate Easter eggs and endless hours attending mandatory church services. But most of all it meant the…

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Added by P.J. Francis on April 13, 2014 at 9:00pm — 2 Comments

An Invite.

Good evening to all The Wild Geese.

I am thankful to Ryan for asking me to come on board and post on The Wild Geese.

Bear with me until I find my feet and my way around the site.

I run a tourism promotion website in Co. Clare, Ireland called www.clarevirtually.ie and we make virtual tours of the tourism products in the county

So I would like to invite you all to come visit Co. Clare and follow in the footsteps of…

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Added by clarevirtually.ie on April 13, 2014 at 3:25pm — 3 Comments

Elizabeth: The Hammer of the Irish

This is the latest painting from John McGinnis' "The Last Torch"  I love this piece. I love the detail, I love that it is almost a caricature and I love that Elizabeth would have hated it. Notice the blood dripping from her lips. She liked her paintings to make her look beautiful. Wait 'til she gets cast as a male tenor.…

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Added by The Last Torch on April 13, 2014 at 4:30am — 2 Comments


Founding Member
13 April 1943 – The Jefferson Memorial is dedicated in Washington, D.C. Builder, son of Irish immigrants, John McShain

Joe Ravi, image CC-BY-SA 3.0

John McShain (December 21, 1896 – September 9, 1989) was a highly successful American building contractor known as "The Man Who Built Washington."…

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Added by Nollaig 2016 on April 12, 2014 at 11:35pm — No Comments

This Week in Irish History - April 13 - April 19

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

LUAIN -- On April 15, 1848, in Dublin, Thomas…

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Added by The Wild Geese on April 12, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

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