Featured Blog Posts – April 2015 Archive (40)

The 38th Irish Brigade in WWII -- Letters Home from the War

I am a new member of TheWildGeese.Irish, and I am so interested in the history of Ireland. My Father was born and raised in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh. He shared so…


Added by Adrienne Siemer on April 18, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

Benny's Ireland 11-Day Pub Tour of Ireland -- September 10-20, 2015

In the next days, I will be presenting an 11-day Irish music and pub tour along Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way, and it will be mighty!  I am presently finalizing details.

The trip will be limited to 30 people, which I believe is a nice group number.  All accommodations will be within walking distance of music/pubs and spectacular road trips will be guaranteed.  I will also…


Added by Benny O'Carroll on April 17, 2015 at 2:00pm — 4 Comments

Traditional Irish Music Album of the Year, 2014

I should have posted this a bit earlier in the year as we announced it in late February.  For those of you that have an interest in traditional Irish music I run a traditional Irish music website called…


Added by Tony Lawless on April 14, 2015 at 3:30pm — 3 Comments

Crossroads of Art and Design, 1690-1840 - Now Showing at Art Institute of Chicago

Ireland: Crossroads of Art and Design, 1690-1840, opened at the Art Institute of Chicago on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, 2015, with a special ribbon-cutting featuring bagpipes and local…


Added by Tony Lawless on April 14, 2015 at 3:00pm — No Comments

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Added by The Wild Geese on April 13, 2015 at 3:30pm — No Comments

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Eoin MacNeill: The Man Who Tried to Stop the Easter Rising

Eoin MacNeill was born in County Antrim on May 15, 1869, the second-youngest child in a family that consisted of five boys and three girls.  His father, Archibald MacNeill, was a baker, sailor, and a merchant.  Combining all these skills, he set his family up to live what would be…


Added by That's Just How It Was on April 13, 2015 at 12:30pm — No Comments

On the Anniversary of García Márquez's Death, a New Book Asks, 'Was Gabo an Irishman?'

My husband is convinced that there is a website called “wiki-paddy-a,” which I use to prove that my beloved homeland, Ireland, has given the world many great things. Like Halloween, for example, or the discovery of America.



Added by Caroline Doherty de Novoa on April 12, 2015 at 3:30pm — 4 Comments

First Foul Ball - Must be the Luck of the Irish

NYIrish with Tommy D

Those of you who know me are well aware I am a die hard sports fan. The New York Yankees are my religion in the summer months ; so much so that I call Yankee Stadium "Church in Da Bronx". It is every baseball fan's dream to say they caught a foul ball at a game and I'm no exception. I've been attending baseball games since 1974 -…


Added by Tommy Dullaghan on April 12, 2015 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

Transcript: Interactive Discussion on Ireland's Easter Rising

The following is a transcript of the LIVE members' chat hosted here at TheWildGeese.com on Saturday, April 11, 2015. Some editing has been applied for…


Added by The Wild Geese on April 12, 2015 at 7:30am — 5 Comments

The Sounds of the Wild Atlantic Way

This is a most interesting endeavor... I hope you enjoy it

Added by Bit Devine on April 9, 2015 at 12:30pm — 4 Comments

Irish Myths and Legends Part 1: Introducing Rab Fulton

I am a very lucky man. I live on a hill in Galway surrounded by a landscape and seascape filled with myths and legends, and make a living doing what I love - telling stories and writing books, mostly about (or influenced by) the older tales of Ireland and Scotland. Yet, I would be…


Added by The Wild Geese on April 9, 2015 at 7:30am — No Comments

Did 'Bat' Masterson have Irish Heritage?

You probably know the wild west part, some fact and some fiction, depending upon which movie you watch. 

William Barclay "Bat" Masterson (1853 –  1921) was a figure of the American "old west" known as a buffalo hunter, U.S. Marshal and Army scout, avid fisherman, gambler,…


Added by Dee Notaro on April 8, 2015 at 5:00am — 1 Comment

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2016 100th Anniversary 1916 Uprising Tour - Book Now!

Are you planning a visit to Ireland in 2016 for the 100th Anniversary Commemoration of the 1916 Uprising? Why not come with us and join Derek Warfield and The Young Wolfe Tones for an unforgettable 10 day journey around the historical sites and landmarks that made Irish history!…


Added by Dave Yeates Ireland Tours on April 6, 2015 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Ireland Travel with a Loose Plan

Once upon a time, I spent a year living on the western coast of Ireland, in an area of Connemara called Inverin, which is thirteen miles up the coast road from Galway City. Last October, I had good cause to return for nine days, and had invited a childhood friend to accompany me sans…


Added by Claire Fullerton on April 6, 2015 at 11:00am — 6 Comments

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The Leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising: Sir Roger Casement

Roger David Case (later known as Sir Roger Casement) was born in Doyle’s Cottage, Lawson Terrace, Sandycove, South Dublin. His father was Captain Roger Casement of The Kings Own Regiment of Dragoons. His mother was Anne Jephson (or Jepson) who came from a Dublin Anglican…


Added by That's Just How It Was on April 6, 2015 at 10:30am — 8 Comments

Countdown to the 1916 Easter Rising Centenary

The countdown has begun. One year and counting to the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising. A pivotal episode in Irish history.  To mark the occasion we have launched our exclusive Limited Edition Gold, Silver and Bronze Easter Rising Centenary commemorative coin Box Set.  Less than one thousand of these lovely box sets will be…


Added by 1916 Centenary 2016 on April 4, 2015 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

Tracing the Irish at War: From Stono Ferry to New Orleans: Part 2

Read part one

That summer of 1781, a French fleet under the…


Added by Robert A Mosher on April 2, 2015 at 9:00pm — 2 Comments

'The Life and Writings of the Historical Saint Patrick,' by Richard Patrick Crosland Hanson

This little 138-page book taught me a lot about someone who is, arguably, one of the most important figures in Irish history. First of all, the picture of St. Patrick wearing a bishop's miter that we are all familiar with is erroneous. The Bishop's miter didn't come into use until…


Added by james lawrence dore on April 2, 2015 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

April as a Surname

This interesting and uncommon name is of Old French origin.  It was introduced into England after the Norman Conquest of 1066 and derives from the Old French "avril(l)."  The month of April, ultimately from the Latin "aprilis", a derivative of "aperire", to open, has reference to…


Added by Dee Notaro on April 1, 2015 at 5:00am — 2 Comments

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