May 2013 Blog Posts (81)

The Irish in Canada: A Strong, 'Loyal' Presence

By Joseph E. Gannon

The Gaels in one-time British North America never quite understood the revolutionary fervor that gripped their American counterparts.

Today, nearly 400 years since they first arrived, the Irish have been nearly fully and…


Added by The Wild Geese on May 31, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments


She is home!! Hopefully she can rest and regain her strength. She is gravely ill,according to the family she wouldn't have lasted much longer

Added by Bit Devine on May 30, 2013 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Memorial Day 2013: Remembering Lawrence 'Turk' Condon

My father's uncle, Sgt. Lawrence Condon, died of shrapnel wounds in France two months before the Armistice ending World War I, "The War to End All Wars." His division, the U.S. Army's 27th, was known as "O'Ryan's Roughnecks." He was third generation American. One of his grandfathers was an Irwin, reputedly from Ballyjamesduff,…


Added by Gerry Regan on May 30, 2013 at 11:00am — 6 Comments

'Time and Tide': Q&A With Poet, Writer and Sociologist Jean Tubridy

(First published 1/26/12) Waterford-based poet, writer and sociologist Jean Tubridy (left) writes about her Irish experience, often in lyrical, charming terms, in her blog, Social Bridge. In the following excerpt, she describes a recent night in her home town of Tramore: “At about ten o’clock on New Year’s Eve,…


Added by The Wild Geese on May 29, 2013 at 11:10pm — No Comments

ITICA National Fish & Chips Day

Ready for a somewhat obscure bit of celebratory news?  Did you know the Italian community in Ireland (and especially Dublin) has a long, proud history of operating some of the most established fish & chips restaurants in the country?  Yes, indeed!  In fact, the involvement of Italian immigrants in this scrumptious niche business dates all the way back to the 1880s in…


Added by Ryan O'Rourke on May 29, 2013 at 4:55am — No Comments

A 19th Century Account of The Claddagh

Galway City has historically been among the "most Irish" of all Irish towns/cities -- some would even argue that it would top that list.  For evidence of this, one need look no further than Galway's unofficial slogan, Croí Cultúrtha na hÉireann,…


Added by Ryan O'Rourke on May 28, 2013 at 10:30am — 8 Comments

Using newspapers for family research

The online availablity of core genealogy material such as census returns, births, marriages and deaths records, emigration/immigration lists, military service records etc can prove such an attractive lure to family history researchers that they often overlook the wealth of information that can be gleaned from newspapers. Although census returns and BMD data can provide the bread and butter facts needed to compile a family tree, newspapers can provide the details that flesh out a person's…


Added by Kieron Punch on May 28, 2013 at 8:47am — No Comments

'No Irish Need Apply'

As some will be aware, I am chiefly researching P.S. Gilmore at present. However, while researching Irish musicians and their contribution to the American Civil War, I started researching another topic slightly related to the poor musicians -- namely, the…


Added by Jarlath MacNamara on May 27, 2013 at 5:30pm — 14 Comments

An Excess of Abominations – Ireland’s Three ‘Bloody Sundays'

by Neil Cosgrove (First publish 1/11/12)

(Left:'Black and Tans' on the streets of Dublin, 1920)

A recent post on’s Facebook page discussed Irish revolutionary Michael Collins’ role in the event of Bloody Sunday, November 21, 1920. On that day, under Collin’s…


Added by The Wild Geese on May 27, 2013 at 4:20pm — 1 Comment

A New York Childhood 'More Irish Than American'

(First published 1/9/12) Kevin Gleeson, a talented guitarist and former portrayer of Keith Richards in Stones’ tribute bands Sticky Fingers and Beggars Banquet, is a graphic artist with the New York Police Department and a native of the borough of Queens, in New York City.  Gleeson’s heritage is steeped in both Irish music and the turbulent history of Northern…


Added by The Wild Geese on May 27, 2013 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Irish Fight for Union Resounds

(First published 1/9/12) Patrick Young is a blogger for Long Island Wins, a communications and organizing campaign focused on immigrants’ needs and immigration reform in Long Island, in New York State.  In his blogs, he has written extensively on the experiences of immigrants in America, including an…


Added by The Wild Geese on May 27, 2013 at 2:59pm — No Comments

Growing Up Irish In French Canada!

(First published 12/30/11) At 70 years old, Billy Willbond is a man of many roles: a poet, decorated peacekeeping veteran, and social  activist, providing humanitarian aid to the developing world through his NGO, ICross…


Added by The Wild Geese on May 27, 2013 at 2:03pm — No Comments

Building a trail to recall the Irish role in America’s bloodiest war

(First published 12/14/11) 2011 marked the 150th anniversary of the start of America’s Civil War, and in Ireland, a group of historians and writers used the occasion to promote the concept of a Civil War heritage trail. Archaeologist Damian Shiels and writers James Doherty and Robert Doyle  [All three…


Added by The Wild Geese on May 27, 2013 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Q&A on "Vanishing Ireland" with Author Turtle Bunbury

(First published 12/2/11) Turtle Bunbury is an Irish journalist and historian, whose photo-book series “…


Added by The Wild Geese on May 26, 2013 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

This Week in the History of the Irish: May 26 - June 1

DOMHNAIGH -- On May 26, 1706, Col. Charles O'Brien, 5th Viscount Clare, died from wounds suffered at the battle of Ramillies . O'Brien was born in 1670. He had…


Added by The Wild Geese on May 26, 2013 at 12:00am — No Comments

Restored Painting Captures Return of the 69th By Liam Murphy / WG Heritage Editor

"Return of the 69th (Irish) Regiment, N.Y.S.M. from the Seat of War," by Louis Lang

(First published 11/17/11) On 27th July 1861, the 69th New York State Militia regiment returned home to New York, and to a hero’s welcome, after the …


Added by The Wild Geese on May 25, 2013 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Q&A: Morning Star's Mary Courtney on Her Influences, Musical and Otherwise

(First publish 11/15/11) Mary Courtney is a Kerry-born folk artist and New York resident, and she is lead singer, guitarist and bodhran player for Morning Star [pictured below], a traditional Irish band that regularly travels between shows in the United States and Ireland.  Her music incorporates traditional Irish folk sound with a progressive social…


Added by The Wild Geese on May 25, 2013 at 6:59pm — 1 Comment

The Fight To Save St. Brigid's - San Fransico's Irish Civil War Church

(First published 11/4/11) Guthrie, a reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle, spent six years covering the parishioners’ fight.  Her book tells the story of the parish’s history, the drama of the fight to save it, and what the parishioners learned about their own…


Added by The Wild Geese on May 25, 2013 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Biography on the extraordinary life of John Boyle O’Reilly becomes an event

By Robert Doyle

Dublin, Ireland (First published 10/5/11) -- “Although this is…


Added by The Wild Geese on May 24, 2013 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Hey! long time ago..forget about it! of the problems of studying my Irish past... is no one knows nothing. There is no great stories of the homeland. My relatives shared nothing good, great, or happy stories. They didn't even bother to share the region from where they were from. They simply didn't care, Who can blame them? They were leaving a horrible hell...looking at the U.S.A ...the promised land... they left Hell behind..they didn't look back...They left poverty, only to be confronted with a new hell... life aboard…


Added by Kerry Murphy on May 23, 2013 at 10:33pm — No Comments

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