May 2014 Blog Posts (68)

Black 47's Last Call

When I first thought about reviewing the last recorded work by a band, I questioned the futility. Why? If they are over, there must be a reason. Yet some infernal sadness tugs at my musical heartstrings, with questions like "Who were these guys?" "Were they good?" and "Will we be…


Added by Kevin Gleeson on May 31, 2014 at 9:30pm — 10 Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: June 1 - June 7

Maj. C. Donohue and D. Egan, 1869

Depicted somewhat imaginatively, O'Neill's soldiers launch their assault at Ridgeway. Above the harp on the Fenians' flag are the initials IRA. The Fenian army assumed the title "Irish…


Added by The Wild Geese on May 31, 2014 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Life changes

Jan 2011, I fell down a stairs, next morning quarter of my skull was removed and I was kept in a coma for two weeks.

My children were told I would probably die - I didn't - they were told I would be brain damaged - I amn't.............

Truthfully....I'm not as fast as I used to be and \I can forget things.

A year later, I was diagnosed with a disease called haemachromatosis - iron collecting

Been bled - 500 ml of blood out of me every two weeks for a…


Added by Dr. Jane Lyons on May 31, 2014 at 1:54pm — No Comments

What is the Term for a Brother or Sister of of a Grandparent?

Technically, the sister of one of your grandparents is your grand-aunt. “Grand” shows that it is one generation away; “great” is supposed to be added to generations beyond “grand.” But like so many other words in the English language, there’s the dictionary definition and then there’s how it’s commonly used.

Added by Dee Notaro on May 31, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Scold That 'Tiger': Recalling the Dark Side of the Boom

Two new books by Irish writers have highlighted modern Ireland in all her graces and faults. Both works of fiction; they are grounded in the realities of recent Irish history. The Spinning Heart, by Donal Ryan, tells of what happens to a small Irish community in the aftermath of the collapse of…


Added by James O'Brien on May 30, 2014 at 10:00pm — 2 Comments

Dating Options in 2014

Dating in 2014 has changed its face.  From online dating to joining singles' clubs, some of it works some of the time; but I bet I am correct in saying that much time is put into online dating with very little result.

Dating agencies can cost upwards of $1,000.  Online sites…


Added by annette counihan on May 30, 2014 at 11:00am — 3 Comments

Over 100 Years On, A Firmer Understanding

By Daniel McCarthy / (Originally published in 2006)

Ennis, County Clare, Ireland – Venerable Gaelic Athletic Association founder Michael Cusack (left) is gaining new scrutiny, in this, the centennial year of his passing. As well as picking up his own website in September, next year an exhibit will open on "The Citizen" in…


Added by The Wild Geese on May 29, 2014 at 9:30pm — 1 Comment

Williams Boyd's Irish Family Record

Reverend Adam Boyd’s, (b1650 Scotland), son Robert Boyd (b1678 Ulster), died in Chester County, PA. Robert’s son George (b1691 Ulster) died in Pennsylvania, his son Patrick Harrison Boyd (b1711 County Antrim) died in Virginia, was the GGGGGrandfather of William Lawrence Boyd, (b 6-6-1894 Cambridge, Ohio) lists himself on his WW1 draft registration in 1917 as “farmer”. In 1918,…


Added by Dee Notaro on May 28, 2014 at 12:00pm — 5 Comments

Laois (Queen's Co.), Kilkenny, Tipperary and other Church photographs

A Church index of sorts.

While I've been travelling around with my friend Janet, Daniel who helps me with from-ireland has done a bit of organising of my last few months posts and created a Church index.

Mainly the Churches are in the counties I name above, but, we also have some Cork, Carlow, Kildare, Waterford, Dublin, Westmeath, Offaly (King's Co.) and Galway churches.

I just know I've forgotten somewhere!!

Added by Dr. Jane Lyons on May 28, 2014 at 10:52am — No Comments

‘Meagher of the Sword’ – The Civil War Legend and His Kildare Boyhood

By Robert Doyle

He is one of the most iconic figures of the American Civil War and, as the commander of the Union Army’s Irish Brigade, Thomas Francis Meagher (right, from from Arthur Griffith's "Meagher of the Sword," Dublin, 1916) is probably the most famous of…


Added by The Wild Geese on May 28, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

'Spinning Heart' Portrays Those Abandoned By the Celtic Tiger

Fiction can often describe reality more fully than any number of newspaper articles or TV…


Added by Sandy Boyer on May 27, 2014 at 4:00pm — 5 Comments

On Memorial Day, This Vet Asks 'What Is A Hero?'

Reading the blog post by Neil Cosgrove about LCpl Patrick Gallagher , "Courage Worthy of the Foremost Recognition," and this being the day in the US where we honor those who died defending our nation, gave me pause to consider something that…


Added by Joe Gannon on May 26, 2014 at 11:30pm — 5 Comments

The Greatest Murphy of Them All

Audie Leon Murphy (20 June 1925 – 28 May 1971) was one of the most decorated American combat soldiers of World War II, receiving every military combat award for valor available from the U.S. Army, as well as French and Belgian…


Added by Dee Notaro on May 26, 2014 at 4:30am — 6 Comments

Magnificent Cromwell-Era Maps of Ireland Unveiled

Ireland in the 1650s lay in ruins. Twelve years of calamitous warfare had destroyed the country's infrastructure and resulted in the death of over 20% of the Irish population.

In August 1649 the New Model Army, led by Oliver Cromwell, went to Ireland to re-occupy the country following the Irish Rebellion of…


Added by Ryan O'Rourke on May 26, 2014 at 3:00am — No Comments

Donegal NY GAA Gets Nipped in Junior League Championship

The following info was presented to me by a friend and fellow Donegal Association of NY colleague, Ira Goldman.  If you would like to get involved with the Donegal NY GAA, you may contact him at the address below or follow on FaceBook.

Thanks, TD

Only one ball got past St. Michael’s product James McFadden but that shot to the net was the difference as Rockland nipped Donegal NY for the Junior League crown. The final looked to be more of a romp for the lads from…


Added by Tommy Dullaghan on May 26, 2014 at 3:00am — No Comments

LCpl Patrick Gallagher, Courage Worthy of the Foremost Recognition

Over 250 men have been awarded the Medal of Honor who list as their place of birth “Ireland”.  Though uniforms, weapons and enemies have changed, their love and devotion to their adopted country that motivated them to deeds of the highest bravery in her defense have remained…


Added by Neil F. Cosgrove on May 25, 2014 at 9:30pm — 1 Comment

Another 'Fairy Trip'

Bit, I told Janet earlier about you calling these kind of trips I make Fairy Trips....and she laughed. Later, she turned round and asked me what I had said about Fairies.

The more I think about this, I smile - travelling through Ireland with nary a care in the world, not worrying about where you are going because when you get there you will find something worth remembering - it is actually a fairy trip. Earlier today we were trying to get home from Castlecomer and I saw a sign…


Added by Dr. Jane Lyons on May 25, 2014 at 6:00pm — 2 Comments

Sunnyside's St. Patrick's Day 'Parade for All' - and They Mean it!

I ventured back to my old neighborhood in Sunnyside, Queens to take in the annual “Parade for All” which I haven’t attended in recent years. I remember the parade when it first started roughly fifteen years ago and back then it was more of a street fair. It was really nice for what…


Added by Tommy Dullaghan on May 24, 2014 at 11:00pm — 3 Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: May 25 - May 31

National Library of Ireland

A Catholic tied to the triangle flogged by Loyalist militia. This was a frequent occurrence in many Irish towns in the days leading to the '98…

Added by The Wild Geese on May 24, 2014 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Wild Geese Flags

Sorry for delay with the requests regarding flags. I had to work out some details before committing to print. We don't do flags commercially, all flags would be one off commissioned work. But we do appreciate that some people may want a flag for various personal reasons and…


Added by Tomás Ó Brógáin on May 24, 2014 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

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