May 2014 Blog Posts (80)

A Grand Time Indeed at O'Lunney's

Just thought I would post a few photographs from the gathering of The Wild Geese at O'Lunney's Times Square on April 26th, 2014.

There were 14 folks in all.  Denis Dwyer and Alex Fegan brought their "Irish Pub" film for screening.  There was much laughter and trading…

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Added by Bit Devine on May 9, 2014 at 2:00am — 4 Comments

Cilliní, An Issue of Remembrance, Part 3 of 3

(First published 2012) Last year's BBC documentary on Ireland's "Limbo Babies" brought to light an emotionally charged issue that affected almost all of our Irish ancestors.  Ever since the Roman Catholic Church declared that the non-baptized were forbidden burial in…

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Added by The Wild Geese on May 7, 2014 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

Archaeologist Uncovering More Secrets of Ireland's Cilliní in Belfast, Part 2 of 3

Part 2 of 3: Belfast's Milltown Cemetery: Atmosphere ‘tense,’ ‘emotions … just below the surface’

(Images courtesy of Toni Maguire)

(First published 2012) Last year’s BBC documentary on Ireland's "Limbo Babies" [featured on our Family History YouTube…

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Added by The Wild Geese on May 7, 2014 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Archaeologist Uncovering More Secrets of Ireland's Cillíní Burials in Belfast

In Milltown Cemetery's unconsecrated cillíní

lie the graves of thousands of unbaptized…
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Added by The Wild Geese on May 7, 2014 at 7:00pm — No Comments


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May 8, the anniversary of the date when the World War II Allies accepted the unconditional surrender of the armed forces of Nazi Germany and the end of Adolf Hitler's Third Reich.

The Time of Remembrance and Reconciliation for Those Who Lost Their Lives during the Second World War (May 8 and May 9) is an annual international day of remembrance designated by Resolution 59/26 of the …

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Added by Nollaig 2016 on May 7, 2014 at 4:47pm — No Comments

Recording Your Own Story

While searching for your “ancient” roots, remember to write your own story. If you are not good with the written word, tape your story – record on your computer.  Start at the beginning of your youth, your relationship with your parents and siblings, where you went to grammar…

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Added by Dee Notaro on May 7, 2014 at 12:30pm — 3 Comments

The Best Things To Do In Dublin For Under $20

Holidays can be expensive at the best of times, wining and dining and fitting in all the attractions. Dublin is becoming more expensive but that’s not to say it can’t be done on a budget without having to make any sacrifices. See some of the…

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Added by The Irish Store on May 7, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

Find Your Irish Family in the Late Middle Ages

Maps ... I love them.  My grandfather instilled a tremendous appreciation for the art / science of cartography, and the essentiality of being proficient in geography.  He was neither a professional cartographer nor an expert geographer, but he studied maps on a regular basis.  I…

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Added by Ryan O'Rourke on May 7, 2014 at 5:00am — 3 Comments


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Kilbride, County Meath - Hickey Side of the Family

  • Note the boys dressed as girls for fear the fairies would take them :)

Added by Nollaig 2016 on May 6, 2014 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Dissident Dubliner: Chatting with Irish-Australian Author James O’Brien

The following is a transcript of the LIVE members' chat hosted here at TheWildGeese.com on Friday, May 9, 2014 with James O'Brien, an Irishman living…

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Added by The Wild Geese on May 6, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments


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Andrew McNally (1838 – 7 May 1904 - Rand, McNally)

Andrew McNally (1838 – 7 May 1904) was born in Armagh, Northern Ireland, and immigrated to New York City in 1857. A printer by trade, he moved to Chicago in 1858 and got a job in a print shop owned by William Rand at a wage of $9 per week. Rand and McNally became business partners and incorporated Rand, McNally & Co. in 1868, becoming one of…

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Added by Nollaig 2016 on May 5, 2014 at 9:00pm — No Comments


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Mary Dixon Kies was an early 19th-century Irish American who was the first recipient of a patent granted to a woman by the United States Patent and Trademark Office, on May 5, 1809

Mary Dixon Kies was an early 19th-century Irish American who was the first recipient of a patent granted to a woman by the United States Patent and Trademark Office, on May 5, 1809, which was for a technique of weaving straw with silk and thread. Her father was John Dixon born in 1679 in Ulster …

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Added by Nollaig 2016 on May 4, 2014 at 4:36pm — No Comments


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The Quilty Heroes

In October, 1907, a tremendous hurricane drove the French vessel Leon XIII on the rocks close to the village of Quilty; there she stuck fast while the huge waves kept battering her to pieces and her famished and shivering crew climbed into the rigging. All day they were seen from the shore appealing for aid; all…

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Added by Nollaig 2016 on May 3, 2014 at 8:23pm — 1 Comment


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'Mrs. McGrath' and the Battle of Fuentes de Oñoros

"Mrs. McGrath" is a song telling the story of a woman whose son enters the British Army, and returns seven years later having lost his legs to a cannonball fighting against…

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Added by Nollaig 2016 on May 3, 2014 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

This Week in the History of the Irish: May 4 - May 10

The National Library of Ireland

Willie Pearse

DOMHNAIGH -- On May 4, 1916, the British…

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Added by The Wild Geese on May 3, 2014 at 2:30pm — No Comments


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Lost Laws of Ireland: The Brehon Laws

A casual observer may have thought the crystal chandelier in the parlor room of the American Irish Historical Society building on 5th Avenue gave off the brilliance in the room on April 17, 2014, but in truth the brilliance of the evening…

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Added by John M. Walsh on May 2, 2014 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

Friends of Kylemore Abbey Reach Monumental Fundraising Goal

The Benedictine sisters of Kylemore Abbey in County Galway and the Kylemore Abbey Campaign in New York City are proud to announce that the goal for the new education center has been reached. Over one hundred gifts, mostly local donations, propelled the amount raised…

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Added by Mary Reed on May 2, 2014 at 5:00pm — 3 Comments

Frances Browne: Novelist, Journalist and Poetess

by Patrick Bonar

Frances Browne was born at Upper Main Street, Stranorlar…

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Added by The Wild Geese on May 2, 2014 at 6:00am — No Comments

May, Mother's Day and Mary

With a week to go until Mother’s Day (in America) and it being the start of May, all the stars align at Mary.  Mary being the most famous mother in the world with an entire month dedicated to her by the Catholic church.  Here at The Irish Store we have put together our top facts…

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Added by The Irish Store on May 2, 2014 at 6:00am — No Comments

Ancient Celtic and Early Irish Fare

Much is known about what ancient Celtic foods, dining customs, and cooking methods:

"The eating and feasting habits of the Celts were recorded by a number of classical writers, the most important of these being Posidonius, a Syrian Greek philosopher who in his…

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Added by The Wild Geese on May 1, 2014 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

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