Featured Blog Posts – May 2014 Archive (34)

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

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

'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

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

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

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

A Fathers' Day Gift for My Late Father

So often do I hear my friends say: ‘I wish my father were here now to see/hear this’. Indeed many of us who have lost our parents find ourselves often, in our later years, thinking of them and wishing we could spend even…


Added by DJ Kelly on May 24, 2014 at 1:30am — 7 Comments

The Wild Geese Green Pages -- Now THE World's FREE Irish Marketplace

The team here at The Wild Geese is happy to announce, effective immediately, that every member of The Wild Geese community can take advantage of a free listing in…


Added by The Wild Geese on May 23, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments

10 Father's Day Gifts Irish Dads will Love

Father’s Day falls on Sunday, June 15th this year! Haven’t got a special gift picked out yet? Here’s a list of presents that any Irish dad would love sent from the Emerald Isle.



Added by The Irish Store on May 22, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

My First Trip to Ireland - My Journey Home

Last winter, a year after my husband died, I decided to take my first trip to Ireland, birthplace of my ancestors.

I don’t have many regrets in my life, but not finding a way to take my father, Edwin Concannon, to Ireland will always be at the top of my list. There were always reasons why I couldn’t do it — raising a child, financial, not enough vacation time, and then…


Added by Kathleen Concannon Maloney on May 22, 2014 at 12:00am — 22 Comments

Life With Joe, Before and After His Illness

My husband Joe and I were blessed to enjoy 18 wonderful years together before he became ill. We shared a beautiful daughter and there was love, laughter, joy, hard work and so many plans for our future. However, like most families who have a loved one stricken with a serious…


Added by Kathleen Concannon Maloney on May 22, 2014 at 12:00am — 7 Comments

Maher / Meagher and others

I have a net friend, Janet Maher and we've known one another a long time and a couple of years ago (2012) I said to one friend I am NEVER going back to the US again and the very next day I get an email from Janet saying 'book published, launch on such a date" and I said to myself 'That's it Lyons, you're going back to America"

Off I went for about 2.5 weeks.

I'd been in the U.S. a number of times but this time, it was so different.  This time I did not have to pay to stay in…


Added by Dr. Jane Lyons on May 21, 2014 at 12:30pm — 25 Comments

Rodolfo Walsh: Defender of a Free Press

An Irishman You Probably Never Heard About But Should Have

The banner said in Spanish: Kidnapped – March 25, 1977– Walsh,…


Added by Jim Goulding on May 17, 2014 at 9:00am — 6 Comments

How Easy to Fall in Love in / With Lisdoonvarna!

Come with Cupid's Crusade -- an upscale singles adventure -- to the town of love on September 14th (2014) for 7 days. Meet the matchmaker himself, see the awe-inspiring beauty of Clare during your days, dance and find love at night. Sleep in a 4-star hotel, feast on wonderful food, see Galway City, the Aran Islands and much more. Love is in the air…


Added by annette counihan on May 16, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Heritage Partner
Searching for Your Irish Ancestors, Part 1 – Getting Started

This is part one in a series of articles on "Searching for Your Irish Ancestors" written by Ireland-based professional genealogist Nicola Morris of Timeline Genealogy. You can…


Added by Timeline Genealogy on May 16, 2014 at 8:30am — 6 Comments

What Is An Orphan Train?

Orphan trains were a social experiment which transported the unwanted child and street kids from New York City, Boston, Chicago, and other crowded Northeastern cities to the Midwest U.S. for adoption. The genealogy of many of these 200,000 orphaned and abandoned kids who were moved…


Added by Dee Notaro on May 14, 2014 at 4:30am — 4 Comments

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