May 2015 Blog Posts (77)

This Week in the History of the Irish: May 24 - May 30

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 23, 2015 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Memorial Day: Recalling Those Who Gave Their Last Full Measure

Memorial Day, originally titled Decoration Day, has a somewhat murky origin. But what is clear is that on May 30, 1868, 146 years ago today, 5,000 gathered at Arlington National Cemetery to commemorate the 20,000 fallen warriors buried there, with the help of remarks by General and future President James…


Added by The Wild Geese on May 23, 2015 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

May Birthday Boy - Marion Michael Morrison

Robert Morrison (1782-1863) was born in County Antrim of unknown parents and plied a linen weaver's trade until he emigrated to the United States in 1801. He married and was a pioneer in Adams County, Ohio, a captain in the War of 1812 commanding a company of dragoons, a state…


Added by Dee Notaro on May 23, 2015 at 5:30am — 2 Comments

The Great Escape - Irish Style

As a child, "The Great Escape" was one film that never failed to entertain me. Aside from a stellar cast that included Steve McQueen, Richard Attenborough (above), Charles Bronson, James Garner and a host of others, the story was compelling and also happened to be true.



Added by David Lawlor on May 22, 2015 at 8:30pm — 6 Comments

My Wild West of Ireland

How do I put into words how I feel about Ireland. It is a part of my heart and soul. I grew up a foster kid and did not really know my family. I did know my family came from Ireland. It was always my dream to come to Ireland and in 2010 my son took me there. I watched as the plan began to land in Shannon. That beautiful patchwork of green took my breath away. When I finally…


Added by Vicki Sharon Boland Peters on May 22, 2015 at 7:00pm — 4 Comments

His-Story of Irish Music - A Review of Larry Kirwan’s Latest Book

I was asked to write a review on the latest offering by Larry Kirwan, "A History of Irish Music."  As a scholar of Celtic music, I looked forward to reading his take on Irish music.  I will say that what I expected to read and what I read, whilst they meshed on some…


Added by Bit Devine on May 22, 2015 at 4:30pm — No Comments

A Flocking of Geese in NYC

On April 18th,  Ger Regan, his better half, my better half and I ventured into St ANdrew's Pub in Times Square to listen to one of our Wild Geese members, Mary Courtney

What a grand time was had! We enjoyed the music, of course. However, it was the antics of the two Princeton boys next two us which made us laugh.

They had decided to order Haggis... but when it came, they picked up their forks and, very hesitantly, began to poke at it... this went on for about four or…


Added by Bit Devine on May 22, 2015 at 4:20pm — 1 Comment

Recalling The Father of Irish Railways -- William Dargan

The man who changed the face of Ireland, County Laois's most famous son, William Dargan, was born near Killeshin, on Feb. 28th, 1799. He worked for some time as an apprentice to the pioneering Scottish engineer, Thomas Telford, and helped construct the London-Holyhead road across…


Added by Brendan OByrne on May 22, 2015 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

WHY I NEVER GOT WILD IN THE WILD WEST OF IRELAND!! The Wild West Of Ireland/competition Blog

This is a Photo my sister in law Sheena sent me of the new statues...  Wild Geese chasing a poor boy. Which can be seen at the top of my old home town of Midleton Co Cork,Ireland.They are in an area/village green that is known as the Gooses Acre, this Photo with the statues I felt  was very fitting to share on this page considering the name of the Page THE WILD GEESE IRISH.At…


Added by Louise M O'Brien on May 22, 2015 at 1:00am — 2 Comments

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What Is a Dowry?

The Irish for dowry is "spré," literally meaning "fortune."

My husband maintains he is still waiting for his dowry -- 26 years on, it has been a standard joke in our family all…


Added by Totally Irish Gifts on May 21, 2015 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

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Countess Markievicz: The Only Woman Court Martialed for Her Role in the 1916 Easter Rising

Constance Markievicz was born in 1868 at Buckingham Gate London, the eldest daughter of Sir Henry Gore-Booth, 5th Baronet and Arctic explorer, and Lady Gore–Booth (nee Hill).  As an Anglo-Irish landlord and philanthropist, her father was not typical of his type…


Added by That's Just How It Was on May 21, 2015 at 8:30am — 2 Comments

The Wild West of Ireland

What's in a name? For me it meant finding a deep connection to my Irish roots.  I have an uncommon name, Honora, which elicits questions such as what kind of name it is, how to pronounce it and where does it come from.  My mother named me for her mother, who was also named for her mother.  Although Honora is Latin for "honor" the "H" is not silent.  It rhymes with Lenora.  Last year my mother's sister asked me to research our family tree and I found that my name went back even further than…


Added by Honora Wright Weaver on May 21, 2015 at 6:00am — 1 Comment

Pilgrimage to Knock

On our trip to County Waterford that we won back in 2013, my husband Bill and I  decided to take some extra days and trek northwest while in Ireland, to see the Knock Cathedral in County Mayo. After passing through Waterford we headed up through Tipperary and Offaly before heading into the beautiful Counties of Galway and Mayo, which of course are part of the Wild West of…


Added by Fran Reddy on May 20, 2015 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Wild West Ireland - Family Intrigue--Indians--Civil War--Courage.

     I am so excited to find this site. I have been looking at Wild West of Ireland travel and that is the best trips I have found so far, as to where I want to go. And just like everyone else my dream is to come to Ireland the home of my DNA contributors. I  want to touch the ground, feel the breeze and smell the air. Did the land where they settled in Virginia remind them of Ireland?  Does that sound crazy?  Maybe so but that's my dream. I am from Florida USA, Born in West Virginia which…


Added by NancyUSA on May 20, 2015 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

The Wild West of ireland

            I would be so honored to win the trip to experience the "Wild West of Ireland" and to take in all the beauty and splendor that it has to offer around every corner. To experience the Slieve League Mts., Achill Island, Connemara and The Burren would be absolutely breathtaking. A cruise up the Killary Fiord is an absolute must to take in the sites if the 12 Bens and…


Added by Connie Arcuri on May 20, 2015 at 4:00am — No Comments

Things You May Not Know About Ireland: Cork Harbour

Cork Harbour claims to be the second largest harbour in the world after Sydney, Australia.

On the east side are the ruins of Woodhill, the house to which Sarah Curran fled after the execution of her lover, Robert Emmet in 1803. Nearby is the ruin of Dundanion Castle from…


Added by Brendan OByrne on May 20, 2015 at 4:00am — No Comments

Adolf Hitler and the Battle of Little Bighorn

You may not think the words in the headline above belong in the same sentence nor that they have any particular Irish resonance, but history throws up some intriguing links sometimes. This one caught my eye a while back, but I think now is a fitting time to share…


Added by David Lawlor on May 19, 2015 at 6:30pm — 23 Comments

The Wild West of Ireland

My job is to facilitate networking between the freelancers and start-up companies who rent space in my office, making it easier for them to grow and collaborate together. In my spare time, I'm the volunteer Technical Director for Liberty Church NYC, and it's my job to raise up and train a volunteer team to run our lighting, audio, and projection systems every week. These may sound unrelated, but at the core, they are the same. It's my role, in all that I do, to personally invest in the…


Added by Jason David Palazini on May 19, 2015 at 3:00pm — No Comments

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Irish Wedding Gifts and Civil Partnership Gifts

"Here's to your roof, may it be well thatched;

And here's to all under it, may they be well matched."




Added by Totally Irish Gifts on May 19, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

It's a Long Way to Tipperary

For those with an interest in the Irish involvement in World War I, check out this free online World War I exhibition titled,"It's a Long Way to Tipperary: An Irish…


Added by Pat McMahon on May 19, 2015 at 9:30am — 4 Comments

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