May 2015 Blog Posts (77)

This Week in the History of the Irish: May 31 - June 6

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 30, 2015 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Give My Regards to Cagney - A Review of the Musical

Let me begin with a warning – I saw this show in a preview, and so there might have been changes, additions, subtractions before the show opened. I don’t think there is much room for a change in what is a very tightly and cleanly performed production, but one never knows.

As the name suggests,…


Added by Fr. John R. Sheehan, SJ on May 30, 2015 at 4:30pm — No Comments

The Wild West of Ireland - You won't forget your first time!


It didn't crossed my mind the Wild West to which my Uncle Am said I belonged might be the “Wild…


Added by Patricia Eastwood on May 30, 2015 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Memorial Day USA

Added by Dee Notaro on May 30, 2015 at 5:30am — 1 Comment

Be Amused in the Wild West of Ireland

Last summer my daughter was wearing a shirt she got in Ireland at the local pool.  Another kid asked, “Did you go to Ireland?”  She said yes, she had just returned from vacation there.  He exclaimed, “Wow! What kind of…


Added by Jackie Chester on May 29, 2015 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Morning Star Concert

Join us at The New York Irish Center Jackson Ave Queens NY on Saturday June 6th. Doors open at 7:30 concert starts at 8:30pm. Tickets $22 & $15 for seniors. Hope you can make it.

Added by Mary Courtney on May 29, 2015 at 9:25pm — 1 Comment

Next Generation Indie Book Award.

'Don't Die With Regrets: Ireland and the Lessons my Father Taught me.'

Winner of the 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.

Award presented at the Harvard Club. Manhattan…


Added by John Anthony Brennan on May 29, 2015 at 9:00pm — 2 Comments

Byways & Backroads of Eire: A New Decade Begins

Lovely Loophead ~ ©2011 C.E. Devine

Ten years! My how the time has flown, it seems like that was just a few months ago.

It all started quite unexpectedly. In autumn of 2005, I was approached by friends who…


Added by Bit Devine on May 29, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

My Wish to Visit The Wild West of Ireland

I often tell my friends that the only way I'll ever make it to Ireland is to win the Lottery or to write the great Irish-American Novel. I am disabled, and on a limited income, so there's very little chance to save up for something like this. If I go to Ireland I would like to take my 78 y.o. Mother for the mother/daughter trip of a lifetime. I would like to give her the trip that she and my Grandmother had always hoped to make to my Great-Grandmother’s home. I remember my Great-Grandmother.…


Added by Maureen Kelley-Olson on May 29, 2015 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

Ireland's Surprising Wild West, Where Eagles Soar

There are many surprises to be found in Ireland's "Wild West," and one for me that was completely unexpected was to see eagles and other birds of prey flying above the countryside in County Sligo.

I happened upon Ireland's Raptor Research Centre after visiting the monument…


Added by Michael Quane on May 28, 2015 at 10:00pm — 2 Comments

'Prisoner 1082' a Taut Narrative of IRA Man's Escape in 1960

Review By Kieron C. Punch / Associate Editor (First published in 2011)

There is something…


Added by The Wild Geese on May 28, 2015 at 8:00pm — 2 Comments

Author Interview: 'Dancing to an Irish Reel'

Claire Fullerton: Language flavors everything in writing, just as it does in life.

Welcome to this week's guest, CLAIRE FULLERTON. Claire is the author of Dancing to an Irish Reel (Literary Fiction) and A Portal in…

Added by Claire Fullerton on May 28, 2015 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

Wild West of Ireland

Why in the world would I want to go to Ireland? There are so many reasons why I can barely focus to write a coherent response.

Ireland has always been a place of great intrigue to me for as long as I can remember. I was born with red hair. No one else in my classes in elementary school had red hair. I felt like a pariah. I didn't fit in at school, and even though my father had red hair as well, I didn't fit in there either.

For most of the people in my small class, matters of…


Added by Jackie Gutschenritter on May 28, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments

Staring Death in the Face

Do not go gentle into that good night.

Rage, rage against the dying of the light. – Dylan Thomas



Added by David Lawlor on May 28, 2015 at 9:00am — 6 Comments

County Sligo - A Place in Time

County Sligo (from the Irish Sligeach, meaning "a shelly place")  has a long history. First that can be recalled is the existence of middens along the coastline by Balisodare Bay (noted as the place that inspired William Butler Yeats's poem 'Down by the Sally Gardens' where he heard an old woman sing the opening lines).

The Culleenamore Middens are part of the earliest…


Added by Trek Ireland on May 27, 2015 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

Wild West Tour-You won't forget your first time

I contend that there is no such thing as a "First Time" to Ireland for any of us who are of Irish descent or who love all things Irish. Which one of us has not pictured the green-grey waves splashing against those craggy cliffs ,the white washed cottages with thatched roofs ,or fields filled with sheep  wandering in fields dotted by stone fences?Which of us has not experienced a boat ride on a dark ,deep lake while a sea captain recites poetry? Which of us has not heard the pipes or fiddles…


Added by margaret dennis on May 26, 2015 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Wild West of Ireland

Wild West of Ireland


It seems funny to be visiting the “Wild West of Ireland” and staying in four star B&B’s but there are things in life that when received, you just have to suffer through like soft rain that ends with a lovely rainbow. Give me the open arms and pints of the people of the west, their music, conversation & Sean Nos dance and I will be resting on solid ground no matter…


Added by Bruce (B.D.) MacMahon on May 26, 2015 at 12:30pm — No Comments

The Wild West of Ireland tour - send me!!!

In September 2013 my partner and I visited Ireland for 23 days, we traveled all around the coastline starting in Dublin, then onto Belfast, Derry, Sligo, Galway, Dingle Cork and back to Dublin. This was a life changing event for me. First it was the realization of a dream, coming from a large Irish-American family, Ireland has always been my dream vacation and I was lucky enough to pool all my time off from work to be there…


Added by Brían Pádraic Ó Manacháin on May 25, 2015 at 3:30pm — 3 Comments

I want to be a "Wild West in Ireland" Westie!

My story is unlike any others. My name is Angela Lutman. Not very Irish sounding is it? Hehe My maiden name is Angela Hildebrandt. Even less Irish. I don't know of any relatives in Ireland, I don't have any specific place I need to go back to, nor do I have a lengthy ancestry tree I need to climb. What I'd like to share is kind of.... what we like to refer to is Taboo. The unknown. A topic of great skepticism. Reincarnation. That's my story. And I'm sticking to it. It's completely true and I…


Added by Angela Lutman on May 25, 2015 at 3:00am — 1 Comment

Wild West of Ireland

One year ago I had just returned from spending three weeks along the Wild Atlantic Way in Co. Donegal in Lettermacaward and Dungloe.  Now it wasn't my original intention to spend that much time there; I originally intended to spend three days in Dublin, go on to…


Added by Trudy Miner on May 24, 2015 at 8:00pm — 1 Comment

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