June 2013 Blog Posts (45)

This Week in the History of the Irish: June 30 - July 6

Crawford Municipal Art Gallery, Cork

'Men of the South' by Sean Keating, depicting the men of an IRA Flying Column during the War of Independence.



Added by The Wild Geese on June 30, 2013 at 1:00am — No Comments

Witches Sabbath

SCENE 4 ~ NIGHTFALL ~ (Hillside, Breffny) YOUTUBE ~Witches Sabbath




“Blessings one and all.

Gathered here tonight

Sisters! Sisters!…


Added by The Last Torch on June 29, 2013 at 5:38am — No Comments

"Crosswords at the Crossroads": Gaeilge Abú!

It's time for another Wild Geese original crossword puzzle.  This time around, we're exploring the Irish language.  If you have some Irish, this puzzle may be quite easy for you; but even if you don't have any Irish, we've provided a link below to PotaFocal.com that will give you the…


Added by The Wild Geese on June 29, 2013 at 2:00am — 1 Comment


There is a fantastic text where I found the following lyrics which are narrated by the witches. After O'Rourke sings the opening  "This lovely coast..." (see previous blog) The witches enter and sing these lyrics mostly with a drone accompaniment but also some fanfare. The lyrics are taken unedited from the Franciscan writings mentioned previously. Amazing words, fantastic read. Link --> …


Added by The Last Torch on June 25, 2013 at 7:38am — No Comments

1588 ~ Streedagh Strand ~ County Sligo ~ Opening Scene

“This lovely coast.

 Although her beauty outshines most,

 behind her veil her fierceness hides.

 Her breath like fire turns the tides.

 The night is bright and the moon catches a fearful sight.

 Spanish ships ensnared between the rocks.

 In the trap of the demon winds.…


Added by The Last Torch on June 25, 2013 at 6:00am — 2 Comments

Among the Irishmen at Gettysburg

Both the Blue-Gray Alliance & the National Park Service are having Gettysburg reenactments. Neither will be complete unless they include the following.

Colonel Patrick O’Rorke, County…


Added by James Francis Smith on June 24, 2013 at 6:00pm — 3 Comments

'Transatlantic' - A Voyage Worth Taking

I recently finished reading "Transatlantic," by Colm McCann. Several years ago, a friend gave me McCann's previous novel, "Let the Great World Spin." I hated it; didn't like the times, didn't like the setting or the subject (mid-1970s drug-infested New York City).

I Loved "Translatlantic." It is story of a family (specifically a grandmother, mother and…


Added by Jim Curley on June 24, 2013 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

This Week in the History of the Irish: June 23 - June 29

St. Patrick's Old Cathedral Archives

Old St. Patrick's Cathedral, 1860. Armed men protected the church against threats of Nativist violence against the church, the seat of the Archdiocese of New York.



Added by The Wild Geese on June 23, 2013 at 1:00am — No Comments

U.S. Kylemore Abbey Campaign is Underway

Kylemore Abbey is located in one of Ireland’s most unique landscapes –- Connemara. Described by Oscar Wilde as “a savage beauty," it is a region of awe-inspiring, unspoiled and natural beauty. Its patchwork of lakes, rugged mountains, and windswept bogs certainly gives a sense of splendid isolation.

The Abbey…


Added by Friends of Kylemore Abbey on June 20, 2013 at 3:30pm — 11 Comments

NYC Turn-of-the-Century Gangs (Irish and Others)


Originally posted at ArtOfNeed blog for the Auld Irishtown Trilogy

By Eamon Loingsigh

Well, I’ve finally turned in the manuscript and in a month or so, I’ll hear back from Three Rooms Press concerning any edits considered.

The last few weeks, I tried to…


Added by Eamon Loingsigh on June 19, 2013 at 9:00pm — 3 Comments

'That's That': A Searing Look at a Wartime Childhood

Book Review

"That’s That" By Colin Broderick

Broadway Paperbacks $15

No memoir you have read about growing up in Ireland, not even Angela’s…


Added by Sandy Boyer on June 19, 2013 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

400 Years Ago, The Marriage of Owen Roe and Rosa

We Irish have many 400th anniversaries, but few that can celebrate a happy event, given the state of our nation back in 1613. Leading Gaelic nobles had been exiled, their lands, especially in Ulster,  planted with foreigners, their people destitute, dispersed to the forests and hills of Donegal, or  emigrants, camped…


Added by Brian O'Doherty on June 18, 2013 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

Obama Belfast Speech ‘A Great Day for Northern Ireland’

It was great, maybe this will do what JFK did in Berlin, with his "Tear Down this Wall” speech.


Added by David Dinning on June 18, 2013 at 2:00am — 9 Comments

'That's That': Colin Broderick Discusses Being a Kid Amid 'The Troubles'

The following is a transcript taken from the LIVE members' chat hosted here at TheWildGeese.com on Monday, June 17th with County Tyrone native (and fellow Wild Geese member),…


Added by The Wild Geese on June 17, 2013 at 5:00pm — No Comments

College tapes Group seek action from Secretary John Kerry


Irish American groups continue to fight subpoena ordering release of  Boston

College tapes Group seek action from Secretary John Kerry

Read more:…


Added by David Dinning on June 16, 2013 at 6:54am — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: June 16 - June 22

Harry Boland, a Dublin tailor and Sinn Féin leader, left; Michael Collins, who would come to fight forces led by de Valera, center, and Eamon de Valera, right.

DOMHNAIGH -- On June 16, 1917,…


Added by The Wild Geese on June 16, 2013 at 1:00am — No Comments

Breithlá Shona Duit, W.B. Yeats!

I thought it was worth noting that today, June 13th, is the anniversary of the birth of Irish poet, W.B. Yeats.  William Butler Yeats was born on June 13, 1865 in Sandymount, County Dublin.  He would go on to be among the most influential writers in the 20th century -- not just in Ireland, but throughout the world.  He was a driving force behind the Irish…


Added by Ryan O'Rourke on June 13, 2013 at 9:00am — No Comments

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