June 2013 Blog Posts (47)

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'Against the Grain': How the Irish Made History in 'The Ward'

A funny thing happened to …


Added by Kevin P Gorman on June 12, 2013 at 9:00pm — 5 Comments

A Dad, and Family, Thrice Blessed in Northeast Phllly

Irish families traditionally revere their mothers, and the Smith clan was no different. My Kindle book The O’Donnells of Philadelphia, however, was set in Port Richmond to preserve the essence of my father’s boyhood before it fades from memory. An Irish section situated in northeast…


Added by James Francis Smith on June 12, 2013 at 4:00pm — 2 Comments

The Irish Kitchen: Cabbage & Prosciutto Pizza

Hello, Wild Geese!  I just wanted to make you aware of an intriguing new recipe shared by fellow member, Maryann Tracy.  We've posted it in the special members' group called, "…


Added by Ryan O'Rourke on June 12, 2013 at 10:45am — No Comments

'South Wind': Awakening the Silent Voices of America's Civil War

Jed Marum, a Boston lad who now calls Texas home, is a storyteller in true fashion of the Seanchaí of old.  He traces his heritage and roots back to Kilkenny and Galway. I can easily see him amongst the Bards of old entertaining Kings and commoners alike. 

Jed  has been performing on the Folk and Celtic music…


Added by Bit Devine on June 12, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments

Live Members' Chat with Author, Colin Broderick

On Monday June 17th at 3:00 p.m. ET, members of The Wild Geese will have the opportunity to chat live with author, Colin Broderick.  If you cannot join us to submit your questions to…


Added by The Wild Geese on June 12, 2013 at 5:30am — 1 Comment

Singer Promotes WW1 Music of Irish 'Tommies'

(First published 2/2/12) Dubliner Brendan MacQuaile’s book and one-man show, both titled …


Added by The Wild Geese on June 11, 2013 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Picture Perfect: A Members-Only Photography Contest

If you haven't done so already, take a few minutes to flip through the photographs posted here by members of The Wild Geese community.  There is quite a variety of photos, ranging from landscapes to historical figures -- both in "The Motherland" and from points across the globe which have been touched by the Irish diaspora.

We want to encourage…


Added by The Wild Geese on June 11, 2013 at 3:00pm — 18 Comments

Irish-American Authority Takes On 'Killing Kennedy'

Narrative-History with an Irish Flavor


An Open Letter to Bill…


Added by James Francis Smith on June 10, 2013 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment

Young Belfast Celt on World Cycle Tour for Charity

A young Celtic supporter from Belfast - Brendan Barnes - has just started on his 2 year cycle trip round the world on behalf of the charity Project Zambia. The Project was started by the staff and students of St Mary's Christian Brothers School (CBS) in Belfast in response the cry of the poverty-stricken people…


Added by Belfast Celtic Society on June 10, 2013 at 11:00am — 3 Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: June 9 - June 15

National Army Museum, London

Lieutenant General

Sir George Nugent

DOMHNAIGH -- On June 9, 1798, Col.…


Added by The Wild Geese on June 9, 2013 at 1:00am — No Comments

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John Dunlap, Printer of the First Declaration of Independence

Did you know that the first copies of the Declaration of Independence were printed by an Irishman named John Dunlap who hailed from Meetinghouse Street, Strabane in County Tyrone?   He began learning his trade when he went to work for his Uncle at the tender age of ten in Philadelphia…


Added by Nollaig 2016 on June 8, 2013 at 11:00pm — 2 Comments

Every Small Victory leads to a Greater Success

A small victory but still counted...

The PSNI will only be allowed access to 11 out of the 85 taped interviews...

The 1st Circuit reined in the reach of a subpoena that would grant access to Boston College’s confidential interviews with former Irish Republic Army fighters.


Added by Bit Devine on June 8, 2013 at 12:32pm — No Comments

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Father's Day History: Irish Fathers in Story and Song

Father's Day, according to scholars may be traced to the ruins of Babylon where they have recorded that a young boy called Elmesu carved a Father's Day message on a card made out of clay nearly 4,000 years ago. Elmesu wished his Babylonian father good health and a long life. Although there is no record of what happened to Elmesu and his father, some history books note that the…


Added by Nollaig 2016 on June 8, 2013 at 11:00am — 3 Comments

Crosswords at the Crossroads: Irish Wordsmiths

The premiere of our "Crosswords at the Crossroads" at the end of last month was met with exuberant participation among much of the membership here at The Wild Geese.  Quite a few informed us that they learned a great deal about Ireland's unofficial county nicknames by completing the…


Added by The Wild Geese on June 7, 2013 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

James Braddock: The Real 'Cinderella' Story

By Robert Cassidy

Special to The Wild Geese


NEW YORK -- It has been said that one of the traits the Irish brought to these shores was that of survival. Heavyweight champion James J. Braddock demonstrated that in life, as well as the boxing ring.



Added by The Wild Geese on June 7, 2013 at 8:30am — 3 Comments

Irish knowledge contest

Comhghairdeas! (Congratulations!) to Catherine Farrel & Rose Maurer, on their great win in the Test Your Irish Knowledge Contest. Go ladies!! - Fran Pultro

Added by Fran Pultro on June 6, 2013 at 11:55am — 1 Comment

Marian Price Free at Last

Sandy Boyer, co-coordinator of the Free Marian Price Campaign in the U.S. and co-host of the weekly radio program Radio Free Eireann on WBAI in New York City, reports on the victory of the grassroots struggle for Marian --- and on what still lies ahead for…


Added by Sandy Boyer on June 5, 2013 at 6:00pm — 7 Comments

Liam Lynch: Victim of the Irish Civil War

In the early morning hours of April 10, 1923, in the Knockmealdown Mountains, County Tipperary, there died a great Irish patriot; a man who had fought with and lead some of the very men who now, tragically, would kill him. The man was General Liam Lynch, Chief of Staff, IRA. Born in the town of Barnagurraha,…


Added by The Wild Geese on June 5, 2013 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Mickey Hamill: An Irishman at the White House

Mickey  at The White House (standing outside the West Wing, no less) in 1925, where he  was brought to meet US President Calvin Coolidge, with his colleagues in the Boston Soccer Club…


Added by Belfast Celtic Society on June 4, 2013 at 3:00am — No Comments

3,000 Facebook Followers, Now The Big Winners

The Wild Geese Facebook page surpassed the 3,000-follower mark on Monday, June 3rd.  In…


Added by The Wild Geese on June 3, 2013 at 10:30pm — 8 Comments

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