Featured Blog Posts – June 2014 Archive (39)


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'Game of Thrones' Filming Locations in Ireland

Explore filming locations from "Game of Thrones"…





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Added by Celtic Tours World Vacations on June 16, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments

'The Real McCoy'

In our genealogy classes, we often investigate the origin of the surname.  In one case, this led to an interesting historical fact about the phrase “The Real McCoy.”

McCoy: “A common surname of Scottish origin in the…

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Added by Dee Notaro on June 15, 2014 at 5:00am — 3 Comments

Auditions for 'The Last Torch'

“The Last Torch” is an exciting new Irish ceoldrama being premiered in Melbourne, Australia October 1st - 4th, 2014 at the Malthouse Theatre, Southbank. It will be part of this year's Melbourne Fringe Festival. Auditions will be held in July. Please email Frances O’Neill to…

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Added by The Last Torch on June 14, 2014 at 2:00am — No Comments

A 'Wild Goose' in the Mayan Kingdom

Our educated guess is that Dr. Theodore Thaddeus Dominic O’Kelly came to Guatemala around 1696. He might be a surgeon from the ranks of the Jacobite Army that fought in Aughrim. According to his account, he was an Ulsterman born in Loughgall (County Armagh) around 1658.

In…

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Added by juan pablo torrebiarte on June 13, 2014 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

The Fun of Matchmaking

Matchmaking and Lisdoonvarna are two things that naturally go together ... like strawberries and cream.

If love is what you are looking for (or even just a fun time with other singles), then you cannot miss the Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival.  So, get on your dancing shoes,…

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Added by annette counihan on June 13, 2014 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Quid Pro Quo - It's a Question of Money

I came across this old election poster from the mid-1950's lately. I was born in 1956, so it resonated a bit. Political comparisons aside, I had totally forgotten how the 'old prices' were written and this poster, with it's comparison chart of commonly purchased items brought back floods of childhood memories to me.

For instance the 1954 price tag of 2/4 for Cigarettes…

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Added by Brian Nolan on June 13, 2014 at 6:30am — 6 Comments

To Drive or Not to Drive

My apologies to William Shakespeare who never had to make that decision.

When vacationing in Ireland is it best to hire a car, utilize public transportation or join an organized tour? The ability to come…

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Added by P.J. Francis on June 12, 2014 at 4:30pm — 7 Comments

Farewell to The Celtic Tiger

Ireland has recently received criticism for offering favorable tax rates to American companies who relocate there. The governor of California was particularly scathing. Other EEC countries see it as being unfair to them. Everyone concerned has a valid point but it is difficult right now for the Irish government to change its policy. The fake economic boom known as the Celtic…

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Added by P.J. Francis on June 10, 2014 at 8:30pm — 5 Comments

'The Wild Geese in NYC' Catch 'Gaelic Sports Day'

Breezy Point, N.Y. -- More than 100 individuals, a number likely to have doubled before the day ended, came to Breezy Point on Saturday to demonstrate the draw -- and drawing power -- of Gaelic sports worldwide.

The event, billed Gaelic Sports Day, was produced by Shannon Gaels Gaelic Football Club. The Gaels are the only Minor GAA club, serving…

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Added by Gerry Regan on June 9, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

Irish Mezzo-Soprano Insulted by Critics

Irish mezzo soprano Tara Erraught has been turning heads in the international opera scene since 2011.  The Dundalk-born Erraught received her classical training from the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin, and has already established herself as one of the opera world's hottest…

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Added by Kelly O'Rourke on June 5, 2014 at 8:00am — 15 Comments


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Vacation Spotlight: Adventure on the Atlantic

Adventure on the Atlantic - Self-Drive Vacation to Ireland

This self-paced Ireland vacation blends outdoor adventures with intriguing history, set against the breathtaking backdrop of the Wild Atlantic Way. The charming seaside resort of Lahinch, County…

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Added by Celtic Tours World Vacations on June 5, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments

Cathal O'Malley: Capturing Ireland's Essence With Every Stroke

The Wild Geese team are pleased to introduce the newest of The Wild Geese Irish Heritage Partners, Cathal O Malley.  Cathal is  a self-taught artist living in Connemara…

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Added by The Wild Geese on June 5, 2014 at 7:00am — 3 Comments

Cupid's Crusade Testimonial from Our 2013 Tour

We've had much to say about the wonders you will experience when you come along on a Cupid's Crusade upscale singles' adventure to Ireland.  Even more valuable than our own description of the Cupid's Crusade tours are the words of those who have experienced what we…

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Added by annette counihan on June 4, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Origin of the Word 'Deadline'

Deadlines were common forms of crowd control in military prisons of the Civil War era, especially open stockade type prisons. What constituted the deadline varied widely from prison to prison. At many prisons, such as Andersonville, Camp Lawton, Camp Douglas, and Florence, the…

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Added by Dee Notaro on June 4, 2014 at 4:00am — 5 Comments

Queen Elizabeth's Irish Phrasebook

In the 1560s, Queen Elizabeth I began to see the value in becoming familiar with the Irish language.  The Queen was already well versed in the French, Italian, Latin and Greek languages.  There can be little doubt that her interest in the Irish language was brought on by her desire…

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Added by Ryan O'Rourke on June 4, 2014 at 3:00am — 5 Comments

'A Captain Unafraid' Documentary Film

"A Captain Unafraid" will tell the story of 19th century filibuster and soldier of fortune, "Dynamite" Johnny O' Brien.  You can read more about the fascinating life of "Dynamite" Johnny …

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Added by Charles G O' Brien on June 3, 2014 at 7:30pm — No Comments


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Griffith's 'Primary Valuation of Tenements'

The mention of Irish land and property records causes many people to switch off and say that their people never owned property in Ireland. Indeed, it is true to say that very few people in 18th and 19th century Ireland owned their own property!

However, a wonderful…

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Added by Helen Kelly Genealogy on June 3, 2014 at 3:30am — 3 Comments

Unlike Any Other Marathon in the World

Flora Mini Marathon, Dublin City, 2014

In excess of 40,000 women ran in this mini marathon today.  It's all of 10k, and it's actually magic.

Listening to the radio as I came home this evening, I heard the presenter say that 'some' of the women ran for charity, and that 800 charities were represented.  The truth is that the vast majority of people…

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Added by Dr. Jane Lyons on June 2, 2014 at 5:30pm — 2 Comments

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