June 2015 Blog Posts (88)

The Gardeners

"Hey boy, who am I going to leave these hands to when I’m gone?”

A long silence…then the words were repeated, louder and more animated.

“I say, who will I leave them to, eh? I think I’ll leave them to science.”

Again, the words fell on deaf ears and were greeted with total silence…

Those immortal words were uttered by my father, Mal, as he…


Added by John Anthony Brennan on June 30, 2015 at 2:30pm — 4 Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: June 28 - July 04

James Daly, executed leader of the Connaught Rangers mutiny in India.

DEARDAOIN -- On June 28, 1920, at Wellington barracks in Jullundar, India, 350 Irish members of the famous…


Added by The Wild Geese on June 28, 2015 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

Heritage Partner
The Tara Brooch and a Special Offer for Wild Geese Members

Many ancient brooches have been found in Ireland, but the Tara Brooch is the most impressive and best preserved. Found in 1850, this Celtic designed Tara Brooch dates back to A.D. 700, the Iron Age. If you are ever in Dublin take a visit to the National Museum of Ireland where this brooch is on…


Added by Totally Irish Gifts on June 24, 2015 at 2:00pm — 9 Comments

Dublin: My Hometown

I grew up on Dublin's northside, in Stoneybatter - one of the five ancient roads to Tara. Now, I live in Wicklow, but still feel the draw of my old hometown. Here's why ...

A friendly nod, a bit of wit,

A pint of plain, that's part of it.

Canal bank walks and side-street strolls

In the shadow of Vikings and brave…


Added by David Lawlor on June 22, 2015 at 7:00am — 9 Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: June 21 - June 27

MÁIRT -- On June 22, 1922, Field Marshal Sir Henry Wilson was shot and killed by two IRA  men in London. Wilson was an Irish native, born in County Longford, and a long-time…


Added by The Wild Geese on June 21, 2015 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Money Trivia

How much does $1 million weigh? That  depends on the denomination of the bills you use. Since there are 490 notes in a pound, if you used $1 bills it would weigh 2,040.8 pounds, but if you used $100 bills it would weigh only 20.4 pounds.

That is, there are 3/4's of a pound of cotton in each pound of dollar bills.  This same source also says that are 454 bills in a pound of currency. 

So when you watch TV or a movie and there is a payoff in a suitcase or a duffle/gym bag....will…


Added by Dee Notaro on June 21, 2015 at 5:00am — 2 Comments

About Two Wild Westie Friends ...

I gaze upon a lonely beach, two figures walking all alone,

Slowly the sun settles in the west, remnants of daylight shone.

From my vantage I see two shadows moving on the beach,

Strolling slowly just within darkness’ reach.

I watch the pair moving slowly along,

And listen carefully, I can hear their song.

A lifetime of love and…


Added by William Huckeby on June 19, 2015 at 7:30pm — 2 Comments

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Maud Gonne: The 'Irish Joan of Arc'

Maud Gonne was born in Tongham, near Surrey, England in 1865 to Captain Thomas Gonne of the 17th Light Dragoons and his wife Edith Firth Cook. Edith belonged to the wealthy Cooke family, manufacturers of silk, linen, and  cotton goods. Her Grandfather was also…


Added by That's Just How It Was on June 17, 2015 at 12:30pm — 23 Comments

Live From the Pitch at the Historic England Versus Ireland Football Friendly, June 6, 2015

Wayne Rooney is tiny. Really tiny. I stood less than ten feet away from him on Sunday, on the pitch in the Aviva, and I reckoned I was taller than him. When I got home I checked and so I am. But then I reckoned I was taller than most of the Irish and English football…


Added by Jillian Godsil on June 17, 2015 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

Is Romantic Ireland Dead and Gone?

Well, you just have to listen to Davy Spillane's music before you answer my question. Here's a short video that I created of my recent solo exhibition in Áras Éanna on…


Added by Eoin Mac Lochlainn on June 17, 2015 at 5:00am — 3 Comments

'Heartbreak Ridge (and Other Poems)' by Bill Nevins

Book Review                                 

The true nature of poetry is to first give us an insight into the heart and consciousness of the poet, then the collective consciousness of the society…


Added by Seamus Ruttledge on June 16, 2015 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

Thoughts on Irish Loyalist Protestants Over the Past Two Centuries

Ireland’s Protestant Unionists 1800 - 1923:

A Persecuted Minority

or Strident Anti-Assimilationists?

As the centenary of Ireland’s 1916 Easter Rising approaches, many questions as to how to proceed with the …


Added by Ed Shevlin on June 16, 2015 at 7:30am — 5 Comments

The Price of Freedom

What price freedom? Some people could answer that better than others. When it comes to Irish freedom that price was paid in 1916 in the stonebreakers’ yard of Kilmainham Gaol, where the leaders of the insurrection were executed. It was also paid throughout the War of…


Added by David Lawlor on June 16, 2015 at 7:00am — 7 Comments

My love for everything Irish has grown.

Hello everyone! I wanted to thank The Wild Geese, Wild West Irish Tours and all the members of both groups for helping to make my passion for Ireland and everything Irish grow. I love reading everyone's blogs, looking at all the incredible photos and watching your videos. I'm really enjoying this amazing and informative site. I've seriously rented all videos about Ireland from every library in Las Vegas. Books, including Rick Steve's travel guide and movies filmed in Ireland or about Ireland! I… Continue

Added by Angela Lutman on June 16, 2015 at 6:12am — No Comments

The Irish at Waterloo

June 18th will mark the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo. There are hundreds of books which examine the battle in fascinating detail, but for those unfamiliar with the basics: on June 18, 1815, the French army under Napoleon Bonaparte was defeated by the Anglo-Allied…


Added by Mark Bois on June 15, 2015 at 8:00pm — 4 Comments

Genetic Memory and My Irish Friend, Anthony

There’s a case to be argued for genetic memory, the Jungian theory, that certain memories and proclivities are bequeathed to us at birth from our forbearers. As a Scots-Irish descendant on every branch of my family tree, it…


Added by Claire Fullerton on June 15, 2015 at 2:00pm — 17 Comments

Irish soldiers at the Battle of Waterloo

With the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo taking place this Thursday (18th June), members may be interested in reading Peter Molloy's MA thesis, "Ireland and the Waterloo Campaign of 1815" which provides much valuable information about the involvement of Irish soldiers in that decisive battle. The full text thesis can be found at:…


Added by Kieron Punch on June 15, 2015 at 7:55am — No Comments

Is Genius Genetic?

What does it take to be considered a genius? Is a genius a remarkable musician who moves our spirits, an artist who creates beautiful paintings, a student who scores off the charts on an IQ test or the employee working the Genius Bar at your local Apple store? OK, maybe the last example is pushing it, but consider the other varieties of geniuses -- those with amazing musical, artistic, athletic and intellectual talents. Were the Mozarts and Monets of the world born with their genius? Or did…


Added by Dee Notaro on June 14, 2015 at 4:30am — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: June 14 - June 20

Linen Hall Library

William of Orange

DOMHNAIGH -- On June 14, 1690, William of Orange,…


Added by The Wild Geese on June 13, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments

Clare Book No.1 Bestseller on Amazon

I'm in Ireland for the launch of book  Doolin. The book was published on June 1 and was on Amazon before copies were delivered to Irish outlets. On Thursday last I read that Doolin was # 1 bestseller on Amazon's Irish Travel and Guidebook list...a pleasant surprise. Later I noted that it was # 1 on Amazon's Folk and Traditional Music list...a book on Bob Dylan was # 3. My publisher told me yesterday that the book has sold out in Ireland and has gone back to press.…


Added by Eddie Stack on June 13, 2015 at 7:00am — 3 Comments

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