July 2013 Blog Posts (56)


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Sir Roger Casement: Nationalist, Activist, Patriot, Poet and _____?

Sir Roger Casement was hanged on 3 August 1916, at the age of 51.  He had been glorified and vilified over the course of history.  Can his "Ghost" now rest in…
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Added by Nollaig 2016 on July 30, 2013 at 5:30pm — 11 Comments

'Blood', Belfast, and Brando: Transcript from Live Chat with Author Gerry Cappa

The following is a transcript taken from the LIVE members' chat hosted here at TheWildGeese.com on Monday, July 29, 2013 with Belfast native (and fellow Wild Geese member), Gerry Cappa, right.  Gerry's first novel,…

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Added by The Wild Geese on July 30, 2013 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Family History at the National Library of Ireland

For anyone interested in tracing their Irish roots and who will be in Dublin in August, the National Library of Ireland are presenting a series of talks and lectures on the various resources that are available.

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Added by Gerard Cappa on July 30, 2013 at 2:50pm — No Comments

Is there a Singular Irish Accent?

The Irish Central seems to think so. There are as many accents in Ireland as there are villages. …

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Added by Rónán Gearóid Ó Domhnaill on July 30, 2013 at 1:00pm — 4 Comments

Gray Family of Wexford Ireland

My family visited Wexford in June of 2008. We rented a car while in Wexford and on the second day drove out to see the Jamestown House Stud Farm. My ancestor Joseph Gray built the house at the farm in 1811. Another Gray house is located at Whitefort. The ruins can be seen on the website of Tarquin Blake,…

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Added by Don Gray on July 29, 2013 at 10:30pm — No Comments

New series of folk tale books

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The History Press is bringing out a folk tale series for several counties. The first one I read was ‘Dublin Folk Tales’ and while I was expecting kitsch I was pleasantly surprised. The series has several authors and Brendan Nolan, who has a very natural and entertaining story telling style, has written a few of…

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Added by Rónán Gearóid Ó Domhnaill on July 29, 2013 at 10:22am — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: July 28 - August 3

The National Gallery of Ireland

Patrick Sarsfield, by William Mossop…

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Added by The Wild Geese on July 28, 2013 at 1:00am — No Comments

Your Experiences with Croagh Patrick

Tomorrow is the last Sunday in July, and the day that pilgrims climb Croagh Patrick in County Mayo.  Has anyone in our group done the climb?  Has anyone done it barefoot?

What was the experience like? Did you consider it a real pilgrimage or simply a mountain to…

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Added by Jim Curley on July 27, 2013 at 5:00pm — 16 Comments

The Boy in the Attic

It is often said that Ireland of the seventies was a much safer place than today.  “The Boy in the Attic”, the true story of Ireland’s only satanic murder dispels such notions. The brutal murder took place in 1973 in Palmerstown, County Dublin and…

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Added by Rónán Gearóid Ó Domhnaill on July 27, 2013 at 5:00am — No Comments

My Sister Kathleen

My search for information on my long lost sister, Kathleen, using all means available.

The first knowledge I had concerning the existence of my sister, was relayed to me in Scotland, in January, 1996.  I was on holiday, visiting a cousin, along with my eldest daughter and my youngest…

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Added by Stanley Garrett Hogan on July 25, 2013 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Meeting Dev

In 1970, I met with several other friends and teachers in Dublin. One of them had political connections, so we got an audience with the President of Ireland, then Eamon de Valera, at the presidental mansion in Phoenix Park. Some of the visit I remember as comic: we arrived at the gate, all six of us, in a car not much bigger than a VW Beetle.I'm sure the guards were used to limos and grand cars coming up to the gate and thought "who are these jokers sitting…

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Added by Jim Curley on July 25, 2013 at 5:57pm — 9 Comments

From Kerry to Chicago and Back Again

My maternal Grandmother was a Corcoran from Knockaderry in County Kerry.  Knockaderry is just around the corner from the Kerry Airport in Farranfore.  One of thirteen kids, Grandma could not wait to get off the island.  Thankfully, she waited until a few days after the 1911 census!  She emigrated to the United…

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Added by Thomas Besore on July 23, 2013 at 9:00am — 3 Comments

'Dancing with Statues': Caroline Doherty de Novoa Discusses Colombian-Irish Connections

The following is a transcript taken from the LIVE members' chat hosted here at TheWildGeese.com on Monday, July 22, 2013 with County Tyrone native (and fellow Wild Geese member), Caroline Doherty de Novoa, left.  Now a resident of Bogotá, Colombia,…

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Added by The Wild Geese on July 23, 2013 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

Hennigan’s Heritage Centre: A Link to a Vanishing Past

By Joe Gannon

On our recent trip to Ireland my wife and I visited a small museum in Killasser, Swinford, County Mayo, which should be on the itinerary of anyone who is ever in the area and is interested in Irish history and culture. The greatest treasure at …

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Added by The Wild Geese on July 23, 2013 at 3:30am — 3 Comments

Introducing: 'Antiquities of Kildare'

I have great pleasure in announcing the publication of my latest book, one which I am very proud of and took me over 2 years to research and complete.

"ANTIQUITIES of KILDARE" (Guide to)

County Kildare is one of the richest counties in Ireland for antiquities.…

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Added by Megalithic Monuments of Ireland on July 22, 2013 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Wexford Ancestors & Druids

UPDATE:  My Irish Backpacking, No-Low Budget, Roving Reporter Tour So Far!

The Ferry to Rosslaire across the Irish Sea from Pembrook or a flight to Dublin from Warwickshire and a train down to the Parish of Carne and the most likely villages of my Scallion and Doyle ancestors? A bus to one of the two hostels in Gorey and/or pick up a tent and sleeping bag and camp out at beautiful…

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Added by Alannah Ryane on July 21, 2013 at 5:00pm — 10 Comments

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

Picture courtesy of Lt. Col. Ken Powers

The Prince of Wales Flag, the regimental color carried by the 69th New York State Militia at 1st Bull…
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Added by The Wild Geese on July 20, 2013 at 11:30am — No Comments

'To God the Best and the Greatest'

Aodh Mór Ó Néill died on this date, 20th July, in 1616.

In his biography, 'The Great O'Neill', Seán Ó Faoláin portrays the exile O'Neill's last days in Rome as a period of despair and disillusionment.

This really was not how it was supposed to end.…

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Added by Gerard Cappa on July 20, 2013 at 6:30am — 19 Comments

The Inspiration for 'Ghost of Gallipoli': Chance Discovery or Twist of Fate?

As a writer I often find that inspiration comes from the strangest of places. But none so odd as that for my ebook, "…

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Added by Margaret Whittock on July 20, 2013 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

Coming Up -- Irish Road Bowling Champs 'Hit' the Road

North American Region Finals, August 2, 3 and 4, 2013 East Durham, New York

The 350-year old Irish sport of long bullets road bowling is firmly established in the Irish…

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Added by david powell on July 19, 2013 at 8:30pm — 3 Comments

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