Featured Blog Posts – July 2014 Archive (37)


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'And To Watch the Sunbeams Dancing O’er the Wicklow Mountains High'

From "The Wicklow Mountains High" by Jim McGonigle.

One of the things I'm always on the alert for while driving along the roads of Ireland is any sort of roadside historical marker. The Irish have populated their cities…

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Added by Joe Gannon on July 17, 2014 at 9:00am — 6 Comments

Ever Irrepressible Mims Murphy

Mary Eileen "Mims" Murphy Walsh was born in County Longford in 1881. She was college educated and worked in Dublin. She married Patrick "Paddy" Walsh on July 29, 1913. They immigrated to the United States in 1915. To Mims, it was an exile that she…

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Added by Bit Devine on July 16, 2014 at 4:00pm — No Comments

The Ros Tapestry – A Tale Told in Thread

After fellow Wild Geese member Oisen O'Connell had generously taken me on my last Wexford tour via Ballyhack Castle,…

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Added by Alannah Ryane on July 15, 2014 at 11:00am — 4 Comments


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Escape to the Burren, County Clare

It takes less than two hours to drive from Nenagh to the Burren in Co. Clare. At a recent launch for the Cliffs of Moher Geopark  (www.burrengeopark.ie) in Lisdoonvarna, I was reminded just how much this region has to…

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Added by ISLE magazine on July 15, 2014 at 10:30am — 3 Comments


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Dunmore Cave

Dunmore Cave

Ballyfoyle, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland



History and geology blend at Dunmore Cave to give an interesting and unique situation. Consisting of a series of chambers formed over millions of years, the cave contains some of the finest calcite formations found in any Irish cave. The case has been known to man for many centuries…

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Added by Celtic Tours World Vacations on July 11, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments

Battle of the Boyne an Ancient Masonic/Egyptian Ritual?

 ...and not a battle at all?  Was the area of Brù-na-Bóinne where the survivors of 'Noah's' flood emerged? What about the 

strange report from Charles O'Kelly, a Colonel in James’ army, who said the whole thing was a conspiracy to hand Ireland to William?…

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Added by Alannah Ryane on July 10, 2014 at 12:30pm — 4 Comments

Mistresses, Concubines and Fitzies in Your Family Tree?

When a "family detective" starts researching  “Royalty” connected to one’s family, there arises  women known as “Mistresses” and “Concubines”.  Most Kings had them. Do you know the difference in these terms or “titles”?

A concubine can be part of a harem, or a…

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Added by Dee Notaro on July 10, 2014 at 2:30am — 3 Comments

There’s Gold in Nellie Cashman

In Tombstone, Arizona, the town too tough to die, Nellie Cashman, the Miners’ Angel, is legendary for her business skills, her philanthropy and her Irish grit. Her biographer once said, when asked to describe her, “Pretty as a…

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Added by Bit Devine on July 9, 2014 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment


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Follow Me Down Past Carlow (to Shillelagh)

We arrived at Dublin Airport to some fairly typical Irish summer weather, i.e. cloudy with off-and-on showers and temperatures of about 18 (about 65 back in the…

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Added by Joe Gannon on July 7, 2014 at 3:00pm — 3 Comments

Moving Past Grief and Finding Happiness Again

... a trip to Ireland helped.

When I decided to share the story about what my family went through while my husband was ill, “…

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Added by Kathleen Concannon Maloney on July 5, 2014 at 3:30pm — 4 Comments

Irish Lady Who Gave Them Hell

Mary Harris "Mother" Jones (1837- 30 November 1930) was an Irish-American schoolteacher and dressmaker who became a prominent labor and community organizer. She helped coordinate major strikes and co-founded the Industrial Workers of the World. Mary…

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Added by Dee Notaro on July 5, 2014 at 12:30pm — 3 Comments

America's Birthday and the Irish

At the dawn of what was to become an age of rebellion, Thomas Jefferson said, Rebellion is a medicine necessary for the sound health of government. The American revolution of 1775 to 1781 was the inspiration for rebellions across the world from France in 1789 to Ireland in 1798, again…

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Added by Mike McCormack on July 4, 2014 at 9:00am — 6 Comments

The Wild Geese Featured on NYC TV

The Wild Geese gained a spotlight on 'Communications Corner,' on Queens Public Television (QPTV), the Queens, NYC, public television network. During the broadcast, co-founder Gerry Regan shares his personal background while discussing the ever-growing and very passionate membership of the world's leading social network…

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Added by Alannah Ryane on July 4, 2014 at 7:30am — 3 Comments

'Machine Made': A Second Look at Tammany Hall

In "Machine Made: Tammany Hall and The Creation of Modern American Politics," author Terry Golway doesn’t sugar-coat the negative aspects of a New York institution that flourished for about 100 years. What he does is swing the pendulum back from a crazy imbalance caused by…

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Added by Jim Curley on July 3, 2014 at 3:30pm — 8 Comments


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Using Irish Census Returns in Genealogical Research

It is a source of great pain and frustration to genealogists that most 19th Irish census returns have been destroyed. The destruction is generally blamed on the fire at the Public Records Office in 1922 during the Irish Civil War. While the 1922 fire did consume a great deal of 19th…

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Added by Helen Kelly Genealogy on July 3, 2014 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

Occupations Gone by the Wayside: Knocker-Up

Back before there were affordable and reliable alarm clocks, the occupation of a knocker-up made a few pence a week in England and Ireland by using a long, lightweight stick, often bamboo, to tap on their clients’ upper floor windows and wake them up so they could get to work…

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Added by Dee Notaro on July 2, 2014 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

'Jimmy's Hall' a Nod to 'Free Spirit of the People': A Review

In 2006, British director, Ken Loach won the Cannes Film Festival’s prestigious Palme d’Or award with his portrayal of the 1919-23 Irish War of Independence and Civil War in “The Wind That Shakes the Barley”. There is a scene in that film where a wealthy landowner who is about to be…

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Added by Kieron Punch on July 1, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

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