August 2013 Blog Posts (67)

This Week in the History of the Irish: September 1 - September 7

Hulton Deutsch

Roger Casement being led out of Pentonville Prison, where he would later be hanged.

DOMHNAIGH -- On September 1,…


Added by The Wild Geese on August 31, 2013 at 11:00pm — No Comments

~ Gabriel James Byrne & Hannah Beth King ~ Fanvideos ~


Added by Sarah R on August 31, 2013 at 5:17am — No Comments

~ Randomness ~ R.I.P. Seamus Heaney ~

Err....umm, well it was something I posted on The Irish Times commenting on one of 

the articles there.

I came late to his poems 

A lil young foundling I think I could and would be 

To such a wise and magical sage; such as he 

He whose poems spoke of the Irish truth; 

Of le Irish way of living then; 

Days of yore that…


Added by Sarah R on August 31, 2013 at 4:23am — No Comments

'Fadó' Book Cover

My book project is moving along and the publisher has just sent me the cover (Donegal Castle, ancestral home of the O'Donnell clan). Its publication date is set for 1 October. At the moment I am proofreading the proofs to make sure there are no typos or other silly…


Added by Rónán Gearóid Ó Domhnaill on August 31, 2013 at 2:00am — No Comments

From the Frontier of Writing - Seamus Heaney

From the Frontier Of Writing

The tightness and the nilness round that space

when the car stops in the road, the troops inspect

its make and number and, as one bends his face

towards your window, you catch sight of more

on a hill beyond, eyeing with intent

down cradled guns that hold you under cover

and everything is pure interrogation

until a rifle motions and you move

with guarded unconcerned…


Added by Bit Devine on August 30, 2013 at 4:00pm — No Comments

The Follower - Seamus Heaney

I identified strongly with this poem from the first time I heard it spoken. Much like the follower that was Seamus in his childhood, I followed behind my father and grandfather as they worked cattle and handled ranch duties ... mimicking, getting under foot and learning, growing, as I did.

And now ... in the silver times, my father is slowing, jabbering on, following my lead ... sometimes: 


My father worked with a…


Added by Bit Devine on August 30, 2013 at 4:00pm — No Comments

The Recess Boycott

This summer, driving through Connemara, I pulled into Sraith Salach, (Willow Stream) as Recess is now officially called, on the N59 Galway Clifden Road. All Gaeltacht villages throughout Ireland now only have the Irish name, though it caused such a furore in Dingle/ Daingean that they made an exception. The village consists of a shop, pub and marble shop. My friends were…


Added by Rónán Gearóid Ó Domhnaill on August 30, 2013 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

'Longing Eyebrows' for Seamus Heaney

I, for one, can’t wait. When the time longs into my soul and the creak in my knees cause gentle steps, I’ll grow long my eyebrows. I’ll let them loose on my face as I chase away the last days of my living.…


Added by Eamon Loingsigh on August 30, 2013 at 9:30am — 7 Comments

Use of Poison Gas in the Middle East Is Not New

New York -- With Western powers, most notably the United States, Britain and France, weighing how best to punish the Syrian government for its alleged use of poison gas on its own restive civilians, we recalled a story we produced a decade ago, in the run-up to the March 2003 invasion of Iraq by a primarily Anglo-American…


Added by Gerry Regan on August 29, 2013 at 11:00pm — 9 Comments

Irish-American Story now in soft cover

Thank you for your fascination with “The Irish-American Story” series. I’m still researching Volume 2, The Irish in the Revolutionary War. The other five volumes, however, are now available in soft cover from Amazon’s Bookstore. ePublished versions can be obtained from Kindle & Nook. (see my photos for the covers of the books.



Added by James Francis Smith on August 29, 2013 at 5:43pm — No Comments

Shop Irish over the coming months

Here, across The Wild Geese pages, we've been exploring different facets of the Irish economy and Irish brands. We've discussed the past and the future, forecasted highs and lows, and developed ideas for success. 

As the marketing coordinator with The Wild Geese, and a marketing writer with countless brands, I want to propose another, arguably both easy and effective, way to bolster local economies and revive dying arts. …


Added by Tiffany Silverberg on August 28, 2013 at 7:00pm — 3 Comments

'Light of the Diddicoy' Update

Originally posted at artofneed, Blog for the Auld Irishtown trilogy here:

August Update



Added by Eamon Loingsigh on August 28, 2013 at 8:30am — 4 Comments

'The Fall of the Celtic Tiger’: How Ireland Fell Into the Abyss, Part 2 of 2

In Part 2 of this two-part review, former Irish Prime Minister John Bruton

continues his look at Donal Donovan and Antoin E. Murphy's recently

published book "…


Added by The Wild Geese on August 27, 2013 at 10:45pm — 1 Comment

'Irish Philadelphia' Roots Run Deep, Says Author Poxon

Marita Krivda Poxon, author of "…

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Not All Celts Are Gaels

The Celtic nations consist of:

Wales (Brythonic)

Cornwall (Brythonic)

Brittany (Brythonic)

Ireland (Gaelic)

Scotland (Gaelic)

Isle of Man (Gaelic)

In the beginning, the Celts were divided into different subsects who lived on the European mainland. One group made their way to Ireland whilst another group settled in…


Added by Bit Devine on August 27, 2013 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

Rare Collection of Galway Photographs from 1879

In June of 2013, Chetham's LIbrary in Manchester, England published an album, containing about 120 excellent prints of coastal scenes of rural Galway. Many of them were dated to 1879.  Founded in 1653, Chetham’s Library in Long Millgate, Manchester, is the oldest public library in…


Added by Irish Homeland Photography on August 27, 2013 at 8:30am — 9 Comments

A New Chapter Begins


Added by Bit Devine on August 26, 2013 at 12:30pm — 3 Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: August 25 - August 30

National Gallery of Ireland

Irish martyr Robert Emmet, from a miniature by John Comerford.

DEARDAOIN -- On August 25, 1803, the British captured one of the most famous…


Added by The Wild Geese on August 24, 2013 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Man from Kerry

As we commemorate the 50th anniversary of perhaps the second most famous speech in American history on August 28, 1963   (Lincoln’s Gettysburg address is certainly the first), the man who gave the “I Have a Dream” speech,…


Added by Jim Goulding on August 24, 2013 at 12:00pm — 7 Comments

Bittersweet Glimpse Into Waning Days of Gaelic Ireland

The image above on the left is a detail from Richard Bartlett's A.D. 1602 map of Ulster showing the inauguration of the O'Neill chief/king at Tullyhogue, County Tyrone. Bartlett has been called, "…


Added by Ryan O'Rourke on August 24, 2013 at 11:00am — 3 Comments

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