August 2013 Blog Posts (77)

'Barley' Writer Paul Laverty Brands CIA 'Terrorist Organization'

Sixteen Films screenwriter Paul Laverty (pictured at left) has called out CIA chief John Brennan, seeking an apology from him "for all the misery and murder that the institution has caused around the world." The former human rights lawyer was speaking in Effernagh, County Leitrim, at an August 16 commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the Irish government's expulsion of…

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Added by Gerry Regan on August 24, 2013 at 9:30am — 17 Comments

Chatting With Anne Ó Máille: 'Guardian' of Aran Knitting

The Wild Geese's Ryan O'Rourke recently paid a visit to Ó Máille's Original House of Style in Galway City to talk with its owner, Anne Ó Máille.  Anne has been called the "Guardian of Aran…

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Added by The Wild Geese on August 22, 2013 at 2:00pm — 13 Comments

'Live From The 33rd County': The Craic Is Mighty!

One of the benefits of being a Wild Geese member is that I am surrounded by uniquely talented and amazingly gifted individuals. I was recently asked to review a newly released CD, "Live from the 33rd County," from one of our very own Wild Geese, Mary Courtney. I have had it three weeks and it has rarely left my CD players. It…

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Added by Bit Devine on August 22, 2013 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Irish drugs mule still getting the sympathy vote

It seems bizarre that an Irish girl caught with over a million euros worth of drugs is being supported by the media. In interviews she seemed to think the whole thing was great craic (if you will pardon the pun) and was seen laughing. …

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Added by Rónán Gearóid Ó Domhnaill on August 21, 2013 at 4:53am — 1 Comment


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'The Greatest' Irish Boxer Muhammad Ali

I just saw a great film about "The Greatest," another person of Irish descent, titled The Trials of Muhammad Ali.  The documentary doesn't delve into Ali's Irish roots.  It focuses mainly on his conversion to Islam and his resistance to the draft during the Vietnam War.  It's a fascinating story, and the film is…

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Added by Valerie Lapin Ganley on August 20, 2013 at 4:00pm — 12 Comments

Sacred Trees in Early Ireland

A fine article here from irisharchaeology.ie on the 'Sacred Trees in Early Ireland'.

http://irisharchaeology.ie/2013/08/sacred-trees-in-early-ireland/

This part caught my eye as it refers to a site about 6 miles fro my own house.

"Similarly, in 1099 an army led by Domhnall Ua Lochlainn of the northern Uí Néill defeated…
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Added by Gerard Cappa on August 20, 2013 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

Education System Failing Irish Language Learners

Mícheál Ó Foighil (left) manages Coláiste Lurgan, the Irish language summer camp for teens, located just around the corner from our house.  You may have heard of Lurgan because of their wildly successful music videos, some of which have been posted on The Wild…

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Added by Kelly O'Rourke on August 20, 2013 at 2:30am — 19 Comments

Battle of the Yellow Ford Guided Walk (17th August)

The guided tour on the 17th August of the route taken by the English army at the Battle of the Yellow Ford was organised by Armagh Irish language group, Cairde Teo.

The historian, Antaine Ó Donnaile, a local man and an acknowledged expert on the period, led the walk and his imtimate knowledge of the local countryside brought the detail of the battle back to life…

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Added by Gerard Cappa on August 19, 2013 at 1:30pm — No Comments


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John Boyle O'Reilly: Glimpses of his Boyhood circa 1905

CASE ROOM IN THE "ARGUS" OFFICE, DROGHEDA, IN WHICH JOHN BOYLE O'REILLY SERVED HIS APPRENTICESHIP AS A PRINTER.

UNVEILING THE MONUMENT TO JOHN BOYLE O'REILLY. THE LATE FATHER ANDERSON, O'REILLY'S BOSOM FRIEND,…

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Added by Nollaig 2016 on August 19, 2013 at 12:25pm — No Comments

When Storytelling and Music Collide

Drawing in your audience with an alluring description of the tunes you will be playing is a wonderful addition to the art of music. We had the pleasure of seeing the great Brendan Begley recently at the Harcourt Sessions in Dublin and he shows just how important this is when doing a live…

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Added by Tony Lawless on August 18, 2013 at 5:30pm — No Comments


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The Irish Country Post Office circa 1900: A Lifeline for Many

A wonderful article on the Irish Post Office from the 1904 issue of Donahoe's Magazine by Seumus MacManus can be found at the link below.

A Country Post-Mistress -- Photo Hogg Belfast…

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Added by Nollaig 2016 on August 18, 2013 at 4:30pm — No Comments


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Remembering Ray Coyne, a Leader of Long Island's Irish

REMEMBERING RAY COYNE,

A LEADER FOR LI'S IRISH

When Ray Coyne died on July 2, 2013, the Irish Cultural Society of Garden City, NY lost one of its founders.  He and Sally were avid members of the audience at meetings.  Many of in the audiences remember the gift of a handshake and a smile and…

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Added by John M. Walsh on August 18, 2013 at 3:00pm — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: August 18-24

National Library of Ireland

A galloglas from the 16th century fought with mail shirt and long-handled battle axe.…



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Added by The Wild Geese on August 18, 2013 at 1:00am — 2 Comments

An American Writing in Hibernian

by Eamon Loingsigh

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Added by Eamon Loingsigh on August 17, 2013 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Alannah's Irish Tour Update!

My Irish backpacking, no-low budget, roving reporter tour as it stands now:

- Arrive Dublin from Bristol Sept 1

- Taking bus or train to Carrick-On-Shannon, County Leitrim.

- Meeting WG admin Anna Porter (she followed my google streetview lead and found the ruins of PJ Clarke's actual homestead for OUR FROM IRELAND TO MANHATTAN VIDEO on the Irish immigrant turned Manhattan pub owner) and Eileen…

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Added by Alannah Ryane on August 17, 2013 at 3:56pm — 2 Comments


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Should the mystery of Robert Emmet's burial place be revisited with modern day DNA technology?

Taken from 'The Gael' Journal of October 1903  http://archive.org/stream/gaelamonthlyjou00unkngoog#page/n305/mode/2up/search/emmet

On Emmet's Burial from Wikipedia

Emmet's remains were first delivered to Newgate Prison and then back to Kilmainham Gaol, where the jailer was under instructions that if no-one…

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Added by Nollaig 2016 on August 17, 2013 at 11:13am — 1 Comment

Recordings

There are a few recordings of songs from the Last Torch. I recorded them just for the score editor and people to get an idea. They are not professionally done and I sang all the parts, even the men. Having said all that you are welcome to go have a listen. 

Demonstration recordings for the ceoldráma The Last Torch…

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Added by The Last Torch on August 17, 2013 at 6:59am — No Comments

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