August 2014 Blog Posts (69)

This Week in the History of the Irish: August 31 - September 6

Hulton Deutsch

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

MÁIRT -- On September…


Added by The Wild Geese on August 30, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments

The Storytellers.

This I wrote as a tribute to all writers, poets, musicians and artists, who from time to time experience bouts of what I call the nasty, malodoros S.S.E. (shitty self-esteem). Consider this as a pat on the back which will encourage us to keep on creating and hopefully ward off the regrets.

All artists, writers, musicians and poets have the uncanny ability to tap into the realm of spirit. It is a gift that enables us to transcend the mundane, and experience the world as we see and feel…


Added by John Anthony Brennan on August 30, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

The Irish in Labor

by Mike McCormack, AOH National Historian

In 1913, William Martin Murphy fired all his employees who had joined the Irish Transport and General Worker's Union led by James Larkin and James Connolly and urged other Dublin…


Added by Mike McCormack on August 30, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

Mystical Newgrange is a 5,000-Year-Old Irish Gem

It's older than the pyramids of Egypt and England's Stonehenge, and it's an astronomical wonder as well. Yet the passage grave at Newgrange, in Ireland's County Meath, is often ignored in…


Added by Michael Quane on August 29, 2014 at 8:30pm — 6 Comments

Meet the Faces of

If you haven't had the chance to get to know New Wild Geese members Corey & Liam, drop on over and say hello!

Liam Hughes is a Jewelry designer…


Added by Bit Devine on August 28, 2014 at 4:00pm — 4 Comments

100 Years Ago ... The Lost Opportunity of a Peaceful Path to Irish Independence

A response to some critics of a commemoration of the centenary of the Home Rule act

By John Bruton

Ronan Fanning (Irish Times 16 August) is right to say we should not…


Added by The Wild Geese on August 27, 2014 at 10:00pm — 14 Comments

Countdown to Christmas - Sale Extended

As the generous, realistic Irish woman that I am, I've decided to extend the 25% discount on the sale of my "Christmas Flavors of Ireland" cookbook to September 17, or the fabulous pseudo-holday known as "Halfway to St. Patrick's Day." With that in mind, please enjoy one of my favorite…


Added by Margaret M. Johnson on August 27, 2014 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Another Gift from Ireland

His great grandparents were Dennis Harrigan, (born 1781 in Cork) and Catherine Driscoll (Cork).

His grandparents were Dennis Harrigan Jr, (born 1832 in New Brunswick, Canada) and Catherine Ahearn (born in Canada, father from Cork).

His mother was Catherine Helen Harrigan (born 1873 in Stillwater, Washington, Minnesota).

He was Harry…


Added by Dee Notaro on August 27, 2014 at 5:30am — 1 Comment

The Rapparee

In memory of my ancestor William Brennan (Brennan on the moor) who chose to become a highwayman after his forebears were ousted from their ancestral home in county Kilkenny, during the Norman invasion of Ireland.

He rode from high to the valley floor,

then hid behind the rowan tree.

It was time to settle a deep-set score

and seek vengeance for his family.

They took the land they took their pride,

rode roughshod o'er the scattered…


Added by John Anthony Brennan on August 26, 2014 at 7:30am — No Comments

Heritage Partner
Back to Nature - Forests of the Causeway Coast

Nature is what we're famous for and it's arguably what we do best. While farming has helped shape the land over generations, givings us the traditional patchwork quilt scenery, we take huge pride in the unspoilt natural beauty…


Added by Celtic Tours World Vacations on August 25, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

'Wild Geese' - aka 'The Norland Wind'

Here's a beautiful old song - in a clip from a festival I played in May of 2014 with my son Jaime.

Added by Jed Marum on August 25, 2014 at 11:00am — 4 Comments

'Listening' - A Poem to W.B. Yeats

I wrote this poem after months of studying Yeats' work and life for my undergrad thesis. One night, I found a BBC recording of him reading "The Lake Isle of Innisfree." I finally got to hear the voice I had been reading for so long and the moment took my breath away. This poem resulted from that experience.…


Added by Jill Fuller on August 24, 2014 at 1:00pm — 6 Comments

The Abbeyleix Bog Project

There are still beautiful wild places in Ireland where nature is in charge.  Note the bog cotton!

Added by Ann V Quinlan on August 24, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: August 24-30

DOMHNAIGH -- On August 24, 1968, the Northern Ireland…


Added by The Wild Geese on August 23, 2014 at 2:00pm — No Comments

For Irish in NYC, September Brings Focus on 1916, 'The Alt,' Fibin, Baseball

Up and Coming: We're delighted to put the spotlight on a growing number of intriguing events in metro New York in September. Here's a sketch of each along with links for more information: 

(BTW, don't hesitate to reach out to fellow WG in…


Added by The Wild Geese on August 23, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Fíbín Set to Bring Exciting Irish Language Show to NYC

We bring you exciting news as our friends and Wild Geese Irish Heritage Partners Fíbín Teo, will be bringing their exciting show "Réiltín" to New York City.  Fíbín…


Added by The Wild Geese on August 22, 2014 at 5:00am — No Comments

To Commemorate or Not

One hundred years ago was a great time to be in Ireland to paraphrase Thomas J. Clarke who had been sent by Clan na Gael leader John Devoy to revitalize the dormant IRB.  Clarke was, of course, talking about the rising nationalist sentiment…


Added by Mike McCormack on August 21, 2014 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

Building a Foundation for Understanding Irish Gaelic

Without a doubt, one of the most challenging parts of learning Irish is understanding Irish speakers in person, on TV, or on radio. This can be especially hard for those who live outside of Ireland. However, there is a method of study which can gradually help students over time…


Added by David Joyce on August 21, 2014 at 2:30pm — 9 Comments

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