Featured Blog Posts – August 2014 Archive (35)

James 'Crash' Ryan: Inventor of the 'Black Box'

Professor James J. Ryan II was born in Columbus, Ohio in 1903.  In a most literal sense, Professor James Ryan earned his nickname. A professor in the University of Minnesota’s mechanical engineering department from…


Added by Dee Notaro on August 10, 2014 at 6:00am — 1 Comment

Chatting About Love and Adventure with Cupid's Crusade

The  following is a transcript from the LIVE Community Chat held here at TheWildGeese.com on Friday, August 8, 2014 with with Annette…


Added by The Wild Geese on August 8, 2014 at 1:30am — 3 Comments

Michael Collins: Saga of Heroism Against Daunting Odds

In his book "Ireland – A History," Robert Kee describes Collins thus:

Of all the many rebel leaders to shine out of Irish history only one stands out as a really effective revolutionary: Michael Collins --- He took hold of a potentially revolutionary situation in Ireland and made it work.’

Born in 1890 in County Cork, he joined…


Added by James O'Brien on August 7, 2014 at 11:00pm — 7 Comments

The Real Ireland

I set up my blog here with the intention of telling the real, deeper story of the land of our collective birth -- Ireland.  Mise Eire. Not the watered-down, errant Hollywood version. Not the version beaten into us by harsh invaders. The real deal, if you like. Anyone reading it…


Added by John Anthony Brennan on August 7, 2014 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

Manhattan's Duffy Square: The Man Behind the Name

Duffy Square as it was in 1904

Duffy Square…


Added by Ryan O'Rourke on August 7, 2014 at 6:30am — 4 Comments

The Green Valley

I’ve been down in the green valley, the Holy place.

The one where the river flows ever onward to its birthplace, carrying the tortured history, winding slow with measured precision, to cast upon the ocean. Down where the sacred hills, those silent sentinels to the glorious but tragic past, keep watch in painful solitude. Down where the spirits keen and await each dawn…


Added by John Anthony Brennan on August 6, 2014 at 4:30pm — 7 Comments

Join The WG Team and Help Us Build a Community Dedicated to Exploring Irish Heritage Worldwide

Do you want to help drive the dramatic growth of The Wild Geese, our 17-month-old network of devotees of Irish…


Added by The Wild Geese on August 6, 2014 at 2:00pm — No Comments

The Singing Bones

"A writer is not interested in explaining reality. He’s only interested in capturing it.” ~ Brendan Kennelly.

 Inside my father's bones lie a million secrets.

 Secrets passed down the long chain from…


Added by John Anthony Brennan on August 6, 2014 at 11:00am — 13 Comments

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Census Substitutes in Irish Genealogical Research

The scarcity of 19th century census returns for Ireland means that we genealogists place a huge emphasis on census substitutes. What is a census substitute ? My colleague, John Grenham explains it very well when he states, "Almost any document which records more than a single name can…


Added by Helen Kelly Genealogy on August 6, 2014 at 4:30am — No Comments

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Sligo Abbey

Sligo Abbey

Abbey Street, Sligo Town, County Sligo

Known locally as simply "The Abbey," this Dominican Friary was founded in the mid 13th century by Maurice Fitzgerald. The site contains a great wealth of carvings including Gothic and Renaissance tomb structure, well preserved cloister and the only…


Added by Celtic Tours World Vacations on August 5, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

World War One Records

Britain declared war on Germany 100 years ago today, on 4 August 1914 and on 9 August the British Expeditionary Force began leaving for France. Some other Wild Geese have blogged here about their ancestors who fought in the war, so I just thought I'd put up these resources…


Added by John W. Hurley on August 4, 2014 at 10:30pm — No Comments

100 Years - Some Gave All

Lance Corporal William Devine, 5th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

The 5th Battalion, The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers was raised at Omagh in August 1914, part of Kitchener's First New Army.…


Added by Bit Devine on August 4, 2014 at 12:30pm — 5 Comments

The Dublin Pals of August 1914

My grandmother’s small flat was usually crowded on Sunday morning after mass. My father, uncles and aunt talked noisily as the room filled with cigarette smoke (almost everyone smoked in the 1950’s). Seated in the armchair between the…


Added by Bob Nagle on August 2, 2014 at 8:30pm — 3 Comments

Paul Vincent Carroll: Irish-Born Playwright from Dundalk

Pictured at right is Paul Vincent Carroll, born in Dundalk, County Louth.  He was a friend of my parents, Michael and Lilian (Power) Quinlan, when they were all members and actors of The Dundalk Drama Society in the early 1930s.  Paul's best known play was "Shadow and…


Added by Ann V Quinlan on August 2, 2014 at 8:30am — 7 Comments

Boutique Hostels and Unique Places to Stay: The Truth About Irish Budget Accommodation

When I first heard the phrase "boutique hostel," I figured it was a bit of marketing gimmickry at work. I mean, hostels were bottom-of-the-barrel, right? I suspected the word "boutique" was in line to replace "charming" and "lots of character" for describing accommodation that wasn't quite up to par.

Well, this summer I got a taste of modern hosteling,…


Added by Irish Fireside on August 2, 2014 at 6:00am — 3 Comments

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