September 2014 Blog Posts (64)

9 Things You Need to Know Before Buying an Aran Sweater

The Aran sweater is Ireland's major contribution to international style. A national icon, the sweater is still worn  and loved, connecting people with Ireland, all over the world. Cozy, cool, and knitted with the best quality wool, the …


Added by The Irish Store on September 30, 2014 at 10:00am — 13 Comments

'Smile' - A Short Film

I absolutely loved this short film by Wild Geese member and fellow County Tyrone author, Colin Broderick

It's called "Smile," and it's a visual poem set in New York. Lyrical and melancholic, like so much Irish poetry, it is, in the end an uplifting story of transformation and renewal. 


Caroline …


Added by Caroline Doherty de Novoa on September 29, 2014 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

'Ireland, the United Nations and the Congo':

Book review

"Ireland, the United Nations and the Congo"

Hardback. 288 pages; illustrated 

May 2014

ISBN: 978-1-84682-523-1

Retail Price: €45.00

Available Now

Read this fabulous review by Diarmaid Ferriter in Saturday’s Irish Times of Michael Kennedy and Art Magennis’ "Ireland, the United Nations and the Congo."

“As a military and diplomatic history it has many strengths, principally its showcasing of…


Added by Anthony Tierney on September 29, 2014 at 4:30am — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: September 28 - October 4

National Museum of Ireland

Kathleen Clarke

DOMHNAIGH -- On Sept. 29, 1972, Kathleen Clarke, wife…


Added by The Wild Geese on September 27, 2014 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Heritage Partner
Searching for Your Irish Ancestors, Part 5 – Estate Records

Administration of the estates of the landed gentry in Ireland during the Victorian era was meticulous.  Large estates employed agents, accountants, solicitors, valuators and cartographers, all of whom created detailed records.  These collections, if they survive, can be a treasure…


Added by Timeline Genealogy on September 27, 2014 at 1:02am — 1 Comment

Studying Gaeilge: Thinking Like a Native Speaker

Let’s face it, studying any language gets boring after a while even if the language itself is fun. To resolve this problem, we need to examine the nature of language and how to use that to our advantage. The most basic need for language is to communicate ideas, of course, and this…


Added by David Joyce on September 26, 2014 at 4:30pm — 8 Comments

'The Last Torch' to Make World Premiere in Melbourne, Australia

It's the stuff great films and spellbinding stage performances are made of.  In the case of "The Last Torch," though, the story is plucked right from the history books.  To be more specific, in this case, the story is taken from the personal journey of 16th century…


Added by The Wild Geese on September 26, 2014 at 4:30am — 2 Comments

Sherlock / JFK Submission #2

Sherlock / JFK Murder

Linkedin Long-form…


Added by James Francis Smith on September 25, 2014 at 4:23pm — No Comments

Eulogy for Anne Devlin

At the Commemorative mass for Anne Devlin in St. Catherine's Church, Meath Street, Dublin on Sunday 14 September, 2014 I gave the following Eulogy:

"As we celebrate this decade of centenaries, it is easy to forget those who went before, and without whom many of these events would not have happened.

One such person was Anne Devlin, in…


Added by Micheal O Doibhilin on September 25, 2014 at 4:21pm — 3 Comments

Lily O'Neill, known as Honor Bright, photographed by the Garda Siochana

This is one of the photographs taken of 'Honor Bright' by Garda Sgt Andrew Gordon on the morning of 9th June 1925. The photos were not used in court. In fact the court allowed no evidence about her at all apart from her name, address, age and her location on that night of 8th of June, the hottest night of the year, in relation to the location of the two accused murderers. Her words, emotions and actions or any closer description of her were objected to by the counsel of Leopold Dillon, who…


Added by Patricia Louise Hughes on September 25, 2014 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

Gold in Them There Hills - Tynagh, County Galway, Ireland

On a sunny afternoon in the early 1960s, a Canadian sea-plane touched down on the silvery-grey waters of Loughrea lake, taxied to a jetty and tied off. The children swimming at Long Point were distracted for a while but quickly returned to doggy-paddle and soccer on that…


Added by Brian Nolan on September 25, 2014 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

Loughrea: ‘That Den of Infamy’

Book review

"Loughrea, ‘That Den of Infamy’ The Land War in County Galway, 1879–82", by Pat Finnegan

224 pages; illustrated.

Available Now

Retail Price: €14.95/€35.0

Review by Ronnie O’Gorman, Chairman of the Galway Advertiser…


Added by Anthony Tierney on September 25, 2014 at 4:00am — 1 Comment

Dreamin' Dreams

a story from my collection 'Out of the Blue'

Dreamin' Dreams

Just days after MJ celebrated his thirtieth year in America, the foreman gripped his hand, muttered that…


Added by Eddie Stack on September 25, 2014 at 12:30am — 1 Comment

Remembering Robert Emmet

On Friday September 20th, 1803, Robert Emmet was hanged and beheaded by Executioner Thomas Galvin in Thomas Street, in front of St. Catherine’s Church, before a crowd of up to 45,000 people.

Each year the Emmet and Devlin Memorial…


Added by Micheal O Doibhilin on September 24, 2014 at 10:40pm — 1 Comment

Remembering Anne Devlin

Every year, on the Sunday closest to her anniversary, I organise a commemoration of Ireland's greatest women - Anne Devlin. I have been dong this for the last nine years now, and each year the format is the same: Midday mass in St. Catherine's Church on Meath Street in Dublin's…


Added by Micheal O Doibhilin on September 24, 2014 at 10:00pm — 6 Comments

Help Solve JFK's Assassination

Help Solve JFK’s Murder

Post this in a conspicuous location, such as on your refrigerator…


Added by James Francis Smith on September 24, 2014 at 5:38pm — No Comments

My new book "Who Killed Honor Bright? How William Butler and George Yeats Caused the Fall of the Irish Free State"

Hello Wild Geese!

I've decided to write this blog to get congratulations - yes, for me - for not only finishing writing my book, but also this week publishing a readable copy of it. I actually published it in August but the print was so small only leprechauns could read it. Now I've improved it and it looks quite nice - just have a look and see on

Finishing my project is quite a surprise. Now another has turned up. I…


Added by Patricia Louise Hughes on September 24, 2014 at 3:50pm — No Comments

Irish Films in New York: Chatting with Niall McKay

The  following is a transcript from the LIVE Community Chat held here at on Friday, September 26, 2014 with with Niall McKay of…


Added by The Wild Geese on September 24, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Ireland's 'Downton Abbey'

Book Review

"The Decline and Fall of the Dukes of Leinster, 1872–1948

by Terrence Dooley

304 pages with colour…


Added by Anthony Tierney on September 24, 2014 at 10:00am — 3 Comments

Ed Moloney on Ian Paisley

Paisley Went Into Government With Sinn Féin Because the Unionist Side Won

John McDonagh (JM) and Sandy…


Added by Sandy Boyer on September 24, 2014 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

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