October 2013 Blog Posts (72)

Halloween A-BOO! Joe McGowan Chats About Halloween Traditions in Ireland

The following is a transcript taken from the LIVE members' chat hosted here at TheWildGeese.com on Thursday, October 31, 2013 with County Sligo historian and author (and fellow Wild Geese member), Joe McGowan.  Joe's website and …


Added by The Wild Geese on October 31, 2013 at 6:00pm — 2 Comments

Happy Hallow's Eve

Ta Shona Samhain agat, mo chairde!

Added by Bit Devine on October 31, 2013 at 2:48pm — No Comments

Daring IRA Helicopter Escape, Halloween 1973

On 31 October (Halloween), 1973, the IRA used a hijacked helicopter to free three of its members from Mountjoy Jail in Dublin.  Below is a video clip from RTÉ's archives which shows the footage from the aftermath of this daring escape:

Added by Ryan O'Rourke on October 31, 2013 at 11:39am — 1 Comment

Decade of Commemorations

As any Irish history enthusiast will know, 2013 marks the centenary of a very significant year in the Irish fight for independence - and the next ten years will provide many more milestones to commemorate. The years 1913-23 in Ireland saw the Dublin Lockout, the 1916 Rising, the War of Independence, and the Civil War. By the end of this tumultuous decade, Ireland would be a fledgling Free State, and the…


Added by Mercier Press on October 31, 2013 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

Loftus Hall - The Most Haunted House in Ireland!


The Halloween 'Legend of Loftus Hall Experience Tour for Adults Only'  has been sold out for months! Having a wine and tapas bar and reserved table for after the tour had added to the value of this creative endeavour of the Hall's new owners.  

Near the end of my recent trip to Ireland, Wexford maritime historian and writer Jack O'Leary took me down to…


Added by Alannah Ryane on October 31, 2013 at 9:00am — 3 Comments

‘Philomena’: Review of Stephen Frears' Oscar-Nominated Film

  In  the light of all the abuse scandals that have rocked the Catholic Church in…


Added by DJ Kelly on October 30, 2013 at 7:00am — 13 Comments

'Green Blood is For France': A Tense Political Thriller Reviewed

'Green Blood Is For France'

A Timothy O’Mahony Novel by John J. Gaynard

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Added by DJ Kelly on October 30, 2013 at 3:30am — 5 Comments

Discuss Halloween Origins and Traditions with Author Joe McGowan


This Thursday, October 31st (Halloween), members of The Wild Geese will have the chance to join in on a LIVE community chat with author and historian, …


Added by The Wild Geese on October 29, 2013 at 1:00pm — No Comments

A View From the 'Sandy'-Shattered 'Irish Riviera'

Photo by Adelaide…

Added by The Wild Geese on October 29, 2013 at 12:30pm — 3 Comments

For This Son of Meath, the Somme Holds Particular Resonance

By John Bruton

Recently I visited the battlefields of the Somme in Northern France. In doing so, I was fulfilling a long-held wish.

Last year, I was at the launch of “…


Added by The Wild Geese on October 28, 2013 at 1:00pm — 4 Comments


The greatest censorship that happened in Ireland was during the seventies when the FIanna Fail government brought in Section 31 which forbade republicans from having access to the media. In the eighties the coalition of Fine Gael and Labour took it a step further forbidding Sinn Fein members from talking about everything including gardening in the media. The act was repealed in the nineties as part of the peace process. It is worth noting that at height of apartheid in South Africa, de…


Added by Terry Moore on October 27, 2013 at 4:46pm — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: October 27 - November 2

O'Duffy's Blueshirts rally in a Dublin cemetery, 1934

CÉADAOIN -- On Oct. 30, 1892, Eoin O'Duffy, revolutionary and organizer of the infamous Blueshirts, was born in…


Added by The Wild Geese on October 26, 2013 at 10:00pm — 2 Comments

Labor Rally in Pottsville Pa.

Many workers in our Country are very tired of the anti-worker, anti-union radical right who are trying to eliminate our middle class. On Nov. 9th, we are having a Rally in front of the Courthouse in Pottsville Pa., County Schuylkill. Why is this place so important?  On June 21st, 1877, 6 men were hanged at the prison in back of the Courthouse and on the same day 4 were hanged in Carbon County. All were AOH members accused of being involved in muders. These men were branded as belonging to a…


Added by Gary Martin on October 26, 2013 at 2:37pm — No Comments

From Ireland to America, Part 2: The Kennedy Homestead

On my last day in Ireland, before taking an early flight out of Dublin, fellow Wild Geese member and Irish-American Wexford farmer Oisin O'Connell offered to complete my Irish Tour by taking me to experience New Ross.  As…


Added by Alannah Ryane on October 26, 2013 at 1:30pm — 3 Comments

My music

Suite for Oboe, Cello and Harp


Added by Vincent Kennedy on October 25, 2013 at 4:17pm — 1 Comment

Finding a Perfect Cupán Tae in Dublin and Beyond

Ryan O'Rourke recently brought up the subject of coffee. That got me thinking about Tea. There is a lot of it consumed in Ireland  In fact, Ireland is ranked #3 behind The United Arab Emirates (#1) & Morroco(#2).

Historically, Tea is a rather young beverage in Ireland…


Added by Bit Devine on October 24, 2013 at 5:30pm — 3 Comments

Mickey Dowling

Handball in Ballymore Eustace                       


Copy of photo below of Mickey Dowling appearing at P. 54 of the Ballymore-Eustace GAA Centenary Book.




Tom McElligott in his book on handball devoted two sections to Ballymore Eustace players.  Tom is now deceased.  The late Mickey Dowling of Barrack St. was one of the two Ballymore Eustace players to receive a…


Added by Matt Purcell on October 24, 2013 at 2:42pm — 4 Comments

Looking for critique on a poem

Hey there all. Since my trip to Ireland with The Waterford Gathering this June past, I have been smitten with the place and have taken even more of an interest in all things Irish! I have even written a poem which although personal, I would like to have critiqued by someone literary. I am a complete amateur so don't expect anything amazing ; ) Would anyone here be willing to give it a go? Warning! - I am very sensitive so go easy on me as it is only meant to be personal, well, at least for…


Added by Fran Reddy on October 24, 2013 at 12:31pm — 11 Comments

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