Featured Blog Posts – October 2014 Archive (25)

Isaac Butt: Founder of the Home Rule Party

by Patrick Bonar

Isaac Butt Q.C. M.P. (6 September 1813 - 5 May 1879) was an Irish…


Added by The Wild Geese on October 31, 2014 at 7:30am — No Comments

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The Premier County - Tipperary at a Glance

In our blog post last week, we mentioned some of the main attractions that you must see if you ever visit Waterford. This week we are having a look at…


Added by RE/MAX Ireland on October 29, 2014 at 6:30am — 3 Comments

The Irish 'Backbone' of the Erie Canal

by Maryann Tracy

To say that the Irish built the Erie Canal is an exaggeration, since there were British and Germans who worked alongside them, but to say that they were the backbone of the Erie Canal is…


Added by The Wild Geese on October 29, 2014 at 5:30am — 10 Comments

Yeats Falls in Love

By 1919, W.B. Yeats was writing Ego Dominus Tuus (Latin: I am your Master). For the first time he uses Latin, the common voice of Catholicism. Also for…


Added by Patricia Louise Hughes on October 27, 2014 at 4:00am — 2 Comments

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'The Irish Pub' Film in Cinemas From Today!

Hello, fellow Wild Geese! 

We're delighted to announce that The Irish Pub film will open at cinemas in the U.S. and Canada today! The…


Added by The Irish Pub film on October 24, 2014 at 5:30am — 6 Comments

10 Interesting Facts About Tory Island

Found in the seas off the coast of Donegal, Ireland's most northern county, Tory…


Added by The Irish Store on October 23, 2014 at 5:30am — 4 Comments

The Storm

We were expecting her unwelcome visit thanks to the ingenious invention of Radar, which had been developed during the dark, frightful years of World War II. All we could do was prepare for her inevitable onslaught. She was conceived and born on the African continent…


Added by John Anthony Brennan on October 22, 2014 at 5:00pm — No Comments

The Origin of American Slang

I teach genealogy at a senior center in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A.. This city is a virtual melting pot of many nationalities of the world and people of many colors. We sometimes get into discussions that really are "food for thought." It is…


Added by Dee Notaro on October 22, 2014 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

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Westmeath Emigrants to Argentina

A game of hurling in Mercedes, Argentina (1917)

A frequently asked…


Added by Helen Kelly Genealogy on October 21, 2014 at 4:30am — 3 Comments

How and Where to Win a Free Tour in Ireland!

We are delighted to be Heritage Partners with The Wild Geese!  We are just home in the USA after a few months providing small group tours in the Wild West of Ireland. We thought we would get the (Gaelic) ball rolling with our latest…


Added by Wild West Irish Tours on October 18, 2014 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

'Come On Back, Boys! Give 'Em Hell, God Damn 'Em! We'll Make Coffee Out Of Cedar Creek Tonight!'

In a sense (of history), I have a personal recollection of General Phil Sheridan and his arrival at the battlefield at Cedar Creek  on October 19, 1864 when he rallied a beaten Union Army and launched…


Added by Robert A Mosher on October 16, 2014 at 6:00pm — 9 Comments

Halloween: It's a Celtic Feast!

May I respectfully add my…


Added by Mike McCormack on October 14, 2014 at 2:00pm — 3 Comments

Caring for the Injured in Brehon Law

Brehon Law had some special and unusual requirements for the care of an injured person.  The victim was entitled to peace and quiet.  The law specifically stated:  “No games are played in…


Added by Catherine Duggan on October 13, 2014 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

Travel and Music Can Broaden the Mind

I read a nice article this Sunday in The New York Times Travel Section about a young man’s growing interest in military history and how it influenced his…


Added by Robert A Mosher on October 13, 2014 at 11:30am — 6 Comments

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Ireland's Oldest City - Waterford at a Glance

Ireland's oldest city celebrated its 1200th birthday this year. Here is a list of the top things to see and do, if you ever visit Waterford. Situated in the sunny southeast, the 'déise' county holds many of the countries oldest amenities. This list will provide you with…


Added by RE/MAX Ireland on October 13, 2014 at 7:00am — 4 Comments

Exclusive Look at 'The Last Torch' for The Wild Geese

Well, we did it. It was hard, but overall I conducted myself with class and rehearsed for hours with an array of talented, crazy people. It was so challenging as a first-time producer and director but what I got was a tight show that told the story. The story has always been my…


Added by The Last Torch on October 10, 2014 at 12:30am — No Comments

Limerick Scholar Rebuts Those Who Dismiss The Rising's Heroes

New York -- University of Limerick Professor Ruan O'Donnell drew more than 40 to O'Lunney's Times Square Pub on Thursday, October 2nd to issue a resounding rebuttal -- some would argue refutation -- of the recent critics of the 1,700 who went out on Easter Monday 1916. Directly challenging former Irish Prime Minister John Bruton and Senator David Norris,…


Added by The Wild Geese on October 8, 2014 at 7:00am — 6 Comments

Sheridan Film Retrospective Draws Hundreds -- and Jim Himself

New York -- Writer and director Jim Sheridan returned to his film making roots Saturday with a 60-minute interview followed by a screening of one of Sheridan's numerous Oscar-nominated films, in this case, "In America." The event drew a full house, close to 400 attendees, to NYU's Cantor Film Center. Sheridan is now focused on his next project, a film…


Added by The Wild Geese on October 8, 2014 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

Transcontinental Railroad in United States

One of the biggest projects in U.S. history, the building of the transcontinental railroad is played out in “Hell on Wheels”.  Four of the lead actors are Irish: Phil Burke, Irish Canadian; Colm Meany, Dublin; Robin McLeavy, Australia – ancestry  Ireland; Dominique…


Added by Dee Notaro on October 8, 2014 at 5:30am — 4 Comments

The Cultivation of a Canine

I must stress upon the reader the fact that no animals were harmed in any way during the writing and re-telling of this story. It is true though, that the star of the tale was definitely shocked, awed and mesmerized not to mention puzzled, bewildered and befuddled. As you read, I am sure you will agree that the unruly canine brought it upon himself with his dogged actions towards my hapless father.…


Added by John Anthony Brennan on October 7, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments

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