Irish folk lore is part of our heritage and the tradition of storytelling runs strongly through our veins. It would be difficult to find an Irish person who did not hear the stories of ‘Oisin in the Land of Youth’ or ‘The Children of King Lir’.…Continue
As we know from the ancient Celtic legends, our ancestors were very fond of a board game named Fidhcell by the Irish and Gwyddbvyll by the Welsh. It was like chess, often being proclaimed as one of the precursors of our modern chess game, and was reportedly…Continue
On the Galway's Horrible Histories Walk, I weave the Brendan Voyage tale into the stories I tell, explaining how in 929 AD the Vikings raided the Priory Abbey of Annaghdown, 4 miles up the Corrib River from Galway city, which was founded by St. Brendan for his sister, Briga, and where he died in 577 AD.…Continue
Zen and the Art of Knots
Celtic knotwork has fascinated me for over 30 years now. It has always been drawn, painted, etched and carved etc., so I set myself a completely new challenge to tie the longest Celtic knot I could. And to my…Continue
Last Thursday, Israel’s Labor Party elected a new leader. Isaac Herzog replaces Shelly Yacimovich as the party’s Chairman.
Herzog immediately called on Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to move the peace process with the Palestinians forward. In his victory speech, Herzog vowed to refocus the party’s agenda on diplomacy. He said the Labor Party would offer a…Continue
New Ross, County Wexford -- The JFK Trust announced an exciting new campaign with Irish emigrants and their families at its heart. The REUNITED AT THE EMIGRANT FLAME campaign will give participants a chance to win return flights to Ireland in time for Christmas and is sponsored by Connect Ireland and managed by the John F Kennedy Trust. The…Continue
Added by The Kennedy Homestead on November 23, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments
Today (November 22, 2013), the world commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of the death of Irish-American president John F. Kennedy. You may not know that Belfast-born author and theologian, C.S. Lewis, passed on the very same day. Fifty years after his death, Lewis is even more influential than he was during his lifetime. His popular "Chronicles of Narnia"…Continue
The following is a transcript taken from the LIVE Community Chat chat hosted here at TheWildGeese.com on Friday, November 22, 2013 -- the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's assassination. Some editing has been applied for clarity.
The Wild Geese: Céad míle fáilte, a chairde! So glad to see…Continue
The image to the left is the first page of a hand-written letter from Jacqueline Kennedy to Eamon De Valera in January of 1964. In the letter, Mrs. Kennedy expresses how much her late husband's trip to Ireland the previous summer had impacted him, and how much his Irish heritage meant to him.
You can download the full letter in PDF format by clicking…Continue
A novel by DJ Kelly
Published by PublishNation (6 Mar 2013)
In the early morning hours of August 2, 1943, a small American torpedo boat was moving just west of New Georgia in the Solomon Islands. In command was a young Irish-American destined to be the first Catholic president of the United States: Lieutenant…Continue
Added by The Wild Geese on November 21, 2013 at 9:30pm — No Comments
In 1963, when President John Fitzgerald Kennedy visited Ireland, I was 15 years of age.
To understand the impact of President Kennedy, one has to understand that the Ireland of 1960 was a very different place, even to the…Continue
France has its Eiffel Tower, the U.S. its Statue of Liberty, but arguably the most iconic attraction in Ireland is that cathedral of conviviality, the Irish pub. The unique thing that this Irish institution has is that, unlike the others, it’s exportable, if you don’t count plaster-of- Paris imitations of Lady Liberty and the Eiffel Tower,that really don’t do it for…Continue
John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 35th President of the United States
It was early Friday afternoon, November 22, 1963. I was a student at the Catholic University of America in northeast…Continue
November 22nd. Strikes a sullen chord. Any year -- and yet this year, it is the 50th year. Striking a crescendo of deep and bitter sadness.
Maybe it’s because I was raised in a house where John Fitzgerald Kennedy’s picture (clipped from the Sunday Daily News…Continue
The government of Ireland has pledged aid of more than 3 million euro to the disaster-stricken Philippines, and Irish missionaries are in the forefront of providing assistance to the victims of Typhoon Haiyan, according to Irish news reports. Tipperary-born…Continue
Added by Michael Quane on November 19, 2013 at 2:30pm — No Comments
Have a read and see what you think, but I think Colm O'Regan has captured the essence of of Irish Mammys. Don't some of these phrases ring bells?
It’s impossible to…Continue
Added by Ruthie Colcombe on November 19, 2013 at 12:30pm — No Comments
The following is a transcript taken from the LIVE Community Chat chat hosted here at TheWildGeese.com on Monday, November 15, 2013 with three of the "leading lights" in contemporary Celtic Art and fellow Wild…Continue
Added by The Wild Geese on November 18, 2013 at 9:00pm — No Comments
”They could take our land, starve our poor, destroy our homes and plunder our institutions; they could deny us education, but they could not destroy our music and song” No truer words were ever spoken. These are by Derek Warfield himself.
Derek Warfield is a singer, songwriter, mandolin player and a founding member of…Continue