November 2015 Blog Posts (34)

Presenting the 1916 Proclamation Set to Music

I have always loved these words and what they aspire to, from the 1916 Proclamation:

The Republic guarantees religious and civil liberty, equal rights and equal opportunities to all its citizens, and declares its resolve to pursue the happiness and prosperity of the whole nation and of all its parts,…


Added by Vincent Kennedy on November 29, 2015 at 7:00am — 3 Comments

On Constance Gore-Booth novel

Thanks for the encouragement from bloggers to continue my work on Constance Gore-Booth.  So far I have no luck in getting the novel published but I am taking time from my  teaching to rewrite the entire manuscript.  I will be using a fictional character, Alice, loosely based on my grandaunt, and Constance will interact with her.  This may make the book more lively, something that editors keep saying has to happen to improve its chances of being published.

As I love the story of…


Added by Helen Molanphy on November 28, 2015 at 6:15pm — 3 Comments

The Races of Castlebar a Highlight of 'The Year of the French'

On July 3, 1998, An Taoiseach Bertie Aherne, T.D., unveiled a plaque on The Kingsbridge Inn to commemorate the bicentenary of "The Races of Castlebar." This event, as well as the publication of Thomas Flanagan's “The Year of the French" in 1979 and the subsequent filming of this novel some years ago, have increased an…


Added by Brían Hoban on November 28, 2015 at 12:30pm — 4 Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: November 29 - December 5

DOMHNAIGH -- On November 29, 1895, Denny Lane (right), author and poet, and member of the revolutionary Young Ireland party, died in Cork. Lane was born in Riverstown, near Glanmire in County Cork, in 1818. Denny attended Trinity College, Dublin. While a student there, he met fellow student Thomas Davis, a…


Added by The Wild Geese on November 28, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

Winter Solstice Alignment in Killadangan, County Mayo

Winter solstice began as a celebration of winter’s end, the cycle of life beginning anew. Killadangan, a scattering of stones strewn around a salt marsh on the shores of Clew Bay, draws you right back to those Neolithic times. The mossy monoliths connect through a winter-solstice alignment to a notch in the hills opposite, but get there early – the sun sets…


Added by Brían Hoban on November 26, 2015 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

The Part of Me That's Irish... in love with words. I retired as a high-school history teacher in June, but I finally wrote a book, about my California home town, which made a year's work a true labor of love. In 1941, it was a farm town, near the sea, of 1,090 souls. It was also a town of immigrants, people who very much like my ancestors--they were from the Azores, Japan, and the Philippines--and the book is largely about their children, who would carry the burden of the war. I think the writing is something I got…


Added by Jim Gregory on November 26, 2015 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

Many Thanks to The Wild Geese and Wild West Irish Tours

I cannot Thank Gerry Regan, Michael and Trish of Wild West Irish Tours and the staff at WOW Airlines enough for the trip of a lifetime!  I've been without Internet access, and will be getting together with Dan again over Thanksgiving to retell the trip to family and friends and get our pics together ... I was able to get some great shots before my camera quit, and luckily Dan was able to get what I did not. I'll also be showing him how to upload and attach pics to e-mail!



Added by Maureen Kelley-Olson on November 25, 2015 at 8:00am — 4 Comments

Gaeilge, And 'This Business of Living'

Language is a window into the soul.

This saying helps to explain why I have (unsuccessfully) tried to learn Irish Gaelic -- to better understand the Irish people. In one lesson early on, it was explained that Irish has no system to show possession. In other words, Irish has no words for "my" as in "my book," or "his" as…


Added by Susan O'Dea Boland on November 22, 2015 at 1:30pm — 14 Comments

George Croghan: Irish-American 'Boy Major,' Hero of War of 1812

Where dear Sandusky’s waters glide

From storied falls, through meadows wide,

By verdant hills on either side

To seek Lake Eiries’s famous tide:

On proud Fort Stephenson

 --- From the poem “Fort Stephenson,”

by Captain Andrew…


Added by Joe Gannon on November 21, 2015 at 2:00pm — 4 Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: November 22 - November 28

DOMHNAIGH -- On November 22, 1919, Máire Drumm (nee McAteer), (right) Republican activist, was born in Newry, County Armagh. Máire's family was strongly republican; her mother had been active in the War of Independence and the Civil War. When she moved to Dublin seeking employment in…


Added by The Wild Geese on November 21, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

'The Fenian'. The Movie

'The Fenian' is an epic production currently in the making, and we're excited to be able to share our story with you all, on The Wild Geese.

Development work on the upcoming feature film began in April 2014 and we look forward to sharing future updates…


Added by Pelican Pictures on November 20, 2015 at 1:30pm — 3 Comments

Bread Pudding with Winter Fruits


This pudding is reminiscent of an Irish “brack,” where the fruit is first soaked in either tea or whiskey. On a recent winter visit to Dublin, I discovered this version studded with rum-soaked raisins, sultanas, and holiday fruits like dried cranberries and chopped apricots. Instead of traditional white bread, it’s made with brioche. For an extra boozy…


Added by Margaret M. Johnson on November 19, 2015 at 10:00am — 7 Comments

Heritage Partner
First Casualties of the Easter Rising Were in Kerry

On the morning of Good Friday, April 21st, 1916, a very young and excited Colm Ó Lochlainn, a captain in the Irish Volunteers, set out in Dublin on his bike, knowing that he would be leading a group of men to complete a mission that was thought would have had far reaching repercussions for…


Added by That's Just How It Was on November 18, 2015 at 10:30am — 54 Comments

Flying Into Dublin

From the air, in the dark 5:00 morning, Dublin is nothing more than a sheet of lights floating on water, glowing like a Christmas tree. I press my face to the glass, feeling the cold seep onto my forehead. The first time I saw Dublin, the sun was rising over the Irish Sea. The water was glossy and sugary pink, a confection for…


Added by Jill Fuller on November 18, 2015 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

Heroic Rescue Bid Leaves 2 Dead -- Part 5: Trauma at the Burgery

On the morning of the 19th, George Plunkett, the ranking officer that night, visiting from GHQ, no doubt aware of the withdrawal from Durrow and other engagements due to want of ammunition, recommended a return to the ambush site to secure supplies possibly left from the night…


Added by Ivan Lennon on November 17, 2015 at 9:30pm — No Comments

The Rise and Fall of Ireland's Hiring Fairs

Above, this map shows the spread of the 'Black Death.'

A silent, unseen killer, born on the arid plains of Central Asia, attached itself to the rampaging Mongol armies, and traveled with them purposefully, along the Silk Road, arriving in the Crimea in 1343. The killer then boarded the myriad of…


Added by John Anthony Brennan on November 17, 2015 at 9:00pm — 8 Comments

Add a Little Irish to Thanksgiving with Steamed Cranberry Pudding

Steamed Cranberry Pudding

Serves 8–10

You can start making your fig and fruit-laden Christmas pudding now, but for…


Added by Margaret M. Johnson on November 17, 2015 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

On the Road of an Irish Graveyard

Dean Mulroy is the kind of guy who needs room to roam and access to the stars, which is why he lived way back in the bog behind the house I rented in Inverin. Only a certain kind of guy would want to live as he did. At the time, he was unimpressed with technological conveniences, including a telephone, and the first…


Added by Claire Fullerton on November 14, 2015 at 11:00am — 39 Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: November 15-21

LUAIN-- On Nov. 16, 1814, Michael Kelly Lawler, general in the Union army during the American Civil War, was born in County Kildare, Ireland. Lawler…


Added by The Wild Geese on November 14, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

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