November 2015 Blog Posts (34)


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If you're looking for great Irish books, CDs or movies, please have a look in The Wild Geese Marketplace Bookstore -- there are all kinds of great Irish books on History, Genealogy, Travel and Military History. If you are looking for Irish films and documentaries or great Irish music, there is…

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Added by Fran Reddy on November 13, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments

Patrick Coffey, Estimable Irish Gilder, Exhibits at NYC Consulate

Renowned Irish carver and gilder Patrick Coffey is holding an exhibition of his works, "1916 and Irish Tribal Art," at the Consulate of Ireland in New York City, Monday November 9 to Friday November 13, from 10 AM to 2 PM. To make arrangements for a viewing, please call (718) 651-7336. A reception for the artist will be held…

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Added by Michael Quane on November 9, 2015 at 12:00pm — No Comments

'Twenty Years A-Growing' on Great Blasket Island: A Review

So many of the stories which come to us out of Ireland are, quite simply, sad. From James Joyce's "The Dead" to Frank McCourt's "Angela's Ashes," we read of people who are, if not figuratively, then literally, impoverished. It is a lovely…

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Added by Susan O'Dea Boland on November 9, 2015 at 11:30am — 3 Comments

Capturing the Artistry of Ancient Wexford

Wheels hit runway, and the Airbus lands on Irish soil, once again.The familiarity of the place is all around me. I make sure to go around the roundabouts on the left side and continue southeast towards Wexford and the artistic event that recently took place in that ancient city. The Wexford Festival is an annual event where opera singers and others get together in formal settings and fringe events to bring visual and musical…

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Added by Denis Hearn on November 9, 2015 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

'Famine Folios' -- Ireland's Great Irish Famine Revisited

Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut, has just published four new folios of research into the period of The Irish Famine under the collective title Famine Folios.

These compelling essays take a fresh and…

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Added by Brian Nolan on November 9, 2015 at 6:00am — 3 Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: November 8 - November 14

DOMHNAIGH -- On November 8, 1987, in one of the most widely condemned actions of the "Troubles," an IRA…

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Added by The Wild Geese on November 7, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

The Mythology of Thin Places

In Irish mythology, a "thin place" was a divider between the physical, tangible world and the "otherworld" of dreams, the afterlife, and other unseen but very real dimensions hiding behind the veil of reality. Thin places could be actual places or they could be seasons of change. The night of Samhain (sow-in), the Celtic…

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Added by Jill Fuller on November 7, 2015 at 9:30am — 8 Comments


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Spotlight on Father Flanagan, Founder of Boys Town

Edward Joseph Flanagan was born in 1886 in Leabeg, County Roscommon, to John and Honoria Flanagan, both fluent Irish speakers. He was the eighth child in a family of eleven children.

Pictured, above, a scene from the "Boys Town" movie with Spencer Tracy as Father Edward Joseph…

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Added by That's Just How It Was on November 7, 2015 at 8:30am — No Comments

Prologue - 2015 Celtic Fringe Festival - Ireland

This is the prologue to the following posts about my trip to Ireland to present my musical "The Last Torch" at the Celtic Fringe Festival, Sligo. I have been writing them backwards as things are best understood this way. It means the reader can read…

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Added by The Last Torch on November 6, 2015 at 11:30pm — No Comments

The Execution of RIC Sgt. Hickey -- Part 4: Trauma at the Burgery

What followed next was a scene that has occurred numerous times when Irish rebels were faced with the question of what to do with an informer. Irish history and literature are replete with references to this scourge of failed rebellions. Liam O' Flaherty's character Gypo Nolan betrayed his former…

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Added by Ivan Lennon on November 5, 2015 at 8:00pm — 1 Comment

Moving In, And Moving On ...

Oh dear, it’s been such a long time since I wrote anything for The Wild Geese … I didn’t realise how long until I re-entered the site. Why? I moved house (or 'flitted' as we call it in Northern Ireland). I moved to a house that looked great on viewing but proved otherwise when we got in. With all the furniture removed and no one there, the extent of what needed to be done swiftly became all too clear.…

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Added by Margaret Whittock on November 4, 2015 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Uploading Profile Picture

I'm new here as of today! I tried uploading a profile picture to no avail. It turns out that Windows 10 was my problem and after switching to Chrome, there was no problem.

I thought this might be helpful to some.

Added by Daniel Harrington on November 2, 2015 at 1:30pm — 3 Comments

Irish Rubbish Gets Royal Treatment These Days

We are always looking for a fight.

When the Irish county councils introduced the concept of the wheelie bin we opposed them tooth and nail.

How would people manage them?  Weren’t we grand with the regular bins? Why did we need to change? How would people living in flats (apartments) manage? What about…

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Added by P.J. Francis on November 2, 2015 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

Hail the Rise of the Irish 'Sidepreneur'

They say the best business is grown in a recession -- where labour, rents and expectations are cheap, but equally venture capital, support and credit is short. To straddle that gap comes the new sidepreneur -- someone who has…

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Added by Jillian Godsil on November 1, 2015 at 8:00am — No Comments

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