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The Wild Geese In Oman

How did a boy from Kildare end up shooting a Sultan and his bodyguards in an Arabian palace?

Above, an Irishman (the author) in Dhofar.

The answer shows that, like a wildfire breaking out and dying down, The Wild Geese spirit lives, to surface now and again not to die but to smoulder until the next adventure beckons. (Remember ‘Mad’ Mike Hoare, Africa’s most famous mercenary?)…

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Added by Ray Kane on July 6, 2020 at 11:30am — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: July 5 - July 11

DOMHNAIGH -- On July 5, 1812, Frederick Maning (left), who would become beloved in New Zealand by its native Māori people, was born in Johnville, County Dublin. Maning immigrated to Australia with his…

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Added by The Wild Geese on July 4, 2020 at 3:00pm — No Comments


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James Napper Tandy, Hero of the Hour -- or Not?

This song is a constant reminder to me of my childhood, running around singing lines from it with my childhood fiends, not knowing or not caring why we were singing it, or indeed who Napper Tandy was...  Historical events were not seared into our minds, Only Religion took that place

The…

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Added by That's Just How It Was on July 4, 2020 at 10:00am — No Comments

Oliver Plunkett, Tomás Ó Fiaich and The Bard of Armagh

This month we remember Irishman Oliver Plunkett, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, who was hung, drawn and quartered, on July 1, 1681 at Tyburn Gallows, London. That barbaric act made him the last Catholic victim martyred as a direct result of the devious ‘Popish Plot’ instigated…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on July 1, 2020 at 12:30pm — 6 Comments


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'Here They Come, as Thick as Grass': The Irish at Rorke’s Drift

Sgt. Henry Gallagher of B Company, 2nd Battalion, 24th (2nd Warwickshire) Regiment of Foot, who was from Thurles, County Tipperary, paced up and down behind the red-clad soldiers looking over the mealie bag fortifications at Rorke’s Drift. He lifted…

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Added by Joe Gannon on June 30, 2020 at 3:30pm — 5 Comments

Very Berry Summer Cake

Long before gluten free was a food phenomenon, a friend gave me this recipe for an unusual, flourless — thus gluten free — cornmeal cake that became my go-to summer dessert. The original recipe suggested a fruity wine syrup topping, but I also love it as an…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on June 28, 2020 at 11:00am — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: June 28 - July 4

DOMHNAIGH -- On June 28, 1920, at Wellington barracks in Jullundar, India, 350 Irish members of the famous Connaught Rangers regiment of the British army laid down their arms and refused to keep soldiering as long as British troops remained in Ireland. The mutiny soon…

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Added by The Wild Geese on June 27, 2020 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Colonel Nicholas Gray: Inspector General, Third Military District New York

Frederick Hall was born a slave on Benjamin Oden's plantation in Prince George County, Maryland. Frederick Hall was better known by the alias of William Williams. Oden advertised in the Baltimore newspaper on May 18, 1814, that Williams was a runaway.  Despite being a wanted man Williams…

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Added by Don Gray on June 26, 2020 at 1:00pm — No Comments

The Irish Serving With Custer at Little Big Horn (June 1876)

Downloadable below is a document I drew up back in 2011 in relation to the Irish that served in June 1876 with George Armstrong Custer.

Illustration by Charles Marion Russell, Wikimedia Commons…

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Added by Liam McAlister on June 25, 2020 at 5:00pm — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: June 21 - June 27

LUAIN -- On June 22, 1922, Field Marshal Sir Henry Wilson was shot and killed by two IRA…

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Added by The Wild Geese on June 20, 2020 at 7:00pm — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: June 14 - June 20

DOMHNAIGH -- On June 14, 1690, William of Orange, King of Holland, and recently declared King of England, arrived in Belfast with his fleet. The Catholic King James II had been tolerated by the Protestant nobility for a time because all his possible heirs…

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Added by The Wild Geese on June 13, 2020 at 3:30pm — No Comments

The Battle of Cúl Dreimhne (Battle of the Book)

This week we remember an Irishman whose efforts and foresight changed the world forever. Colmcille also known as Saint Columba died on June 9, 597 in the monastery he founded on the Island of Iona, where he had lived in exile for many years. He is known among other things, as the Patron Saint of the city of…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on June 11, 2020 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

Fancy an Irish Cottage for ten Euro

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Added by daniel nagle on June 9, 2020 at 9:00am — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: June 7 - June 13

LUAIN -- On June 8, 1853, John Mitchel escaped from Australia, eventually making it to the United States. Mitchel, a member of the Young Ireland Party, was born in Comnish, Co. Derry. John was the son of a Presbyterian minister. He obtained a law…

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Added by The Wild Geese on June 6, 2020 at 5:30pm — 2 Comments

AOH Historian: Irish vs. Black Narrative in Draft Riots a Fiction

To our readers and fellow members of TheWildGeese.irish community:

We are as a community startled, enraged and greatly saddened by the death May 25 of African-American George Floyd at the hands of a Minnesota police officer. As we reexamine race…

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Added by The Wild Geese on June 4, 2020 at 7:00am — 3 Comments

Celebrate the Season with a Berry Salad

It’s strawberry season in Ireland, especially in County Wicklow, where the luscious berries are grown in great number at places like Green’s Berry Farm in Gorey.  Delicious in shortcakes, jams, and quick beads, of course, but for a change of pace toss them in a salad with cheese and…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on June 3, 2020 at 3:30pm — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: May 31 - June 6

LUAIN -- On June 1, 1866, the Fenian Brotherhood undertook the most famous action of its history: the invasion of Canada. Mexican and…

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Added by The Wild Geese on May 31, 2020 at 11:30am — No Comments

The Cracked Plate

A friend of mine, an archeologist, …

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Added by Brian Nolan on May 25, 2020 at 7:30am — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: May 24 - May 30

LUAIN -- On May 25, 1798 in Co. Wicklow, as the British authorities began to receive news of people rising up in several parts of the island, anxious loyalist militia units committed two massacres of men they suspected of being rebels. In Dunlavin, 28 or…

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Added by The Wild Geese on May 23, 2020 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Memorial Day: Recalling Those Irish-Americans Who Gave Their Last Full Measure

The origins of Memorial Day, originally titled Decoration Day, has a somewhat murky origin. But what is clear is that on May 30, 1868, 5,000 gathered at Arlington National Cemetery to commemorate the 20,000 fallen warriors buried there, with the…

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Added by The Wild Geese on May 23, 2020 at 10:00am — No Comments

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