December 2013 Blog Posts (75)

Malachy McCourt to Reads from 'Light of the Diddicoy'!

Hello Folks! If you're in New York City on January 16th, come and see the famous writer and Irish/New York City personality Malachy McCourt (brother of Frank McCourt who wrote Angela's Ashes) read from Light of the Diddicoy!…

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Added by Eamon Loingsigh on December 19, 2013 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

2013's Most Popular

A.D. 2013 has been a big year for The Wild Geese.  It was just nine months ago that the new and improved version of TheWildGeese.com was launched.  As 2013 winds down to a close, we thought it would be interesting to compile the most popular blog posts and discussions…

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Added by The Wild Geese on December 19, 2013 at 4:29am — 2 Comments

For the Grace of a Happy Death

December 18, 2013, marked the 135th anniversary of the execution of John Kehoe at Pottsville, Pennsylvania. On that day in 1878, newspapers country-wide reported the scheduled death of the “King of…

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Added by Anne Flaherty on December 18, 2013 at 2:30pm — 4 Comments

Yule and Mairgead Mór

Over most of Western Europe, particularly in those areas connected with the ancient Celts, December 21, the shortest day of the year fell during the Druidic festival of 'Yule'. Today it is better known as the festival of the ‘Winter Solstice’.

‘Thoul’, an ancient word for…

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Added by Brian Nolan on December 18, 2013 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

My 'Wexford Gathering' in Druidic Carne

For 13 years I had been looking for "The Cross of Ballysheen" County Wexford in historical records and on my journeys with Google streetview.  Finally I was here at 'The Lobster Pot' at Carnsore Point which sits right on the crossroads dividing the old townlands of Ballysheen and Ballyfane.  I had quickly set up a…

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Added by Alannah Ryane on December 18, 2013 at 11:00am — 6 Comments

Friday: LIVE Community Chat on Ireland's Mummering Tradition

On Friday, December 20, 2013, we'll be joined by folklorist / entertainer (and fellow Wild Geese member) Jim Ledwith for a LIVE Community Chat on the mummering tradition in…

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Added by The Wild Geese on December 18, 2013 at 9:30am — No Comments

Romantic Ireland: Irish Stories, Myths and Traditions

Looking to land an Irish lad or lassie like they do in the movies? Planning a trip for your honeymoon in Ireland?  Researching…

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Added by margopenelope on December 17, 2013 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Snuff at a Wake and Other Pipe Dreams

While yet a teenager, I collected most of these clay pipes around Loughrea, in county Galway, some from the lake shore, some from under the water using a snorkel and mask, the smallest ones from the bottom of a hole I was digging in Elephant and Castle, while working as a student in…

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Added by Brian Nolan on December 16, 2013 at 6:00pm — 3 Comments

MyIrelandBox Surprises One Lucky Member

On December 5, 2013, The Wild Geese enjoyed a LIVE Community Chat with Sligo-based author and historian, Joe McGowan.  It…

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Added by The Wild Geese on December 16, 2013 at 5:00am — 2 Comments

Introducing: The Wild Atlantic Way

The Wild Atlantic Way will be Ireland’s first long-distance driving route, stretching from the Inishowen Peninsula in Donegal to Kinsale in west Cork.  With a launch date of March 2014, this route consists of existing roadways, but it will offer visitors an opportunity…

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Added by Ryan O'Rourke on December 15, 2013 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

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

National Library of Ireland.

Gen. Richard Mulcahy in the uniform of the Irish Free State.

MÁIRT -- On Dec. 16, 1971, soldier and politician General Richard Mulcahy died in…

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Added by The Wild Geese on December 14, 2013 at 9:33pm — No Comments


Founding Member
Seanchaí Jim Hawkins Creates the Christmas Spirit

If Christmas in Killarney is anything like Christmas in the Garden City Library, then Christmas in Killarney is a grand day.

Seanchai…

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Added by John M. Walsh on December 13, 2013 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

And the Nagle Forge Brooch Goes To …

On December 9, 2013, The Wild Geese enjoyed a LIVE Community Chat with Maeve O'Connell who owns the property at Jerpoint Park in County Kilkenny.  The grave of St. Nicholas (of "St. Nick" or Santa Claus fame) is purported to be…

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Added by The Wild Geese on December 13, 2013 at 4:42pm — 8 Comments

'Irish Rebels Greeting Is Flashed in Times Square,' 1983

It was a cold night in November 1983, and I was in the middle of my 12-hour night shift driving a yellow cab in NYC.

Coming down Broadway in upper Manhattan, four people flagged me down. Three jumped in the back and one into the front, never a good plan from the perspective of the driver. The passenger in the front said: “Can you hurry up and get to Times Square?” and promised to take care of me when we arrived –- a…

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Added by John McDonagh on December 13, 2013 at 4:30pm — 6 Comments

10 Places in Ireland Where History Isn’t Boring

I’m not sure why so many people think history is boring. Sure, a dull teacher can ruin any good story, but history, in the right setting is not only intriguing, but it is alive. You’ll be amazed at the history you can discover during a driving tour of Ireland. The lens of history is…

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Added by margopenelope on December 13, 2013 at 1:30pm — 8 Comments

The Irishman Who Reported The Sinking of "The Laconia"

Floyd Gibbons: Reporter/Adventurer

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Added by Niall McArdle on December 12, 2013 at 5:45pm — 2 Comments

1916 and Beyond

I just picked up the CD of Mise Eire / Saoirse? and wonder if any WGers saw it when it first came out in 1960 or have seen the CD more recently. What do you think?

I bought it mainly to hear the background music by Sean O'Riada, said to be the father of the traditional music revival of the 20th century, and am only into…

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Added by Jim Curley on December 12, 2013 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

Certifiably Irish: A Community Chat with Kay Woods from The Certificate of Irish Heritage

The following is a transcript taken from the LIVE Community Chat chat hosted here at TheWildGeese.com on Tuesday, December 10, 2013.  The focus for the discussion was The Certificate of Irish Heritage.  We were joined by…

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Added by The Wild Geese on December 12, 2013 at 11:23am — 4 Comments

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