December 2013 Blog Posts (70)

'This Lovely Coast'

This is a video demo of the opening scene of "The Last Torch." It is just a demo for creative purposes. O'Rourke is out scouting when he sees the Spanish Armada in trouble off the west coast of Ireland. The visuals are taken from…


Added by The Last Torch on December 31, 2013 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

If Not Oswald then Who?

I recently met a woman born on the very day of Kennedy’s assassination, Erica fervently desires to learn who really killed him. Proving that even with the…


Added by James Francis Smith on December 31, 2013 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Start your 2014 on a sweet note with a Celtic Honey Sparkler!


1 oz Celtic Honey Liqueur Chilled Champagne or other sparkling wine lemon twist  Add Celtic Honey Liqueur and twist to a Champagne flute. Top with bubbly. Clink glasses and say…


Added by Castle Brands Inc on December 30, 2013 at 5:44pm — No Comments

From Béarra to Bréifne: The Epic March of O'Sullivan Beara

On New Year's Eve of 1602, Donal Cam O'Sullivan Beare (Domhnall Cam Ó Súilleabháin Bhéara), Chieftain of the great O'Sullivan clan of west Cork and 1,000 others from the area over which he ruled set out on one of the most harrowing and brutal treks in the history of Ireland.  Of…


Added by Ryan O'Rourke on December 30, 2013 at 1:30pm — 10 Comments

Lt. Michael P. Murphy, the Medal of Honor Awardee Behind 'Lone Survivor'

Opening in Movie theaters on January 10, 2014 “Lone Survivor” was the film adaptation of Chief Petty Officer Marcus Luttrell’s best-selling memoir, describing the heroism and sacrifice of a SEAL Reconnaissance Team in the Mountains of Afghanistan. The SEAL team was led by Lt. Michael P.…


Added by Neil F. Cosgrove on December 29, 2013 at 2:30pm — 11 Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: December 29 - January 4

WGT photo by Joe Gannon

Carriganuss Castle, an O'Sullivan castle just outside of Glengariff

MÁIRT -- On December 31, 1602, Dónall…


Added by The Wild Geese on December 28, 2013 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

What Nerved Brutus to Slay Caesar: James McParlan and the 'Molly Maguires'

Beau Riffenburgh’s biography of James McParlan, titled “Pinkerton’s Great Detective: The…


Added by Anne Flaherty on December 28, 2013 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

Capaillíní Chonamara: Ireland's Most Iconic Animal

This one's for all you animal lovers out there, and especially for all you equine lovers.  On second thought, this is something that will be enjoyed by anyone who loves Ireland, her unique landscapes, and her grand auld traditions.

Last night (26 December, 2013), a new…


Added by Ryan O'Rourke on December 27, 2013 at 10:04am — 2 Comments

The Night of the Big Wind - St. Stephen's Day 2013

'Oiche na Gaoithe Moire' - The night of the big wind! That phrase usually refers to one of the most devastating hurricanes that ever hit Ireland, which made land during the night of Little Christmas, on the 6th of January 1839, almost 174 years ago, just before the outbreak of the…


Added by Brian Nolan on December 27, 2013 at 7:00am — 16 Comments

St. Stephen's Day Primer

The traditions on the 26th of December in Ireland have not largely carried over to most sectors of the worldwide Irish diaspora.  Known as St. Stephen's Day or Wren Day in Ireland, this is a brief crash course on the traditions of this day for those outside Ireland who are…


Added by Ryan O'Rourke on December 26, 2013 at 6:30am — 6 Comments

Keeping 'The Irish' in America’s Irish Pubs: Q&A With Waterford Native Brendan Barry

(Left, left to right, Brendan Barry and new recruit and County Meath native Conall Finn with County Kildare native Emmet Gallagher, owner of McMahons Irish pub in Warrenton, Virginia.)

NEW YORK – Just prior to a recent reception for the soon-to-launch Dingle Distillery at the Irish Consulate General in…


Added by The Wild Geese on December 24, 2013 at 4:21pm — 15 Comments

The Legendary Christmastime Curiosity of a Young Irish-American

Eight-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of New York's Sun, and the quick response was printed as an unsigned editorial on September 21, 1897. The response by Francis Pharcellus Church, a former Civil War correspondent, has since become history's most…


Added by Kelly O'Rourke on December 24, 2013 at 9:00am — 3 Comments

Mummering: 'The Idiotic Hero Combat Drama'

The following is a transcript taken from the LIVE Community Chat chat hosted here at on Friday, December 20, 2013.  The focus for the discussion was the tradition of the mummers in Ireland.  We were joined by…


Added by The Wild Geese on December 24, 2013 at 5:23am — 1 Comment

The Wild Geese Family and Friends Play Santa in Yonkers

The Wild Geese's Gerry Regan, right, brings gifts Monday to a family in need on behalf of The Wild Geese's 1,500+ members, Heritage Partners, and just good ol' friends. On the left is Órla Kelleher. executive director of Aisling Irish Community…


Added by The Wild Geese on December 24, 2013 at 4:40am — 2 Comments

Singer Mary Courtney LIVE in The Virtual Síbín


We hope you enjoy the above video which was broadcast LIVE here at on the evening of Monday, December 23rd, 2013 with recording artist and County Kerry native Mary Courtney.



Added by The Wild Geese on December 23, 2013 at 5:00pm — 6 Comments

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

Linen Hall Library

A 17th century portrait of Hugh O'Neill, Earl of Tyrone.

MÁIRT -- On December 24, 1601,…


Added by The Wild Geese on December 21, 2013 at 11:30am — No Comments

Book Review: Irish Rebel: John Devoy and America's Fight for Ireland's Freedom

(First published in 1998) Joseph Gannon's review of Terry Golway's book

Revolution has usually been a young man's game. John Devoy was definitely an exception to this rule; -- a man who lived to a very old age, through times…


Added by The Wild Geese on December 20, 2013 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

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!…


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

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