December 2013 Blog Posts (75)

Certificates of Irish Heritage Heading to 3 Lucky Wild Geese Members

Congratulations to the winners of the three gift vouchers each redeemable for a Certificate of Irish Heritage:

Mark Connor…

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Added by The Wild Geese on December 11, 2013 at 4:00pm — 5 Comments

Job Opportunities with Tenon Tours

Let’s face it, we’re pretty proud of our team here at Tenon Tours. We’re a tight-knit group from many backgrounds and regions of the world and can hang our hat on the fact that everybody here is in this business for the right reasons. As we continue to grow and expand, we’re always in search of our next team member who can bring experience and enthusiasm to Tenon and our other travel companies.

Check out this website to see all the amazing positions we are hiring…

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Added by margopenelope on December 11, 2013 at 10:43am — No Comments

Your First Guinness in Ireland

Some of you might be taking a trip to Ireland in the near future and having a real pint of Guinness will be first on your agenda. You have all heard that the Black Stuff tastes better in Ireland and it definitely does. Trust me; you are talking to an expert. …:)

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Added by margopenelope on December 11, 2013 at 10:30am — 8 Comments

Driving in Ireland – Keep Left, Right? And Other Fun Experiences

I’ve been driving in Ireland for over a decade. It was only during my last trip to Ireland that I was told, “Americans don’t drive in Ireland, I think they are terrified.”

This was told to me by a school teacher who lives in the Slieve Bloom Mountains as she shared a story about a visit from her California cousins. We had met her the night…

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Added by margopenelope on December 11, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments

St. Nick Buried in Kilkenny? A Community Chat with Maeve O'Connell

The following is a transcript taken from the LIVE Community Chat chat hosted here at TheWildGeese.com on Monday, December 9, 2013.  The focus for the discussion was the fascinating discovery of Newtown Jerpoint in County Kilkenny, where St. Nicholas' remains (as in Santa Claus) are purported to be buried.  The owner of…

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Added by The Wild Geese on December 11, 2013 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

Crosswords at the Crossroads: An Irish Christmas

It's time for the next offering in our popular Irish-themed interactive crossword puzzles feature, "Crosswords at the Crossroads."   

This time around, we focus on the season at hand -- Christmas.  We've put together a puzzle which both tests puzzle…

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Added by The Wild Geese on December 10, 2013 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

A bough of Boru. You know. For your hall! Slàinte!

IRISH TO THE CORE

Added by Castle Brands Inc on December 10, 2013 at 9:35am — No Comments

The Bodhrán: A Driving Force in Irish Music

by Sharon Hazard for The Wild Geese

When George Millar of the Irish Rovers talks about the music his group has been playing for more than 40 years, he can’t help mentioning the bodhrán, the…

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Added by The Wild Geese on December 10, 2013 at 5:00am — 6 Comments

Short of Ideas, and Time, Check The Wild Geese Shops

Finding something unique that expresses your Irish pride colorfully and durably and affordably can be challenging, especially with less than 15 shopping days (and 10 shipping days) until Christmas.

Well, for more than a decade, we at The…

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Added by The Wild Geese on December 9, 2013 at 11:30pm — No Comments

The Story of Irish Women Political Prisoners

Book Review

"In the Footsteps of Anne, Stories of Republican Women Ex-Prisoners"

Compiled by Evelyn Brady, Eva Patterson, Kate Mc Kinney, Rosie Hamill and Pauline Jackson

Shanway Press

$35 from…

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Added by Sandy Boyer on December 9, 2013 at 12:30pm — 4 Comments

The American Civil War at Christmastime: A Community Chat with Kevin O'Beirne

The following is a transcript taken from the LIVE Community Chat chat hosted here at TheWildGeese.com on Friday, December 6, 2013.  The focus for the discussion was bygone Christmas traditions in Ireland with writer / historian, Kevin O'Beirne of Buffalo, New York.  Some…

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Added by The Wild Geese on December 9, 2013 at 10:30am — 5 Comments

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

Smithsonian Institute

James Hoban and George Washington inspect the unfinished White House in 1798. Washington would never live in it.

DEARDAOIN -- On…

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Added by The Wild Geese on December 7, 2013 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

LearnIrish.com Launches on Indiegogo - Please Sign Up & Support!

LearnIrish.com is a new initiative that aims to make the Irish language and learning resources more accessible to learners throughout the world. By offering an affordable and well structured Irish language course it aims to give people the opportunity to learn at their own pace and in the comfort of their own home. It's currently gathering funds to make it all…

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Added by Peter Stranney on December 7, 2013 at 10:39am — 15 Comments

Irish Christmas Nostalgia: A Community Chat with Joe McGowan

The following is a transcript taken from the LIVE Community Chat chat hosted here at TheWildGeese.com on Thursday, December 5, 2013.  The focus for the discussion was bygone Christmas traditions in Ireland with Sligo-based author / historian,…

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Added by The Wild Geese on December 6, 2013 at 6:22pm — 1 Comment

Nelson Mandela, Model of Reconciliation in World of Conflict

Former South African President Nelson Mandela has drawn quite a bit of attention at The Wild Geese, and not only within the past 24 hours since this legendary leader's passing.

Here are some of the tributes members have posted:

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Added by Gerry Regan on December 6, 2013 at 12:00pm — 11 Comments

Listening to Ghosts

I desire silence. I want to be free from the noise that humans make. I fear I will never be free from this noise. I'm often in the woods and I still hear a car that is miles away or a plane flying overhead. And even my own sighing and thoughts can become too noisy. The sounds of…

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Added by Cynthia Neale on December 6, 2013 at 10:30am — 3 Comments

'Honest Dan': The Man from Derry Who Took on Tammany Hall

 

It is impossible to write the history of nineteenth century American politics without noting the overwhelming presence of the Irish in the affairs of state. In part this was due to mere numbers - in 1850, 43% of the immigrant population was Irish, and no politician…

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Added by Niall McArdle on December 6, 2013 at 8:00am — 3 Comments

Animal Rights History

Thomas Wentworth

Act Against Plowing by the Tayle, and Pulling the Wooll Off Living Sheep

[1635] Ireland Parliament [Thomas Wentworth],"Act Against Plowing by the Tayle, and Pulling the Wooll Off Living Sheep, 1635," in The Statutes at Large, Passed in the Parliaments held in Ireland. 2nd ed. (Dublin, 1786; Online at Animal…

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Added by Séamus Ó Dubsláine on December 5, 2013 at 8:30pm — No Comments

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