December 2014 Blog Posts (82)

Fighting the Vampire: Irish Commandos in the Boer War

(Above: The Irish Brigade who fought alongside the Boers against the British army in the Anglo-Boer War. Col. John Blake is sitting in the front row 2nd to the left of the concertina player.

In far-off Africa to-day the English fly dismayed…


Added by Joe Gannon on December 31, 2014 at 8:00pm — 7 Comments

Ath-Bhlian Faoi Mhaise Daoibh! (Happy New Year to You!)

Count your blessings instead of your crosses.

Count your gains instead of your losses.

Count your joys instead of your woes.

Count your friends instead of your foes.

Count your smiles instead of your tears.

Count your courage instead of your fears.…


Added by Brian Nolan on December 31, 2014 at 5:30pm — 2 Comments

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More UnBroken - Tom Gerrity Still in the Fight With 'Mortimer' - 1942

Back:  P/O Allen R. Page (RAAF) - Capt. Smiling Tom P. Gerrity - M/Sgt Melvin E. Owens - Sgt. Al Fawe - Cpl. Ed D. Connor                                                 

Front: T/Sgt Al Simmons - T/Sgt James G. Westbrook - Unknown -…


Added by Pat Hickey on December 31, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments

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Un Broken and American Heroism


To the Officers and Enlisted men of the of the 27thBombardment Group (L) dead or missing in action in the

Philippine Islands, Australia Java, and New Guinea, we

dedicate this book and all our efforts to repay, ten thousand

times over, the Japanese for every one of our men lost.…


Added by Pat Hickey on December 31, 2014 at 6:51am — No Comments

Mr William Butler and Mrs George Yeats

When Olivia Shakespear introduced her ex-lover, W.B. Yeats, to her niece-by-marriage, Georgie, in London in 1917 she knew he was looking for a young wife and hoped they would be compatible. From…


Added by Patricia Louise Hughes on December 31, 2014 at 4:07am — 5 Comments

Ryan O'Rourke's O'Sullivan Beare Story

I found the story quite heart-rending, especially as O'Sullivan is my maternal grandmother's name. When I first went in search of the family farm in Bounard, Rathmore, Kerry, I asked a farmer for directions and he asked: "Is that O'Sullivan Beare?" I had no idea what he meant but said "yes" anyway. After many more visits to the family farm, I found this signpost at the bottom…


Added by Margaret M. Johnson on December 30, 2014 at 9:40am — 2 Comments

The Wild Geese Top Ten in 2014

A.D. 2014 has been a magnificent year for The Wild Geese Irish Social Network.  As this year draws to a close, we thought it would be interesting to compile the most popular articles and videos from the community.  Depending on how new you are to The Wild Geese…


Added by The Wild Geese on December 28, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: December 28 - January 3

WGT photo by Joe Gannon

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

CÉADAOIN -- On December 31, 1602, Dónall O'Sullivan Beare and his clan…


Added by The Wild Geese on December 27, 2014 at 7:55pm — No Comments

What To Do Between Christmas and the New Year?

Yes indeed, what to do?  After the festivities are festivitied - after all the ceremonies, the lighting of candles, the opening of presents, the cooking and the eating…


Added by Eoin Mac Lochlainn on December 27, 2014 at 7:00am — 4 Comments

Wren Day Festivities

A wee bit of a Wren Day celebration in my home ground... Armagh..

Added by Bit Devine on December 26, 2014 at 12:11pm — No Comments

Irish-American New Year's Traditions

New Year’s eve had been celebrated with cheerful noise for many years, but in New York City on December 31, 1888, that all changed with the formal addition of music to the annual celebration and it took an Irishman to do it. In those early days, the tiny triangle of land at the…


Added by Mike McCormack on December 24, 2014 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

Here's to the Three Birds: An Irish American Holiday Toast

"Here's to the three birds! May you always have a bird on the table, a bird in your glass and an eagle in your pocket."

I first heard that toast when I was very young from an elderly neighbor. It was a toast from her childhood in the early 1920s. The toast her mother and uncles always used. Already something of an antique in Jazz Age America.…


Added by Sarah Nagle on December 24, 2014 at 10:30am — 3 Comments

Island of Ireland Peace Choir in Messines, Belgium

Messines - I had the privilege to travel to Messines with the Island of Ireland Peace Choir last weekend. This is our story.

Don Mullan, author, humanitarian and Christmas Truce ambassador, stood in front of two graves in Messines, Belgium. On the left was Private T Delaney of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers, who died on Christmas Eve 1914 and on the right,…


Added by Jillian Godsil on December 24, 2014 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

Merry Christmas

Added by Dee Notaro on December 24, 2014 at 6:00am — No Comments

Burying Baby Jesus: A Galway Christmas Story

My dad, Guard John Murphy (Killimor, Ballinasloe) died in Our Lady’s Hospice (Harold’s Cross, Dublin) aged forty-four, leaving my mother, aged thirty-nine, with ten children aged two and a half to eighteen years old.

On Christmas Eve of 1945, we spent most…


Added by Brian Nolan on December 24, 2014 at 4:00am — 5 Comments

On This Day - December 23, 1920

On this day 23rd December,1920-

The Government of Ireland Act enforces Partition-26 Counties become The Irish Free State while Britain splits the northern 6 Counties from the rest of Ireland.…


Added by Bit Devine on December 23, 2014 at 5:38pm — No Comments

‘Who Turned Those Lights On? Kill the B------’: Christmas at Sea 1942

Part 3 of 3 of the Series 'We Will Probably Land Christmas Day’: At War in the Atlantic, 1942 



Added by Gerry Regan on December 23, 2014 at 5:00pm — 5 Comments

Gerard McSorley Teams Up with Irish Indie Filmmakers - Lend Your Support

Dear Wild Geese,

"An Irish Father" is an Irish independent co production being made by Rose Finn Films & MooreForLess Productions. IFTA winning Irish Actor Gerard McSorley will lead the cast. The film looks at mental health and the relationship between an estranged Father and Son who meet for the first time in nearly a decade. It's based on the real life…


Added by Carl Finnegan on December 23, 2014 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Wild Geese Membership Brings Wonderful Rewards

I have just made a wonderful connection via The Wild Geese Irish Social Network and thanks to my Wild Geese Irish Heritage Partnership that I wanted to share with…


Added by Margaret M. Johnson on December 23, 2014 at 9:00am — 4 Comments

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

Linen Hall Library

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

CÉADAOIN -- On December 24, 1601,…


Added by The Wild Geese on December 20, 2014 at 7:30pm — No Comments

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