(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…Continue
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.…
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
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
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…Continue
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…Continue
Added by The Wild Geese on December 28, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments
|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…Continue
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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 of…Continue
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
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…Continue
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.…Continue
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,…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Bit Devine on December 23, 2014 at 5:38pm — No Comments
Part 3 of 3 of the Series 'We Will Probably Land Christmas Day’: At War in the Atlantic, 1942
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…Continue
Added by Carl Finnegan on December 23, 2014 at 4:30pm — No Comments
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…Continue
|Linen Hall Library
A 17th century portrait of Hugh O'Neill, Earl of Tyrone.
CÉADAOIN -- On December 24, 1601,…Continue
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