Featured Blog Posts – December 2014 Archive (49)


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Tara O'Grady Spellbinds at Irish Cultural Society

Garden City, N.Y. -- “Black Is the Color of My True Love’s Hair” is the opening verse of a song sung by Tara O’Grady at the Irish Cultural Society meeting on December 10,…

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Added by Irish Cultural Society of GC on December 15, 2014 at 6:30pm — No Comments


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It's Not Too Late to Order Something Special for Christmas!

To guarantee delivery on or before the 24th of December the deadlines are:

Monday the 15th 

(Ground Shipping)



Thursday the 18th

(UPS 3 Day Select)



Monday the 22nd

(UPS 2nd Day Air)



Tuesday the…

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Added by Celtic Fashions on December 15, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Cognitive Advantages for Speakers of Irish and Gaeligeoiri of Irish-Medium Schools

Irish is considered to be the first uttered literary language of Europe. The ancient Gaeilge of Ireland served as the seed language for Scottish Gaelic and Manx, just as the venerable Irish gene pool originally spread north and east to Scotland, to the west of England, and beyond.…

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Added by Jeanne D'Brant on December 14, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

‘We Will Probably Land Christmas Day’: At War in the Atlantic, 1942

No large operation in World War II surpassed the invasion of North Africa in complexity, daring, risk, or -- as the official U.S. Army Air Forces history concludes -- 'the degree of strategic surprise achieved.'



     -- Author Rick Atkinson,…

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Added by Gerry Regan on December 13, 2014 at 3:30pm — 4 Comments

An Irish Christmas: A Musical Solstice at Symphony Space

Alert to Wild Geese Members: There is a special discount available for this seasonal favorite show produced by the Irish Arts Center and Dr. Mick Moloney. contact phone 201-965-6598 or the Wild Geese administrator for further details. 

SPECIAL GUESTS FROM WORLDS OF POLITICS, CULTURE & ACADEMICS ANNOUNCED FOR IRISH ARTS CENTER’S ACCLAIMED…

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Added by Paul Edward Keating on December 13, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

On the Path of Druids - Winter Solstice

Long before the Christians walked the Isle of Eire, there were those who celebrated the passing of the seasons: Winter, spring, summer, fall

While the Solstices were not as important to…

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Added by Bit Devine on December 12, 2014 at 12:00pm — 4 Comments

A Brief History of Ireland

During my research phase for information, I've relied heavily on the writings of Michael O'Cleary, a Franciscan monk, who, with three other scholars, compiled what has collectively become known as the "Annals of The Four Masters." They were…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on December 11, 2014 at 8:30pm — 14 Comments

Hamilton's Irish Cholera Victims Unacknowledged

One of the saddest tales in Hamilton’s history is that of the Irish cholera epidemic victims who came here on the immigrant ships of the 1800s, looking for new life -- only to find death on our shores. It’s the story of people of great religious faith, left to die without benefit of…

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Added by Robin De Danann on December 10, 2014 at 7:30am — 2 Comments

'Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly'

This beloved carol, believed to be originally of Welsh origin, had already been around for quite a while when Mozart used it for a piano duet in the 18th century. You can read more about its interesting history in …

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Added by Dee Notaro on December 10, 2014 at 5:30am — 3 Comments

Christmas at P.J.Clarke's Bar, N.Y.C.

My first big memory of my Uncle Charlie Clarke is when he arrived home from Naval duty after World War II. I was seven years old. Soon after, my granduncle, Patrick Joseph Clarke, appointed Uncle Charlie to be the manager at his saloon, P. J. Clarke’s, at 55th Street and Third…

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Added by Helen Molanphy on December 8, 2014 at 6:30pm — No Comments

'I Used to be an A**hole': Lessons in Genteel Poverty

With apologies to my mother for the headline.

I met a new friend last year. He once had a good job in the private sector but fell into trouble, lost his job and put his home in jeopardy. His newfound interest in debt propelled him into a filmic…

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Added by Jillian Godsil on December 8, 2014 at 3:30pm — 4 Comments

Special Yuletides in Irish History

In 1587, the English inside the Pale (a fortified district around Dublin) were concerned about the Irish whom they had not yet brought under their control – especially in Ulster. The Ulster clans were an independent lot, and something had to be done to insure their non-interference…

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Added by Mike McCormack on December 8, 2014 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

Irish Christmas Songs and Stories in the Virtual Síbín

[Below is a link to a recording of an interactive broadcast of Irish Christmas songs and stories, part of TheWildGeese.Irish Sibin series of discussions and…

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Added by The Wild Geese on December 8, 2014 at 8:30am — 10 Comments


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Find Your Roots While Visiting Ireland

Are you planning a trip to Ireland, and do you hope to carry out some family history research during your visit?  If you happen to have an Irish born ancestor who emigrated to the United States, and are planning a visit to Ireland in the near future and hope to do some family…

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Added by Helen Kelly Genealogy on December 8, 2014 at 8:27am — No Comments

Book Review: 'Christmas at the House on an Irish Hillside'

Book Review

Christmas at the House on an Irish Hillside (available only in e-book format) by Felicity…

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Added by Bit Devine on December 5, 2014 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

From Silver Ghost to Armoured Legend

With its trademark rotating turret and .303” Vickers machine-gun the Rolls-Royce Armoured Car is probably the most well known Armoured Fighting Vehicle (AFV) ever produced. Its simple yet robust design would set the trend for AFV’s for generations to come. Making…

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Added by Ireland's Military Story on December 5, 2014 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment


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'That's Just How It Was' -- Christmas Eve in Wolfe Tone Square

Christmas Eve was always’s a hive of activity as it dawned  with crispy white show on the trees and on the hills surrounding Wolf Tone . Granny O’Rourke was always up early on Christmas Eve as there was always a lot to do. The fire grate would have to be cleaned out and the fire lit…

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Added by That's Just How It Was on December 4, 2014 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

'Christmas Flavors' Challenge

Wild Geese Irish Heritage Partner Margaret Johnson recently shared recipes from her latest cookbook,…

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Added by The Wild Geese on December 4, 2014 at 6:30am — No Comments

St. Colmcille and Contemporary Art

Yes, believe it or not, I saw the oldest surviving manuscript in Ireland. It’s called the Cathach (meaning the Battle Book) and it was used by the O’Donnell Clan as a protection or talisman when going into battle.

Because of its fragile state, it is rarely shown…

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Added by Eoin Mac Lochlainn on December 4, 2014 at 6:00am — No Comments


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Irish Dream House of the Week - Award Winning Estate

Beautiful 4-bedroom detached home with garage. No 3 Shanagarry enjoys a large corner site with excellent privacy to the front and rear. Private parking is available to the front and the gardens are mature with a fully walled in rear garden. Spacious bright accommodation includes…

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Added by RE/MAX Ireland on December 4, 2014 at 4:30am — No Comments

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