Featured Blog Posts – December 2016 Archive (24)

The Founding of Royal Midhe

Most people today will tell you, if you ask, that there are four provinces in Ireland, namely, Ulster, Munster, Leinster and Connaught. What many people are not aware of is the fact that in the distant past, there were actually five provinces, the fifth one being the province called Royal Mide.

At the…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on December 27, 2016 at 12:00am — 6 Comments

Food For The Week Between

After all the Christmas cooking — and the Christmas eating — it’s not easy to think about a recipe for the week between two major holidays. But unless you’re planning to start your diet this week, you will still need a few more meals before New Year’s Day, and this one is not only quick and easy but it’s a good way to…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on December 26, 2016 at 9:00am — No Comments


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Happy 20th Anniversary!

Where would we who must keep current on things Irish be without The Wild Geese?  Gerry and Joe, founding fathers, have given to us all the gifts of Irish history, Irish culture, and Irish contemporary life.  They invite us to go to Ireland, to listen to…

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Added by John M. Walsh on December 25, 2016 at 11:30am — 8 Comments


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Representations of Jews in Irish Literature Exhibition

Waterford Institute of Tecnology

Feb. 1-28

I am very proud that my great-grandparents will be featured.…



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Added by Valerie Lapin Ganley on December 23, 2016 at 4:00am — 1 Comment

The Winter Solstice

This year’s shortest day of the year is on Wednesday, December 21, which will also mark the longest night of the year. Every year, the winter solstice marks the turn of the calendar as autumn ends and the winter begins. From an astronomical standpoint, the winter solstice means that the two opposite points in the…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on December 21, 2016 at 1:00am — 2 Comments

The Battle of Cúl Dreimhne (Battle of the Book)

In early Christian Ireland the old Druidic tradition collapsed due to the spread of the Christian faith. The study and learning of Latin, coupled with the new Christian theology in monasteries, was flourishing. In 561 AD a seminal event occurred that would have a profound and long lasting effect on Irish…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on December 19, 2016 at 7:30pm — 2 Comments

Eggnog, Crimson Mimosas -- These Favorites Light Up Yuletide!

From traditional to trendy, mulled wine to mimosas, ‘tis the season for all things hot, cold, and boozy. Merry Christmas to all!

BOGO: It’s not too late to buy a signed copy of my Christmas Flavors of Ireland cookbook and receive a complimentary copy of Favorite Flavors of Ireland. Order at…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on December 19, 2016 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

This Week in the History of the Irish: December 18 - 24

LUAIN -- On December 19, 1877, Land League organizer Michael Davitt was released from Dartmoor Prison. Davitt, revolutionary and agrarian agitator, was born in Straide, County Mayo. Davitt's family was evicted from their small farm when he was just a boy. After they emigrated to England, Davitt lost his right arm at…

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Added by The Wild Geese on December 17, 2016 at 3:30pm — No Comments

In Time for Christmas

'Christmas is coming; the goose is getting fat.

Please put a penny in the old mans’ hat.

If you haven’t got a penny, a ha’penny will…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on December 15, 2016 at 11:30pm — 2 Comments

Making Merry With Mincemeat

Mincemeat, a mixture of chopped dried fruits, spices, and spirits, is one of Ireland’s most popular Christmas foods. It was developed more than 500 years ago in England as a way of preserving meat without salting or smoking. Some early recipes for mincemeat used suet, veal or mutton, and gradually cooks added ingredients…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on December 12, 2016 at 11:00am — No Comments


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Some Irish Nannies to the Rich and Famous

Margaretta Alexandra Eagar (1863 — 1936), was a Limerick woman who served as a nanny

 to the four daughters of Emperor and Empress Nicholas II and Alexandra Feodorovna of Russia,

that is, the Grand…

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Added by Nollaig 2016 on December 11, 2016 at 4:00pm — No Comments

For the Ireland of Ages Past, Go to the Far North

By John Yacobian

Special to TheWildGeese.com

John Yacobian, producer for Grace Pictures' documentary, "An Unreliable Witness," offered tips on travel to Ireland's spectacular north country—Derry, Donegal, and Antrim for us back in 2004.

(Right: The author at Donegal's Horn…

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Added by The Wild Geese on December 8, 2016 at 9:30pm — 1 Comment

John Winston Lennon: Gone But Not Forgotten

Dear John, 

You were a rebel from the beginning and could not have been any other way. You got your survival instincts from your grandparents, who were from County Down, Ireland.

After you were born, during the Second World War in Liverpool England, you lived with your Mother, Julia.…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on December 8, 2016 at 5:00pm — 14 Comments

The 'Start' and the Finished: The Pub and Irish Emigrants to Britain

A short extract from a chapter in my book about the history of the role of the pub in the lives of Irish emigrants. This is a part of  Chapter 7 of 'Have Ye No Homes To Go To? The History of the Irish Pub' and is the start of a larger section on Irish…

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Added by Kevin Martin on December 8, 2016 at 8:00am — 4 Comments

More Delicious Scents Of The Season!

For one more gingerbread-inspired holiday treat, try this rich, spicy pear and ginger cake reminiscent of an upside-down cake your mother might have made. This recipe starts with a raisin-studded pear and caramel bottom that’s topped with gingerbread. After you flip it, serve it with whipped or clotted cream and a light…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on December 5, 2016 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

American Psycho? Three Thoughts About Trump

By way of introduction I should tell you that I have great affection for the United States of America. Just over a century ago most of my uncles and aunts migrated from a dirt-poor part of Donegal to settle in Chicago. If my mother hadn’t married a home-bird and moved to Derry with him I would now be living somewhere in…

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Added by Colm Herron on December 5, 2016 at 7:30am — 8 Comments


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Amanda McKittrick Ros -- 'World's Worst Poet'?

Anna Margaret Ross (née McKittrick; 8 December 1860–2 February 1939), was an Irish writer,  who used the nom de plume Amanda McKittrick Ros. She was born in Drumaness, County Down, on December 8, 1860.  She holds the dubious distinction of being called by critics "one of the world's worst poets" due…

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Added by Nollaig 2016 on December 4, 2016 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

This Week in the History of the Irish: December 4 - December 10

DOMHNAIGH -- On December 4, 1887 Maria Winifred (Winnie) Carney (right), trade unionist and revolutionary was born at Fisher's Hill, Bangor, Co. Down. Her father, Alfred was a protestant and…

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Added by The Wild Geese on December 4, 2016 at 1:30pm — 6 Comments


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My Top Three Picks For Beginning Your Family Genealogy

FamilySearch, a nonprofit family history organization dedicated to connecting families across generations

* Irish Government Sponsored Website

Find A Grave

You can…

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Added by Nollaig 2016 on December 3, 2016 at 10:00pm — No Comments


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World-Wide Christmas Shipping Deadlines

This Christmas, consider giving gifts handmade in Ireland. 

Our last order dates for Christmas delivery are as follows:

Ireland - 3 p.m., Wednesday 21st December

Northern Ireland - 3 p.m., Tuesday 22nd December

United Kingdom - noon, Monday 19th December

Europe - noon, Tuesday 13th…

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Added by Totally Irish Gifts on December 2, 2016 at 9:00am — No Comments

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