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This Week in the History of the Irish: July 12 - July 18

DOMHNAIGH -- On July 12, 1691, the Jacobite army in Ireland fought the forces of William of Orange at the Battle of Aughrim. Although the battle of the Boyne fought a year earlier is seen by many today as decisive, the Jacobite army was still a grave threat to…

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Added by The Wild Geese on July 11, 2020 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Wild Garlic, Wine Dark Sea

Wild garlic season is just finishing up in Ireland, and as a farewell to Erin's green shore it blossoms profusely in white flowerings throughout the land. Thanks to this wonderful plant I've eaten a lot of beautiful wild garlic pesto and wild garlic soup the last couple of months, as well as going on some lovely walks in the woods! On one…

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Added by Charles G O' Brien on May 16, 2020 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

The Wild Geese In Oman

How did a boy from Kildare end up shooting a Sultan and his bodyguards in an Arabian palace?

Above, an Irishman (the author) in Dhofar.

The answer shows that, like a wildfire breaking out and dying down, The Wild Geese spirit lives, to surface now and again not to die but to smoulder until the next adventure beckons. (Remember ‘Mad’ Mike Hoare, Africa’s most famous mercenary?)…

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Added by Ray Kane on July 6, 2020 at 11:30am — No Comments


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'Here They Come, as Thick as Grass': The Irish at Rorke’s Drift

Sgt. Henry Gallagher of B Company, 2nd Battalion, 24th (2nd Warwickshire) Regiment of Foot, who was from Thurles, County Tipperary, paced up and down behind the red-clad soldiers looking over the mealie bag fortifications at Rorke’s Drift. He lifted…

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Added by Joe Gannon on June 30, 2020 at 3:30pm — 5 Comments

The Irish-American Signers of the Declaration of Independence

As the July 4th holiday approaches, sadly as with many of our other holidays, the true meaning of the day is lost a midst ballgames, cookouts, and fireworks. We forget that on that hot July of 1776 fifty six men came together to pledge…

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Added by Neil F. Cosgrove on July 3, 2014 at 1:00pm — 11 Comments

America's Birthday and the Irish

At the dawn of what was to become an age of rebellion, Thomas Jefferson said, Rebellion is a medicine necessary for the sound health of government. The American revolution of 1775 to 1781 was the inspiration for rebellions across the world from France in 1789 to Ireland in 1798, again…

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Added by Mike McCormack on July 4, 2014 at 9:00am — 6 Comments

Gilmore's Two Extraordinary July 4th Concerts, Six Years Apart

Patrick Sarsfield Gilmore (or P.S. Gilmore), from Ballygar, County Galway, was an emigrant like a million others fleeing the famine in 1849. By 1872, Gilmore was Ireland's best-known face in America. Musician, Conductor and Bandmaster; he was a household name to Americans across the young country.  He led the most famous…

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Added by Jarlath MacNamara on July 3, 2014 at 1:00pm — 5 Comments

The Irish Serving With Custer at Little Big Horn (June 1876)

Downloadable below is a document I drew up back in 2011 in relation to the Irish that served in June 1876 with George Armstrong Custer.

Custer's…

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Added by Liam McAlister on June 25, 2020 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Very Berry Summer Cake

Long before gluten free was a food phenomenon, a friend gave me this recipe for an unusual, flourless — thus gluten free — cornmeal cake that became my go-to summer dessert. The original recipe suggested a fruity wine syrup topping, but I also love it as an…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on June 28, 2020 at 11:00am — No Comments

List of Suspects in July 4 Bombing Includes Nazis, IRA, MI6

Was it the IRA who created the bomb that killed two detectives outside the New York World Fair's British Pavilion 75 years ago today?

Or was it a German agent or Nazi…

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Added by Gerry Regan on July 27, 2015 at 5:00pm — No Comments

The Battle of Cúl Dreimhne (Battle of the Book)

This week we remember an Irishman whose efforts and foresight changed the world forever. Colmcille also known as Saint Columba died on June 9, 597 in the monastery he founded on the Island of Iona, where he had lived in exile for many years. He is known among other things, as the Patron Saint of the city of…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on June 11, 2020 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

Celebrate the Season with a Berry Salad

It’s strawberry season in Ireland, especially in County Wicklow, where the luscious berries are grown in great number at places like Green’s Berry Farm in Gorey.  Delicious in shortcakes, jams, and quick beads, of course, but for a change of pace toss them in a salad with cheese and…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on June 3, 2020 at 3:30pm — No Comments

AOH Historian: Irish vs. Black Narrative in Draft Riots a Fiction

To our readers and fellow members of TheWildGeese.irish community:

We are as a community startled, enraged and greatly saddened by the death May 25 of African-American George Floyd at the hands of a Minnesota police officer. As we reexamine race…

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Added by The Wild Geese on June 4, 2020 at 7:00am — 5 Comments

For Malachy McAllister, 54 Years Under the Gun

TheWildGeese.irish published the following interview with beleaguered and much-respected Irish immigrant Malachy McAllister in 2006, and we are astounded at how relevant -- and urgent -- the concerns the Irish-American community expressed about his plight then remain today. The account we reprise here dramatically underscores how precarious Malachy's hold on the American dream has remained for the past…

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Added by The Wild Geese on April 16, 2016 at 7:30pm — No Comments


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A Dog’s Tale: Pat and Mike Go To War

(Above: "The Army Forge" by Edwin Forbes, Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper.)

Patrick Callaghan of the 1st Vermont Cavalry felt the warm northern Virginia summer sun on his face as the blacksmith…

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Added by Joe Gannon on May 15, 2020 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

The Cracked Plate

A friend of mine, an archeologist, …

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Added by Brian Nolan on May 25, 2020 at 7:30am — No Comments

All-American Holiday Dessert

When friends and families get together these days to (responsibly) celebrate, you might want to add this rich pound cake to the menu. Grand Marnier and citrus are the perfect aromatics to flavor it, and olive oil makes it moist and delicious. It’s a perfect recipe for summer entertaining,…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on May 20, 2020 at 9:00am — No Comments

An Gorta Mor Remembered in Dublin

A National Commemoration has taken place in St Stephen's Green in Dublin city centre today in remembrance of the events that took place in Ireland 173 years ago. The event known as "An Gorta Mor" or The Great hunger was engineered by the powers that be of the day to finally eliminate the…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on May 17, 2020 at 1:30pm — No Comments

New Volume of Acclaimed Loopline Documentary Streaming No Charge

Following the huge success of last year’s release of The Loopline Collection Vol. 1, which featured rare footage of U2 playing an early gig in Dublin, the Irish Film Institute (IFI) is delighted today to release the second volume of the collection.

Founded in 1992 by filmmaker Sé Merry Doyle, the pioneering Loopline…

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Added by Frances Wilde on May 13, 2020 at 8:00am — No Comments

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