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Jacqueline Kennedy's Handwritten Letter to De Valera

The image to the left is the first page of a hand-written letter from Jacqueline Kennedy to Eamon De Valera in January of 1964.  In the letter, Mrs. Kennedy expresses how much her late husband's trip to Ireland the previous summer had impacted him, and how much his Irish heritage meant to him.  

You can download the full letter in PDF format by clicking…

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Added by Ryan O'Rourke on November 22, 2013 at 2:09pm — 3 Comments

Forged in Fire: JFK and PT 109

In the early morning hours of August 2, 1943, a small American torpedo boat was moving just west of New Georgia in the Solomon Islands. In command was a young Irish-American destined to be the first Catholic president of the United States: Lieutenant…

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Added by The Wild Geese on November 21, 2013 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Bruton: JFK's Visit a Dramatic Turning Point for Ireland

By John Bruton

In 1963, when President John Fitzgerald Kennedy visited Ireland, I was 15 years of age.

To understand the impact of President Kennedy, one has to understand that the Ireland of 1960 was a very different place, even to the…

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Added by The Wild Geese on November 21, 2013 at 1:00pm — 5 Comments

Playing the Wild Rover: Some Irish Pubs Around the Globe

France has its Eiffel Tower, the U.S. its Statue of Liberty, but arguably the most iconic attraction in Ireland is that cathedral of conviviality, the Irish pub. The unique thing that this Irish institution has is that, unlike the others, it’s exportable, if you don’t count plaster-of- Paris imitations of Lady Liberty and the Eiffel Tower,that really don’t do it for…

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Added by Michael Quane on November 20, 2013 at 8:00pm — 4 Comments

Help Our Philippine Brethren Today

The government of Ireland has pledged aid of more than 3 million euro to the disaster-stricken Philippines, and Irish missionaries are in the forefront of providing assistance to the victims of Typhoon Haiyan, according to Irish news reports. Tipperary-born…

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Added by Michael Quane on November 19, 2013 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Respect for JFK’s Legacy an Enduring Part of This Family

November 22nd. Strikes a sullen chord. Any year -- and yet this year, it is the 50th year. Striking a crescendo of deep and bitter sadness.

Maybe it’s because I was raised in a house where John Fitzgerald Kennedy’s picture (clipped from the Sunday Daily News…

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Added by Kevin Gleeson on November 20, 2013 at 7:30am — 4 Comments

A Little Giggle from The Independant - Irish Mammy's Words of Wisdom

Have a read and see what you think, but I think Colm O'Regan has captured the essence of of Irish Mammys. Don't some of these phrases ring bells? 

It’s impossible to…

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Added by Ruthie Colcombe on November 19, 2013 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Chatting with Three of the Leading Lights in Contemporary Celtic Art

The following is a transcript taken from the LIVE Community Chat chat hosted here at TheWildGeese.com on Monday, November 15, 2013 with three of the "leading lights" in contemporary Celtic Art and fellow Wild…

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Added by The Wild Geese on November 18, 2013 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Remembering JFK's Funeral Fifty-Four Years On

John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 35th President of the United States

It was early Friday afternoon, November 22, 1963. I was a student at the Catholic University of America in northeast…

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Added by Jim Goulding on November 20, 2013 at 12:00pm — 6 Comments

Warfield Makes It Easy: 'Let Ye All Be Irish Tonight'

”They could take our land, starve our poor, destroy our homes and plunder our institutions; they could deny us education, but they could not destroy our music and song” No truer words were ever spoken. These are by Derek Warfield himself.

Derek Warfield is a singer, songwriter, mandolin player and a founding member of…

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Added by Kevin Gleeson on November 17, 2013 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

Ireland's 'The Gathering' Success Inspires Even More!

Ireland's worldwide invitation to the Irish diaspora to come home in the very ambitious and controversial countrywide event "The Gathering" has exceeded all expectations.  A resounding success, especially for Irish tourism, the central statistics…

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Added by Alannah Ryane on November 16, 2013 at 1:30pm — No Comments

'Sandy'-Whipped Rockaway -- One Year Later

I made several trips back into the devastation after that initial writing. The work never got easier. In fact it got much harder. Age on a man is often internal and aches and pains are the wrinkles.

Above, Cross Bay Blvd and a ship washed into the median. See more pictures below. Photos by Kevin Gleeson

One friend in particular deserves a mention here – a year later. Living in east Rockaway on…

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Added by Kevin Gleeson on November 17, 2013 at 7:00pm — No Comments


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Irish Neighborhoods In NYC At The Irish Cultural Society Meeting

John Ridge Presents on Lost Irish Colonies of New York

John Ridge, premier researcher of Irish life in the New York metropolitan area, spoke about the discoveries he has made about Irish neighborhoods in New York at the Irish Cultural Society…

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Added by John M. Walsh on November 15, 2013 at 4:00pm — No Comments

'The Big Crowd' - When New York Was Irish



One of the joys of my early childhood was going with my family to the beaches of New York City, particularly Rockaway and Jacob Riis. Getting there was at least half the fun. We’d go over the George Washington Bridge, then…

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Added by Jim Curley on November 14, 2013 at 4:00pm — 6 Comments

Viva Irlanda! Transcript from Live Chat with Jim Goulding About the Irish Influence in Latin America

The following is a transcript taken from the LIVE members' chat hosted here at TheWildGeese.com on Monday, November 11, 2013 with fellow Wild Geese member, Jim Goulding.  Jim…

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Added by The Wild Geese on November 14, 2013 at 9:54am — 1 Comment

'Chasing' More Opportunities for The Wild Geese

Mission Main Street Grants

A chairde (chara), we could use your help getting to the next stage of a competition for a $250,000 grant, offered by Chase Bank's Mission MainStreet. We need to garner 250 'votes,' and fast (by the Nov. 15th deadline).

This infusion of cash would help us…

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Added by The Wild Geese on November 4, 2013 at 6:30pm — 18 Comments

'The Fighting 69th' Part 1

 

The regiment that Robert E. Lee christened is going strong at 150

PART 1 IN A TWO-PART SERIES

By Lt. Col. Kenneth H. Powers, NYARNG (Ret.)…

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Added by The Wild Geese on January 24, 2013 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

'As Game as Ned Kelly': The Rise and Fall — and Rise — of the Irish in Australia

By Joseph Gannon

Perhaps the most famous — or infamous — Irishman ever to trod south of the equator was the outlaw Ned Kelly, whose legend gave birth to "…

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Added by The Wild Geese on November 11, 2013 at 8:30am — 8 Comments

Lest We Forget: Jack and Sam Mallaghan and the Royal Dublin Fusiliers

I wrote about my novel, Ghost of Gallipoli, in a previous blog. However, given the significance of Sunday, 10th November, I’d like to dedicate this article to all those men of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers, including my great-uncles, who died during the Gallipoli Campaign, in 1915.

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Added by Margaret Whittock on November 8, 2013 at 12:00pm — 12 Comments

Crossing Paths with Meath Poet-Soldier Francis Ledwidge

By Jean Tubridy

When I agreed to write about the poet Francis Ledwidge (right), I completely underestimated the impact that this exploration of his life, poetry and influence would have on me. Above all, it has made me all the more aware of the…

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Added by The Wild Geese on November 8, 2013 at 9:30am — No Comments

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